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Sep 16, 2019

Why you have to check out today’s podcast: 

  • How to come up with good pricing for cloud-based products 
  • The goal of waterfall analysis and why companies should do it 
  • Why you should not be afraid to raise prices 


Samuel Saavedra is a pricing professional and commercial deal architect with strong supplementary skills in contract negotiations, contract management, program management, bid management, and proposal response. His strongest industries are Fintech – Financial Services, Telecom – Data Centers and Cloud Services. 

In this episode, Samuel talks about how he uses his data center cost models to create the infrastructure cost behind payment offerings, and how he leverages his pricing expertise to develop waterfall analyses across the service portfolio to address revenue leakage and declining margin points, and how data analytics tools help him in adding insights into transactional data. 


“Don’t be afraid to raise your price.”  

– Samuel Saavedra 


Topics Covered: 


01:33 – What got Samuel into Pricing 

03:06 – Why cost-plus pricing is not enticing 

03:50 – Samuel explains how to calculate a software development cost 

04:54 – How to partner with companies and gain a percentage of profit through the years you partner with them 

06:20 – Challenges on monitoring the actual profit a customer gains for partnering with a software vendor  

07:47 – Product Pricing: basis and factors 

09:02 – Describing the build-run-cost model  of a data center 

13:07 – What is cloud-based pricing all about 

14:30 – What makes waterfall analysis fascinating and why not many companies are doing it 

16:33 – How to go about the  waterfall analysis  

17:53 – What things to take into consideration when you use data analytics 

20:46 – His best pricing advice: “Don’t be afraid to raise your price.”  

20:53 – Why you should not be afraid to raise prices 


Key Takeaways: 


“When it comes to enterprise banking software, the way it’s typically priced is there is an annual license for the software. Then, there’s going to be a base price, like say, it gives you so many millions of payments or wire transfers and so on. And then there’s going to be tiered pricing.” – Samuel Saavedra 


“Cloud-based pricing is all about elasticity, scalability, capacity, et cetera. So you figure out what that is based on your assumptions of the customer’s uptake, number of transactions, number of customers growth over time. So you model that. Then they, in turn, come up with their numbers of uptake and growth over time. Once you’ve got the nitty-gritty out of the way, then there’s the actual pricing, which is as you know, what is their perception of the value you bring.” – Samuel Saavedra 


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