Technology-as-a-service Playbook

How to Grow a Profitable Subscription Business

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Author: Thomas Lah,J. B. Wood

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780986046230

Category:

Page: 349

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Technology-as-a-Service Playbook defines the tactical and strategic plays technology companies must run to build a profitable subscription business. Whether you are a pure-play cloud company or a traditional technology provider making the pivot to the cloud, this book will help guide your decision-making and execution around the as-a-service model to put your company on a path to profitable growth. This cloud-driven journey will affect every part of the organization. How offers are designed, built, marketed, sold, and serviced will all need to change. And these transformations are not limited to OEMs they will also directly impact the vast network of channel partners. After all, it s not just about building recurring revenue, it s about building PROFITABLE recurring revenue. Technology-as-a-Service Playbook is the road map to the next-generation tech business model."

Consumption Economics

The New Rules of Tech

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Author: J. B. Wood,Todd Hewlin,Thomas Lah

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780984213030

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

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If you’re a tech company, the most dramatic effect of megatrends like cloud computing, managed services, and the rise of consumer technology won’t be felt in your company’s product line. The true disruption will be to your business model. Future customers won’t want to pay you high prices out of big “CapEx” budgets anymore. They will expect lower “cloud” prices paid from “OpEx” budgets only when and if they successfully consume the business value of your products.How your company reacts to this risk shift could either accelerate the commoditization of your products or lead you to a new stage of profitable growth. For the first time, the tools are on the table to truly eliminate barriers of cost and complexity created by the last generation of tech. Consumption Economics is the owner’s manual for tech company executives who want to drive their company successfully into the next one.

Customer Success

How Innovative Companies Are Reducing Churn and Growing Recurring Revenue

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Author: Nick Mehta,Dan Steinman,Lincoln Murphy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119167965

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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"Customer Success will become the authoritative book of the emerging Customer Success industry and target any business that is trying to focus, or re-focus, on customers and will be applicable to all customer management roles such as Account Manager, Customer Advocacy, Client Relationship Manager, and Customer Success Manager along with the leadership of those organizations. Customer Success will address the pains of how to start creating a customer-centric company and how to think strategically about Customer Success - how to organize, compensate, find a leader, measure, etc. Customer Success has exploded as one of the hottest B2B movements since the advent of the subscription business model"--

Complexity Avalanche

Overcoming the Threat to Technology Adoption

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Author: J. B. Wood

Publisher: Point B Incorporated

ISBN: 9780984213009

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 186

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Most customers struggle to keep up, and usually settle for far less value than they could (and should) get from their purchases. A new business model for the tech industry is needed—one that requires radically different thinking about the future of services, sales, R&D priorities, and how companies create shareholder value. This new way of doing business views the use of the product as the beginning of a journey with a customer, not the end. The growing consumption gap caused by the avalanche of complexity that these companies have unleashed on their customers is undermining feature-based differentiation as a competitive advantage. Results-based differentiation—actually measured by customers—may be the next Big Thing in tech. Complexity Avalanche offers technology companies a roadmap for moving to this next level of services. This is not a book strictly for service executives, but for every executive whose company builds, sells, or supports technology.

Subscribed

Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company's Future - and What to Do About It

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Author: Tien Tzuo,Gabe Weisert

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525536477

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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A USA Today bestseller! Companies like Netflix, Spotify, and Salesforce are just the tip of the iceberg for the subscription model. The real transformation--and the real opportunity--is just beginning. Subscription companies are growing nine times faster than the S&P 500. Why? Because unlike product companies, subscription companies know their customers. A happy subscriber base is the ultimate economic moat. Today's consumers prefer the advantages of access over the hassles of maintenance, from transportation (Uber, Surf Air), to clothing (Stitch Fix, Eleven James), to razor blades and makeup (Dollar Shave Club, Birchbox). Companies are similarly demanding easier, long-term solutions, trading their server rooms for cloud storage solutions like Box. Simply put, the world is shifting from products to services. But how do you turn customers into subscribers? As the CEO of the world's largest subscription management platform, Tien Tzuo has helped hundreds of companies transition from relying on individual sales to building customer-centric, recurring-revenue businesses. His core message in Subscribed is simple: Ready or not, excited or terrified, you need to adapt to the Subscription Economy -- or risk being left behind. Tzuo shows how to use subscriptions to build lucrative, ongoing one-on-one relationships with your customers. This may require reinventing substantial parts of your company, from your accounting practices to your entire IT architecture, but the payoff can be enormous. Just look at the case studies: * Adobe transitions from selling enterprise software licenses to offering cloud-based solutions for a flat monthly fee, and quadruples its valuation. * Fender evolves from selling guitars one at a time to creating lifelong musicians by teaching beginners to play, and keeping them inspired for life. * Caterpillar uses subscriptions to help solve problems -- it's not about how many tractors you can rent, but how much dirt you need to move. In Subscribed, you'll learn how these companies made the shift, and how you can transform your own product into a valuable service with a practical, step-by-step framework. Find out how how you can prepare and prosper now, rather than trying to catch up later.

