Technical Sales Insights

Analysis of insights from the Vivun Intelligence System—the industry’s first and only technical sales expert system, designed to help companies secure technical wins faster.

Last updated on 04/05/2024

Sales Rep : Sales Engineer Ratio 2.9 : 1 Chart showing uptrend 31.1% Decrease YoY
Days to
Technical Win
48.2 Chart showing uptrend 9.0% Growth YoY
Technical Win
Close Rate
61.9% Chart showing uptrend 8.49% Decrease YoY
Sales Assisted Revenue 64.8% Chart showing uptrend 66.42% Growth YoY
Pipeline with Technical Risk 71.5% Chart showing uptrend 15.77% Growth YoY
Sales Rep : Sales Engineer Ratio
The data in the graph below is a 12 month timeline for the metric above
What to know
Definition

The distinct number of Account Executives for a specified period over the distinct number of Sales Engineers for that same specified period.

Vivun's Take

A “flatter” ratio highlights the importance of spreading technical expertise throughout the sales process, as organizations need to support more tech-savvy decision makers, effectively communicate the value of their innovative products, and ensure SEs can foster deeper relationships - including post-sale.

Importance

This ratio helps understand the balance between the Account Executives and Sales Engineers. It indicates the level of technical sales support each AE receives, which is crucial in ensuring successful sales engagements, especially in complex technical sales.

*YoY is the variance between the last two 12 month periods.

Days to Technical Win
The data in the graph below is a 12 month timeline for the metric above
What to know
Definition

The average number of days required to secure the Technical Win, from the day an opportunity is first assigned to a Sales Engineer.

Vivun's Take

Buyers are more informed and no longer need generic product education, they want to meet with technical experts who will grasp their specific requirements faster and align tailored solutions to drive value more effectively. As a result, early sales stages are shortened, leading to a more significant portion of the sales cycle spent achieving the technical win. In addition, vendors with Generative AI capabilities undergo additional scrutiny to secure the technical win.

Importance

This metric measures the efficiency of the technical sales process, as it reflects how fast buyers (prospects and customers) agree that your product meets their technical requirements. A shorter duration indicates a more streamlined and effective pre-sales process, which is essential for maintaining customer satisfaction and competitive advantage.

*YoY is the variance between the last two 12 month periods.

Technical Win Close Rate
The data in the graph below is a 12 month timeline for the metric above
What to know
Definition

Of the opportunities that reach Tech Win, the percentage that also reach Close Won.

Vivun's Take

Technical wins aren’t actual wins, but virtually no wins happen without technical fit. Fewer Technical Wins converting to closed-won opportunities suggests that the increased presence of corporate finance is dragging down win rates through reduced technology purchases. Sales Engineers can be of value here, as they can correlate the outcomes and financial impact of their solutions.

Importance

This metric evaluates the effectiveness of the Technical Win in progressing towards the final closure of deals. A high Technical Win Close Rate indicates a strong correlation between technical wins and successful closures, reflecting the alignment between customer needs and the solution provided.

*YoY is the variance between the last two 12 month periods.

Sales Assisted Revenue
The data in the graph below is a 12 month timeline for the metric above
What to know
Definition

The percentage of revenue closed by AE’s that are supported by the PreSales team.

Vivun's Take

SEs do more than demos, and the increase in lift reflects the value add of the function, where SEs can frame the value of holistic solutions to problems, as opposed to selling a single product. As this also leads to more licenses and/or higher usage, understanding optimal levels of technical expertise required to support sales cycles can increase average deal size significantly.

Importance

This metric quantifies the impact of PreSales support on revenue generation. It highlights the contribution of the PreSales team in facilitating successful sales outcomes and emphasizes the importance of collaboration between sales representatives and technical experts.

*YoY is the variance between the last two 12 month periods.

Pipeline with Technical Risk
The data in the graph below is a 12 month timeline for the metric above
What to know
Definition

The percentage of pipeline with any technical fit risks flagged.

Vivun's Take

Opportunities in Q4 have aggressive close dates leading to higher levels of technical risk. This results in deals slipping into the next quarter, which carry the same dynamic. Identifying technical risks early puts the organization in the best position to improve forecast accuracy and achieve attainment goals.

Importance

This metric assesses the quality of opportunities in the sales pipeline by identifying potential technical challenges or mismatches early in the sales process. It enables proactive mitigation of risks and ensures that resources are allocated effectively to opportunities with higher chances of success.

*YoY is the variance between the last two 12 month periods.

Performance Benchmarks
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