Monday, November 9th, 2020

Mind the (skills) gap!

The team’s work began in late 2016, when it was observed that sales metrics for SAP sales executives – while in line with or slightly above industry standards – were not meeting sales management expectations. With a worldwide digital transformation in full swing, it was imperative that SAP’s sales executives were well-trained to help customers understand and implement emerging innovations… 


Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Insight into sales talent: the power of big data

Sales talent analytics can drive competitive advantage and unlock new sources of corporate wealth. Pretty much everyone these days has heard of “big data”, but how many firms are actually using it to unlock new sources of corporate wealth in connection with their talent? Let’s start at the beginning: what is big data? Google defines it as: “Extremely large data… 


Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Sales managers’ skills, critical reasoning and motivators around the globe

Continuing from the review of sales manager behaviours by region in the previous edition of the Journal, this time we are looking at regional variations in skills, critical reasoning and motivators (what motivates the individual sales manager) across the same group of sales managers. Data published in edition 1.3 (October 2015) indicated that sales managers in China were behaviourally less…