Stuck in a vendor lock-in? Not with these tips on how to prevent getting locked

 

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As an entrepreneur, you’ve started working with a SaaS company. Your company is growing and in order to develop your offering with the latest technology, you want to invest in software development. This means that a significant part, either big or small, is now in the hands of an external party. You are planning to launch your next product feature, so you brief the software development team on the updates and changes. However, all of a sudden these updates and changes either take months to implement, or the costs are extremely high. 

 

As a result, you’ve looked into changing your SaaS provider, but this is difficult to execute since it is very challenging to move databases once they’ve already been set up. This part of your offering has become crucial to your business, so breaking the partnership with your current SaaS provider is not desirable. So now you’re stuck, as you have to wait for your necessary product developments and your development costs are increasing. Welcome to a vendor lock-in

 

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Stuck in a vendor lock-in? Not with these tips on how to prevent getting locked

 

As an entrepreneur, you’ve started working with a SaaS company. Your company is growing and in order to develop your offering with the latest technology, you want to invest in software development. This means that a significant part, either big or small, is now in the hands of an external party. You are planning to launch your next product feature, so you brief the software development team on the updates and changes. However, all of a sudden these updates and changes either take months to implement, or the costs are extremely high. 

 

As a result, you’ve looked into changing your SaaS provider, but this is difficult to execute since it is very challenging to move databases once they’ve already been set up. This part of your offering has become crucial to your business, so breaking the partnership with your current SaaS provider is not desirable. So now you’re stuck, as you have to wait for your necessary product developments and your development costs are increasing. Welcome to a vendor lock-in

 

What is a vendor lock-in?

A vendor lock-in is a situation where you are stuck with a certain vendor, because changing vendors is either very expensive or almost impossible due to the workload. 

 

Imagine you’ve bought a car with several years of warranty. After a while, you want to bring your car to a local garage for maintenance, but then you see that your warranty is only applicable at the garage where you’ve bought your car. This means you are not able to go to a local garage or a cheaper garage, as you are locked to the original garage. 

 

An example of vendor lock-in is how Apple, in the past, locked their consumers into iTunes since music could only be purchased or played in the iTunes application. 

 

How to prevent a vendor lock-in?

  • Multivendor strategy
    A multivendor strategy incorporates multiple providers, which reduces the dependency on one provider. This does not only reduce the chances of a vendor lock-in, but you are also able to pick and choose the most affordable providers you want to work with.

  • Intellectual property
    You have to make sure that your provider does not use its own frameworks, but chooses proven open-source components with a freely-usable licence and a large community. The source codes that are developed all have to become your property, so you are able to  continue building on it with another developer in the future.

  • Development language
    Always choose a development language that has a large group of developers available. There are quite some languages that are great to work with, however finding the developers that are able to work with it is very difficult. It is way smarter to choose a development language such as Java, .Net or Python, as these are more accessible. 

  • Low code, No Code, Open-Source Software
    For some applications you can consider working with low-code or no code solutions. This can make the development process easier, but here you should also be cautious with the choices you make. Replacing or removing these solutions, often result in rebuilding the solution completely. If you make a smart selection of open-source software components, together with limited customization, you will get better results for your application and prevent a vendor lock-in.

    Develop your own solution
    This might seem like a lot of work or a big investment, but as a result of building your own solution you will have full control. You will be the owner of your solution and business. You are not dependent on other parties, and any needed changes can be done quickly. If you are not able to set up a team of IT professionals, think of working with companies that can offer you a complete team as a solution, such as Typeqast.

 

Typeqast can help you

Building software yourself can be quite difficult. It’s challenging to find IT professionals in the first place, additionally finding all-round professionals that are also able to set up and maintain your entire software is quite difficult.

 

At Typeqast we can help you! We map your current IT landscape with our scan, and we measure the effort involved in rebuilding your entire IT solution. Based on our scan, you can make a decision about how you want to proceed. Whenever you do want to proceed with Typeqast, we can offer you our multidisciplinary Teams as a Service (TaaS) that will get you back on track within no time.

 

We’re an open and transparent team that lets you be the owner of your own intellectual property. Typeqast is a trusted partner for a large number of Deloitte’s Fast 50 Scale Ups. Moreover, we currently build and maintain platforms in e-commerce, Fintech, SaaS, IoT, Logistics and more. So it doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, we are able to help you.