3 Ways to Get the Most from Your TSIA Membership

Posted by Jasmine Pilar on 1/18/18 8:46 AM

TSIA has the world’s largest vault of board-ready data insight in the technology and services industry. But, with the busy schedule of the average service executive, it’s up to our dedicated Member Success team to ensure that our members are absorbing the most relevant content they need to solve their top business challenges, from research reports, business frameworks, quick tools, and more. The relationship between TSIA and our members is founded on open communication and trust, and aims to deliver the results-driven, customized attention that is the core mission of our Member Success team. Here’s a glimpse into how that relationship works, from member onboarding, developing customized success plans, and engaging our large community of services professionals to ensure your tech organization gets the results you want, even faster.

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Topics: customer success, TSIA Research, member success, customer success manager

Welcome New TSIA Members! January Edition

Posted by Andrew Cromey on 1/16/18 5:00 AM

TSIA-MEMBERS.pngAt TSIA, we are dedicated to helping services organizations both large and small grow and advance in the technology industry. We'd like to take the opportunity to welcome our newest members, as well as acknowledge companies already a part of the TSIA community who have recently renewed or expanded their membership to include additional research areas TSIA has to offer. Here's a little bit about each company, in their own words.

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Topics: education services, industrial equipment, internet of things (IoT), SaaS (software-as-a-service), New TSIA Members, software, healthcare technology

(Managed) Lip Service: How to Recognize It and What to Do About It

Posted by Jeff Connolly on 1/11/18 5:00 AM

Congratulations! You are a managed services (MS) contributor and leader in a hardware or software original equipment manufacturer (OEM). You’ve been struggling with your company’s love/hate/embrace/ignore approach towards MS in the past. You’ve had your share of successes and failures acting as a change agent for your business and sometimes wondered if you were alone, if it was worth it, and if the business was ever going to realize its full potential.

And now, your executive management made a big splash about a new or renewed focus on MS! Maybe it was a call-out highlighting your MS capabilities in a 10k or a quarterly report, or even a press release or internal announcement about the importance of your company’s MS practice or key MS customer wins. Or, just maybe, MS was identified as one of your company’s “strategic pillars” going forward, and all your dreams about one of the hottest growth areas in tech are about to come true!

But, how do you know if this is more of the fits and starts you’ve seen in the past or if it is really going to catch fire this time? How do you know if this is just (managed) lip service, and if it is, what are you going to do about it?

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Topics: managed services

CPQ for Services: The Spreadsheet Killer

Posted by James Cramer on 1/9/18 5:00 AM

Imagine the technology services and consulting industry hiring the very brightest minds to reimagine their sales process and rebuilding everything from the ground up. Would these capable minds come back and recommend spreadsheets, email approvals, and manual proposals?

Quoting in technology services looks a lot like it did 20 years ago. It’s slow and expensive, it’s error prone, it lacks visibility, and it often misses revenue opportunities. But, a quiet transformation is taking place as Services teams embrace a new technology: Configure Price Quote (CPQ) for Services. These teams are gaining new streams of frictionless revenue, innovating their pricing models, building attractive solution bundles, and radically simplifying their sales process. And, without spreadsheets, they are achieving a level of revenue and resource demand visibility once considered impossible.

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Topics: professional services, professional services automation (PSA)

What B2B Can Learn from B2C Companies About Customer Satisfaction

Posted by Phil Nanus on 1/4/18 5:00 AM

For Services organizations, capturing crucial Voice of the Customer (VoC) data can be a challenge. They must strike the right balance between avoiding “survey fatigue” and not asking too much of their customers, while at the same time gathering the most detailed information that can be used to improve processes and the customer experience. While most customer-facing organizations tend to stick to their favorite tried-and-true customer satisfaction metrics, the secret to improving survey response rates might just lie outside of these common practices. Here’s a look at what the world of B2B (business-to-business) can learn about improving customer survey response rates from B2C (business-to-consumer) companies.

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Topics: customer success, B2B, customer satisfaction, customer health score, B2C

Sales, Services, and a New Year’s Resolution That Sticks

Posted by Steve Frost on 1/2/18 5:00 AM

In my role as head of TSIA’s Expand Selling line of research, I’ve talked to dozens of companies who have tried to more tightly integrate their Services and Sales efforts. In some cases, they have attempted to utilize their Support or Customer Success teams to capture low-cost leads. In other cases, they’ve tried to involve their Professional Services or Managed Services delivery teams in the pre-sales process in order to more effectively sell services or increase margins. Most of the time, even with the best intentions and sometimes with substantial financial investments, these plans just don’t take root and flourish. They fizzle out after a few months.

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Topics: sales, expand selling, Blending Service and Sales Motions

Welcome New TSIA Members! December Edition

Posted by Andrew Cromey on 12/21/17 5:00 AM

At TSIA, we are dedicated to helping services organizations both large and small grow and advance in the technology industry. We'd like to take the opportunity to welcome our newest members, as well as acknowledge companies already a part of the TSIA community who have recently expanded their membership to include additional research areas TSIA has to offer. Here's a little bit about each company, in their own words.

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Topics: cloud, managed services, SaaS (software-as-a-service), New TSIA Members, cloud computing

4 Remote Customer Support Predictions for 2018

Posted by Peter Zeinoun on 12/19/17 5:00 AM

It’s hard to believe 2017 is already coming to a close. As I’m looking back on the past year, and looking forward to the year ahead, it’s got me thinking about where support has been and more importantly, where it’s going. If Vegas were to put out lines for the world of customer support, here’s where I’d place my bets for 2018, which follow the themes of creating a frictionless customer experience, increasing mobility, leveraging the latest technology, and providing self-service support options.

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Topics: mobility, support services, customer support, self-service support, intelligent customer support, artificial intelligence (AI)

What Is Education Services?

Posted by Maria Manning-Chapman on 12/14/17 5:00 AM

What is education services? It sounds like a trick question, but is it? The role and nature of education services (ES) organizations has been morphing over the past few years. However, one consistent element is that education services, or whatever name your company gives to a similar organization, is responsible for customer-facing training. Additionally, 82% of ES functions train channel partners and 75% provide technical training for internal employees, most commonly Sales, Pre-Sales, and Professional Services personnel.

While this describes the common audiences that ES organizations serve, it doesn’t answer the question, which really boils down to the charter of education services. Is it adoption? Is it enablement? Is it revenue? Is it customer success? While there are many things an ES organization can be, I’d venture to say that it is in fact all of these things, which is probably why many education organizations are going through an identity crisis.
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Topics: education services, recurring revenues, Customer Success Maturity Model

What Sales and Services Can Learn from Your Local Mall Santa

Posted by Steve Frost on 12/12/17 5:00 AM

This past weekend, I found myself at the mall doing some unexpected Holiday shopping. It was relatively uncrowded, which serves as a testament to the impact that e-tailers have had on the retail landscape. But, while there wasn’t much of a line at Banana Republic or Wetzel’s Pretzels, there was still a 45-minute wait to talk to Santa. I’m sure some of those families were just looking for the photo op, but the majority of the people were there to give their kids access to the one person who just might bring them what they want, and from whom they don’t have to pretend that they want something practical.

Last December, I talked about the lessons your B2B tech company can learn from e-tailers on how to “grow the shopping cart,” so this year, let’s take a look at what your Sales and Services teams can learn from your local mall Santa.

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Topics: services, sales, data analytics, expand selling, cross-sell, upsell, relationship equity

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