Category Archives: Software Price/Value

Amortizing the Costs of Software and Licensing Fees

One of questions I am sometimes asked as a Tech Advisor is “How do we amortize software development costs?”  Or “How are we going to recoup the costs of software development?”  The answer is, if the business is doing well, … Continue reading

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Canned, Customized, or Custom: Which Software Choice is Right for You?

Businesses looking for specialized software naturally want to save money in their purchases.  Do you go for a “canned” system, or hire people to build something custom for you?  The answer is that it depends on the nature of what you are … Continue reading

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Own Your Own Project

In my earlier blog, entitled The Investment, I talked about the importance of maintaining realistic expectations for the costs and efforts involved in custom software, making the business case, and avoiding the knee-jerk reaction.  Here I will outline a related … Continue reading

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The Investment

Businesspeople often have skewed perceptions about the cost of software.  A few months ago I talked with a group of reasonably tech-savvy people who wanted to build a fully functioning social networking website on a $10,000 budget – and to … Continue reading

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Software Subscription Prices

In the earlier blog entry entitled, Monetization:  How is it affecting your business?, we noted that many organizations are choosing to forgo internal hosting for subscription services.  This can be tremendously cost-effective for many businesses and organizations.  However, a hardnosed examination … Continue reading

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Monetization: How is it affecting your business?

Have you examined your cell phone bill recently?  There have been a number of stories on the news recently about overcharging.  Some companies have figured out how to charge add-on fees in the most deceptive ways.  Some of these charges … Continue reading

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Are You Really Getting Your Money’s Worth?

In software systems, as in many other areas of business and life, there is the old maxim, “You get what you pay for.”  This maxim wisely advises us not to “cheap out” – to try to get by with less … Continue reading

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