Best Practice Report

Decide When To Buy, Build, Or Outsource BI

August 23rd, 2012
With contributors:
Stephen Powers , Shannon Coyne


Building custom business intelligence (BI) solutions is time-consuming and inflexible; therefore, application development and delivery (AD&D) pros heading BI projects should move away from a build-first mentality except in unique circumstances (e.g., a hedge fund with a proprietary trading algorithm). Instead, AD&D pros should consider buying or renting BI solutions and then customizing where and when necessary — and only consider building when these options are insufficient. This report, will provide an overview of options to consider when renting, buying, or outsourcing BI as well as present an overview of development concerns to consider if building BI.

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