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Why Quote-to-Cash Ain’t Gonna Help Ya’ (Part 1 of 2)
By: Brendan O'Brien

Brendan O'Brien

It’s a brave new world of nascent recurring revenue models.  As many have pointed out in the last 24 months, an ever-growing list of companies (including several household names) are making partial or wholesale migrations from traditional one-off sales models (aka Quote–to-Cash) to some form of a recurring model, be […]

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Pay-Per-Ski -or- The Internet of Things Meets Recurring Revenue
By: Brendan O'Brien

Brendan O'Brien

There’s a lot of buzz these days surrounding the “Internet of Things.” Unfortunately, the term itself is fuzzy, leading to ambiguity and misunderstanding of what it actually means. A shame, because the underlying concept is one that promises to revolutionize the way we measure, consume, and track so much of […]

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“Can’t we have both?”
By: Brendan O'Brien

Brendan O'Brien

In the final scene of the movie “Trading Places,” our triumphant heroes stand on the beach of some exotic locale, reveling in their victory from having cornered the orange juice commodities market.  One character asks “What shall we have for lunch, the lobster or the cracked crab?”  Another character, glass […]

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The Rise of Unified Channel Billing (Part 2 of 2)
By: Brendan O'Brien

Brendan O'Brien

In my last post regarding the rise of the cloud broker, I concluded that those brokers will quickly find themselves (if they haven’t already) in the likely and unexpected position of being, effectively, channel managers. I promised an explanation in that post, so here goes… To be fully effective in […]

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The New, New Case for Brokers (Part 1 of 2)
By: Brendan O'Brien

Brendan O'Brien

In general, the need for brokers is self-evident in our lives and our history. For example, real estate, investments, and even matchmaking are made better with brokers doing the, well, brokering.  Over time, however, traditional broker models can be challenged and even reinvented by technology or changing social norms, e.g. […]

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All I Need To Know About Subscription Entitlement I Learned As a Paperboy
By: Brendan O'Brien

Brendan O'Brien

When companies embark on a subscription offering for the first time, they’re often saddled with some incorrect assumptions about the best way to manage entitlement.  How do I know when to provide a new customer first access to a service?  How about when they upgrade, downgrade, or (heaven forbid) cancel?  […]

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Breaking the Shopping Cart
By: Brendan O'Brien

Brendan O'Brien

You can’t blame people for framing their worldview on their experience. We all do it, and there are experiences that are common to us all and seem, on their surface, ubiquitous. Neither can we be blamed for desiring simplicity wherever possible. In demonstration of both of these points I offer […]

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