Five Factors to Consider Before Embarking on Custom Application Development

  • by Patrick Dixon, Associate Partner, IBM Corporation
  • September 15, 2005
Custom code, even just a little, can have a dramatic, beneficial result. For example, removing display-only fields that data-entry users don’t need can simplify an order form and speed up the data-entry process. Too much custom development, however, can leave you with a cumbersome system, too complicated to manage. Adding too many fields to an order form, for example, so all possible options appear on one screen, can overwhelm users and slow down the data-entry process.

Patrick Dixon

Patrick Dixon is an Associate Partner with IBM specializing in SAP NetWeaver applications. He has more than eight years of experience Web-enabling and integrating SAP systems with SAP NetWeaver Portal, SAP Internet Transaction Server, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, and non-SAP systems solutions. He is a key speaker on portal implementation and content integration at WIS and SAP events worldwide. Patrick has a master’s degree in computer simulation from Bath University, and an MBA from City University, London.

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