Programming vs. Custom Design
Someone you know (or work with) is a programmer, so they must be able to write me a custom
database solution, right? This common misperception is unfortunately the starting
point for 95% of failed projects! The reality: knowing how to program qualifies you to design a custom
database system, just as much as knowing math qualifies you to manage someone's stock portfolio!
In-house is Much Less Expensive?
Another all-too-common misperception
is that it is less expensive to develop applications in-house. While is is
true that you pay less per hour or per body for in-house developers, that
expense is overwhelmingly more expensive in the long run for about 80% of the
cases we've seen. Hiring PCA, with our experience, prior application
examples, templates, and libraries is usually less expensive, sometimes
considerably because we know what to do and what to watch out for straight away.
We've made all the mistakes before. If you think that using a professional outside firm is expensive, wait
until you see the real cost of going down the wrong path! The old adage "You Get What You Pay For"
applies to custom database solutions. Developing a great solution to your needs is far less expensive
than the cost of failure!
Custom PCA Solution vs. In-house Developers
The practice of
custom database solution design and development is a complex, multi-disciplinary profession that requires many years of
experience. Most in-house programmers lack the business experience to insure that your needs and ideas are
compatible with your business objectives and budget. Many
programmers lack the real-world project management experience needed to meet critical business objectives. And
because many in-house programmers
tend to recommend only what they know, it is hit-or-miss as to whether the solution is
actually coded properly, and maintainable over time.
An experienced team costs less, involves much less risk, and produces a much higher quality outcome.
PCA is frequently called
on to take over internal application development or SQL development efforts that are stuck,
failing, or just growing over budget and schedule.
If you have already invested considerable time and money with internal developers,
and lost confidence in their ability to deliver a critical business application, we specialize
in picking up complex and heavily customized database projects, and quickly figuring out what
needs to be done to get the project back on track.