Solution Transformation | Deloitte Netherlands


Solution Transformation

Moving from disconnected products to integrated solutions

Customer needs are rarely met with an offering of products alone. Integrating software and services that complement your products or the use thereof into a seamless solution can create additional value. We call this shift a Solution Transformation.

Your challenge

We see a structural decline in return on assets, growing topple rates and shortening product life cycles. Solution driven companies are outperforming against this trend, causing companies to move from product selling to solution selling:

  • Declining return on assets 
    Since 1965, we notice a structural declining trend in return on assets – showing a company's ability to generate income from their assets – primarily impacting asset-heavy companies
  • Growing topple rate 
    In parallel, we see an increase in the topple rate – a measure of how rapidly companies lose their leadership positions – as competition exposed low performers and ate away at returns
  • Shortening product lifecycle 
    Product life cycles – the time period between the introduction and discontinuation of a product – have become significantly shorter with product use changing over the past decades
  • Increasing value of intangible assets 
    Intangible assets now account for most assets held by S&P 500 companies, where the 5 largest companies by market cap are solution driven instead of product driven in the previous decades 

Why Deloitte

Solution based business models with dynamic monetization and recurring usage-based or outcome-based revenue models are already becoming a reality in an increasing number of industries. As Deloitte we are uniquely positioned to guide you on the journey from products to solutions through our understanding and experience with key trends and catalysts underpinning different market dynamics:

  • Commoditized markets: Blurring Boundaries
    Barriers to assets, resources, funding & markets are eroding, which not only drives commoditization of products and allows disruptive competitors to challenge the status quo, but also unlocks adjacent value spaces for incumbent players.
  • Capital intensive markets: Hyper connectivity
    Increased access to data and technological enablers further open the door to new business models, enabling monetization options that link price with value and allowing tighter integration with strategic innovation partnerships.
  • Regulated markets: Concentration and Fragmentation
    Businesses tend to concentrate towards platforms or fragment in their respective niches, collaboration becomes increasingly relevant in light of sustainability regulations pushing the need to track products across their value chain and lifecycle.

Our solution

Solution transformation is rooted in understanding what it takes to solve a customer’s problem and then seamlessly bringing together exactly what is needed, unlocking the ability to assemble value from any of your assets, capabilities or IP to bring holistic solutions to your customers at the intersection of products, software and services. Similarly, we connect the best from our established Strategy, Business Operations, Technology and Analytics practices to tackle the diverse challenges of a solution transformation in an integrated approach, allowing us to support across a wide array of capabilities:

  • Strategy
    Support in collecting value insights, identifying value spaces and designing value propositions that outline where to play and how to win
  • Solution
    Support in the design of a holistic solution that meets customer needs by integrating product development with service design and software development
  • Technology
    Support solution providers to design, build/adapt, integrate, operate and monitor/measure different hardware and software ecosystems to leverage and monetize data
  • Offering
    Support the development of bundled products, software and services from front-end (CPQ, pricing) to back-end (rate-cards, usage management, monitoring)
  • Sales
    Support salesforce in the transition from transactional sales of products to relationship-based sales of solutions, with a focus on customer success and software entitlement
  • Finance
    Support with shift from upfront or periodic payments to continuously recurring or outcome based revenue streams, including financing options for cashflow changes
  • Accounting
    Support with shifting ownership from customer to provider, which impacts accounting treatments and changing responsibility over assets in their lifetime


André Barneveld Binkhuysen

André Barneveld Binkhuysen


André leads both System Engineering and IOT team for Deloitte in the Netherlands. With his focus on the Manufacturing, Energy and Utility industries and a background on IT Strategy, Enterprise Archite... More

Niels Cornet

Niels Cornet

Senior Manager

Niels co-leads the Solution Transformation team in the Netherlands, in addition to leading the Zuora Practice within Deloitte Digital. With over two decades of global consulting experience, Niels has ... More

Daan van der Zanden

Daan van der Zanden

Senior Manager

Daan leads the Solution Transformation team in the Netherlands, which recognizes that customer needs extend beyond isolated products, encompassing comprehensive solutions that seamlessly integrate pro... More