Build vs buy, the never-ending debate. Should we buy a vendor product, or build the system ourselves? Despite popular consensus that it is critical to focus on work that is core to our business, engineers the world over continue to build non-core products instead of buying them. What gives?

It’s hard to write about build vs buy because even raising the issue brings up a host of related challenges and problems that go the very core of our identities as engineers. What is the value of innovation? Is an engineer who doesn’t build from scratch really an engineer? How do…

Camille Fournier

Author, “The Manager’s Path.” Distributed systems, dysfunctional programming.,

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