How Software License Management Can Help Intelligent Device Manufacturers Increase Both Profits and Competitive Advantage
This paper discusses using Software License Management solutions to help differentiate your products, reduce the grey market and piracy problem, and create exciting new business models for your organization. Any manufacturer of hardware-based products that have a software component (including but not limited to device manufacturers in printing, scanning, white goods, computer peripherals and medical devices, industrial automation and CIM, telecommunication, electronic and test measurement device manufacturers) will benefit from the information in this paper.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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How Software License
Management Can Help
Intelligent Device Manufacturers
Increase Both Profits and
A discussion about using Software License
Management solutions to help differentiate
your products, reduce the grey market and
piracy problem, and create exciting new
business models for your organization.
Jon Gillespie-Brown, CEO, Nalpeiron
Sources: IDC Research, Gartner Research, Software CEO and LinkedIn forums, Proformative, NetSuite, Sand Hill Group, Intacct
This paper discusses using Software
License Management solutions to
help differentiate your products,
reduce the grey market and piracy
problem and create exciting new
business models for your business.
Offer feature differentiation to control
model variations through licensing.
Lower costs and lower risk whilst
creating much higher profit margins.
Your license management system
can allow you to ‘segment’ your
market and offer more or less security
controls on products shipped to
different regions or routes to market.
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Analytics, business intelligence and
customer visibility are huge benefits
of adding electronic licensing to your
hardware based product set.
Nalpeiron has helped a broad range
of intelligent device manufacturers
and their related ecosystems,
including names like Fujitsu,
Spacelabs Healthcare, Inofile, Zebra
and many more.
• Usage based licenses, pay per use of features or functions, such as embedded fonts and tools
• Time based subscriptions, such as pay per year
• Capacity based and fixed time based licenses, such as use until a certain date until you renew
• Maintenance contracts can be automated, so software times out along with the contract
• Switch features or function on or off, such as feature upgrades and cross sells
• Trial and controlled pilot tests of your products - switching products off under your control
• Control model versions or release dates to differentiate an old model vs. a new one
This discussion paper highlights the real-world benefits of moving
from the older hardware-only paradigm to a new flexible, profitable
and cost-effective way to leverage software assets, enabling device
manufacturers to increase both profits and competitive advantage.
Most device makers, whether it’s a printer or a medical
device, are creating software ecosystems around their
products and until recently these investments have
not been specifically targeted to drive new revenue
opportunities. However, forward thinking managers
and the recession have driven a more innovative mind
set in recent times and now software can be leveraged
to offer greater profits to the business as well as
Instead of fighting the competition based on
commoditized hardware offerings, you can now
innovate with the software component, allowing
you to find creative new ways to grow revenues and
increase your competitiveness.
Examples of new ways to leverage your hardware
products are to sell new business models instead
of being forced to accept only the “perpetual” once
shipped we have no control problem:
Monetize your investment now
This paper discusses using Software License Management solutions to help differentiate your products, reduce
the grey market and piracy problem and create exciting new business models for your business.
Any manufacturer of hardware-based products that have a software component (including but not limited to
device manufacturers in printing, scanning, white goods, computer peripherals and medical devices, industrial
automation and CIM, telecommunications, electronic and test measurement device manufacturers) will benefits
from the information in this paper.
Monetize Your Investment in
Hardware Related Software
“Software license management solutions offer you many
more ideas on more profitable and customer friendly
ways to leverage your products in the market.”
Hardware becomes more like Software
Now hardware manufacturers can do the same thing. Instead of creating lots of hardware variations, you can reduce the
hardware and expensive related tooling, manufacturing and inventory costs by using the software that’s embedded or
associated with your hardware as the way to offer feature differentiation or to control model variations.
For years software producers have offered “suite” type products with component
parts that can be switched on or off based on the use of software licensing
technology. Take Microsoft Windows as an example. You can download one trial
product and then buy any of the versions based on the price you want to pay
and the features you require – one binary file, features controlled by an activation
process driven by preconfigured licensing parameters.
In addition, you can remove the older “trust based” paper mechanisms used to sell products, and leverage the controls and security of
license management tools to not only ensure your customers are paying for what they buy and remain within the license agreements
you have with them, but you can also easily analyze your customer base and report on the business in real time.
This means lower costs, lower risk and much better customer responsiveness – as well as much higher profit margins.
Remove Cumbersome Operational
One of the key benefits of monetizing software is the use of automation. Instead
of having to ship hardware each time you want to increase revenues, you can now
simply ship a “product license code” via an automated commerce system. So
you are creating and leveraging value based on “virtual” goods – the features and
functions you enable are entirely controlled by electronic means.
Grey market copycats and software pirates are pervasive and so you must also consider options to copy protect your software and make casual theft much harder. Again, a quality software
license management solution will assist in this regard.
