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Microsoft has a footprint in nearly every established company in the world. The Microsoft Office Suite revolutionized the way we work since nearly the beginning of the internet.
While the company has experienced both successes and challenges in its history, Microsoft has profited as a result of two primary factors: 1) a good product, and (equally as important) 2) a great enterprise sales team.
Gartner, at its core, is a market intelligence firm. It uses a wide-angle lens to give you a big-picture view of market and industry trends. You can use their data as general negotiation guidance and add their toolkits to your own.
There is absolutely value in this broad-stroke model but it can be limiting when it comes to looking for data and resources that more specifically mirror the size and needs of your organization.
Getting an audit notification from your software provider can be nerve-wracking, but after reading this you’ll realize this is less likely due to something you’ve done wrong and more likely a tactic to throw you off-course.
If you’ve never been through an audit before, you don’t know what to expect, what to do, or how to make sure it’s over as quickly as possible with minimal expense to your organization.
When should planning for a merger or acquisition begin?
If your answer is Day 1 - the first day after you close the deal - you’re wrong and you’re behind by at least 6-12 months.
Imagine you are a C-Suite executive and your business is built on a franchise model.
Each franchise branch is owned and managed by a different person but they all use the same ERP and the big corporate umbrella entity that you own pays for all the services.
The individual owners dictate which software and services they use, how many licenses they need, etc.
Your annual bill for all the different contracts comes to $2.5 million.
How would you feel if I looked through your contracts and told you that, based on the prices your peers pay, you should actually be billed closer to $900,000 - a more than 60% savings - for the same host of services?
You’d probably want to flip the table we’re sitting at.
In the latest meeting with your company’s executives, the ultimate goal was the same as ever - increase revenue, decrease spend.
Do more, with less.
Your directive is to find a 10% cost savings in the next year and you are looking for some quick, streamlined ways to achieve that goal.
Have you taken a good look at your current contract situation? Where can you find savings in the software and products you’re already paying for?
Do you know how to protect yourself and stay in the driver’s seat during contract negotiations so that you won’t be held ransom by your ERP provider?
In this article, we’re going to outline the top things you need to take into consideration when negotiating contracts with Oracle, SAP, and any other ERP system.
We’re going to share with you the key terms to clarify in your contracts to avoid extra costs and substantial frustrations down the road.
In this article we will discuss how to successfully extend your current Salesforce contract in order to create additional time to successfully prepare and negotiate your renewal agreement.
An extension is commonly needed whenever our clients engage us too late (i.e. too close to their contract renewal) and we need time to successfully complete the Discovery and Strategy Phases of our proprietary 4-Step Negotiation Plan.
In previous articles, we shared with you how the Salesforce operates. We shared with you how it structures its organization and the tactics it uses to maximize its revenue from your company.
In this article, we are going to dive into your single most important weapon against Salesforce in your negotiation . . . Your Salesforce Roadmap.
We commonly get the question: “What are the most common mistakes and/or things to avoid when negotiating a Salesforce Agreement?” So much actually that we thought it made sense to write a short article for all to consume.
Here are a few quick steps to prepare for your Salesforce negotiation:
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) has become one of the most expensive IT investments for organizations around the world according to the annual “IT Trends Study” conducted by the Society of Information Management.