B4b

How Technology and Big Data Are Reinventing the Customer-Supplier Relationship

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Author: J. B. Wood,Todd Hewlin,Thomas Lah

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780986046209

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Industry after industry is becoming technology driven as software rapidly eats the world. As it spreads, so do complexity and opportunity. There are clear signs that the traditional B2B business model designed 125 years ago as a simple “make, sell, ship” approach for early manufacturing companies is no longer capable of delivering the full potential of high-tech and near-tech solutions. B4B seeks to frame what is possible in an age where suppliers are connected to their customers in real time. The traditional world of B2B was designed to sell things to customers, whereas the new B4B model will be about delivering outcomes for customers. It’s a whole new ballgame. Using powerful models and specific examples, B4B envisions a next-generation tech industry where suppliers play an active, ongoing role in helping business customers achieve unparalleled value from their technology investments.

Managed Services in a Month - Build a Successful It Service Business in 30 Days - 2nd Ed.

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Author: Karl W. Palachuk

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780981997858

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

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Managed Services in a Month is a no-nonsense guide to building a successful managed service practice. Whether you are just starting out, or converting your existing break/fix technology consulting business to managed services, this book will show you the way. The newly revised and expanded 2nd edition has nine new chapters, covering the latest products and services available today-including cloud technologies. Karl Palachuk makes it very clear that managed services is the business model of the future. Managed Services in a Month is very practical and straight to the point. Karl shows you how to transform your business step by step. And yes-You can really do it in one month! Karl W. Palachuk is the author of ten books, including The Network Documentation Workbook, Service Agreements for SMB Consultants - A Quick-Start Guide to Managed Services, and The Network Migration Workbook. He is also the author of the most popular blog on Managed Services. Karl ran a consulting business for seventeen years and is now the Senior Systems Engineer at America's Tech Support. He provides technical support to small and medium size businesses in North America. In that role, Karl provides business consulting services and CEO-level training on technical topics.

Building Professional Services

The Sirens' Song

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Author: Thomas Lah,Steve O'Connor,Mitchel Peterson

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780132762106

Category: Computers

Page: 384

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Coverage includes: chartering, organizing, and establishing metrics for professional services; addressing the unique challenges faced by professional services in traditional product companies; and managing a professional services business at every stage of its lifecycle.

The Art of SaaS

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Author: Dr. Ahmed Bouzid; David Rennyson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1503534545

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 64

View: 536

Authored by two passionate evangelists and practitioners in the Software as a Service (SaaS) movement, The Art of SaaS is a primer on the fundamentals of building and successfully running a healthy SaaS business organization.

The Network Imperative

How to Survive and Grow in the Age of Digital Business Models

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Author: Barry Libert,Megan Beck,Jerry Wind

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

ISBN: 163369206X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 2854

Digital networks are changing all the rules of business. New, scalable, digitally networked business models, like those of Amazon, Google, Uber, and Airbnb, are affecting growth, scale, and profit potential for companies in every industry. But this seismic shift isn’t unique to digital start-ups and tech superstars. Digital transformation is affecting every business sector, and as investor capital, top talent, and customers shift toward network-centric organizations, the performance gap between early and late adopters is widening. So the question isn’t whether your organization needs to change, but when and how much. The Network Imperative is a call to action for managers and executives to embrace network-based business models. The benefits are indisputable: companies that leverage digital platforms to co-create and share value with networks of employees, customers, and suppliers are fast outpacing the market. These companies, or network orchestrators, grow faster, scale with lower marginal cost, and generate the highest revenue multipliers. Supported by research that covers fifteen hundred companies, authors Barry Libert, Megan Beck, and Jerry Wind guide leaders and investors through the ten principles that all organizations can use to grow and profit regardless of their industry. They also share a five-step process for pivoting an organization toward a more scalable and profitable business model. The Network Imperative, brimming with compelling case studies and actionable advice, provides managers with what they really need: new tools and frameworks to generate unprecedented value in a rapidly changing age.

