SaaS or DIY? Which one and how?

Mohsen Kamrani
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When it comes to deciding between an open source tool or SaaS product which of the following options does sound more appealing to you? Comment what factors influence your decision.
Spending weeks or months to master the tool and then using it
Hiring someone who knows the tool
Using a SaaS product that does *similar* thing
Using a SaaS product that lets me use the tool without prior experience

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Benedicta Bonsu
I amT-shirt designer on Teespring.
Spending weeks or months to master the tool.
Andew Slobodianiuk
Co-founder | CEO at ESS.gg
Depends on what effect do you expect to get. Saas - take and use, OS has much more option for customizations but longer to develop.
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Mohsen Kamrani
Founder @ dotenx.com
@andew_slobodianiuk That's very true, and that's what the 4th option actually is all about. You have the simplicity of SaaS and extensibility of the underlying open source tool.
Bernadette Cau
Marketing and content for tech SaaS.
it really depends: - if you can avoid "reinventing the bicycle", go the easy way and take a SaaS. - if you need some particular features and customisation, it might be safer to develop in-house
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Mohsen Kamrani
Founder @ dotenx.com
@bernadette_cau I totally agree. It really depends on how much you rely on something. I give you an example. Once we were developing a product that was using Magento as its core and basically the core logic was handled by Magento so we invested heavily in adding features to it, but if we just wanted to use Magento I'd rather even give up on some features and go for a SaaS product with close to zero maintenance.
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