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directly from the producer, from a retail store, or from a mail-order distributor. Different
vendors normally offer different discount rates on the list price and selecting the best
vendor in terms of price and after-sale support is very important.
The following are the advantages and limitations of buying a pre-written software
A pre-written software package usually costs less because its development and
maintenance costs are shared by many customers.
With a pre-written software package, a user can start the planned activity almost
immediately. The user need not wait for the software to be developed and tested before
the planned activity can be started. This may be very important if the development and
testing efforts involve several months.
3. Pre-written software packages are usually designed to be general purpose so that they
can meet the requirements of as many potential users as possible. Due to this feature,
many times the operating efficiency and the capability to meet the specific needs of a
user more effectively is not as good for pre-written software packages as for in-house
developed software packages.
Ordering Customized Software
Often there are situations where none of the available pre-written software packages can
meet the specific requirements of a user (an organization or an individual) either partially
or fully. In such a situation, it becomes necessary to create a customized software
package to satisfy the specific requirements. If the user has an in-house software
development team, the software package can be created in-house. However, if such a
team does not exist in-house, the user must get it created by another organization by
placing an order for it. The following steps are typically followed for this:
1. The user has to first of all list out all its requirements very carefully.
2. The user then floats a tender for inviting quotations for the creation of the requisite
software. Sometimes the user m...
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This document was uploaded on 04/07/2014.
- Spring '14