Software Pulse

Business Strategy for Software Executives

June 30, 2008

Laila Arad-Allan

Improving Business Value with DRM

A new lifecycle approach to digital rights management helps software vendors grow sales, maintain a competitive advantage and improve profitability

By Laila Arad-Allan, Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Ltd.

The market for software digital rights management (DRM) is almost as old as the software industry itself. But just as the software business has experienced a series of massive shifts over the past decade, the DRM marketplace has evolved as well.

The DRM product landscape has expanded far beyond anti-piracy tools. Software vendors can now take advantage of innovative solutions which align DRM capabilities with business needs across the software product lifecycle – and improve business value across the board.


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Stay True or Get Sued

Enterprises are rapidly adopting virtualization but software licensing technology products have not yet caught up. Jeff Kelsey of Express Metrix cautions vendors that IT professionals must adapt their licensing management strategies to account for this virtual world. Read how in this post to the Blog on virtualization.

Warning: Don’t Adopt SaaS in Chunks

The success of SaaS has left some software vendors tempted to adopt the model incrementally. Rubicon Consulting principal Michael Mace explains why that’s a bad idea in this post to the blog on SaaS.

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DON'T MISS: Managing IT to Support Rapid Growth

An interview with NetApp CIO Marina Levinson reveals that keeping pace with a rapidly growing company means choosing priorities carefully. Read why in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

News Update: Gates’ Getaway

Gates and Ellison vie for headlines to the last; plus and Google are best friends, the Symbian Foundation threatens Google and Microsoft, Dell may be planning to go SaaS and Red Hat reports Q1. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest Software News Summary.

Poll: Importance of DRM?

Next-generation DRM solutions promise better business value than traditional DRM solutions. How important is DRM to the industry today?
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Last week, readers told us whether it was too late for on-premise vendors to switch to a SaaS model.
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David Downing named CMO of NetSuite.
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Parting Thought

“In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.”
— J. Paul Getty

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