Monetization, Agile Billing and the 'Internet of Things'

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3 IoT Trends to Watch in 2015 The dust has settled from CES 2015. The Internet of Things was front and center throughout the show, a reflection of its rapidly expanding presence in products and services for consumers and businesses alike. IoT played a vital role in hundreds of products on display, including dazzling innovations such as self-driving cars and the latest drones. Here are three trends that emerged from CES that will shape the direction of IoT monetization in 2015 and beyond. Wearables move beyond the wrist The market for wearables is advancing beyond the realm of wristbands and smart watches. Connected wear is now available from head to toe. Headgear: Headsets that alter reality are nothing new. But Microsoft HoloLens, announced shortly after CES, is certainly new. It enables users to interact with holograms in the real world and, according to company ... (more)

A Guide to Recurring Revenue Success By @AriaSystemsInc | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

A Guide to Recurring Revenue Success… Minus the BS Happy 2015 and welcome to the New Year! Regardless of the business or industry you’re in, there’s no doubt that a successful year is at the forefront of your strategy. And at the helm driving that success is revenue. But not just any kind of revenue… we’re talking recurring revenue. When an average of 80% of a company’s future profits comes from 20% of its existing customers, it’s a telling sign of where your focus should be. And if you’re like nearly 50% of U.S. businesses today, you’ve either already adopted or are planning to ... (more)

Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving By @AriaSystemsInc | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

This Year Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving: 10 Valentine's Day Gifts to Enjoy Year-Round Valentine’s Day is around the corner and most of us fall into one of the following categories: 1) In a relationship and gifts/dates have been purchased/planned for weeks; 2) In a relationship but you don’t care to celebrate the holiday; or 3) Single and avoiding every drugstore greeting card and seasonal gifts section. Then there are those of us who fit somewhere in between. Perhaps, like me, you’re in a relationship but just haven’t found the time or have no clue what to give for a gift.... (more)

How to Embrace Cloud Billing Safely By @AriaSystemsInc | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The benefits of cloud billing can be irresistible. Always-on availability, flexibility, elastic scalability, low cost, global reach. But with high-profile security breaches from the likes of Target, Sony and health insurer Anthem, it's understandable that thinking about turning your billing system over to the cloud could give you the willies. How can you capitalize on the cloud's tantalizing advantages while minimizing risk? Here are three things to look for in a cloud billing system you can trust. Security and privacy certifications. The first thing to assess in a cloud billin... (more)

Switch to a Recurring Revenue Model By @AriaSystemsInc | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Can Your System Support the Switch to a Recurring Revenue Model? A successful recurring revenue business requires a focus on monetization across every aspect of the customer relationship, not just billing or payments. Monetization is an end-to-end process from activation through cancellation. While traditional billing systems are designed to manage one-time sales, modern systems are designed to support recurring revenue management with the functionality and integration capabilities necessary to coordinate and manage business processes and customer touch points. As the demand for ... (more)