The Complete Guide to Software As a Service

Everything You Need to Know About Saas

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Author: Robert Michon

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781546308492

Category:

Page: 230

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The Complete Guide to Software as a Service is truly "everything you need to know about SaaS." This is the only book available today that covers the multiple facets of the SaaS model: functional, operational, technical, security and financial. Starting with the definition and the origins of SaaS, it gives a 360-degree view of the inner workings of a SaaS business. This book is a must read for entrepreneurs who are launching a SaaS company. Learn the six ways to fail your SaaS start-up. It will also guide any software company who is transitioning from an on-premise license model to SaaS. Learn what IT and business functions must evolve when moving from one business model to the next. It also provides useful information and insight to different functional managers within a SaaS company. As well, users of SaaS software will become more knowledgeable clients of their SaaS providers after reading this book. Learn how to "read between the lines" of your SaaS contract and focus on the clauses where you have real negotiating power. For anyone interested in learning more about this important shift in the software industry, this book fills a void that exists today in the world of SaaS.

The Managed Services Playbook

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Author: Ed Nalbandian

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491733632

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 220

View: 1960

"Ed has taken thirty years of battle-hardened experience running managed services businesses as a systems integrator, communications provider, equipment manufacturer, offshore provider and an independent start-up and put it in a highly readable, yet incredibly detailed and indispensable book." Bob Boles CEO, Hostway Corporation "The Managed Services Playbook is the blueprint for building and running a successful managed services business. The explosion in managed services at Avaya was fueled by many of the strategies and plans Ed has outlined in this book." Mike Runda President, Avaya Client Services "Successfully running a managed services business is a difficult task with many nuances which make it very different from other IT services. Ed has unlocked these secrets which have eluded so many businesses. The advice in The Managed Services Playbook is priceless." Chris Formant President, Verizon Enterprise Solutions "Ed's proven ability to build high growth, high profit managed services businesses has made him one of the top managed services executive in the industry. The Managed Services Playbook details the keys to success for all those involved in managed and cloud businesses and can be mapped to proven, measurable results." George Humphrey Senior Director, Research and Advisory - Managed Services, Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) "As IT vendors of all shapes and sizes rush to move their businesses to the cloud and managed services, The Managed Services Playbook should be required reading for anyone involved in those businesses." Dave D'Aprano Group Executive - IT Outsourcing, Dimension Data

Building Successful Partner Channels

In the Software Industry

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Author: Hans Peter Peter Bech

Publisher: Tbk Publishing(r)

ISBN: 9788793116160

Category:

Page: 222

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"Building Successful Partner Channels" is a book laying out the roadmap for achieving global market leadership through independent channel partners in the software industry. When Microsoft acquired Navision in 2002 there is no doubt that the price they paid was heavily influenced by the value of our channel partner eco-system. I can think of no one better suited than Hans Peter to write a book with the title Building Successful Partner Channels. Preben Damgaard, Co-founder and CEO of Navision Predictable growth and market leadership through independent channel partners are on every software industry CEO and sales executives' mind. However, it is rarely achieved. With "Building Successful Partner Channels" Hans Peter Bech provides a great tactical approach toward reaching this goal. Torulf Nilsson, Product Executive, Visma Retail, Oslo, Norway Hans Peter Bech has been at the forefront developing indirect channels in the software industry for more than three decades and his track record is impressive. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone searching for the route to global market leadership in the software industry. Yusuf Soner, School of Management at the Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey Building Successful Partner Channels provides a powerful, practical approach to building a strong network of independent channel partners, so as to optimize sales and marketing activities. The book helps senior sales and marketing executives understand how to work in concert to achieve global market leadership through the indirect-channel approach. Toke Kruse, Founder and CEO at Billy, San Francisco, USA

The Automatic Customer

Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry

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Author: John Warrillow

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 159184746X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 218

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"How smart companies can use subscriptions to win customers, increase cash flow, and ignite growth What do Zipcar, Netflix, and WhatsApp have in common? They are pioneers of the new subscription economy in which people pay automatically for much more than publications. John Warrillow, the acclaimed author of Built to Sell, offers a blueprint for winning subscribers for any kind of business. He explains, for instance, - The nine different subscription models and how to apply each in your business. - How Dollar Shave Club turned shaving into a subscription. - The secret psychology of selling a subscription. - The eight reasons why customers stop subscribing. Whether business owners want to transform their entire model into a recurring revenue engine orjust pick up an extra 5 percent of automatic sales, they will find great insights and examples in Warrillow's book"--

Behind the Cloud

The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry

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Author: Marc Benioff,Carlye Adler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470535929

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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How did salesforce.com grow from a start up in a rented apartment into the world's fastest growing software company in less than a decade? For the first time, Marc Benioff, the visionary founder, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, tells how he and his team created and used new business, technology, and philanthropic models tailored to this time of extraordinary change. Showing how salesforce.com not only survived the dotcom implosion of 2001, but went on to define itself as the leader of the cloud computing revolution and spark a $46-billion dollar industry, Benioff's story will help business leaders and entrepreneurs stand out, innovate better, and grow faster in any economic climate. In Behind the Cloud, Benioff shares the strategies that have inspired employees, turned customers into evangelists, leveraged an ecosystem of partners, and allowed innovation to flourish.

