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TechValidate Research on The Skills Connection

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851 Data Points Collected

128 Published TechFacts

11 Published Charts

43 Published Case Studies



Selected Research Highlights


Why People Say They Recommend The Skills Connection

A Product Marketer of a large enterprise computer services company is very likely to recommend The Skills Connection for the following reason:

They provide the level of insight into analysts thinking that isn’t available internally.

Working with The Skills Connection Team

Please indicate your company’s experience with The Skills Connection.

Gave us confidence when communicating the unique value of our solution to analysts
61%
Gave us the ability to create a strong evidence-based case to analysts covering our product/service
94%
Gave us the skills needed to communicate with analysts in the future
65%
Gave us unique insights about our solution that were instrumental in winning over analysts
34%

97% of Our Clients Say We Focus their Analyst Engagement and Prevent Wasting Time

When asked if The Skills Connection enabled them to focus on what was needed and avoid wasting time on anything else, customers said:

Strongly Agree: 52%
Agree: 45%
Disagree: 3%

Case Study: Medium Enterprise Computer Software Company

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise computer software company is based on a March 2016 survey of The Skills Connection customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“The Skills Connection offer strong knowledge and experience. I would certainly recommend them as they have provided excellent advice and enhancement to our analyst relations effort and they have helped us improve our position with the analyst community. They are easy to work with and most importantly help drive tangible, positive results through their valuable advice, assistance and useful coaching.”

Challenges

  • Engaged with The Skills Connection for the following reasons:
    • Wanted to learn how to effectively differentiate themselves from their competitors when talking with analysts
    • Wanted to change their position in the MQ/Wave/Marketscape to generate new business

Use Case

  • Uses The Skills Connection to:
    • Provide the necessary expertise to effectively engage analysts
    • Show them how to gather the right information for analysts
    • Show them how to effectively communicate their story to analysts
    • Help them improve their position in an MQ/Wave/Marketscape
    • Focus just on what was needed, and avoid wasting time on anything else
    • Create an internal learning environment so that their team can be more effective in the future
    • Provide the tools and best practices needed to build a strong case for analysts
    • Create compelling evidence-based cases for analysts

Results

  • Experiences gained with The Skills Connection:
    • Confidence communicating the unique value of their solution to analysts
    • The ability to create a strong evidence-based case to analysts covering their product / service
    • The skills needed to communicate with analysts in the future
  • Benefits from working with The Skills Connection:
    • Made the most effective use of their internal resources
    • Generated new business by improving the clarity of their market story
    • Positively shifted their position in the MQ/Wave/Marketscape
    • Received better results than when they had engaged with analysts
    • Provided their internal team the tools and skills to effectively engage with analysts
    • Effectively communicates the unique value of their products / services
  • Rates The Skills Connection 5 out of 5 stars.

The Skills Connection Case Study

Medium Enterprise Computer Software Company

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise computer software company is based on a May 2017 survey of The Skills Connection customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“I would certainly recommend The Skills Connection. In our experience, and from my perspective, they had a very important influence in the outcome of our interactions with analysts, both in inquiries and reports. Their contribution was essential in the review process with analysts. It was insightful and actionable, leading us to a great result, positively shifting our position in several analyst reports.”

Challenges

The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select The Skills Connection:

  • Engaged with The Skills Connection for the following reasons:
    • Wanted to learn how to effectively differentiate themselves from their competitors when talking with analysts
    • Wanted to change their position in the MQ/Wave/Marketscape to generate new business

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of The Skills Connection that the surveyed company uses:

  • Uses The Skills Connection to:
    • Show them how to gather the right information for analysts
    • Show them how to effectively communicate their story to analysts
    • Help them improve their position in an MQ/Wave/Marketscape
    • Focus just on what was needed, and avoid wasting time on anything else

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with The Skills Connection:

  • Experiences gained with The Skills Connection:
    • Confidence communicating the unique value of their solution to analysts
    • The ability to create a strong evidence-based case to analysts covering their product / service
  • Benefits from working with The Skills Connection:
    • Positively shifted their position in the MQ/Wave/Marketscape
    • Effectively communicates the unique value of their products / services
  • Agrees with the following statements:
    • Met their internal schedules and deadlines: agree
    • Ensured they met schedules and deadlines for the analysts: agree
    • Acted as an extension of staff: strongly agree
    • Enabled them to focus on what was needed and avoid wasting time on anything else: agree
  • Agrees with the following statements:
    • Collaborative: strongly agree
    • Knowledgeable: strongly agree
    • Service-oriented: agree
    • Value for money: agree
    • Best practice focused: agree

Why People Say They Recommend The Skills Connection

A CEO of a medium enterprise computer software company is very likely to recommend The Skills Connection for the following reason:

The level of engagement from the team at The Skills Connection makes all the difference. They do not treat each client with boilerplate material. They took the time to review and understand the needs of our company and create a strategic plan to execute.



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About The Skills Connection

The Skills Connection helps technology companies to get the right results from analyst engagement. They work with technology clients that want to optimize their chances of success in a Gartner MQ or Forrester Wave assessment. In addition, they work with elite analyst firms, providing coaching and training services to sharpen delivery and improve client satisfaction and renewal rates.

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