The need for a new application or function requires analysis before acquisition or creation to ensure that business requirements are satisfied in an effective and efficient approach. This process covers the definition of the needs, consideration of alternative sources, review of technological and economic feasibility, execution of a risk analysis and cost-benefit analysis, and conclusion of a final decision to ‘make’ or ‘buy’. All these steps enable organizations to minimize the cost to acquire and implement solutions while ensuring that they enable the business to achieve its objectives.