You've probably heard it many times, in various circumstances. What was your answer?
That trivial question may(or not) have been subject to a long answer with hopefully credible reasons. "The problem is ... Many tools provide XXX ... This tool is the best, in this case, as ...".
But you're the expert! The reasons motivating your choices should be obvious to anybody else without having a long discussion!
There is no best, there are needs and there are constraints to reach particular goals(short, medium or long term). All those variables usually fits in to a vision.
If there were a best, anyone who could afford it, would have it.
No, no why would I want to use crap seriously?? So many tools already suck and people keep providing more crap. Maybe I should suggest that they stop already, as there are many similar great tools out there.
A typical conversation about choosing a Linux distribution
Q: "What's the best Linux distribution? Ubuntu?"
A: "Wut??? Hell no, it's Debian and all the rest is crap including the derivatives."
A: "Because Ubuntu doesn't ... and because I say so :-)"
Q: "But Ubuntu is easy and Debian is not user friendly!"
A: "Really? Not really .... Ah, I guess I just like things when they're complicated, must be the geek feeling."
A tool can meet needs but not all the constraints and vice-versa and what you'll probably be looking for is a balance.
- Memory usage vs tons of features
- Usability vs complexity/too much flexibility
- Easily understood vs require 5 books + certification + hiring a consultant
- Commercial support vs community support
- Proven stability and acceptance vs the unknown
There are simple ways to decide :
- You have a problem to address within constraints(time, budget, etc.)
- You try looking for tools which are particularly good at solving your specific problem and that integrate perfectly in your custom infrastructure. However, no such tools seem to exist or there's that little thing that you dislike.
- You then look for compromises and ways to solve the issues that won't get magically fixed by the tools.
- You don't have time to look at all the existing tools and evaluate them. You'll be selecting few tools and trying them out. Hopefully software vendors will cover the tiniest details which are relevant to your business needs, in their documentation.
- You decide and you live with it, maybe reevaluate your decision and revise your goals, but you move forward unless you really believe that you're wrong.
It's not easy to decide in the IT world. You might get it right or wrong but you may have the power to correct your mistakes. Whatever the choice, the rational move is trying to select wisely, going forward and take responsibility.