The transition from “make” to “buy” has been a topic for years. We design IT solutions from requirements, but implement them from a catalog based on our vision of assembling semi-finished products (“buy”).
Do it yourself (“make”) with nuts and bolts only takes place in case of business-validated added value. The SmartBuying Grid formulates the supply chain and underlying sourcing decisions (“buy”).
The smart and rapid assembly of new end products using purchased semi-finished products is essential. We see examples of this on the public cloud — in applications, databases, middleware, storage, and compute and connectivity components.
The constant search for suitable semi-finished products to realize added value has become an expertise, one that always involves “make or buy” decisions. The SmartBuying Grid helps to solve this puzzle by developing IT strategies that enable the “IT Factory” to be redesigned to align with the business.