Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Build vs Buy Part 2

Following on from my previous post about build vs buy, I have thought about this a bit more. I have developed my own application to manage my bank account and credit cards over many years. It sucks data from my online banking service and online credit card statements, allowing me to reconcile transactions and plan our finances based on the bills we are expecting in the future. Recently I thought I would try a commercial package for this purpose, in order to save myself the effort of having to maintain my own code. However the package I bought required fundamental changes to my workflow which I wasn't prepared to make, so in the best traditions of IT projects I have abandoned the package and reverted to my home brewed solution!

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