Monetization, Agile Billing and the 'Internet of Things'

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The Compelling Driver for IoT Is in Services, Not The Devices By Marie Martin I came across a very interesting story posted at the Reviewed.com. Website in the section covering home oven reviews. The headline read “The Smart Home Dominates the Internet of Things.” The story, based on a recent report published by Appinions, a market research firm, stated that while home automation “is used interchangeably” with the Internet of Things, the fact is that the IoT is far bigger than that. “It promises to unify a vast array of industrial and commercial devices and activities, not just your phone and dishwasher.” To be sure, home automation is leading the way right now, what with Apple, Google, Microsoft and other companies jumping on the bandwagon. What is missing in the piece is the real challenge (and opportunity) of the IoT: monetization. The next set of leaders to em... (more)

Recurring Revenue Still Flying High By @AriaSystemsInc | @CloudExpo

By Tim Clark Innovative companies who provide their products and services on a recurring basis have continued to generate new sales and drive greater profits since Aria Systems published its Big Book of Recurring Revenue Innovators e-book in Spring of this year. From established names such as Microsoft, ESPN, Toyota, and United Airlines to start-ups like JustFab, recurring revenue-based companies continue to show the potential for tremendous growth. JustFab, which sells women’s shoes, handbags, jewelry, denim, and athletic gear by subscription, joined the Billion-Dollar Club of c... (more)

Internet of Things, Another Silicon Valley Invention? | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

By Marie Martin The Internet of Things: Another Silicon Valley invention to get all excited about? Or is it something that will hold up beyond the California border and next January? If you’re aching to know, then I suggest you attend the upcoming “Monetizing the ‘Internet of Things’” presentation by our illustrious, and super smart co-founder, Brendan O’Brien. He’ll fly in from the East Coast just to talk to you all about the IoT next Tuesday, October 14th at 12 noon at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Foothill-F room, just steps away from the Moscone Convention Center in San Franc... (more)

Payments And Your Recurring Revenue Business

If you are a recurring revenue business when was the last time you tried to subscribe or purchase a product or service from your own company? Was it fast and simple? Did you get frustrated? Was your preferred payment type missing on the checkout page? Companies leveraging the vast benefits of recurring revenue face some challenges that they should be aware of and closely manage. One challenge is updating account information when it expires or changes, a potentially costly process if not done right. It’s important to know that payment processors provide an automatic service to d... (more)

Dreamforce Flash: A happy wrap up

It’s clear that Dreamforce has become more than a tech show. It’s become a show about ideas and innovation; technical innovation, business innovation and even personal innovation. All of which make for exciting sessions and interesting speakers (Hilary Clinton, Al Gore, Will.i.am, the PayPal mafia, Tony Robbins, Marc Andreessen, Peter Coffey and the list goes on). Aria enables innovation so for us Dreamforce is a grand adventure. We as a company enjoyed rubbing elbows with prospects, clients, thought leaders and partners. Who doesn’t like to talk shop. And our shop talk is all ab... (more)