Recent Blog Posts

May 31
2016 

The Concept of Value in the IoT Era

As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, the implications for business model innovation are huge. One of the major drivers in this connected landscape is the shift in end-user preferences: there is an increasing demand for flexible pricing models, ease of access to software upgrades, and a superior customer experience. As a result of the rise in connectivity, end users’ perception of value and what they are willing to pay for is changing drastically. Therefore, to take advantage of the IoT, independent software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers alike need to fundamentally rethink their orthodox attitudes towards value.

May 17
2016 

Value Creation & IoT Monetization (Part 3)

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, I looked at some of the key drivers of the IoT, its 10 main areas, the importance of ecosystems, and the 4 Values Framework. This framework is an effective way for large, established companies and emerging startups to evaluate how they can best monetize their IoT opportunities. I have already covered two of the framework’s four components: vertical integration and value creation, and in this article, I will talk about the remaining two: value migration and value delivery systems.

Apr 26
2016 

World Intellectual Property Day

Today as more opportunities are created through IoT, we are seeing traditional hardware companies, whose intellectual property (IP) was the hardware that it manufactured, increasingly seeing the value in software and, in turn, changing their whole business and IP strategies to fit in with the new era. However, IP, hardware or software, is only as good as its protection and the business’ ability to successfully monetise it. Our recent research revealed that despite nearly nine out of 10 organisations admitting they are worried their software may become compromised, many are still not taking the threat seriously with over half (52%) leaving themselves vulnerable to IP theft by not using software IP protection tools.

Mar 29
2016 

Get Connected to Profit: Embracing Software Propels Growth in IoT Era

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.

Mar 17
2016 

Value Creation & IoT Monetization

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.

Feb 11
2016 

Soothsayers & Software Subscriptions

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.