By Lennart Broers, Sales Director Operator Solutions at 24i
This year, more than ever, most of us are looking forward to a new fresh start in the new year. I’m excited that 2021 sees me joining 24i as Sales Director Operator Solutions, responsible for driving the growth and momentum of a company I’ve been part of in the past!
March of 2020, when much of the world went into quarantine, is a month most of us will not forget. For most businesses there was uncertainty and for many there was chaos as they scrambled to set up remote work environments and adapt quickly to new regulations without clarity on how long the situation would last. Since that time, the M&E industry has gone through immense change, and the disruption that the coronavirus pandemic caused has brought new workflows and, in many cases, accelerated changes that were already happening.
Software as a Service is here to stay – It’s the sector that’s predicted to hit well over $600 billion in global value by 2023 (FinancesOnline). Let’s recap – SaaS is the prime method of software delivery, where software and applications are hosted remotely via a vendor. SaaS applications are made available to customers through a network, which often requires a regular subscription to access. Here at PlayBox we’ve championed the countless benefits of truly utilising the cloud with cloud-native SaaS – see Cosmos Technology – and we’re here to share some of those benefits with you.
In this webinar, we explore the most important findings of the recently published Adapt for Change Report, including BaM Content Chain Maturity™, the supply-side implications of the move to as-a-service models and the growing cloud ecosystem.
The media and entertainment industry is in an exciting period of transformation and innovation, and Signiant is thrilled to be in the midst of it. Nowhere was this energy more apparent than at this year’s IBC conference, where we had the opportunity to speak with a wide range of organizations, vendors, and thought leaders to better understand where M&E businesses are at, where they’re going, and what they need.
Now with IBC 2019 in the rearview mirror, we’ve been reflecting on everything we’ve learned, and Jon Finegold, Signiant’s CMO, has taken the time to share his experience from the conference, and how that might affect Signiant as we charge toward 2020.
Business Transformation – Embracing SaaS
IABM Executive Summit, London – July 2019
What are the challenges, issues and potential benefits for both media companies and vendors as they transform to a software-as-a-service based mode? George Jarrett reported on IABM’s July 2019 Executive Summit for IBC365, reproduced here with the kind permission of IBC.
In this presentation Scott Puopolo (CEO, Telestream) discusses the business, technical and organisational issues that must be addressed by equipment vendors as they transform their business from a product supply model to a SaaS model, and how Telestream is responding to requests from customers to support this business model.
Jonathan Bridges, CIO, Exponential-e
Your digital capability is the great enabler for your strategic success. SaaS has many benefits: to future-proof your services and develop new consumption-based business models. As we embrace SaaS, we need the technology stack that underpins these services and integrates with all systems, from your data and users at the edge to your storage and network using the cloud. In this presentation we explore best practices and a customer case study, explaining steps that you take to make technology a business enabler in Media and Broadcast.
Chair – Rob Ambrose, Managing Consultant, High Green Media
- Mike Ward, Marketing Director, Singular.Live
- Chris Clarke, CEO, Cerberus
- Alan Pimm, Co-founder/Director, MediaSaaS
- Jonathan Bridges, CIO, Exponential-e
An expert panel of IABM member vendors debate questions such as ‘What is a real SaaS Solution?’ and ‘How do you get a real SaaS model?’.
By Megan Cater, Senior Manager of Digital Content at Signiant As data-intensive industries like Media & Entertainment continue to adopt cloud solutions, the simplicity and scalability of well-designed, cloud-native SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) has proven to be a major driver. However, in order to provide the full benefits of SaaS, vendors must be fully committed to the services, not just the software. SaaS connects vendors and customers in a long-term relationship that begins with onboarding, thrives through superb customer support and DevOps, and grows with ongoing product improvements rooted in feedback from customers. Entering into a partnership with a SaaS vendor that has a high-level commitment to services can provide enormous advantages to customers. Since the software vendor is responsible for operation of the cloud environment, it removes the burden of procuring, managing and maintaining on-premises infrastructure, while automatically providing the latest product releases without impacting customizations. Well-executed services also improve the usability of products over time, because they allow vendors the opportunity to get invaluable feedback from customers on an ongoing basis. That feedback comes directly from customers as well as from visibility into product usage that is often missing in traditional on-premises software. A powerful network effect is created where...