TechValidate Research on The Skills Connection

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Rating The Skills Connection

4/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

The Skills Connection helped us to re-build our analysts presentation, particularly focusing our company offering on relevant & effective messages. This was all based on their extensive experience and knowledge with analysts companies.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

I would. Their valuable knowledge and in-house familiarity with Gartner makes their service extremely valuable for companies who decided to invest in promoting their analysts relations.

Rating The Skills Connection

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

We’re using The Skills Connections for:

  • Analyst engagement: briefings, participation in vendor evaluations
  • User community conference: train staff, review presentations, assist in working out the right presentation content
  • Building our product roadmap: improve our existing documentation and work out our messages more clearly

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes, I would strongly recommend The Skills Connection for the following reasons:

  • They have always provided very good advice on how to create a convincing story
  • Their ability to structure our arguments to really bring forward the main ideas
  • Their capacity to understand new developments quickly and integrate them effectively into our story for the analysts

Rating The Skills Connection

4.5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

To ensure we made the best possible MQ submission.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes – they made a real difference in our MQ position.

Rating The Skills Connection

4.5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

Preparing for Gartner Magic Quadrant submission; interpreting requirements, story boarding our response, reviewing references, preparing presenters for the briefing presentation and reviewing collateral to be submitted.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes, they are easy to work with, and truly become part of the team. They understand Gartner absolutely.

Rating The Skills Connection

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

The Skills Connection supports us through the whole Magic Quadrant (MQ) process; identifying the key messages, selecting and briefing our reference customers and preparing the vendor briefing.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Definitely, because I think that working with The Skills Connection was essential for us to gain a better understanding of the MQ process and to be able to manage it effectively. It also helped us to better communicate the value our solutions provide to prospects and customers.

Rating The Skills Connection

5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

We leverage The Skills Connection to refine our approach with the analyst community and ensure that we communicate effectively. They provide us with an annual strategy and then work with us to ensure we are executing effectively on that plan.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes we would recommend The Skills Connections. Employing The Skills Connection is like hiring an analyst bootcamp. They will work with your team to develop and refine your companies analyst strategy and then continually push your team to execute.

Rating The Skills Connection

4.5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

We use the Skills Connection as an extension to our own analyst relations (AR) team and to provide the knowledge, objectivity and consistency we could well lack if we relied solely on our own in-house resources.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Absolutely, because they have helped us get far better and more consistent results with our AR program and clearly have the skills in abundance to do that for other organizations looking to achieve the same.

Rating The Skills Connection

3.5/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

To help prep materials for analyst research submissions.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes. They’re extremely knowledgable about how analysts think, which is a very different mindset than when you work with industry experts or customers.

Rating The Skills Connection

4/5 Stars

How our organization uses The Skills Connection:

We use The Skills Connection to support one specific analyst study and to inform and influence our other analyst interactions.

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

Yes. They have strong expertise that has made us much more focused and effective in all of our analyst interactions.

4/5 Stars



93% customers rated The Skills Connection as 4 stars or higher.

100% of surveyed CEOs and other C-level staff agreed that The Skills Connection provided true value for money.

98% of surveyed customers agree The Skills Connection provides true value for money.

The Skills Connection enabled us to craft the right response to the Magic Quadrant questionnaire and tailor our presentation to focus on each element that the analysts were specifically looking at.

CEO, Medium Enterprise Computer Services Company

The money we spent with The Skills Connection proved to be a great investment. Our target analysts have a much sharper understanding of the value we deliver, and have rated our service more highly which has led to a tangible increase in new business opportunities.

Analyst & Influencer Relations, Large Enterprise Computer Services Company

63% of surveyed customers identified that The Skills Connection provided them with the tools and skills to effectively engage with analysts.

69% of surveyed customers positively improved their position in a Gartner Magic Quadrant, Forrester Wave or IDC Marketscape as a result of working with The Skills Connection.

65% of surveyed customers said that The Skills Connection equipped them with the skills needed to communicate with analysts in the future themselves.

The Skills Connection helped 94% of surveyed customers to be able to create a strong evidence-based case to analysts covering their product or service.

87% of surveyed customers use The Skills Connection to help them improve their position in an assessment such as a Gartner Magic Quadrant, Forrester Wave or IDC Marketscape

94% of surveyed customers use The Skills Connection to show them how to effectively communicate their story to analysts.

82% of surveyed customers engaged with The Skills Connection because they wanted to change their position in an assessment, such as a Gartner Magic Quadrant, Forrester Wave or IDC Marketscape, to generate new business.

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

We have received excellent support from The Skills Connection. We simply would not have been able to reply to the Magic Quadrant we were working on without them.

Would you Recommend The Skills Connection

4/5 Stars

Would you recommend The Skills Connection?

We would recommend The Skills Connection to companies with a technical focus who need to abstract themselves from the technology to better explain the value and vision of their products in terms analysts can relate to and understand.




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