Tag: modern sales

Specialization of the Modern Software Sales Team

In my last few posts I discussed the transformation of software sales organizations over the past decade. Ten years ago, the sales rep was the single point of contact, managing every aspect of a deal cycle.  Today, in the modern sales organization the sales rep acts more like a  quarterback coordinating a team of specialized resources. Teams such as lead…

Organizational Design of the Modern Software Sales Team

In my last post, I outlined how the organizational design of the modern software sales organization offloads almost every important aspect of a deal cycle from the rep to specialized functions. Account development teams generate the leads. Solution Consultants deliver the demos. Value Engineers calculate ROI. Bid Management responds to proposals. The Deal Desk negotiates pricing. And Customer Success renews…

Software Sales Reps Don’t Do Anything

With each passing year, software sales representatives are doing less and less of the work required to close a deal. It was not long ago when software sales reps played a critical role in all aspects of a deal. The sales rep generated the leads, demonstrated the product, explained the value proposition, developed the formal proposal, negotiated the pricing and…