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Dear Mike

If Third party Components/Controls Toolkit is used in the system
being developed by the Information Technology Service Provider, Who should bear the purchase cost of this Toolkit ?.

1. Software Development Company
2. Client who requires the System to be developed by Software Development Company.

i.e. 1 or 2.

Do you feel even this may work ?. If a mutual understanding between both parties takes place, the purchase cost of the Toolkit
can be shared between both parties equally  as 50 % each ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Hi Prashant,

The answer to your question is very dependent on the specific situation. My rule of thumb, if the software development company is using the 3rd party component for a solution in which they will resell to more than a single customer than they should be responsible for the cost. However, If the software development company has been hired to build a specific solution for a single customer than the cost should be passed on to the client.

I would rarely ever do a 50/50 share of the cost. You really need someone to take sole ownership and that party should bare the full cost.  

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Mike Mazzolini


System administration related issues for unix/linux platforms. (Ubuntu, RH, CentOs, Fedora, Darwin, Solaris and more) Shell scripting, programming and administration. Security and firewall - iptable and UFW IT automation expert - techniques and technologies.


I was a systems administrator for nearly a decade on the following unix systems: NeXTStep, Linux (all flavors), Sun Solaris and more. I have been a programmer in unix environments for the last 12 years. I am co-founder of XonaSoftware


BS in Electronic Engineering CS classes at Depaul University Certificates in: Java, NeXTStep Administration, Web Logic, XP, Spring and many more.

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