Enterprise App development is not like building a transistor radio. Unfortunately, as many companies grow in size, the allure of building a Do-It-Yourself application internally becomes more alluring – and also more risky. With more programing talent in IT eager to prove themselves and larger budgets to support consultants, DIY is a tempting road for many companies to go down. Reality will hit however. While DIY can work for some companies, the majority of companies will find that building enterprise applications internally is much more costly, challenging to scale, and difficult to match to changing business models. When it comes down to it, enterprise apps, such as a company’s contracting or Configure Price Quote applications, are just more complex than IT organizations initially estimate. Below are the top 7 reasons to avoid the long and winding road of DIY enterprise applications.
1. Wasted Time and Money
The cost of delay is by far the biggest issue with in-house DIY enterprise app development. It takes significant time expenditure to define, design, develop, test and deploy in-house applications. How much money would you save or earn if you bought and implemented a pre-build product
2. Development does not equal support
The deployment and the training of your internal users is simply the beginning of the DIY journey. Once created, your team will have to support it for the foreseeable future. Your internal users will have questions with the app, there will be bugs that need to be fixed, and there will most likely be business use cases that you did not initially test for. Are you internally prepared to handle all of the support needed? Most business are not.
3. Limits of the technology that you are using
If you are building these solutions in the cloud, no matter the cloud solution that you are using – they have their limits. Are you sure that you are optimizing your code to get the most out of your cloud platform? There are many variables to consider, and most – if not all – IT departments have their limits, just like the cloud platform you are using.
4. Technology isn’t everything
The success of your cloud applications, whether DIY or not, is dependent on so many factors – many of which aren’t incorporated into the technological classification. Most of the success is dependent on the people using the technology and the processes that are, or will be, put in place. Questions not even related to the development of the technology can derail the entire project. What are the best ways to structure your processes? How do you ensure user adoption or organizational alignment?
5. Poor Governance
If you build a great App, that is just half of the battle. Your post-game needs to be on par throughout the organization to ensure overall success. What about documentation? What about training materials? Is your development team ready to support all of the tasks after implementation, such as the documentation and auditing of the App, necessary for success?
6. Lack of Vision
A custom app, no matter the vision of the development team, as mostly focused on current business requirements. As your business changes, the new product that you build today will most likely be unable to support your changing company going forward. Are you ready for the improvements and continual developments going forward needed to support a changing business climate or growing industry?
7. Developer Churn
Chances are the developers that carried your project to completion, the ones that the whole project was based around, will not be at your company in 3 years. Once this knowledge base is gone, who will be relied upon to upgrade the systems, or fix the bugs? In this age of decreased loyalty, it is very difficult to hold on to talent.
Building Enterprise Processes and Applications, such as Configure Price Quote Applications, is a daunting task. While in some cases custom-build apps in the cloud can be very successful, you are more than likely going to commit one of the above mistakes in your development, and post development, project.
About Patrick Wolf
Patrick is a content marketing specialist for Apttus, with expertise in sales, content creation, and SEO. He previously worked in the Risk Management department at the Inter-America Development Bank and was a Production Assistant for Electric Entertainment, a movie and TV production company. Patrick is a graduate of University of California, at Berkeley.