To build or not to build, that is the question! Shakespearean humor aside, the “build vs. buy” decision is a significant one in the IT world that many companies face when addressing their software needs.
If you’re a startup or a company that is looking to incorporate mobile access control technology into your portfolio of solutions, it’s important to carefully weigh the pros and cons of each approach—especially in today’s fast-paced technology environment. Our open Tapkey platform for mobile access control provides innovative smartphone-based access to various markets. We believe that partnership is the most beneficial way for most companies. Simply said: Move the unlock experience into your own mobile app. Here are five reasons that validate this opinion.
1. Faster Time to Market
Building your own platform means determining business models, researching the industry and much more. This all takes time. Leveraging established software from Tapkey can help you creating a unique access control solution for your customers. No matter, if for car sharing, unattended delivery or coworking: We offer manufacturers of vertical solutions the possibility to seamlessly integrate our technology into their own apps via API and Mobile SDK. This ensures that your innovation reaches your customers quickly.
2. Lower Costs
The costs that are associated with building software may be one of the first and most logical reasons for a business to avoid choosing this option. Building software costs million of euros and often more money than expected. It would take a lot of money to replicate a mobile access technology that meets the market’s needs. We already have one. Don’t worry about reliable mobile access software and devices. Use our sophisticated solution and save costs for R&D.
3. No Development Risk
Remember not to use the elevator in the event of a fire. Although we’re not talking about an actual building, there is definitely potential for dealing with fire—in the metaphorical sense. Building an own software is difficult and easy to screw up. First of all, you need to allocate resources. Do you have a software team that has the skills and the time to build an own mobile access control solution? Our solution has been tested and used by other companies and is continually enhanced. The “Tapkey for Developers” portal provides comprehensive documentation and lots of implementation examples for a quick start. Trust us! We’re spending a lot of time to think about the product and determine ways to improve it.
4. Leading Security
We at Tapkey take security seriously. That’s why our highly scalable cloud infrastructure is hosted in European data centers with high security standards. We are striving to make our products as convenient and comfortable as possible while providing the high security level our customers expect. Our platform boasts several layers of security to withstand attacks. Numerous international renowned partners, like DOM Security or WITTE Automotive, trust in Tapkey.
5. Ongoing Support
You may understand the cost to build a software, but you almost certainly haven’t budgeted enough to support it in the future. Software products don’t keep running on their own and will need to be supported, improved and patched. Preventative maintenance takes valuable time and effort. If you don’t have a strong enough software team with the necessary skills, it is wise to pass on the opportunity. Tapkey stands for security, reliability and efficient operability. Let Tapkey’s team of developers handle it and relieve stress and time for your team. This way they have time to focus on the core business.
The build vs. buy decision is often an art more than a science. One can be a much better option than the other depending on the needs and constraints of your business. Nevertheless, we as a company had great success with building a platform for mobile access control. Why not get on the moving train with us?