If You Sell Software One Expert View on Increasing Your Enterprise Sales BY DUSTIN DEAN

Cloud-based software seems to be everywhere. In reality, according to Synergy Research Group, in 2019 the SaaS market sat in the shadow of on- prem solutions, only making up about 20% of total enterprise spending. As the chief revenue officer for Replicated, where we provide software vendors a platform for easily deploying cloud- native apps inside customers’ environments, I’m always looking at the bottom line and working to understand the nuances and trends of successful sales. With that in mind, I’d like to share four ways modern on-prem software delivery can – and will – increase your company sales and how you can leverage this $400 billion market.

1. EXPAND TO NEW VERTICALS Companies delivering an on-premises option have had an advantage when approaching companies in the verticals of finance,

healthcare, pharma, the Department of Defense, and more. CIOs and CTOs of companies within these verticals have never fully embraced SaaS. Today, we are seeing a big push toward virtual private cloud as a controlled environment. However, deploying to any unknown

environment can be difficult for a SaaS company – requiring development work on two versions of their application (a SaaS version and an on-premises version). Software vendors need the ability to deliver to any destination

irrespective of where the customer wants to go; otherwise, they are forced to make a tradeoff: deliver to a customer- controlled environment or lose a sale.

2. REACH NEW GEOGRAPHIES This also goes for opening up sales opportunities in new geographies. During my time in Asia as CRO for a global multimillion-dollar SaaS ven- dor, we were precluded from doing business in markets like Korea or Chi- na unless we committed to building data centers “in country” – something that just wasn’t feasible without a revenue stream to offset that level of investment. In Europe, GDPR require- ments are forcing many companies to rethink how to deliver their applica- tions to many customers. There are so many different, strin- gent data privacy and data sovereign- ty laws that must be followed, and,

with modern on-premises delivery, your applications can be delivered in a way that fits the customer’s require- ments from a security perspective, while also conforming to regional regulatory guidelines.

3. INCREASE DEAL VELOCITY If you’re a SaaS vendor, there are a lot of hoops to go through for security and compliance teams in an enter- prise sales motion. Most of us have been in positions where a compliance review pops up just as we are working to negotiate and close a deal – result- ing in the dreaded “slip” to the next quarter. By delivering an on-premises solution, a software vendor can cir- cumvent a lot of the challenges that can stall deals for months because the end customer has confidence in the security and compliance of the environment they set up and control themselves.

4. SIMPLIFY CROSS-SELL AND UP-SELL Many software vendors have acquired other companies and technologies over time – and they often have differ- ent delivery mechanisms for different products. Some are SaaS while some are strictly on-premises, which makes cross-sell and up-sell opportunities difficult. It can be really frustrating for sales. Having the ability to deliver the full product suite via a modern on- premises approach when requested improves your cross-sell and up-sell of different products by making implementation of multiple products smooth and seamless.

FINAL THOUGHTS Regardless of how you choose to go after on-premises sales opportunities, this market will continue to grow – and so will the customer roster. If you want to open up new customer and revenue opportunities, offering modern on- premises software delivery options is a sure-fire way to do just that. 

Dustin Dean is chief revenue officer at Replicated, Inc.


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