Vendor lock-in has been an often-quoted risk since the mid-1990’s.
Fear that by investing too much with one vendor, an organization reduces their options in the future.
Was this a valid concern? Is it still today?
Organizations walk a fine line with their technology vendors. Ideally, you select a set of technologies that not only meet your current need but that align with your future vision as well.
This way, as the vendor’s tools mature, they continue to support your business.
The risk is that if you have all of your eggs in one basket, you lose all of the leverage in the relationship with your vendor.
If the vendor changes directions, significantly increases their prices, retires a critical offering, the quality of their product drops, or if any number of other sc...