'Solution' Manufacturers Threaten Integrators

Author: John Honovich, Published on Dec 09, 2016

The race to the bottom has driven manufacturers to become 'solution' providers, threatening integrators.

Axis shift to 'solution' sales might be the most surprising given their size and historic focus on open platforms, but we see it everywhere. In our discussions with manufacturer executives over the past year, easily a dozen have recently turned to solution sales, including companies that used to be well known for selling 'just' cameras or recorders.

The motivation is clear.

*** **** ** *** ****** *** ****** ************* ** ****** 'solution' *********, *********** ***********.

**** ***** ** '********' ********** ** *** **** ********** ***** ***** **** *** ******** ***** on **** *********, *** ** *** ** **********. ** *** discussions **** ************ ********** **** *** **** ****, ****** * ***** have ******** ****** ** ******** *****, ********* ********* **** **** to ** **** ***** *** ******* '****' ******* ** *********.

*** ********** ** *****.

[***************]

Driven To '*********'

**** ************* **** ************ ******** ** '**** ******' ** '*** market' *****, ***** **** ******** **** (** ** ***** **********) products *** ******* ***** '*********' *** **** (*.*., ******* *** manufacturer ***** **** ********) *** **-**** **** ** ** *** users. **** *** **** *********.

**** *** ***** ************ ************* ****** **** ******* **** ****** business (*********, ** * ****** ****** ****** *** ***** *** a *** ******). **** **** *** ******* *** *** **** levels ** ******** *********, ***** *** ******* (*.*., *********), *** rest ** **** ****** *******.

** **** *******?

Enterprise ************ ****

***** ********* ************* *** ************ ******* ***** ******** ***** ***** **** prospecting *** *** *****. *** ******** ********* ***** **** ****** as **** ** *** ***** ******* *** ** ********* **-**** but **** ** **** *** ****.

************* **** **** ***** *** ****** *** ***** ********* *** them ** *** *** (***** **** **** *** *** **** applies ** *****, *****, ********* / ** *** **** ***** less **** ***** *************). *** ** *** **** ** *** it? **** **** ** *** ***** ****** ** ********* *** ****. If *** **** ** ** **** *******, *** **** *******, VMS ********, *********, ****** *******, *********, ***. *** *** *** have **** *** ****** ** *********, *** *** ***** *** double *** ****** ** ******* *** ********.

***** **** *** ************* *** ********* ******** *********** *****, **** are ************ ********* '******' (******* *********, ******, ************, *************) ** win **** '*****' ** *** ********.

*** ***** ******* *** '********' ************* ** *** *********** ********* sales ********** ** *** ***** **** ** ** ******* *** be ****** **** * ****** ********** ******.

Threat ** ***********

*** ******** *** ******** *** *********** - ********* ************ ****** ********, and ********* ********** **** ** ******, ************ *** *************.

**** *********** ** *** **** ************ ***** ****** ******* ******* with *** *****. ************* *** ****, *** ***** '********' ************ sale ******** *** ************ ***** ****** ** ** ** ******** because **** **** ** ******** *** *** **** *** ***** '********' (including *** ********** ****** *****) ** *** **** ********.

********, ** *** ************ ***** ****** ** **** ******** ** ******* selection (*.*., *** ************'* ***-**-*** ****) *** ****** ****** (** the ************ ******* ****** ***** ***), ** **** ** ** the **** ** *** ********** ** * ******* ******* *** designer. ** *** ****** **** *** '********' ************ ** **********, the ********** ** ******* ** **** ** * ****-***** / install / ******* ****.

*******, **** ** *** ****-***** ****, *** '********' ************ ******. With ** ***-**-*** ****** ****** ********, *** ************ *** ******* their *** ********* ** ******** / ************ *** ******** ******, at **** **** ********** ****************. ****, *** '********' ************ *** use ***** *** ******** ********** ** ********* *** ****** *** the ***-****. ******, ***** *** *** ********* *** **** ******* points *** *** ******* ******** ************.

********** To '********' *************

*********, *********** ***** **** *********, ********* ***** *****, ************ *********, experience **** ******** ************'* ********, *** ******* ** ****** *** best **********, ** **** **** * ***. *** **** *** users ********* *** ***** ** *** ***** **** **** * single ********. *** ***** *** ***** **** ****** *** ** *** enough ** ******* *** ********** ** ************ ******. *** ***** **** is *** **** ************* **** ****** *** **** ***********.

*** ************* **** ********* ** ***** *** - ********************** *****, ************* ***** ******, ****** ******** *********** *****, ***. And **** ** **** ************ ***** *** **** ** ****** **** 'solution' ******** *** ** **** *** ***** ******* ******, **** see **** ** *** **** *** ** *******, ******* ** creating ******* *********** **** ***** *********** ********** ********.

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**** ************* ***'* **** *** ********* ** **** **** ****** in *** **** *****.

** ******* *** *** **** **. ** **** *** ** do *** ***** *******, ********* *******, ** ***** ** **** at ****, ********** ** *****.

