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Off the record, ISVs tend to produce low-quality code, for several reasons:

  • Insufficient competition within their niche; they are often the "only game in town".
  • ISV programmers tend to be more skilled and knowledgeable about their niche than about programming.
  • They tend to be conservative pragmatists, sometimes highly regulated. If COBOL has kept the banking system working for the last 30 years, why expend the resources and accept the liability to change it?
  • Smaller markets tend to imply smaller profits (either by thinner margins or fewer sales), so less money can be invested in payroll, training, developer tools, and hardware.

Brianary 16:35, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

Off the record, a contrary view:

  • Define "45 code quality". Some ISV's produce applications that are more pleasing to their customers than large distribution commercial software. Has a comprehensive survey been done?
  • Competition can be very fierce in niche software if the niche is a growing or highly profitable field.
  • ISV's take advantage of some of the latest object oriented programming techniques available. I think the truth about this depends on who you are talking to. Again, has a comprehensive study been done?
  • Smaller markets may imply smaller profits, but not to the actual coder. Often, an ISV is comprised of a very small outfit with very low overhead. Most of the revenue of the company may be realized as income for the independent programmer, rather than being eaten up by rent, administration, marketing, debt, etc.

Nagaboto (talk) 18:52, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

"ISVs tend to produce low-quality code" Really? ALL ISVs? Every one of them? And you're implying large-scale software houses produce high-quality code? All of them? According to whom? You? 128.211.169.246 (talk) 16:21, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

Not an Ad[edit]

Articles are not ads. I've removed the listing of unknown companies and limited it to household names. If you want to list companies that aren't household names, there needs to be a very good reason. The household name companies reflect the general ideas quite well. 128.211.169.246 (talk) 16:17, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

    Hey 128...  Lighten up. It's not propaganda - just information. Don't deprive the rest of us out of misplaced Wikipedial 
    correctness. lifeform (talk) 22:22, 13 March 2014 (UTC)