I recently published a whitepaper about software as a key enabler of improved business processes and increased customer satisfaction.
Software is not a new concept in embedded and hardware products. For years, devices have become increasingly intelligent, more programmable and more connected. What has changed today is that the trickle of product evolution has become a deluge of business revolution. Market-leading hardware manufacturers who have transformed into software businesses are finding the most success for themselves, while also driving success for their customers. As examples, General Electric has pivoted its business to the Industrial Internet, while Rockwell Automation has firmly positioned itself as the Connected Enterprise company. Cisco Systems’ Cisco ONE software program marks a decisive shift in how its portfolio is packaged and monetized.
I recently published a three-part article on SandHill.com, the first of which talks about building and monetizing an IoT-ready business in a new, disrupted world. I point out that while product innovation can drive significant growth in the IoT, more needs to be done to overcome fundamental business challenges such as monetizing distinctive value and maintaining a competitive advantage. In many cases, it is advisable to devote more resources to business model innovation than to pure product innovation, as it may have a greater impact on your profitability.