Meet with TSIA Experts at 5 Upcoming Technology Industry Events

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 2/21/17 5:00 AM

Whenever a new trend emerges in the world of technology and services, TSIA is already on the front lines developing new research, frameworks, and expertise around what that trend can mean for your business and the future of our industry. To share some of their latest findings in the areas of customer success, field services, smart services and the Internet of Things (IoT), and recurring revenue, TSIA executives will be attending several upcoming conferences and speaking engagements, including: 2017 Customer Success Summit – Presented by Totango, TSIA International Field Services Summit, Executive Symposium, Technology Services World, and Gainsight Pulse 2017. 

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Topics: customer success, x-as-a-service (XaaS), field services, internet of things (IoT), summit, Technology Services World Conference, TSIA Research, smart services, speaking engagements

Participate in TSIA Research! Currently Open Surveys

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 2/17/17 5:00 AM

In order to keep providing the latest in fact-based insight your company can use to elevate your success, TSIA conducts dozens of custom surveys that collect detailed data on the most current industry performance metrics and best practices. From in-depth market rate studies, to questionnaires on common practices related to reporting structures for service lines of business, our surveys shed light on what's really happening in the industry, how to address common challenges, and spot up-and-coming trends. Here is a list of both the public and members-only surveys that we currently have running, how the data collected will be used to benefit technology and services organizations like yours, and how your company can contribute to this important research. 

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Topics: customer success, support services, professional services, TSIA Survey, TSIA Research, service technology, Open TSIA Surveys

Customer Success: 5 Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Phil Nanus on 2/10/17 5:00 AM

With subscription-based XaaS business models on the rise, more technology companies are realizing just how important it is to maintain good relationships with their customers if they're to secure a solid recurring revenue stream. To do this, they are shifting their primary focus away from their products and onto the customer by helping them achieve their desired business outcomes with their products and services in an initiative known as " customer success." In this post, I'm going to go over some of the basics of this concept by answering some of the more common questions around customer success, as well as provide additional resources that you and your organization can use to see how customer success fits into your daily operation.
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Topics: customer success, adoption, LAER, customer success manager

A Closer Look at On-Premise Customer Success Programs

Posted by Irit Eizips on 1/18/17 10:57 AM

In the technology industry, Customer Success Management is a growing practice, alongside the increase in popularity of SaaS (software-as-a-service) as a software licensing and delivery model. As a result, the traditional customer-vendor relationship, which now mostly applies to on-premise solutions, has changed dramatically. In many ways, Customer Success has become synonymous to SaaS. But what about on-premise clients? To try and assess the answer to this question, I interviewed Noy Bar, Americas Region Customer Success Manager at HP Enterprise and Anna Connell, Sr. Director of Global Subscription Sales at Proofpoint. In this blog, I share their observations on the differences between Customer Success programs for SaaS and those for on-premise, derived from their professional experience over the past few years.

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Topics: customer success, x-as-a-service (XaaS), software-as-a-service (SaaS), customer success manager

[SlideShare] 3 Customer Success Benchmark Trends

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 12/13/16 5:00 AM

Through TSIA's comprehensive benchmarking program, you can measure your company's performance against your industry peers, identify your strengths, and see where you can improve to ensure future success. For a sample of the type of insight you will receive by taking advantage of this valuable resource that comes with TSIA membership, take a look at this SlideShare featuring 3 key research trends from TSIA's Customer Success Benchmark Study.

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Topics: customer success, customer churn, TSIA Benchmarking Spotlight

Behind the Research: Customer Success

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 11/17/16 5:00 AM

At TSIA, we provide technology and services businesses with the insights they need to grow, advance, and achieve their desired outcomes in our rapidly evolving industry. At the heart of this in-depth research are TSIA's research executives, who keep their fingers on the pulse of what's new and what's next in technology and services in order to deliver compelling content, best practices, and tools to our members. To highlight the brilliant people behind the research that makes TSIA what it is, we've invited the VP of Customer Success Research, Phil Nanus, to tell us a bit about himself and his thoughts on both the current state and what the future holds in his area of research, customer success

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Topics: customer success, Behind TSIA Research, TSIA Research

7 Ways Education Services Fits into Customer Success

Posted by Maria Manning-Chapman on 11/8/16 5:00 AM

As more traditional businesses migrate to the cloud, they are quickly discovering what companies who were “born-in-the-cloud" have known for a while: you have to manage customer engagement to drive adoption, retention, and renewal. It's these three elements that led to the inception and growth of the customer success concept, but what exactly is customer success and what role can other service lines play in its execution? At TSIA, this is a question that is top of mind for many of our members. To provide some insight on how customer success relates to my specific area of research, education services, I'd like to provide an overview of the primary responsibilities of customer success and 7 ways education services can contribute to these activities.

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Topics: adoption services, customer success, education services, training, adoption, LAER, customer health score

TSW Day 2 Recap: Top Attended Sessions

Posted by John Ragsdale on 10/19/16 1:39 PM

Today is the final day of Technology Services World Las Vegas, and I'm back to take a look at the top attended sessions from yesterday. Our 1,600+ attendees had more than 75 breakout sessions to choose from yesterday, crossing all of our service disciplines, with a good mix of tactical and strategic topics. I always like to point out the top attended sessions, because people vote with their feet for the hottest trends and topics.

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Topics: customer success, customer experience, professional services, customer service, expand selling, professional services automation (PSA), Technology Services World Conference

5 Questions to Ask When Launching a Customer Success Program in an Established Enterprise

Posted by Nick Mehta on 9/28/16 5:00 AM

Starting about a decade ago, pure-play SaaS companies like Salesforce.com, Workday, and Box pioneered the concept of Customer Success Management (CSM). It was an organic solution to an inherent problem: since a large part of their revenue was up for renewal each year – and since customers typically had low friction to move – these vendors created CSM teams out of necessity with the objectives of driving Adoption, Expansion, and Renewal.

As mature enterprise companies move more of their products to subscription-based pricing (even if on-premise) and cloud-based delivery (in some cases), they are starting to launch CSM efforts out of the same need. Companies like Cisco, Adobe, and Red Hat have proven the impact of CSM at scale in large enterprise organizations. It's a no-brainer that Customer Success should be an important part of any company's transition to a subscription business model. Spinning up and scaling your CSM organization, however, isn't so straightforward; it requires unique and careful planning. 

Here are five questions to ask yourself on the front end of your transition:

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Topics: customer success, customer outcomes, customer health score, customer success manager

3 Skills to Look for When Hiring a Customer Success Manager

Posted by Phil Nanus on 8/31/16 7:04 AM

When exploring Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Indeed or any broad collection of job boards, it is hard not to take notice of the increasing volume of Customer Success Manager (CSM) jobs that are available in the marketplace today. A recent Glassdoor job search for “Customer Success Manager” in the United States yielded close to 6,000 jobs. Additionally, one of my top inquiry requests from TSIA members has been focused on establishing Customer Success organizations and the capabilities and skills needed to staff them. To address this topic, I'd like to share with you three of the top skills you'll want to look for when hiring a Customer Success Manager for your organization.

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Topics: customer success, customer success manager

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