I work in Germany in the private sector, medium size: 2000-5000 employees. I work in an IT Department.
- Boss asked to buy software for team, that i built on my own time
- I didn't build it with any intention to sell it to my Company and it is not written for the specific Needs of my company
- I responded that I feel honored but have concerns regarding compliance
- We have a team which deals with compliance
- A friend mentioned that its not a regulatory issue, but only company internal, so a subjective view that can be decided internally
- potential issue could be that Budget is used for private gain without benefit for the company
- we could show an overview of potential software on the market and show why mine is better for the company to the compliance team
Does anyone have additional ideas for the section "Possible solution" or (optimally) was in a similar situation?
For some Tasks we use software we buy from external firms. It is not my focus of work, but I saw that a colleague is using a software that is pretty expensive and seemed not really well written. I was curious if it is really badly written and if one can do better. So I worked for around 3/4 year in my private time and built a tool myself.
Last week my boss told me about a bottleneck/problem they have with the software and that they struggle for weeks to reach the desired results. I told him I could have a look and showed him a way how to reach the desired results a few hours later. He was impressed and I showed him how I came up with the solution (including my tool).
Next meeting he asked me if he can buy the tool somehow. I said, I feel really honored, but I am not sure, because of potential compliance issues.