SafeNet Inc. today announced that analyst firm Frost & Sullivan has presented the company with the prestigious Market Share Leadership Award for its leadership in the global software monetization market. Frost & Sullivan recognized SafeNet for its leadership in market share, growth outlook, continued commitment to the core business-to-business market, and focus on emerging cloud and embedded markets.
The subscription economy has arrived and is here to stay. One of the key components of a subscription pricing model is the ability to charge against usage or essentially a pay as you go model. In the last couple of years, there has been a clear rise in the roll out of consumption based pricing models among ISV’s and SaaS providers. However, the interesting emerging trend is the adoption by OEMs, medical devices and classical hardware manufacturers who want to monetize on the software to gain a competitive advantage.
In today’s tough economic scene where cash is king, everyone is being driven to conserve cash. As a result, buyers are asking for discounts from their vendors, converting from CAPEX to OPEX or license optimization or a combination of these. Any of these mechanisms can reduce revenue for the ISV. CAPEX to OPEX movement is of specific interest recently as this usually leads to discussions on pay-per-use and/or subscription pricing models. ISV’s typically think of migrating into SaaS offerings when they consider offering these new pricing models. Offering SaaS has its own set of challenges including requiring a hosting infrastructure, collecting payments, R&D efforts to build the new SaaS platform and its impact on current product roadmaps.