Another MBaaS Acquisition and Why Vendor Viability Matters

You’ve spent months building your app. Cultivating your idea, perfecting your design and of course, writing the code. You’re a savvy developer so you use all the tools available to make your app more stable and get to market faster. An MBaaS (Mobile Backend-as-a-Service) helped remove the need for you to build any infrastructure so you happily publish your app to the store in a fraction of the time it would have otherwise taken.

But then – out of nowhere – your MBaaS gets acquired. Maybe it was by Facebook. Maybe Paypal. For many startups, it’s a happy day for the company when they get acquired, but what does it mean for your app? Who owns your data now? Will the service still be there in a year? 6 months? Tomorrow?

These are just a few reasons why vendor viability is one of the most important (and often overlooked) aspects of any service you use to build your app or business.

What is Vendor Viability?

Vendor viability is, in short, determined by how likely a business is to survive long-term. Many startups, while creating great products, have little vendor viability since their end goal is to be purchased by a ‘bigger fish’. When these types of exits occur, the long-term survival of the original product is unknown – and they often get shut down or modified to fit the new owner’s business model.

Why is Kii different?

Kii Corporation, the creator of Kii Cloud, is a profitable company that has been around for many years. With over 70 employees worldwide, Kii’s roots go back to the pre-smartphone era. All this time, we’ve been creating mobile backends for some of the most trusted carriers in the world. These factors make Kii Cloud much less prone to an acquisition scenario, and also speak to our reliability and scalability as a world-class provider.

We’ve said it before, but mobile backends are what we do, and we’re not going anywhere.

Who else is using it?

Our customers range from independent developers to global carriers, the most notable of which is NTT DOCOMO – one of the largest carriers in Japan. We have proven to be scalable and reliable at a carrier level for tens of millions of users worldwide time and time again.

How can I get started?

Simply register at http://developer.kii.com and you can have your first Kii Cloud connected app within a matter of minutes.

Kii also provides lots of comprehensive guides and references to get you up and running quickly. If samples and tutorials are more your style, you can find those here or on our Github page.

How much does it cost?

Kii is free to get started and has flexibility for every app. We strive to be cheaper than it would be to run the infrastructure yourself, not even mentioning the hours saved in development, maintenance and scaling.

What if I’m on Stackmob?

Have no fear! Kii is here!

If you’re thinking about transferring from an existing provider like Stackmob, it’s a non-trivial task… but not an impossible one. We know that there are seemingly endless intricacies to each and every app, so there won’t be a single migration assistant to solve the problem in its entirety. We do have migration guides for iOS and Android as well as a very easy-to-use script to help move the primary data, but we’re also offering personalized help to iron out all the details and corner cases that you’re sure to run into.

Happy coding 🙂


  • See how easy it is to update your app from Stackmob — check out the guides for iOS and Android
  • Learn more about the data migration script on our GitHub project page
  • Find out about our migration assistance – shoot us an email or check out our community. Migration consultation is absolutely free, so you have nothing to lose!

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