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A Word to the Wise:“DIY” Software Fables<br />Learning from the Misfortune of Others<br />Begin Race<br />While hare&gt;=t...
Introduction<br />Entrance Software:  Who are we?<br />What is “DIY” Software?<br />Software Lessons from Aesop<br />Summa...
Software consulting firm<br />Focused on mid-market businesses<br />Microsoft Gold Certified Partner<br />HBJ’s Fast Tech ...
Fables Provided By…<br />The Project Gutenberg EBook of Aesop&apos;s Fables, by Aesop <br />http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/...
Ass Donkey Warning!<br />From en.wikipedia.org:<br />“The donkey or ass, Equusafricanusasinus, is a domesticated member of...
“DIY” = “Do It Yourself”<br />Software = (duh)<br />This is the concept of a company building its own software rather than...
MORAL<br />“The least outlay is not always the greatest gain.”<br />Are you shearing your own sheep?<br />SOLUTION<br />Co...
MORAL<br />“Look before you leap.”<br />Following the advice of unproven employees  with selfish interests can be dangerou...
MORAL<br />“An evil mind will show evil action sooner or later.”<br />Be careful who you trust.  Some programmers will set...
MORAL<br />“Happy is he who learns from the misfortunes of others”<br />Don’t be an Ass, hire the experts!<br />SOLUTION<b...
Summary<br />Straying from your core business <br />More risk than reward<br />Long term costs<br />Finally, one more fabl...
Next Steps<br />You’ve heard our counsel…<br />Now how about some help?<br />http://www.entrancesoftware.com<br />Grant Is...
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A Word To The Wise Diy Software Fables

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An examination of some of the dangers in businesses taking a "DIY" (or, "Do it yourself") attitude toward custom business software development. We use some of the lessons from Aesop's fables to illustrate the wisdom in outsourcing software development to a trusted team of professionals that understand your business (for example, Entrance Software - http://www.entrancesoftware.com )

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A Word To The Wise Diy Software Fables

  1. 1. A Word to the Wise:“DIY” Software Fables<br />Learning from the Misfortune of Others<br />Begin Race<br />While hare&gt;=tortoise<br /> tortoise++;<br />End Race<br />Nate Richards<br />Entrance Software<br />www.entrancesoftware.com<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Entrance Software: Who are we?<br />What is “DIY” Software?<br />Software Lessons from Aesop<br />Summary <br />Next Steps/ Q&A<br />
  3. 3. Software consulting firm<br />Focused on mid-market businesses<br />Microsoft Gold Certified Partner<br />HBJ’s Fast Tech 50 Winner<br />2006, 16th fastest growing firm<br />2007, 15th fastest growing firm<br />Inc. 5000 winner 2009 (unannounced)<br />Entrance Software – Who are we?<br />
  4. 4. Fables Provided By…<br />The Project Gutenberg EBook of Aesop&apos;s Fables, by Aesop <br />http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/1/8/7/3/18732/<br />
  5. 5. Ass Donkey Warning!<br />From en.wikipedia.org:<br />“The donkey or ass, Equusafricanusasinus, is a domesticated member of the Equidae or horse family, and an odd-toed ungulate.”<br />Aesop wrote it, not me!<br />We are grown ups, right?<br />
  6. 6. “DIY” = “Do It Yourself”<br />Software = (duh)<br />This is the concept of a company building its own software rather than hiring professionals<br />We’ve dealt with many clients who have tried and failed using this “DIY” approach<br />We will share similar experiences with you today so that you can hopefully…<br />Learn from the misfortunes of others<br />What is “DIY” Software?<br />
  7. 7. MORAL<br />“The least outlay is not always the greatest gain.”<br />Are you shearing your own sheep?<br />SOLUTION<br />Consider the opportunity cost of a “DIY” Software strategy<br />Hire experts to manage this business critical aspect of your firm<br />The Widow and the Sheep<br />
  8. 8. MORAL<br />“Look before you leap.”<br />Following the advice of unproven employees with selfish interests can be dangerous. You may be left in a sticky situation!<br />SOLUTION<br />Don’t hire programmers!<br />Read our Software Consulting Guidebook<br />The Fox and the Goat<br />
  9. 9. MORAL<br />“An evil mind will show evil action sooner or later.”<br />Be careful who you trust. Some programmers will set up a “kingdom” at your company.<br />SOLUTION<br />Find a vendor you can trust<br />Write a contract that protects your information<br />The Wolf and the Shepherd<br />
  10. 10. MORAL<br />“Happy is he who learns from the misfortunes of others”<br />Don’t be an Ass, hire the experts!<br />SOLUTION<br />Your vendors should add value from their experience, not just their skillset<br />This will help you avoid costly missteps and rework!<br />The Fox, the Ass, and the Lion<br />
  11. 11. Summary<br />Straying from your core business <br />More risk than reward<br />Long term costs<br />Finally, one more fable: The Boy Bathing<br />Moral –<br />“Counsel without help is useless”<br />
  12. 12. Next Steps<br />You’ve heard our counsel…<br />Now how about some help?<br />http://www.entrancesoftware.com<br />Grant Isaminger<br />Business Development<br />grant@entrancesoftware.com <br />Fables and images courtesy of <br />The Project Gutenberg EBook of Aesop&apos;s Fables, by Aesop <br />http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/1/8/7/3/18732/<br />

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