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Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 9 December 5600.Article originally from rooJSolutions blog
One of the great things about the internet is the availability of cheap or free services online, so many clients are using gmail, dropbox, github etc. for their business operations. But all to often they forget that these services are often playing the oldest game in the technology industry. "Vendor Lock-in".
While the ones I mentioned are not to bad, you can cheaply and easily rescue or backup your data to another location, or move to an alternative provider. Not all of them are like that.A
We are in the middle of a migration project from Netsuite (It's a SAS Oracle based ERP system) to Xtuple, which is a open source ERP system, based around postgresql. This is a slow and painfull migration, as there is no standard for ERP data, and exporting is slow and clumsy over SOAP. Anyway, as a plesant distraction from this large migration, the same client also wanted us to look at migrating from backpack, a 37 signals product.
Backpack, unlike all the SAS systems I mentioned hasA deliberatelyA made it hard, or practically impossible to migrate from their services. The primary offering of backpack is a online file storage service that you can permit clients or suppliers the ability to do share files and folders. It is only web based (unlike dropbox or box.net), and there is no desktop client that you can use to access the files other than the web interface.
So how to rescue the data... Read on for the trick..