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Emerging Technology Analysis: Software Licensing and Entitlement Management Is the Key to Monetizing the Internet of Things

Published: 31 March 2014

ID: G00251790

Analyst(s): Laurie Wurster


The Internet of Things transforms all hardware and appliance OEMs into software providers. Licensing and entitlement management technology provides the locking capabilities that enable manufacturers to protect and monetize the embedded software IP running on these connected devices.

Table Of Contents


  • Technology Description
    • Defining the IoT
    • Defining License and Entitlement Management
    • Defining Intelligent Devices
  • Technology Adoption
  • Technology Impact
    • Actions to Take Now
    • Actions to Plan for Longer Term (12 to 18 Months)
  • Applying Licensing to the IoT
    • Licensing and Entitlement Management
    • Components of Licensing and Monetization
  • Appendix — Technical Components of Licensing and Entitlement Management
  • References

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