In an analyst perspective at the beginning of this year I wrote that sales organizations must step beyond conventional wisdom to generate the best outcomes. One such step is to invest in software that delivers immediate value to manage sales and be efficient in its operations. Our latest research on sales organizations finds that inconsistent execution (53%), scattered information (48%) and limited visibility (42%) are motivating investment to improve sales. At CompCloud, its annual conference, Xactly unveiled advances in its software to help improve the effectiveness and productivity of sales organizations. Spokespeople said the company’s sales compensation products have helped users manage US$10 billion in commissions in the past two years.
Topics: Analytics, Business Analytics, Business Performance, Cloud Computing, Financial Performance, Forecast, Insights, Operational Performance, Quotas, Sales, Sales Commission, Sales Compensation, Sales Performance, Xactly
In the realm of technology that matters for business and IT, our firm as part of our responsibility continually assesses the latest technology and how it can impact organizations’ efficiency and effectiveness. Our benchmark research in technology innovation found that 87% of participants indicated the importance of increasing the organization’s value through technology innovation. Every year we take our knowledge from research and technology briefings to focus on our Technology Innovation Awards and determine the vendors and products that have the potential to drive change in the market, the competitiveness of an organization’s business and sometimes just how efficiently a company operates. Our firm believes that Innovation can come from any size technology vendor from the smallest to the largest that are measured on a spectrum of attributes that contribute to the specific impact of the technology.
Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Intelligence, Business Mobility, Business Performance, CIO, Cloud Computing, Collaboration, Contact Center, Customer, Customer & Contact Center, Datameer, Datawatch, ESRI, Financial Management, Financial Performance, Globoforce, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), GRC, HCM, Hortonworks, IBM, Informatica, Information Applications, Information Builders, Information Management, Information Optimization, IT Performance, Johnson Controls Panoptix, Kronos, KXEN, Kyriba, Location Analytics, Location Intelligence, Marketing, Mobile, NetBase, Office of Finance, Operational Intelligence, Operational Performance, Oracle, Overall Operational Leadership, Peoplefluent, Planview, Roambi, Sales, Sales Performance, Service & Supply Chain, Social Media, SQLstream, Supply Chain Performance, Sustainability, Upstream Works, Vertex, VMWare, VPI, Workforce Performance, IT Analytics & Performance, Xactly, Information Technology
Businesses continue to try to increase productivity and simplify tasks in order to use their time smarter. Our recent business technology innovation research found that, when it comes to analytics, 44 percent of organizations spend the most time on data-related tasks. With lack of resources being the largest issue impeding the adoption of technology, IT must operate efficiently while getting business the data it needs on a timely basis. Scribe Solutions has a business-centric data integration solution that operates in the cloud. Over the last 15 years Scribe has accumulated more than 12,000 customers worldwide that span from Fortune 500 to midsize to small organizations. Scribe enables business to access marketing and sales data (part of CRM) like that in Microsoft Dynamics. It has built a strong presence indirectly and through Microsoft partners; it claims to have more than 1,000 partners, and has been expanding efforts to broaden its position by supporting a range of data sources, including Salesforce.com. Scribe focuses on what I call information optimization, providing value from information management investments, as I outlined in our research agenda.
Topics: Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Data Integration, FinancialForce, Information Applications, Information Management, Information Optimization, Intuit Quicken, IT Performance, Marketo, Microsoft, On24, Operational Performance, Sales Performance, Scribe Software, SilverPop, Xactly
We have just released our 2012 Value Index for Sales Performance Management (SPM), in which we evaluate the competency and maturity of vendors and products. Our firm has beenresearching this software category for many years, and our latest benchmark research in sales performance management found many areas for improvement among sales applications in a field where many sales organizations still use outdated or insufficient applications to manage revenue generation and customer relationships.
Topics: Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Performance, CallidusCloud, Cloud Computing, Financial Performance, Microsoft, Operational Performance, Oracle, Sales, Sales Performance, Sales Performance Management, Salesforce.com, SAP, Synygy, Varicent, Xactly, NICE Systems
Salesforce.com’s 2011 Dreamforce conference is under way. If you’re in sales and you use the company’s application, here’s how to gain the most value from your time at the conference.
Topics: Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Mobility, Business Performance, Callidus Software, Camelon Software, CFO, ChannelInsight, Cloud Computing, CMO, CRM, Customer & Contact Center, Financial Performance, Marketing, Marketo, Merced Systems, Operational Performance, Qvidian, Revenue Performance, Sales, Sales Force Automation, Sales Operations, Sales Performance, Sales Performance Management, Salesforce.com, SFA, Social Media, Varicent, Vendavo, Workforce Performance, Xactly, Zilliant, Zyme Solutions, Cloud9 Analytics