Archive for the ‘Centive’ Category

Incentive Compensation Industry News

July 11, 2008

Callidus Software Reports Preliminary Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2008

  • Subscription and support revenues for the second quarter are expected to be approximately $10.0 million, an increase of 68% over the second quarter of 2007.
  • Callidus On-Demand (subscription) gross margins for the second quarter are expected to be within the range of 45 to 50%, up from 22% in Q1 2008.

WageWorks Selects Centive Compel(R) to Automate Sales Compensation Management

Centive, the leader in on-demandsolutions for sales compensation and sales performance management, todayannounced that WageWorks, the leading provider of tax-advantaged benefitsprograms, has selected Centive Compel to automate sales compensation and drivesales performance. Here is another related article.

Xactly Named World’s Best New Company by 2008 International Business Awards(SM)

Xactly Corporation took home theprestigious International Stevie(R) Award in The 2008 International BusinessAwards.

Sales Resource Group’s PlanIt solution earns finalist award at 2008 International Business Awards and for for Microsoft Bluesky Finalist.

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Review of Centive Compel On-Demand EIM Solution

June 10, 2008

It has been a few weeks already since Sarah Carlisle, Director of Product Management and Bob Conlin, Chief Marketing Officer at Centive agreed to give me a detailed demonstration of Centive’s on-demand Sales Performance Management solution called Compel.


About Centive

Let’s talk about Centive for a moment: Centive has been around for a while; the company was founded in 1997 and originally focused on delivering on-premise Enterprise Incentive Management (EIM) solutions for very large companies. By 2004, Centive saw an opportunity to leverage the growing on-demand market and began developing the first on-demand sales compensation management solution – this time targeting mid-market companies. In May 2005, Centive released Compel. Shortly thereafter, they divested their original on-premise application business to ensure a focus on the on-demand market.

Compel Review
Compel is another leading on-demand EIM/SPM application with a value proposition almost identical to other applications and companies I have reviewed including Callidus, Varicent and Xactly. One nice aspect of Compel is that all its functionalities are bundled within the core application (no additional modules are required for reporting, modeling, analytics, etc.). Compel is a SAS70 Type II attested application and offers AppExchange-certified integration with SalesForce.com. Centive also has an OEM reseller agreement with ADP where Compel is sold as “ADP-ICM powered by Compel.”

Many companies like Adobe, Salary.com, McKesson, Cars.com and Sterling Commerce selected Compel to automate their sales compensation.

Compel Interface
There are 3 main “views” for Compel, each for a different type of user: the sales user view, the manager/executive view and the compensation administrator view. All views have one attribute in common: they are all very interactive. Any report or charts displayed will provide additional information when the cursor hovers over them. Clicking generally results in drilling down to get more detailed information.

Sales User
The main screen for the sales user displays at a glance all the information the salesperson needs to know. On the left portion of the dashboard they can see their total compensation, along with some details of how the total was derived. Clicking on the underlined amounts will result in showing more details.

The central portion of the screen represents in a graphical format their year-to-date total compensation, and analytics showing earnings and performance (sales vs. target) for each of their plan measures.

The bottom portion of the screen show alerts which can be either system generated or input by a business user, and more details on measure results.

Hovering over a graph displays additional information:

Drilling down from the Incentive Payment section shows information at the transaction level:

Another very interesting feature of the salesperson dashboard is the ability to display sale opportunities (from salesforce.com or other CRM/SFA systems) and the effect they have on the rep’s total compensation:

Manager View
The manager view has a very similar look and feel to the salesperson view, but displays information for the entire team:

Results can also be expanded to easily find details about how a transaction was commissioned:


Comp Admin View
This is where plans are created and configured.. Unlike other systems I have worked with, Compel abstracts the process of creating calculation and crediting rules through their Plan Builder wizard. Plans are created by defining and grouping the “Measures”by which reps will be compensated. First, the measure name, description, period, and type of measure is specified.

The next step consists in specifying what is being measured, and defining any filters (for example, exclude sales to existing customers):

The administrator just needs to choose the appropriate option and click on “Next” to the next configuration window.


Other systems have a component approach, and maintain a component library. In Compel you build measures. You can clone measures or plans, so if you need to build a new plan it is easy to clone an existing measure and re-use it as is or modify it using the plan builder wizard

Effective Dating:
I described effective dating when reviewing the latest version of Xactly Incent and discussed how critical effective dating is in my opinion. Centive uses effective dating for everything: people records, quotas, measures, plans, transactions, results, reports, etc . which makes its maintenance much easier. It also solves the difficult problem of handling prior period adjustments – Compel recognizes the crediting rules, roll-ups and structures that were in place at the time of the original transaction, and trues-up the adjustment to the current period.

The following plan builder screen capture shows how each plan uses effective dating:


Conclusion
I would probably need to work with Compel to make-up my mind about if I like the concept of how plans are built, since it is so different from the other applications I have seen. It’s very exciting to see a different way of thinking.

What I can say is that configuring a plan seems to be a very user-friendly step-by-step task. The user interfaces for sales people and managers are also very clean and display all the required information at a sight. Compel also seems to offer all the functionalities anyone could be looking for, and does so without the need to purchase additional modules.

Enterprise Incentive Management News

May 31, 2008

Xactly
Xactly Wins Coveted 2008 CODiE Award
Sales performance management leader takes home software industry’s top honor for best financial software solution

XACTLY NAMED TOP FINALIST FOR 2008 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS(SM)
Leading on-demand sales performance management vendor chosen from among 2,600 entries for prestigious Stevie® Awards

Callidus
Sierra Atlantic Partners With Callidus Software to Advance Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Delivery
Provides Global Delivery Model to Achieve Sales Performance Management Growth

Centive
Centive Named to JMP Securities’ Hot 100 Software Companies
“We are pleased to be honored with inclusion in the Hot 100 report by JMPSecurities,” said Michael Torto, president and CEO, Centive.

