Webinar: Build, Buy, or Borrow: Choosing the Best Software Development Path

With the meteoric rise of Open-source Software (OSS) and Software as a Service (SaaS), the options for meeting your software needs have expanded exponentially. For any given set of software needs, you can often find an overwhelming set of possible solutions. These include building your own solution, buying a pre-existing solution, or borrowing some of both!

In this webinar, you’ll be introduced to some of the important terms and technologies at play in the OSS and SaaS worlds. With this foundation, we will then identify the pros and cons of the different approaches and how you might combine approaches into a single solution. We’ll clarify the difference between configuration and customization (an important and often overlooked cost variable) and how you can educate yourself on the impacts of each for your specific needs. Finally, we will review a process we have used successfully to help our clients analyze different potential solutions and weigh the costs and benefits.

Examples used in this webinar will be taken from existing software systems such as Drupal, WordPress, CiviCRM, Salesforce and CodeIgniter.

In this webinar, participants will

  • Gain an understanding of the pros and cons of Open-source Software (OSS) and Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Learn how to differentiate between configuration and customization and their related costs
  • Learn a process for analyzing features of potential solutions and choosing the best for you and your organization

About the Presenter

Kevin Howard Goldberg

As President / Technology Strategist at imagistic, Kevin oversees and directs all projects with a business-centric technology approach. From his early experiences in technology consulting and development, Kevin offers more than twenty years of experience combining business and technology. Since 1997 at imagistic, Kevin has delivered successful business and technology plans for such clients as Boston University, the ACLU, Move.com, Disney, UCLA, and Reed Publishing. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of Business and has completed coursework towards a master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Kevin has taught Introduction to Computer Programming, held a position on the Santa Monica College CSIS Advisory Board, wrote the critically acclaimed: “XML: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Edition),” published by Peachpit Press, and is also an author on IBM developerWorks, focusing on open-source technology software.