Recent Blog Posts

Feb 11
2016 

Soothsayers & Software Subscriptions – It pays to stay ahead of the curve

Nostradamus predicted a number of interesting trends for 2016, such as a single world language that many speculate will emerge from the Internet. It is surprising, then, that he did not foresee the accelerated pace of technological innovation and adoption we are currently witnessing. Had technology forecasting existed in the sixteenth century, he might have predicted the disruptive impact this would have on business today.

Feb 5
2016 

Viavi’s Journey from Hardware to Virtual Software Solution

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.

Jan 19
2016 

Swimming with Sharks in the IoT

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.

Jan 12
2016 

Transforming from a Medical Device Manufacturer to a SaaS Provider

Trends in the healthcare market are placing unprecedented value on the software that lies at the heart of today’s intelligent medical devices. This puts manufacturers under enormous pressure to innovate not only the types of products they build, but also how they go to market. At LicensingLive! 2015, I spoke at length about the licensing issues facing one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, Stryker Corporation, and how it has risen to the challenge.

Jan 5
2016 

Keeping the Pirates at Bay

I recently penned an article for Intellectual Property Magazine in which I offered practical tips for combating the rising tide of software piracy. Far from being a victimless crime, software piracy takes a significant toll on the software industry, costing developers worldwide over $60 billion a year in lost revenues.

Dec 29
2015 

Security of Things: Trust and Verify

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.

Dec 16
2015 

Usage Data: The Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things

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.

Dec 8
2015 

The Best of Both Worlds – On-Premise Applications with Cloud Licensing

The WSJ recently ran an interesting article on the key challenges of moving to the cloud.

“When on-demand enterprise applications emerged about a decade ago, they were touted as a cheap and more flexible alternative to buying software outright – a move that comes with upfront infrastructure and licensing costs, on top of ongoing fees for maintenance, support, and upgrades. But in practice, these promises have been hard to fulfill”.

Dec 1
2015 

Pricing and Licensing Strategies for the 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.

Nov 19
2015 

The State of Software Monetization

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.