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New Flexera Software/IDC survey reveals that intelligent device manufacturers are failing to maximise software revenues


Maidenhead, UK – November 12, 2013 – Most hardware manufacturers are developing applications for their products – transforming them into “intelligent devices.”  But the majority of manufacturers are still not monetising that software. Indeed, while the majority of those surveyed have already or are moving to the intelligent device model (87%), the latest Flexera Software/IDC Survey results show that device manufacturers are not monetising the apps they build for their hardware – potentially leaving money on the table.  According to the survey a clear majority of respondents (58%), indicated that they do not currently monetise the software for their devices. 

The survey also highlighted some key concerns as device manufacturers cite agility, costs and margins as key issues:

  • 48% said that a major concern was reducing time to market for creating new products. 

  • 38% of respondents said enhancing their ability to react quickly to changing market needs and/or new market opportunities are paramount among their major challenges. 

  • Reducing time to market for creating product enhancements (37%), reducing manufacturing costs (36%).

  • Low margins (23%) also topped manufacturers’ lists of concerns.

Going “intelligent” seen as a positive move to progression:

  • 87% of survey respondents indicated they either already have “gone intelligent” by integrating software with their hardware products – or they plan on doing so within the next 12-24 months.  Moreover, most respondents say an intelligent device strategy will help with the key challenges noted above. 

  • 60% said that going intelligent enhances their ability to react quickly to changing market needs and/or new market opportunities. 

  • 56% said it helps reduce time to market for creating new products. 

  • 55% said it reduces time to market for creating product enhancements.

  • 46% said it helps reduce manufacturing costs.

  • 26% cited increasing margins as their reasons for building software for their smart devices.

Of the manufacturers that do monetise their apps, 25% use capabilities delivered via software to enable customers to purchase more capacity on their devices.  21% make money by charging for the amount of software that is used on the device.  A smaller percentage – about 7% -- are using software to turn on and off product features in the device that customers have licence to use.

“With shrinking margins on hardware sales, manufacturers are increasingly looking to leverage the software assets developed for their devices in various ways. However, in the past, this software may have been given away with the hardware or bundled with the hardware in such a way that the value of the software was not called out separately,” said Amy Konary, Research Vice President - Software Licensing & Provisioning, IDC.  “These firms are finding that monetising or licensing their software can provide an additional high-margin revenue stream, protect intellectual property (IP) from misuse, simplify product packaging while allowing for more flexible configurations, and lower inventory costs by decreasing the number of SKUs needed to satisfy unique customer demands."

“It is clear that device manufacturers are moving to the intelligent device model to be more agile,” said Mathieu Baissac, Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software.  “Market-innovators have also proven that monetising the apps built for devices, substantially increases margins and profits.  Most device manufacturers, however, are still early on in the maturity level when it comes to monetising their software applications.  But there are concrete steps they can take today to substantially grow their revenues, increase competitive differentiation and solve more strategic problems for their customers. To do so, they will need to employ flexible licensing and entitlement management to monetise their software in solutions that combine software and hardware.”

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About the 2013 Application Usage Management Survey
The 2013 Application Usage Management survey was conducted by Flexera Software with input from IDC’s Software Pricing and Licensing Research division under the direction of Amy Konary, research vice president - software licensing and provisioning at IDC. More than 750 respondents from application producers and end-user enterprises, including over 125 device manufacturers, on all aspects of managing the software licence lifecycle were surveyed.

This annual research project looks at application usage management trends and best practices.  The survey reaches out to executives at application producers (software vendors and intelligent device manufacturers) and enterprises who use and manage software and devices.  This is the first year this survey is being conducted.  

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