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For SaaS Success, Mindset Matters Most For organizations that are launching, building or in the market with SaaS offerings, success varies widely. Many of these organizations and the people in them have roots in the software, appliance or hardware product businesses. To succeed as a SaaS provider, you have to build a great service, that's a given. But equally important, but you must transition from a product to a service mindset. If you have a product mindset in a service business, you will be blind to many of the issues that matter, and risk making poor organizational, strategic and tactical decisions. What Is Mindset? To understand Mindset, I use my OPFTM Mindset Framework: In the OPF framework, Mindset is made up of three components: Orientation, Perspective, Focus. Orientation: My relationship and adjustment to the environment that I am in Perspective: My way of r... (more)

Poking Through the Clouds

About five years ago, I had the pleasure of sitting through sales training with John Costigan. I remember John's opening as he said something like, "How are you?" and got the typical quiet reaction. John went on to say something like, "when I am asked, I say "OUTSTANDING" and you should too. Because to STAND OUT, you MUST BE OUTSTANDING." Fast forward to last week, when I was having a discussion on positioning with a very successful entrepreneur turned VC. He said, "The only way to win in today's markets is to STAND OUT, create something new." Immediately I thought of John and s... (more)

Finding Your Cloud Go-to-Market Viewpoint - Follow the Cash Cow!

In my recent article on High Impact Cloud Marketing, I said: Viewpoint is a framing of the market in the context of your uniqueness.  The uniqueness of your team, your capabilities, and your vision.  Some call viewpoint thought leadership, some vision with a capital V, and some brand. and I called on providers to set a unique and compelling viewpoint to create breakthrough for their marketing efforts. While there are many frameworks and techniques to capturing Viewpoint, however defined, one of the simplest and most effective way I have, and one the first I usually pull out of my t... (more)

How to Build Cloud Brand and Demand

Walk into just about any Cloud marketing team today, and you will see a very large focus on marketing automation. This is the tip of the iceberg that has been building since the dawn of Google and Direct email, or for about a decade. Let's call that time AG for After Google. That AG iceberg is the maniacal focus on demand over brand, on lead generation over messaging, on revenue over valuation. This focus makes a lot of sense, especially in a crowded and newly developing market, marketing MUST drive revenue, because revenue drive valuation, growth and access to capital, and feed... (more)

It's Not Just the Cloud - The Re-invention of Everything

Look around and be amazed, everything is being re-invented.  From the tablet computer to the thermostat, from cars to enterprise software, from incubators to light-bulbs.  We are living in an amazing time.  Opportunities abound to capitalize on the biggest industrial change since electricity. While those of us in Cloud and IT tend to focus on a few ideas like Cloud and Big Data,   we are at the the convergence of 6 megatrends, some new, some old, that when taken together create this incredible rush of innovation and opportunity.  The megatrends are: Microelectronics - Moore's Law ... (more)