By David Afolabi

Driving technology product adoption is crucial for the success of any organization in today’s competitive business environment. Product adoption involves helping customers embrace and integrate a product into their routines or workflows. One key player in this process is the Solutions Architect/Engineer, who plays a pivotal role in ensuring that products are successfully implemented, i.e., meet the needs of customers and are effectively utilized. This article explores the importance of product adoption, the role of Solutions Architects/Engineers and capabilities, and practical strategies for organizations to leverage these experts to drive product adoption.

Importance of Product Adoption:

Product adoption is more than just acquiring customers; it’s about ensuring that they derive value from the product. Successful product adoption can influence brand reputation and customer advocacy, making it a critical component of a company’s success. However, product adoption is important for both the product organizations and customer entities, especially consumer organizations.

For the product organization, it is a key factor for revenue generation, market competitiveness, and sustainable growth. High adoption rates lead to increased sales, market share, and customer retention, driving long-term success. Moreover, product adoption provides valuable insights for innovation and product development, enabling organizations to prioritize features and enhancements that meet evolving customer needs. Similarly, in the case of the customer organization, product adoption can facilitate value creation, competitive advantage, and business transformation.

Adopting innovative products helps customers solve business challenges, drive efficiency, and gain a competitive edge in their industry. The success of product adoption can foster collaboration and partnership between the customer and product organization, leading to mutual success and ongoing innovation. Ultimately, successful product adoption is a catalyst for organizational success, driving profitability, efficiency, and growth.

The Significance of the Role of Solutions Architects and Solutions Engineers:

Whether internal or external customer-facing, the role of Solutions Architects/Engineers in product adoption is highly critical. Although these two functions differ from organization to organization, they serve as a critical link between the product organization and the customer organization. Their expertise and technical proficiency enable them to understand customer needs, design customized or well-tailored solutions to solve business problems and provide invaluable technical guidance and support. By demonstrating the value and return on investment (ROI) of the product, facilitating user training, and building strong relationships with customers/users, Solutions Architects/Engineers play a pivotal role in driving successful adoption and fostering long-term satisfaction and loyalty. Moreover, their ability to gather and incorporate feedback ensures that the product evolves in alignment with user-customer needs and preferences, enhancing its value and relevance over time. Organizations that invest in empowering and leveraging Solutions Architects/Engineers are better positioned to achieve sustainable growth, profitability, and market leadership, ultimately driving mutual success for both the product organization and the customer organization.

Some of the key capabilities Solutions Architects/Engineers have or need are the ability to;

  • Conduct Needs Assessments and Solution Design: Solutions Architects/Engineers work closely with customers/users to identify requirements and design customized solutions that address specific challenges.
  • Provide Technical Guidance and Support: They offer expertise in product implementation, integration, configuration, and troubleshooting, ensuring a seamless adoption process for customers.
  • Demonstrate Value and ROI: Solutions Architects/Engineers showcase the product’s capabilities through demos and proofs of concept, helping customers understand the impact of the product on their business.
  • Facilitate User Training and Education: They provide training sessions, workshops, and documentation to equip users with the knowledge and skills to effectively use the product.
  • Build Strong Relationships and Advocacy: Solutions Architects/Engineers develop trust and rapport with customers, acting as advocates for their needs within the organization.
  • Gather and Incorporate Feedback: They collect insights and feedback from customers, incorporating them into product enhancements and improvements to drive continuous improvement.

Practical Steps for Organizations to Drive Product Adoption through Solutions Architects/Engineers:

To effectively leverage Solutions Architects/Engineers in driving or elevating product adoption, organizations can take the following steps:

  • Establish a dedicated Customer Success and/or Solutions Architecture-Engineering team.
  • Enable strong collaboration between Solutions Architects/Engineers and sales teams.
  • Implement tools and resources to support Solutions Architects/Engineers in their role.
  • Create incentives and recognition programs to motivate and reward successful product adoption efforts.
  • Provide ongoing training and professional development for Solutions Architects/Engineers.


In conclusion, driving product adoption through Solutions Architects/Engineers is a strategic imperative for organisations seeking to achieve sustainable growth and success. By harnessing the expertise of Solutions Architects and Engineers, and implementing practical strategies, companies can effectively drive adoption, deliver value to customers, and differentiate themselves in the market.

David Afolabi leads solutions architecture and engineering programs, including API integration, intelligent automation, and analytics solutions at BMG. He is a product-solutions specialist with experience leading the design, development and implementation of products – solutions.


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