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Michelle
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Michelle,
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7/31/2017 | 5:45:22 PM
Re: Eye roll about "lock-in" goes here
I thought you might say that...

All the scare tactics seem to work. I read about vendor lock-in all the time (by design, I'm learning).
JohnMason
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7/31/2017 | 3:13:10 PM
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The Green Line? Is that in Boston? I remember riding the subway there (it was sometimes above ground, though, and sometimes below ground). Talk about being locked in, it was like riding in a sardine can. Nobody could move. You couldn't fit a newspaper page between the people. NYC subways weren't as crowded (or at least not the lines I rode).
Joe Stanganelli
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7/31/2017 | 2:45:27 PM
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@John: I think that is a terrific analogy...


...but at the same time, it really does help illustrate the counterpoint from my perspective. Getting on the poorly maintained and managed subway (a.k.a. "The T") -- especially the Green Line -- can potentially create severe lock-in complications.

But, overall, convenience tends to win out in the long run. You takes your chances...
JohnMason
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7/31/2017 | 12:09:28 PM
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When I take the train to work, I'm not concerned that I am locked in to that transportation mode for the journey. It provides me with satisfactory service; I'm happy to lock in everyday. I remember many contracts with vendors that required a sort of lock-in, but the vendors were reliable and there was no fear of making them an indispensible part of our business.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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7/30/2017 | 12:58:10 PM
Eye roll about "lock-in" goes here
I think this speaks more to corporate culture than it does about cloud. Cloud makes you more agile, but only if you have the type of culture that allows you to be more agile. If your company is still stuck in the 1997 model of needing to shuffle a piece of paper around to get 18 signatures, cloud isn't going to help you.

And, naturally, these are the types of companies that tend to hem and haw over the tiniest amount of risk.

None of this is helped by the scaremongering -- tepidly naive at best, outrageously dishonest at worst -- committed by vendors large and small and open-source organizations large and small about the big scary concept about "lock-in". Lock-in is a red-herring bogeyman; it is a buzzterm that is best defined as "The competition."

I have a lot more to say on this subject -- and other SMEs have done a lot fo the talking for me in this piece I wrote for an Enterprise Cloud News sister site: (link)

JohnMason
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JohnMason,
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7/28/2017 | 10:40:54 PM
bring personnel
A radical idea, but I wonder if uploading to the cloud should include transfer of some IT personnel to the cloud company, because what if IT hands are worried about their jobs? They might not say that, but instead might object to potential security problems.


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