“We invested in The Skills Connection to support our efforts to set realistic goals for our first Magic Quadrant (MQ).
The money we spent with them proved to be a great investment. We entered our first MQ as a vendor, and The Skills Connection played a critical role empowering us to set expectations with our executives and achieve realistic goals. They helped us maximize our position in our first MQ with great momentum for our second MQ. Our position was strong enough to call out key differentiators in our MQ reprints that we delivered to our prospects and customers. In addition, the MQ results were strong enough to make a positive impression with our investors.
The Skills Connection educated us on how to effectively communicate our value propositions and key differentiators in a way that would resonate with the analysts. They reviewed and provided feedback for all our content including questionnaire responses. They have established themselves as a highly valued source of coaching, support and insight for business-critical initiatives with large industry analyst firms.
The real-world experience of The Skills Connection team provides a level of credibility and insight that can’t be matched by any other consultant or expert. Setting realistic internal expectations is half the battle when participating in MQs, and there isn’t a more credible source to educate participants about the facts regarding process, methodology and scoring for MQs. Not only did our Skills Connection consultant help us build and deliver content effectively, but he also made himself available to join calls that were convenient for our team, but not convenient for him with respect to his time zone. We were very impressed with the level of expertise, professionalism and availability that was delivered by the The Skills Connection.
The Skills Connection team have real-world expertise based on hands-on work experience. Not only does that contribute to producing results, but it also empowers the client to set realistic expectations by debunking misconceptions about competitive evaluation processes and methodologies. Setting realistic expectations internally is half the battle."