Centive Named as Finalist in 2008 American Business Awards
On-Demand Sales Compensation Management Leader Recognized for Providing Exceptional Customer Service

ICM News This Week

May 17, 2008

Centive Named as Finalist in 2008 American Business Awards
On-Demand Sales Compensation Management Leader Recognized for Providing Exceptional Customer Service

Xactly Analytics: Look at Sales Compensation On-Demand
Xactly, a sales performance management company, recently released Xactly Analytics, an on-demand application designed to provide analysis, metrics, ad-hoc reports and dashboards based on aggregated post-sales data.

Skin in the Game
Centive smoothes away the calluses for a dermatology-product vendor. Thanks to implementing Centive Compel, Obagi Medical:
– increased net sales by 32 percent;
– increased operating income by 56 percent;
– increased net income by 149 percent; and
– added 200 new active physician accounts, an 18 percent increase.

ICM World This Week

February 20, 2008

Centive
Centive expanded their executive team with two new executives; Lisa Mastrangelo will be Centive’s CFO and Carol Peo will be VP of engineering.

Xactly
Xactly were named top finalist in the 2008 Codie Awards; an award by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) to recognize “outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital information and education-technology industries”.

SAS70 Audit for On-Demand Sales Performance Applications

February 5, 2008

There are tons of resources about SAS70 and Sarbanes-Oxley on the web.

In a nutshell, SAS 70 is a Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) for service organizations, developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). It demonstrates that a firm has proper controls and processes to protect the data belonging to their customers (very important!). The SAS 70 report is issued by an independent auditing firm and includes the auditor’s opinion on the service organization’s controls. A SAS 70 report is particularly important since it is the preferred method of providing assurance for service organization clients subject to Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404.

These days, service organizations enjoy talking about their Type I and Type II SAS 70 reports when it comes to marketing their applications. A type I report includes the auditor’s opinion regarding to which extent the organization represents its controls, and their description. A type II report includes all the info in the type I report, plus the auditor’s opinion on how effective the controls are during a defined period.

This being said, according to the SAS 70 website and other online resources, “SAS 70 does not specify a pre-determined set of control objectives or control activities that service organizations must achieve”. This means that customers need to review the disclosed controls and ensure they are sufficient to meet their objectives and their own auditor’s requirements. It also means that a SAS 70 report does not guarantee data security.

More detailed information about SAS70 can be found on the SAS 70 website, on Wikipedia and from Deloitte.

How do Sales Performance Management Systems Stack Up?
As I mentioned above, since SAS 70 does not prescribe which controls should be used, it is not possible to compare SPM / EIM vendors. However I tried to find as much information as possible with respect to SAS 70 certification for every vendor.

Callidus

SAS 70 Type: “Meets SAS-70 compliance”
Controls: N/A
Sources: Link 1
Comments:

Centive

SAS 70 Type: Type II
Controls: N/A
Sources: Link 1
Comments: Completed January 2008

EIM Software

SAS 70 Type: “Guaranteed SAS-70 compliance”
Controls: N/A
Sources: Link 1
Comments:

SalesForce.com

SAS 70 Type: Type II
Controls: N/A
Sources: Link 1
Comments: The article dates from 2004

Synygy

SAS 70 Type: “Completed SAS Audit”
Controls: N/A
Sources: Link 1
Comments:

Varicent

SAS 70 Type: N/A
Controls: N/A
Sources: Link 1
Comments: SAS70 Type II data center

Xactly

SAS 70 Type: Type I
Controls: Full redundancy throughout the production infrastructure, regular security patch updates, on-going evaluation of potential security threats
Sources: Link 1 Link 2
Comments: SAS70 Type II data center

Centive Expects to see Profit this Year

January 25, 2008

There was an article in the Boston Globe today regarding how Centive, a provider of software that automates the payment of sales commissions, was expecting to be profitable this year. Centive managed to turn around by selling their old product in 2006 and building a web-based application instead.

Because of major product changes, the 11-year-old company is only now seeing the financial benefits of its restructuring, said chief executive Michael L. Torto. “We grew by 100 percent last year,” he said.

Centive Compel Funny Ice Breaker

January 11, 2008

One of my reader sent me a link to a funny video clip created to market Centive Compel on YouTube. It’s a song about a “sales guy” and a “finance guy” having… well some conflicts. It could be a good icebreaker before a dry ICM meeting. Click here to view this Compensation Management clip.

Sales Compensation Management – How Much Does it Cost?

January 5, 2008

I came across an interesting article describing 3 popular web-hosted Sales Compensation Management Applications (Callidus TrueComp, Centive Compel and Xactly Incent). The article Tech Solution: Sales Compensation Management was published in DestinationCrm.com.

I briefly described those products earlier, but the article is adding some pricing details which I was unaware of. Being a consultant, I have always worked on on-premise implementations which are much more expensive.

Here are the price figures mentioned in the article:

Callidus TrueComp: TrueComp On-Demand starts at $50 per user per month
Centive Compel: Compel has a tiered pricing and a maximum fee of $50 per month
Xactly Incent: Incent subscription fee is $50 per user per month

As we can see, the pricing is nearly identical for each of the application. Functionality, ease of implementation, proximity and availability of consultants, etc will be the determining criteria in making the right choice.