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Homemade infrastructure-as-code (IaC) products

Published: Apr 13, 2021
Apr 2021
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Products supported by companies or communities are in constant evolution, at least the ones that get traction in the industry. Sometimes organizations tend to build frameworks or abstractions on top of the existing external products to cover very specific needs, thinking that the adaptation will provide more benefits than the existing ones. We're seeing organizations trying to create homemade infrastructure-as-code (IaC) products on top of the existing ones; they underestimate the required effort to keep those solutions evolving according to their needs, and after a short period of time, they realize that the original version is in much better shape than their own; there are even cases where the abstraction on top of the external product reduces the original capabilities. Although we've seen success stories of organizations building homemade solutions, we want to caution about this approach as the effort required to do so isn't negligible, and a long-term product vision is required to have the expected outcomes.