Everyone loves home improvement reality TV, especially high-drama episodes where construction newbies attempt risky renovations. For many of us, “DIY” is synonymous with demolition; but it’s also relevant to software development. Home renovation setbacks — delayed deadlines, exploding budgets and sub-par results — haunt software development projects, too. In this paper, we discuss the risks of do-it-yourself software development and make a case for why off-theshelf best-of-breed components and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) solutions can be a better choice for your application.

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