High Tech Companies Need Better Financial Controls to Overcome Growing Revenue Challenges According to New Model N State of Revenue Report

93% struggle with financial control of their channel; 82% say channel financial compliance has become more difficult

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Model N, Inc. (NYSE: MODN), the leader in cloud revenue management solutions, today announced findings from its 2021 State of Revenue Report, which examines current issues around revenue execution and management in the high tech manufacturing sector. Model N polled 300 C-level executives during January-February 2021, and 97% say they face revenue management challenges. Some 93% of respondents report that revenue management is a “business-critical” issue, describing the global COVID-19 pandemic as the biggest factor impacting revenue management today.

The Evolution of Channel Sales

In response to these changing marketplace dynamics and the ongoing revenue execution crisis, almost all companies reported adopting new business models (96%), changing processes (98%), and seeking out innovative technologies for revenue management (99%). And while nearly half (49%) recognize that improved revenue management capabilities can increase revenue, a surprising 96% depend on spreadsheets for some revenue management tasks. However, companies do recognize the need for change, as more than 90% say revenue management is business-critical and needs to modernize in the digital era, with 68% of firms reporting an increase in revenue management moments in 2020.

“Today’s volatile and constantly changing channel environment places even greater competitive pressure on high tech companies, and the issue of revenue management has become particularly critical as companies seek to recover from the effects of the pandemic,” said Chanan Greenberg, senior vice president and general manager, High Tech, for Model N. “The need to align channels, pricing and incentive programs to the end-customer buying journey has created increased complexity as well as uncertainty about the accuracy and integrity of financial controls. By leveraging AI-powered platforms like Model N’s Revenue Cloud, high tech companies can drive channel alignment and maximize revenue opportunities.”

What’s more, not all changes brought about by the coronavirus will be temporary. Some 54% of high tech firms say that steps taken during the pandemic will have a long-term impact on revenue management processes. In addition, according to those surveyed, telecommuting also poses issues, as 61% said remote work made revenue management more difficult.

Revenue Execution Challenges

Against a backdrop of channel evolution and the continued potential for lost revenue, the industry is becoming more aware of revenue execution challenges. Model N’s research findings bear out the urgent need for solutions across the high tech sector, which is plagued by price volatility and discount-incentivized channels. Rapid channel growth, new revenue models and a lack of visibility, as well as a continued reliance on legacy manual processes, are causing more audit and control issues. Model N’s survey reports:

  • 94% of high tech companies face challenges with incentive management
  • 93% of high tech companies face challenges with financial controls in their channel
  • 58% of high tech companies face challenges around obtaining accurate partner data

Effective High Tech Revenue Management: The Intersection of Technology and Expertise

Deep industry knowledge and expertise are at the core of successful revenue management strategies. And, given the combination of complex channel and incentive sales models and today’s highly competitive global environment, semiconductor, electronic component manufacturers (ECMs), and high tech manufacturing companies are seeking new solutions for management of deals, channels, rebates, and market development funds (MDF).

As a result, high tech companies must implement revenue management strategies and tools that integrate both a nuanced understanding of the industry and the most current technologies – including data science, artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud – as part of larger, enterprise-wide digital transformation and digitization initiatives. According to Model N’s research, companies are already on the hunt for solutions:

  • 99% of companies are looking for innovative revenue management technologies, especially those that incorporate AI and machine learning (ML), at 74%
  • 91% agree that the ideal delivery method for revenue management is cloud-based and that cloud solutions should come from a vendor with deep sector expertise
  • More than half (54%) have already augmented their processes with the adoption of additional cloud software

In addition, high tech companies are exploring new revenue models to cope with today’s dynamic marketplace, which is driving an even greater need for revenue management solutions. Some 47% of firms say they’ve recently adopted subscription or recurring revenue models, and 48% of high tech companies say that more subscription pricing models are causing an increase in revenue management moments.

More About the Survey

Fielded by Dimensional Research in January-February 2021, the online survey polled a total of 300 executives in the U.S. with direct responsibility for revenue management in an executive role. The primary research goal of the survey was to capture hard data to understand trends with revenue management among key industries. A variety of questions were asked on a range of topics, including current approach to revenue management, opportunities to improve, and the role of technology. Certain questions were repeated from a similar 2020 survey to enable trend analysis. To view the complete results, see http://www.modeln.com/stateofrevenue2021.

About Model N

Model N enables life sciences and high tech companies to drive growth and market share, minimizing revenue leakage throughout the revenue lifecycle. With deep industry expertise and solutions purpose-built for these industries, Model N delivers comprehensive visibility, insight and control over the complexities of commercial operations and compliance. Our integrated cloud solution is proven to automate pricing, incentive and contract decisions to scale business profitably and grow revenue. Model N is trusted across more than 120 countries by the world’s leading pharmaceutical, medical technology, semiconductor, and high tech companies, including Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Stryker, Seagate Technology, Broadcom and Microchip Technology. For more information, visit www.modeln.com.


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