Growing a Business

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Author: Paul Hawken

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671671642

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 6510

Discusses the prerequisites to starting a business and shares his own start-up strategies

The End of Competitive Advantage

How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business

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Author: Rita Gunther McGrath

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422191419

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Are you at risk of being trapped in an uncompetitive business? Chances are the strategies that worked well for you even a few years ago no longer deliver the results you need. Dramatic changes in business have unearthed a major gap between traditional approaches to strategy and the way the real world works now. In short, strategy is stuck. Most leaders are using frameworks that were designed for a different era of business and based on a single dominant idea—that the purpose of strategy is to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Once the premise on which all strategies were built, this idea is increasingly irrelevant. Now, Columbia Business School professor and globally recognized strategy expert Rita Gunther McGrath argues that it’s time to go beyond the very concept of sustainable competitive advantage. Instead, organizations need to forge a new path to winning: capturing opportunities fast, exploiting them decisively, and moving on even before they are exhausted. She shows how to do this with a new set of practices based on the notion of transient competitive advantage. This book serves as a new playbook for strategy, one based on updated assumptions about how the world works, and shows how some of the world’s most successful companies use this method to compete and win today. Filled with compelling examples from “growth outlier” firms such as Fujifilm, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Infosys, Yahoo! Japan, and Atmos Energy, The End of Competitive Advantage is your guide to renewed success and profitable growth in an economy increasingly defined by transient advantage.

Subscription Marketing

Strategies for Nurturing Customers in a World of Churn

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Author: Anne Janzer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780986406256

Category: Direct marketing

Page: 224

View: 4831

In the Subscription Economy, you're just getting started when someone becomes a customer. This book offers actionable strategies for business growth through long-term customer relationships.

Getting More

How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life

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Author: Stuart Diamond

Publisher: Currency

ISBN: 0307716910

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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This new model of human interaction has been chosen by Google to train the entire company worldwide (30,000 employees), is the #1 book for your career chosen by The Wall Street Journal’s website, and is labeled “phenomenal” by Lawyers’ Weekly and “brilliant” by Liza Oz of the Oprah network. Based on more than 20 years of research and practice among 30,000 people in 45 countries, Getting More concludes that finding and valuing the other party’s emotions and perceptions creates far more value than the conventional wisdom of power and logic. It is intended to provide better agreements for everyone no matter what they negotiate – from jobs to kids to billion dollar deals to shopping. The book, a New York Times bestseller and #1 Wall Street Journal business best seller, is based on Professor Stuart Diamond’s award-winning course at the Wharton Business School, where the course has been the most popular over 13 years. It challenges the conventional wisdom on every page, from “win-win” to BATNA to rationality to the use of power. Companies have made billions of dollars so far using his new model and parents have gotten their 4-year-olds to willingly brush their teeth and go to bed. Prof. Diamond draws from his experience as a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist at The New York Times, Harvard-trained attorney, Wharton MBA, U.N. Consultant in many countries and manager and executive in many sectors, including technology, agriculture, medical services, finance, energy and aviation. “The ROI from reading Getting More will make it the best investment you make this year,” says Rhys Dekle, the business development head of the Microsoft Games division, which produces X-Box. He added that the book was his team’s best investment of the year too. The model was also used to quickly solve the 2008 Hollywood Writer’s Strike. The advice is addressed through the insightful stories of more than 400 people who have used Prof. Diamond’s tools with great success: A 20% savings on an item already on sale. An extra $300 million profit in a business. A woman from India getting out of her own arranged marriage. Better relationships with the family, including teenagers. Raises at work. Better jobs. Dealing with emotional situations. Meeting one’s goals. Finding better things to trade. Solving cultural and political problems, sports conflicts, and ordinary arguments. The book is intended to be used in any situation. The most common response is “life changing”, beginning on page one. “The most inspirational book I have read this year” said David Simon, an attorney in San Francisco, CA. “This book can change the world,” says Craig Silverman, Investment Advisor, Long Island, NY