Building a rich
text editor is expensive
Buy vs build cost blowouts
Do we buy, or
do we build?
It’s a familiar question…
that arises in almost every development project,
no matter the size.
Rich Text Editors (RTEs) are one of the highest-risk areas
for both cost and development time overruns.
Wolfram & Hart
Four companies* who decided to build their own
core rich text editor in-house, paid dearly for their decision.
How did they get that $ price tag?
Some enterprises still persist in believing they need to build their own… everything.
of organizations say IT completed
all their projects++
4 IN 10
fulfil their project commitments
to business stakeholders++
development cost for an advanced
person-years to build an advanced
$15M — $28M+
development cost for
a basic rich text editor
115 — 220
person-years to build a basic rich text editor
Transformation and speed-to-market have made the old belief, in custom-building all your own technology, redundant. Neither budget, nor developer resources, are elastic.
What’s the answer?
Buy vs Build isn’t
It’s how you build everything you need…
A more agile approach is to assemble rich text editor components into a flexible, reusable tech stack.
Either… buy an out-of-the-box RTE or utilize an open source core that your dev team can use as a framework for customization and support it with advanced feature plugins.
You then get the best of everything
Using a buy-and-assemble component approach for your rich text editor
outside your expertise
continuous deployment of software
Maximizes dev talent
who pick the exact tools needed
That’s how you get products faster-to-market at a smaller
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*Company and personal details are fictional, but indicative of the costs and time taken to build a functioning rich text editor.
++ Mulesoft 2021 Connectivity Benchmark Report
A person-month is equivalent to approximately 160 hours of labor, and is the amount of work performed by a single average worker in one month (ie. 12 person-month project will take 4 developers 3 months work to finish). A person-year is the total effort in person-months divided by twelve, to estimate the project length in years.
+ Estimate of the cost of building the basic open source components of three leading rich text editors (excluding advanced features and plugins)
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