A beautiful example of an expensive car that one can boast of. It is expensive, there are few of them, it rides great, but probably not every owner takes it to the field to plow potatoes. Or is it the other way around?
Unfortunately, in the IT world, on the contrary. You have a “tailor-made” system developed, which is close to even rarer cars in the series than the Ferrari. And then it starts.
Tailor-made cars, as well as tailor-made systems, are often repaired only by original manufacturers. Or an enormously expensive repairman who uses his own parts and car, as well as the system, will never be the same again.
In addition, you do not want to brag about the IT system, as is the case with bright Ferrari cats.
You want it to work. Make it passable. Easy to manage. Let you go to the mechanic, or ajťák, and he can add his own functions according to the specifications that are available.
You also want the manufacturers of those overpriced tailors to go bankrupt, or give them the price for their sustainability that you can no longer afford it, to be able to move elsewhere. And this is quite difficult in the case of tailor-made systems.
More and more companies are beginning to find that the trends of 2005 no longer apply. It is no longer the case that someone has “rushed” your IT system and you are forever satisfied with it.
Do you have to pay all the time? Pay for updates that don’t apply to you as a system owner at all? New version of programming language and you have to pay? Any modification is enormously expensive?
The system must be chosen with regard to sustainability, practicality, transferability. These are the main principles. People are changing on all sides. Both in your company and in the supplier company. Even the supplier may change. If you have not been locked and you have everything in your hands – this means the application codes as well as the rights to handle these codes.
You want the system to serve you for decades. This is the trend today. Let the community of people develop as much as possible, independent of your supplier. You don’t want to worry, you want to use the system. And knowing that it’s still evolving, the documentation says, it’s global, so you can give your partners abroad access or even the whole system, because in other countries they also know how to work with it.
These are open source systems that are deployed around the planet. Such a system is a trend today. Sustainable, supported by a large community, with many, many guides for both users and developers.
The small workshops of software engineers next door do not have much to offer against such solutions. Perhaps only if you want to brag that you constantly pay for what they have elsewhere for free and better.
David Strejc is corporate IT since 2004. He was the founder of the successful international company Easy Software s.r.o., he also worked as an architect at O2, a solution designer at T-Mobile.
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