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The Art of Scalability: Scalable Web Architecture, Processes, and Organizations for the Modern Enterprise, Second Edition by Michael T. Fisher, Martin L. Abbott

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Chapter 15. Focus on Core Competencies: Build Versus Buy

While we’ve made the point that you should never rely on a vendor as the solution for scaling your product, we do not mean to imply that third-party solutions do not have a place in your product. In fact, as we will discuss in this chapter, we believe that companies that specialize in developing specific components should provide most of the components within your product. The difference between allowing a vendor to provide scale of your product and allowing a vendor to provide components is simple: You are the owner of your product and must architect it to both achieve the business case and scale to meet end-user demand. No third party will ever have your best interests in mind; every ...

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