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How Much Did “Free” Cost You?

Nothing is free – especially software.  Whether willful or not, it’s common for the costs of a successful software implementation to be grossly underestimated (a key reason 80% of data integration projects fail).  Maybe it’s because too often we think some piece of software will do everything we need out-of-the-box without realizing how much really needs to be customized. 

Even still, it was a shock to me to learn that “According to Microsoft research, the services opportunity for SharePoint alone is predicted to grow to US$6.2 billion by 2011.”  https://partner.microsoft.com/US/program/competencies/compportalsandcollaboration

As Alan Pelz-Sharpe points out in a great blog posting, that’s what “you the customer will spend.”

If a car was #SharePoint, it would be like buying the seats, tires, windows, antenna, doors and fenders separately.

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