Truth Denied? The Software Appliance Revisited.

As I mentioned in my last blog entry I’ve had a minor disagreement with Blake Dournaee of Intel over… …whether spin was used in the naming of the product category in which the folks at Intel have placed their SOA security/acceleration technology. You can read about our failure to find common ground as well as […]

Updated Lustratus REPAMA Guide

Just a quick note to say that I’ve updated the Lustratus REPAMA Guide to version 1.1. I’ve added three more studies that have been part of our analysis for some time but hadn’t quite found their way into the guide. These are: Depositioning focus Differentiation strategy Perceived threat All of these studies are concerned with […]

Standards-based marketing – an antidote “Be holier than thou” Part 6

So closing out this series of posts looking at differentiation in markets where technical standards have caused little technical difference between products, I’m going to look at standards bodies and technical education as a technique to create differentiation. Preach the gospel – Educate The first point to make is that in my experience products that […]

Standards-based marketing – an antidote “Partner” Part 5

I’m carrying on this series of posts on how vendors can differentiate themselves in the market when technical standards have had the effect of removing significant functional difference between competitive products. This time I’m going to look at partnering to create differentiation in your offer.  Whilst the product proposition will remain materially similar to that […]

Standards-based marketing – an antidote “Broaden the Debate” Part 4

Part 4 – Broaden the Debate I’m continuing this series of blogs here by looking at the techniques that software vendors can use to create the “illusion” of differentiation in markets where technical standards have led to little material product difference. So moving on from my last blog where I looked at the way an […]

Standards-based marketing – the homogeneous effect of software standards – Part 2

    A History Lesson   Continuing on from this blog entry, I’ve decided to create another mini series of blogs, this time looking at the difficulty of differentiation in markets where software standards have created homogeneity amongst the offerings of the protagonists. So first a little bit of a history lesson… I surfed the wave of middleware resurgence […]

“Aim wider”, “focus everywhere” and other oxymorons

I’ve just had a conversation with a friend, an ex-colleague who was picking my brains (for free I might add!) about what he could do to make his sales year look better. I asked him how his product was positioned and where his focus was on the market.He told me, and in doing so mentioned 3 industries, 3 market […]

Open Source and the Impotence(sic) of Being Earnest

Q. What do the questions… “How do porcupines make love?” and “How do you ‘sell’ open source software?” …have in common? A. The answer to both is “Carefully!” Software sales is a funny business.  Push too hard and you’re open to accusations of potentially ripping people off through aggressive tactics, don’t push hard enough and […]