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How Professional Services impacts Customer Renewals - Part Two

by Irene Lefton, Former VP Services / Customer Success, Cloud Cruiser, Inc.

As I discussed in my “part one” article a few months ago (http://bit.ly/1nZ1MSF), renewals are critical in today’s subscription economy.  It’s critical for Professional Services Leaders to contribute in new ways and one of those is to understand how PSO’s relate to the renewal.  At the time of customer acquisition you do that by defining your starting point, aligning with the new... Read more

Insights from a Services Leader - How Agile Reshaped My Management Philosophy

by Kevin Marion, Consultant - Program/Project Management, Aceso Interactive

Several years ago a company I worked for was changing their engineering processes from the Waterfall methodology to the new and buzzworthy Agile framework. I had never heard of Agile so I started to investigate what all the fuss was about. When I first read the Agile manifesto I was immediately intrigued.  Agile, if you are not familiar with it, is a framework for managing software... Read more

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  • Best way to learn is through the experience of others and the PS Breakfasts provide the best venue for PS practitioners.
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