|Big Solution||Example Smaller Rival|
|Content Management||Microsoft Word offline or a blog online|
|Web Page or Site|
|Project Management software|
Workforce (Call Center) Management/Optimization
Electornic or paper forms
|The latest programming IDE||Notepad, Notepad++, Gedit, or Vi|
There are plenty of good (and bad) reasons to purchase the more expensive alternative. Sometimes you are better off starting with the manual, "this-is-how-we-did-it-in-my-day" tool/process to really appreciate what the bigger solution offers.
As my Tang Soo Do instructor used to say, "What would day be if it were not for night?" I'm pretty sure he meant it as a metaphor for choosing between software solutions.