Share the Joy (or beneficially commiserate)

Are you part of an active user community for your SPM software? If not, you should be. The benefits can be immense. Some of things you might gain include: • a different perspective on software function ability • an understanding of how other companies have addressed issues similar to those that you may be facing …

What’s in a name?

As humans, and if you’re reading this you most certainly are a human, we have a biological need to name everything around us. Whether it’s insects, rocks, cloud formations or psychological disorders… it needs to have a name. In fact, upon encountering a new object such as a star, the first thing we humans do …

Compensating for the Recession

The economy is in a state we haven’t seen for a very long time. Every segment is affected; every number is down. Imports, exports, manufacturing, retail, finance, and housing are all feeling the pain. This probably isn’t the greatest time to be a sales person on a commission plan. People and businesses just aren’t buying. …

Reputation as an incentive

Last week a colleague of mine was looking for a way to edit a large XML file; what he needed was to change the value of numbers appearing within a particular tag throughout the file by adding a 0.04 to the existing value. This was required to effect a rate table change within his client’s …

What’s Your Magic Number?

Some time ago I read an article by Inc. columnist, Norm Brodsky, discussing unique indicators or as he dubbed them, magic numbers. Magic numbers are described as particular statistics discovered by business operators to have special correlations that can be used to predict future business performance. Examples in the article include a restaurateur who predicts …

What’s Your Magic Number?

Some time ago I read an article by Inc. columnist, Norm Brodsky, discussing unique indicators or as he dubbed them, magic numbers. Magic numbers are described as particular statistics discovered by business operators to have special correlations that can be used to predict future business performance. Examples in the article include a restaurateur who predicts …

There’s Value in the Journey

We’ve all the heard of the Law of Unintended Consequences, that is that actions of people always have effects that are unanticipated or unintended.  Although this term is typically used to describe government, I’m sure most of us have experienced it.  Those of us in the realm of sales compensation know all about this Law.  …

Beware of unneeded system flexibility

Software package implementation including EIM/SPM software can be a complex process and many projects are not successfully delivered or are done so over budget. One issue that often causes trouble on projects is the introduction of functional flexibility that is ultimately unneeded. Many times when a business owner is asked about a particular business function …

Off-Premise Solutions Lower EIM / SPM Entry Bar

When the early niche EIM / SPM solutions were being introduced over ten years ago, the low end of the target market began with companies having about 100 sales representatives. These solutions, with their sizable implementation schedules and server hardware and software requirements, were just not economically feasible for companies with smaller numbers of sales …