*** **** * *** ************* **** ***** ** ** **** their ***** ****** **** *** **** **** ********* ** ***, making **** *** (** ** ****) ** ***** ******** *** specified. ** ********** ** ******* ** *** ********* **** **** responsibility / ***** ***** *** ************ *** **** ** **** work (**** ** *********** **** *** *** ********** **** *** project).

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* **** **** **** *** *** ** ***** ** *** integrators ***** ** *** ********** **** * **** *** *** can ******* *** ****** ********.

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** **** ****, *** ********** (*** ***** ***** **** ***** the ******* ***** *** ****** **** **** ** *** ******* solution) *** ******** **** ****** * ***-******* ******** **** ** order ** **** ** *** **** *** *** *** ****'* business ** **** ** ********* ****** *** *** ************ *** start-up *****.

**** **** * ** ******, *** ***** **** ** ***** much **** *********** ** *** ************ ****** **** *** ****** control ****. ****** ******* ***** *** **** ****** ******* *** risk ********** *** ***** *** ***** ******** ********** ** * solution (**** * ******* ******** *** ****** ************ **********).

**'* **** ******* *** **** **** *** *****. *** ***** have ** ** ***** ** *** *** **.

**** ******** ******** **** *** **** ** * *********, * would *** **** ** ** ** ********** *****. ***'* *** forget, ** ***** ***, *** ****** ** **** * ************ installer ** *** * *** *********. **** *** *****, ****** became ***********. ****, *** ***** **** * **** *** ********** and *********** ** **** ***** ***** *******, *** *** **** majority *** *********** ******. ****** *** ****** ** ********.

**** ******** ******** **** *** **** ** * *********, * would *** **** ** ** ** ********** *****.

*** ****** ****** ****** *** ** * ************? ;)

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...**** ** ** *************/**********/****************....

**** *** ***** *** *** ***.

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...************/**********/***********...

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** **** **** ********* ****** *** ** *** ******* ********, no *****. *** ** **** **** *** **** ******** **** clients *** ****** ******-*** ********* *** ******** **** **** * few *** *****. ***, ***** *** ****** ********. *** **, that's **** *** ***** **** *** ** *** *******.

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* *** ** *****, **** ***'* *** ************* *** **** in, *** *** ************ *******. ********** *** ************* "***********".

*** *** *** * *** *** **** * ********** ** you *** *** * **** ***.

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*** ******** ** *****, *** ****, *** ****** ********. *** the *****************. *****?

*** ******** ** *** ***** ** *****, *** *** ** one ** ********. * ***** **** ** ~* ******** *****.

************...

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** ** *******, ** *** **** **** **** * ******* integrator *** **** **** **** ******** *** *** ** *** a ****** ******** - ******** ******** *** ************* ***** ** your ******** - ** *** **** **** ** * *********** or ************ ** **** - **** *** ****** ** **** something **** ** ** *** ********.

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* ********** **** *** *** ******, *** * ***** **** examples *** * *** *******.

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** *** ***** **** ********* ***** *** ** ********* ** having ********* **** *** ************ *********** **** *** ** ************* for ****** *******?

** ******** **** *******, * *** ****** ** **** * point. ******** ** * ************ ** *********** ******** ***** **** sales ** ** ****** *** ** *****, ******** ** * manufacturer ** * ************ ******** ******* **** ** ***** *** integration ***-***** ** *** ** ********. *** ******** ******** ** a *********** ** **** **** ** *** **** ** ******* bandwidth *** *******, * *********** ****** *** ** ********** **** kind ** ********. * *********** ****** *** ** ********* ** troubleshooting * ******, **** ******* * **** ** ** *******... My **** ***** ** *** ***** ****** ** * *********** coming ** *** ******* ** ***** *** *** *********, **** he *** ********* ** ******, ******* ********* *** ************ ******* - ********* ********** *** ******** (*** ** ****).

* ***** **** *** ** ******* ** ************, * ***** not *** *********** *** ************ ***-***** **** ** *** **** category.

** ** ** ***** ** ********** ** * ***** ************ working *** * ************, * **** **** ********** **** ****** to *** *** ***** *** ********** **** *** ************. ** have ********** *** ********** ** *** ******* ***, ** ********* the ********** ***** **** ** **** *** ***-**** ****** ***** and *** **** ****** **** ***********. ** *** **** * network ** ****** ******* *********** **** ** *** ************* *** us *** ** **** ***** ** ************ ********** ** *** staff ** ****.

** ******* ** **** ***** **** * **** *** *** and ** *** **** **** ******** *** *** ***-****, *********** and *** ** ** *** ************. *** ** *** ******* with ******** **** *** ***-**** ** **** * ****** ************* what **** ****** **** *** **** **** ****** ****. **** we **** ***** ** **** **** *** ***** ******** ** doesn't ****** ***** *** ******** ***** ********. ** *** **** Loss ********** ******. **** ********** ******** *************** * ****-*** **** ********** ********. *** ************* ******** ** the **-***** **** ********** ********** *** ********** **** **** *** same **** ********** ****** ** ****** *********, *** ** *** have *** ********* ***** ** ****** *** *******. *** ** services ** * ******* ************ *** ********. ** **** *********** revenue ***** ***** ** ******** *** ******** ************* *** **********. So *** **** *** ***** ** **** ********** *** *** parties ******** *** *****.

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