What Parse’s Demise Means for Its Customers

February 12, 2016

4:00 pm

On January 28, 2016, Parse, a mobile app development software, announced that it would be “winding down the Parse service,” effectively January 28, 2017. Parse is certainly not the only firm in its space, and competes with big players such as IBM and Salesforce. But, it’s affiliation with Facebook (Facebook purchased the firm in 2013), and its competitive positioning as an easy to use and less expensive option, made it a popular choice for startups looking to build mobile apps quickly and cheaply. The announcement shocked the development community, raising questions of “what now?” and “who’s next?”

Fortunately, Parse is taking some honorable steps to ensure that its customers don’t get left in the dark due to its shutdown. Announcing its shut-down a year in advance gives clients an opportunity to consider other mobile app development software options, including an open-source Parse Service that they could choose to host themselves. For those feeling that moving to another software as a service solution would better meet their needs, Parse is offering a database migration tool to make the transition easier.

It’s a major announcement that is certain to have some significant impact, though. To determine just what this might mean to the industry, Clutch recently interviewed Krzysztof Choma, CEO of Nomtek, a European mobile app design and development agency, to get his perspectives on the news.

Choma predicts, “The Baas [backend as a service] sector will definitely experience huge turbulence after Parse’s disappearance. Margins are extremely tight right now, and most complementary service providers will be reassessing their growth and revenue-stream model to make sure that they will not become the next Parse.”

It’s an important issue for Nomtek’s clients, says Choma. “The app industry, in general, is a little spooked by the news that even prominent solutions like Parse may not be as invulnerable as they seem. It certainly calls call for additional efforts to create contingency plans to make sure you can migrate your app to a new platform, if it should ever come to that.”

The environment for startups looking to create lean mobile apps cheaply and efficiently is the best it’s ever been. With multiple options to consider, a generous timeframe within which to consider them, and a range of qualified app builders and app platforms to choose from, the transition for Parse clients should be one they can readily manage.

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Chandler leads the enterprise app platform research at Clutch.co When not keeping up with the latest tech trends, Chandler enjoys getting as far away from technology as possible by hiking, biking, and kayaking his way through the Appalachian Mountains.

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