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Internet of Things – Monetization Opportunities for B2Bs By Sean Kirk When it comes to monetizing the Internet of Things, it can appear that consumer scenarios are where all the action is. Connected cars, homes, kitchen appliances, connected clothing — connected wrists. If you’re a B2B company, you may be feeling left out of the party. Fear not. Your RSVP is waiting. In fact, the market potential for IoT may be as large for B2B companies as for B2C, if not larger. Here’s a look at just a few of the burgeoning IoT opportunities in store for companies that serve business-to-business customers. Business Versions of Consumer Offerings It’s true; many IoT offerings do indeed target consumers. But often, those same products and services are equally applicable to business. A prime example is DropCam. With its namesake consumer version, you can keep an eye on hearth and h... (more)

Bain Capital Ventures Prediction 'Ranking' By @AriaSystemsInc | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

By Salil Deshpande At the end of 2013, Salil Deshpande, Managing Director with Bain Capital Ventures and member of the Aria Systems board, popularly made a few predictions in the cloud and virtualization industries for 2014. Among Salil’s predictions were the notions that moving apps to the cloud includes moving your ancillary problems to the cloud and that apps will need to manage their data in memory rather writing them to a disk. So how did Salil fare with his predictions? He recently took a look back with some interesting results. His full article, which first appeared on VM ... (more)

@CloudExpo | How the #Cloud Fulfills the Best-of-Breed Dream (Part 2)

by Dan McAloon If the existing system does fifteen things, write down the major tasks of that system and divide them into as many verticals as necessary to describe the broad functional areas that require attention. If the replacement is intended to be a custom-developed, on-premises system, it’s perfectly reasonable for that system to be expected to accomplish most of the fifteen things in question. However, if SaaS-based solutions are being considered as replacements, keep in mind that SaaS-based solutions are narrow and deep: they are usually highly specialized to take on a ... (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)

Maximizing Customer Lifetime Value By @AriaSystemsInc | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Maximizing Customer Lifetime Value Through Interactions In recurring revenue models, maximizing customer lifetime value (CLV) is achieved through establishing a lifetime of customer interaction points as each provides an opportunity to win revenue and loyalty. While the previous two posts in this CLV miniseries focused on the definition of CLV and how to boost CLV, today we’ll dive into how to maximize CLV through customer interactions. The beauty of recurring revenue models is the abundance of opportunities a company has to create these customer interaction points. From an upgra... (more)