From Program to Product

From Program to Product

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Many woulda€“be software entrepreneurs with expertise in many fields attempt to turn a homegrown applicationa€”one developed for use in their own business or professiona€”into a commercial product. Lack of knowledge, experience, or skills often prevents the idea from ever taking shape, let alone achieving its potential. Entering a new field to start a business leaves many developers unprepared and not even fully aware that ita€™s something they know so little about. They will also often have a job that conflicts with the time commitment required to market the program well enough for it to become a complete success. Do you have an idea for a commercially viable software product or already have a product with the potential for dream financial rewards? Woulda€“be software entrepreneurs must consult From Program to Product: Turning Your Code into a Saleable Product, written by software developer and entrepreneur Rocky Smolin, for an indispensable roadmap to creating a commercially successful software product. Smolin shares insights from his own experience and covers topics you may never anticipate but are vital to success, like pricing, documentation, licensing, and tracking customers. What youa€™ll learn Rocky Smolin walks you through the essentials of turning a development project into a product, including: How to determine the best method of licensing your work and how to enforce that license Choosing the appropriate price, calculating potential revenue, and selecting payment methods, including leasing and support options Selling products direct to the customer, through retailers, and via other sales channels Managing technical considerations within your development project, including logos, splash screens, output, error trapping and reporting, and localization/internationalization Creating attractive packaging and developing an appearance for the product, including within the application itself, supporting documentation, and in external components Handling marketing, sales, and administrationa€”learn product differentiation, lead generation, prospect tracking, and customer followa€“ups Who this book is for From Program to Product: Turning Your Code into a Saleable Product is for both the a€œlone rangera€ programmer and small developer teams of 2-3 persons each. If you have a program developed for your own use and would like to commercialize it, but are stymied at the many issues to consider and resolve before selling to the public, youa€™ll find your answers here. Additionally, if youa€™re a programmer at the moment with an idea or a desire to try to create a commercially viable application, and youa€™re motivated by the dream of cash flow, this book is a vital roadmap.Before you begin writing, however, decide on your formata€”font and font size for headings, subheadings, ... contents and lists of figures with the new page numbers becomes a push-button affair, eliminating one really nasty manual writing job.

Title:From Program to Product
Author:Rocky Smolin
Publisher:Apress - 2008-03-27


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