“A home-building company generally does not operate its
own tree farm from which to harvest trees for lumber.”
— Grady Booch
Software offers the ultimate flexibility, so it is possible for
the developer to express any kind of abstraction. But it also
forces the developer to craft virtually all the building blocks
upon which the higher level abstractions stand. While the
construction industry has uniform building codes and standards
for the quality of raw materials, few such standards exist in
the software industry. As a result, software development is a
“Faster, better, and cheaper”
is the perennial slogan of computing.
The shortage of technology skills drives many outsourcing contracts
today. Outsourcing is now a common phenomenon in software industry.
The complexity of applications-technology-management mix in
information systems demands that careful attention be given
to the issues of what to outsource, to whom to outsource, and
how to manage the outsourcing relationship. Modern business
depends on having the right information, at the right place,
at the right time. Outsourcing should enhance the potential,
and not compromise it.