In ancient times, juggling was seen as a ritual that symbolized the seeds of Order and Chaos. It was believed that throwing balls in the air in a certain sequence would ensure fertile soil and good crop harvests. For today’s software companies, managing multiple licensing systems is more Chaos than Order, and no amount of juggling will yield the desired results. That’s why so many ISVs are turning to software monetization as a means of creating a more unified licensing experience.
I recently published an article on sandhill.com about the adoption of emerging business models for IoT-connected devices. The article looks at how IoT connectivity has led to increased risk for hardware manufacturers, namely IP theft, piracy, misuse, and reverse engineering, and how software monetization solutions can help overcome these risks.
Our most recent analysis of the software licensing and monetization market shows that some core value propositions endure even as the technology and its applications undergo significant evolution and change. Software licensing solutions were originally created with the goals of preventing piracy and protecting revenue of software products.
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 feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Viavi Solutions. It has been a pleasure to learn how Viavi deploys software monetization solutions to increase revenue, improve its customer experience, and strengthen relationships. Viavi leads with great products and has implemented operational efficiencies to respond to its customers’ needs more quickly. Several years ago, it was great if a company could master one of these areas, but today, cutting-edge companies like Viavi are leading in all three functions: customer intimacy, product leadership, and operational efficiency.
The age of the Internet of Things (IoT) has dawned and we are heading toward a future filled with software-driven intelligent devices. To give you an idea of the magnitude of this transformation, IDC is predicting that there will be 30 billion units installed worldwide by the year 2020. Because every device in the IoT is connected, a whole new breed of tech company is emerging, forcing many traditional companies to innovate and go to market differently.
The State of Software Monetization survey is here. With the help of Vanson Bourne, Gemalto set out to understand the software monetization industry and sentiments of ISVs, intelligent device manufacturers and software consumers worldwide and what challenges they are facing. Interestingly enough, results reveal that enterprise software customer demands are evolving and software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers need to adopt flexible and adaptable software licensing and software packaging techniques in order to meet these needs and generate more revenue opportunities.
It’s been said before, but the software landscape really is changing. According to IDC and other leading analysts, over the last couple of years, a sizeable proportion of app spend went on SaaS applications. It’s also worth noting that more than 30% was spent on replacing traditional on-premise applications with SaaS offerings, year on year.
At this year’s LicensingLive! event in Cupertino, CA, I spoke about the importance of Customer Success Programs, what they involve, and what businesses hope to achieve with them. The success of a software company is often measured in terms of how well it engages its customers. After all, a business without an active user base is like a bird without wings – it simply won’t fly.
About two weeks ago, I participated in a workshop for “out-of-the-box” thinking. The exercise included painting a beach scene. While I stressed about getting paint on the canvas, everyone around me was expressing their inner Picasso. Following the exercise, I found myself in a discussion as to what I enjoy doing to relax. The answer came quickly. Puzzles! I find 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles relaxing. Why? And more to the point, what does any of this have to do with software monetization?