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Applications in the Cloud
04/19/2012
Randall E. Colson

Buy, build or lease? Whenever a company needs real estate, assets or people, it must answer that or a similar question. The company’s answer depends on many factors and even a slight change in the company’s goals can swing a “buy” answer to a “build” or “lease” answer.

Until relatively recently, it was somewhat easy for the software application customer to answer the “buy, build or lease” question. It was almost a foregone conclusion that the customer would need to invest in infrastructure, hardware, personnel and real estate, as a pre-condition to hosting the desired application. And, when it came to the application itself, the customer could “buy” (acquisition or perpetual license), build (self-development) or, in a minority of occasions, lease (term limited subscription licenses).

Thanks to the rapidly expanding number of cloud computing options, including Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), combined with traditional software access models, a software application customer now has a wide breadth of options to select from. However, with this wide breadth of options, customers are finding it harder than ever to answer the “buy, build or lease” question.

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