Build vs Buy and the Evolving Maturity of Open Source Software

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“If I knew then what I know now” is a pretty common lament heard in the postmortem analysis of most in-house proprietary software development projects. I recently got to tackle the build vs buy debate while working on a turn around engagement with the software development subsidiary of a large Costa Rican tourism company. What I found was that business leaders were reasonably familiar with the risks and considerations of the old build vs buy paradigm, but they were not at all up to date on the tremendous impact of the current open source market on this important strategic IT decision.