How long do you stick with your software? And when do you know it’s time to move on? While nostalgia has its place, it’s unlikely you’re going to experience any retro cool vibes with your vendor-purchased software. In fact, once a software solution is no longer supported, you could find yourself stuck in a situation that’s not easy to escape.
Picture this – your vendor has informed you that the product you’ve been using for mission-critical projects is no longer a strategic part of their business. When this happens – and it’s not an unusual occurrence in the software industry – chances are the company has been making a minimal investment to keep it going but not investing in upgrades to architecture and the platforms it’s built on. Worse, they may be exiting out of your industry altogether.
At this point your choices might not feel all that welcome, especially if you’ve been limping along with the systems you have in place. You can:
If you find yourself in this situation – and you’re up for the challenge – here’s what you can do to find a new vendor and ensure your next software investment is going to be supported and maintained for as long as you need it.
With the increasing speed of change in technology, most companies are realising in-house software is too large an investment, both to develop and to maintain over time. Unless you have an expert team in place and unlimited resources, moving to a vendor solution is going to make the most sense.
If you’re in the market for finding a new software solution to replace your old one or you’ve been advised your software is no longer being supported or they say it’s been deprecated, here are things to look for when choosing your next solution.
If the vendor you’re considering can’t easily tick all these points, you could very well end up working with unsupported or deprecated software in the future. When comparing products on price, consider all that’s included when you purchase a software solution and consider how your business will benefit over time.
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