In-house software v. commercial software
To examine both an in-house software development and a commercially purchased software package.
Scenario: CSU has a sporting goods shop that sells sports equipment, as well as hiking and camping supplies. The CSU shop owner, Peter, wants to develop a customer-order entry system and has hired your IT consulting firm to advise him about software alternatives. Peter is leaning toward in-house development because he does not want to depend on a third-party vendor and supplier for technical support and upgrades. Peter does not want to sell on the Internet, but this could change in the future. Peter wants to meet you tomorrow to make a decision.
To determine what you tell Peter, begin by researching the advantages and disadvantages of in-house software development and a commercial software package. • In two pages, explain at least three advantages and three disadvantages for each of the altematives: in-house software development and commercial software package. • Then, explain which direction you recommend for Peter, either in-house software development or a commercial software package.