On Content Reuse

A truly excellent post on content reuse guidelines and thresholds was posted today to the stc-single-sourcing mailing list. Julie Kumasaka asked: “Does anyone use a guideline or has anyone come across a guideline recommending what percentage (or some other...

How to Evaluate a Vendor

Unless you’ve done a full discovery process, I never trusted the generic vendor-provided survey/ROI reports. One of the ways that I’ve found to really learn about a product is to try to get enough funding to take one of the vendor’s low-level...

Avoiding Vendor Lock-in

The goal of object-oriented tool development is to avoid vendor lock-in. Lock-in is not determined by the cost of the application but by the method of its implementation. The level of integrated customization determines the level of vendor lock-in. One-of-a-kind...