Many embedded and similar devices already have firmware that controls the features offered to users. This configuration solution to device differentiation can be risky – oftentimes these can
be easily cloned and this allows users to upgrade their device to higher versions without paying – again using secure license controls can mitigate against this type of abuse. Good license
systems will allow you to activate and de-activate devices and move license controls using automated methods so that locking down your hardware need not inconvenience your users.
The final part of the equation you may want to consider protecting is your channel – if you sell into some parts of the world where contractual terms are abused or you have resellers selling
your products, added security controls can help you prevent both intentional and unintentional abuse. Your license management system can allow you to “segment” your market and offer
more or less security controls on products shipped to different regions or routes to market.
Trust Based Systems are no longer enough
As stories like the lawsuit between Cisco and Huawei show, you need to protect and control your software
based IP or the advantages associated with software can easily be lost.
This is also an important and intelligent way to help prevent industrial espionage where employees hand out valuable assets to
competitors and grey market manufacturers – without this knowledge and these tools the cheaper products are significantly less
Licensing tools will allow you to also segment user bases and deliver certain functions associated with internal software to
different groups, or levels of trust. Internal staff may have one set of privileges while external resellers may have another for
example – all controlled electronically.
Use License Management to Control
Non-Commercial Software Too
Many device manufacturers have created tools and resources to manage and
maintain their products; these are extremely value able assets that also need
protection. Years of experience and intellectual property are often in the hands
of resellers and employees, these assets can be controlled in the same way
as the embedded software and be easily licensed to “internal” users with the
same ease of use and automation for customers.
Instead of shipping your products and wondering who owns them or how they are being used, you can now instrument them such that the licensing system will feed you back usage and
analytic data so that you can build better products, understand use cases and better market your customers.
By using license controls you can now automate product registration, maintenance intervals, customer updates and upgrades and access your end-user based, even when sold via the channel.
If you flag the features and functions in your products for selling various different product variations, you can also collect the data associated with those flags and get useful reports on how
your products are being used.
This level of understanding of the market gives you competitive advantage and can also help you create new products, save wasted development resources and give your real world data to
base decisions upon. This change is like “night and day” over the way most device manufacturers operate today who with little to no business intelligence.
Leverage the Power of Business Information
Analytics, business intelligence and customer visibility are huge benefits of adding electronic licensing to
your hardware based product set.
Nalpeiron’s cloud-based licensing infrastructure will enable hardware device manufacturers to easily and quickly “unlock” the power of the embedded or associated Software.
By leveraging the Software component of your offering you can offer a wider and more competitive set of options to your customers, along with being able to easily do this using modern web-
based controls through a partner like Nalpeiron.
Instead of fixed pricing models and inflexible go-to market strategies of the past, you can use the power of the Nalpeiron Licensing Service to offer what your users want when they want it - all
through a simple, fast to implement and cost effective hosted licensing service.
By controlling and managing the software component of your products you can also reduce and streamline your manufacturing costs and processes.
As you will know, moving “value” from hardware to software is not without its risks, so you also have to “protect” your IP and investment in the software along with being able to quickly
leverage the power it brings to your product offering.
How Can the Nalpeiron Hosted License
Management Solution Help You?
Using the power and simplicity of the Nalpeiron Licensing Service, you can make a hardware device
behave like software, easily increasing functionality, flexibility and utility and therefore increasing the
associated value to the end customer.
The Nalpeiron Software Licensing Service
will enable you to...
• Use the power and flexibility of software licensing management to control your product offering in the market
• Open up new business models and ways to monetize your products, such as metered, prepaid, subscription and usage-based - all electronically
• Protect your software IP and prevent grey market abuse and piracy
• Easily “activate” your hardware devices and control their functionality from one central cloud-based service
• Enable users to easily pay and “unlock” features and functions with a single click, without shipping any new hardware or software
• Control and manage device lifecycle processes for customers and channel partners
• Use web-based dashboards to gain insight into your business, channel and customer usage as well as easily printing detailed business information reports and charts
• Automate all these processes from your central systems, allowing your sales and support teams to reduce waste and increase revenues
Quick Use Cases
Spacelabs Healthcare: Medical devices and associated software protected and managed by Nalpeiron technology.
Crosshairs Embedded: Software tools for embedded devices licensed and controlled by Nalpeiron technology.
Zebra: Commercial printer software and fonts plus engineers tools developed by and managed with Nalpeiron technology.
Inofile: Printer and scanner software plug-ins for medical records licensed and controlled by Nalpeiron technology.
Nalpeiron has helped a broad range of intelligent device manufacturers (these often include printers, scanners,
computer peripherals and medical devices, industrial automation and CIM, and telecommunications,
electronic and test measurement device manufacturers) and their related ecosystems, including names like
Fujitsu, Spacelabs Healthcare, Inofile, Zebra and many more.
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