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A Cloud Vendor Lock-In Planning Checklist

Posted by Bob Carver on Sep 19, 2017 4:21:41 PM

One of our most popular articles is about cloud vendor lock-in. The lock-in problem is simple. An organization uses and becomes dependent on the tools, technologies, processes, and services of a specific vendor. If you wish to change vendors, or you need to change vendors, you have to replace those tools, technologies, processes, and services you've become so dependent on. You also have to retrain your people to use the new systems, tools, and processes. It's a costly and time-consuming proposition.

We wrote an article earlier that explains why it's inevitable, and how you can mitigate it, but people have asked us for something more, a simple reference, a checklist. So we've made one. In this article, we'll give you a checklist to plan for cloud vendor lock-in and make getting out easier. The best time to mitigate vendor lock-in is plan to for it when you adopt any cloud service. If you haven’t been doing that, you should evaluate your existing services as soon as possible and start developing a plan to mitigate vendor lock-in. This article tells you what to look for. 

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Topics: cloud service vendor lock in planning, Cloud Planning

How to Mitigate the Problems and Costs of Cloud Service Vendor Lock In

Posted by Bob Carver on Nov 9, 2016 9:03:23 AM

Cloud service vendor lock in is an issue that keeps CEOs and CIOs up at night. Vendor in lock (also called supplier or provider lock in) has existed in the IT industry and other industries for a long time. The problem is simple. An organization uses, and becomes dependent on the tools, technologies, processes, and services of a specific vendor. If you wish to change vendors, or you need to change vendors, you have to replace those tools, technologies, processes, and services you've become so dependent on. On top of that you have to retrain your people. It's a costly and time consuming proposition. The prospect is particularly stressful to CEOs and CIOs because it's not an "if," it's a "when."  At some point, you will have to change cloud vendors. That means at some point you will have to deal with cloud vendor lock in. In this article, we'll look at the issues that can arise from cloud vendor lock in, and give you strategies to help you thoughtfully prepare, and mitigate problems that can arise.

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Topics: mitigate cloud computing risks, cloud computing compliance planning, cloud computing security, cloud service vendor lock in planning