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Keeping IT Training and Sales Personal in an Age of Social Distancing

Trade shows, instructor led training, user groups, physical sales presentations. Just like that, traditional in-person opportunities long relied upon for teaching and selling technology are on-hold, and many practices will likely change for good. But make no mistake, nothing could entirely replace personal, face-to-face contact, particularly when you’re attempting to explain complex solutions and precise…
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Zoom is a beautiful thing; virtual labs are gorgeous. So reach out and touch someone.

“Reach out and touch someone.” Remember that epic slogan? I’ve seen it credited to American Telegraph & Telephone (AT&T) as well as the “Baby Bells.” Researching its history, even though it was most popular in the 1970s and 80s, its roots can be traced back to the 1920s. I offer as evidence this featured snipped…
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A Business Acceleration Cloud Fairy Tale

Here’s a fairy tale about a young sales engineer who made millions running virtual POCs online, Enjoy! February 26th is Tell a Fairy Tale Day! Don’t worry, CloudShare has you covered. Here’s one you can tell your kids. Once upon a time, a young woman was kidnapped. She was locked away in a tower by…
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7 Technical Sales Engineer Training Topics that Drive Better Business Results

This post was originally published on July 7, 2018 and updated Feb 4, 2020. As a wider range of technologically sophisticated products comes on the market, the demand for sales engineers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook….
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9 Metrics to Help You Build a More Effective Sales Engineering Team [eBook]

Sales engineers are technical product experts tasked with helping qualify, close, and renew relationships with customers. The actual job varies from company to company or even product to product. The job title also varies. Your company may use the title “presales engineer” or “solution engineer” or something similar. In addition to having various responsibilities and…
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The Best Formula for a Successful POC Starts with The Cloud

This post was originally published on March 27, 2017 and updated December 24, 2019. By now this is a known, universal cause for frustration – both for customers looking for IT solutions and for vendors looking to demonstrate their solutions. Producing a successful cloud proof of concept has become a matter of interpretation, with too…
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Analyze this: 5 ways data can help build super sales engineers and teams

You may have recently read our CEO’s prediction that 2020 will be the year of the sales engineer (SE). Once considered the person who was simply “there to run the demo,” we now see enterprises with hundreds, even thousands of SEs. What’s behind their growing influence? Whether it’s the latest software as a service (SaaS)…
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4 Sales Demo Tips That All Enterprises Should Be Using in 2020

Sales. It’s that one area that can make or break even the best products and services. Sales demos are a useful tool that many software companies rely on to showcase what their product can do. Today, the sales process is driven by customer experiences. The outdated traditional sales demonstration isn’t as effective as it used…
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Vmware ESXI Nested Virtualization

This post was originally published on September 9, 2015 and updated November 14, 2019. One of the benefits of nested virtualization is running multiple hypervisors on the same host server. This includes ESXi hypervisors , which can be installed as a virtual machines. The solution, commonly referred to as Nested ESXi, opens the door to…
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[Infographic] The Keys to Executing Effective Sales Enablement

Enjoy this infographic containing interesting facts and statistics about sales enablement struggles, best practices, and sales training. It includes numbers on sales enablement top goals, services, training, and more. Feel free to share on social media!    
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A Halloween Sales Tale: The Terrifying Black Box

The hour was late when she unlocked the door, Like yesterday evening and each one before. The wind outside howled and wrought its disorder, Sounding much like her boss at the end of the quarter. “Our numbers are low, the sales cycle too long, Demos take an eternity and still come out wrong. It’s a…
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10 Sales Resources to Help You Close 2019 with Momentum

At this time of year, many countries turn back their clocks to gain extra daylight. CloudShare wants to give busy sales pros some time back as well by lending a hand with research. The following is a curated set of articles and other materials we’ve found to strengthen your strategy and help you close 2019…
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