Special challenges need special solutions

Most companies walk a thin line between off-the-shelf software and individual solutions. How this decision is taken depends on factors like the desire or need to optimise, cost, maintenance efforts among many others. As a primary principle for such decisions should remain “buy before build” as custom solutions can incur unexpected cost and dependencies. If a very specific requirement is to be implemented, however, the opposite may be true.

If you have to take such a decision or if you have already decided for a custom solution but are still looking for somebody to analyse and understand the consequences, effort and cost before proceeding, I can offer my 25 years of experience in the field.