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.
Hackers, like sharks, can sense blood. Not literally, of course, but they can detect the slightest vulnerability in your code; and when they do, they go in for the kill. This, understandably, makes intelligent device manufacturers nervous, and is why some of them will go to great lengths to cover up security flaws – even if it means blocking vital research.
It’s hard to fathom why so many devices are being developed for the Internet of Things without a thought to security. When you consider the inherent security risks in connected environments, you’d expect IoT vendors to be scrambling to ensure that their devices are compliant and prevent data leaks and other such privacy breaches. As I explained in my recent presentation at LicensingLive! 2015, misplaced trust in the IoT’s complexity seems to be the main reason behind people’s laissez-faire attitude towards security.
With the rise of the IoT (Internet of Things), the era of truly BIG data is upon us. And buried in those endless data streams from billions of connected “things” is customer usage – a type of data that’s essential to recurring revenue success.Unfortunately, most companies only incorporate usage in their billing systems when it directly relates to services they can bill (ex: data charges on a smartphone). As a result, they stand to miss out big time because usage is a key driver of recurring monetization in IoT.
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.
Much has been written extolling the virtues of the Internet of Things (IoT), which is perhaps the most hyped connected environment since the Internet itself. We are already aware that the software embedded in intelligent devices, as well as the data shared between those devices, is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity. While technologists across the board are seeing the inherent benefits in developing innovative new products and services for the IoT, relatively little is known about the actual money-making aspect. Along with the need to protect intellectual property (IP) against hackers – a particular concern in cloud-connected environments – software monetization is the biggest challenge facing players in the IoT.
One of the highlights of the software industry calendar, Cloud World Forum, took place on June 24-25, 2015 at London’s Olympia Grand. The two day expo was aimed at helping C-level decision makers achieve business agility through cloud, analytics, mobility, and social technologies. With 300 speakers from across the IT community, there was something for enterprises of all sizes; SMEs and startups alike. Of course, we were front and center with our presentation, “Transforming Your Business in the Digital Economy”, which sparked some interesting conversations over at our booth.