Spirit embarked on a search for solutions capable of providing performance reporting for Alcatel/Lucent equipment. Spirit determined that the cost of InfoVista upgrades equaled the cost of purchasing an entirely new solution. Next, the IT team carefully investigated the cost of using open source tools to create their own customized solution. Upon discovering Watch4net APG on a Google search, Spirit contacted Watch4net for a demonstration and quickly thereafter arranged for a proof-of-concept (POC). The IT team concluded that Watch4net could deliver all of the functionality they needed, plus additional reporting capabilities, at about 50% of the cost of creating an in-house solution.