In our earlier articles, we have discussed choosing the right CPQ (Salesforce) for our business. In that, we have known how salesforce CPQ use can maximize sales efficiencies and can help in generating greater revenue. Not just that, you can also find tips on selecting the right CPQ for your Industry. But just selecting and using the software is not enough; instead, we need to focus on implementing it effectively into our business so that we make the most out of that software. So in this article, we shall understand some of the best practices you can follow so that CPQ implementation brings in success to your sales business.

If you’re just starting with Salesforce CPQ or looking for support with Salesforce CPQ implementation, you’ve come to the right spot. But before we roll on to the steps for successful CPQ implementation, let’s have a brief understanding of what CPQ is? Why it is very much needed and how its benefits.

What is CPQ?

CPQ is the abbreviation that stands for “Configure, Price, and Quote.” CPQ is a sales tool that expands the customer relationship management framework. It is a more organized tool that promotes the selling process through a precise generation of quotes for orders. It is the best solution that helps sales representatives organize the right product combinations, manage discounts, plan pricing, automate approvals and deliver customer-based specific quotes.

The need for CPQ software and its benefits

CPQ has become one of the essential selling tools needed for today’s fast-growing market. CPQ simplifies, speeds up, and organizes the sales process, enabling you to sell more products more quickly. CPQ software facilitates the work of sales representatives by consolidating sales data and providing them with a distinct view of what they can offer to the customer. The tool also suggests them with any extra configurations, add-ons, training sessions or complimentary products.

Watch this video to understand the importance of Salesforce CPQ.

In the recent study report done by Salesforce, we can see that the use of Salesforce CPQ and Billing has delivered improved accuracy, efficiency, and speed in their Quote to cash process.

The market results show that sales business has witnessed

With our extensive experience in CPQ implementations, we have outlined some of the best practices that will lead you to effective Salesforce CPQ implementation.

Establish CPQ targets

Firstly, you need to set realistic targets for CPQ based on your sales process needs. The targets you set will help you decide whether the CPQ delivers the real Return on Investment (ROI). You need to set specific objectives like lowered time spent on selling, the shortened processing time for quotes, a standard increase of the order value, precise quote generation, improved win, and renewal rates. On achieving these goals, you can set the new targets that will further optimize the process continuously.

Design and prioritize CPQ features

Knowing your customer is vital to successful sales. Design the product model carefully to create configurations that best suit consumer purchasing behaviours and execute a process geared towards reducing process delays. Prioritize your sales targets and incorporate selected Salesforce CPQ features that can satisfy your essential business needs. Intuitively bundle products; to help sales reps integrate products and services to address particular customer demands uniquely.

Upgrade data and initiate system integrations

When you have set your product model and pricing, you need to concentrate on what data is required for the CPQ process and from where it should be derived. Ensure that the information is updated and verified for reliability and accuracy. Import product tax rates, discount rates, price packages, and template details into the CPQ and ensure a smooth integration of the Salesforce CPQ with your other ERPs via API integrations.

Measure and improvise progress

Salesforce CPQ is a complicated tool with multi-functional features and is more challenging to drive adoption due to its complexity. The ideal way to ensure continued engagement with the project is to set some intermediate targets to ensure rapid progress and tracking the impact of the CPQ implementation. You can measure the metrics by conducting sales team satisfaction surveys capturing various tool aspects.

Have the staff trained and the tool tested

Sales practitioners should be well-trained and qualified to implement the CPQ tool in order to achieve full benefits from the tool. A well-trained staff can maximize guided sales, perform smart catalog searches and geo-based sales to boost productivity by expediting routine tasks. The CPQ requires thorough pre-implementation testing of functionalities, integrations and workflows with real-life scenarios.Salesforce CPQ is undoubtedly one of the market’s most flexible tools that can improve your ability to streamline sales operations.

In your CPQ implementation journey, Estuate can be your ideal Salesforce CPQ implementation partner who can help you make the most out of your CPQ. Estuate has implemented many enterprise-grade CPQ ventures for some of the most prominent and competitive organizations over the last decade. Our skilled salesforce consultants work closely with stakeholders, and IT teams to reduce the time and complexity involved in delivering CPQ solutions.

Prem Shankar Patel
Senior Manager
Prem brings nearly three decades of analytics and information management experience to Estuate. He is a recognized expert who has received several awards over the years. In 2003, he was awarded the Center of Excellence (CoE) Champion Award for introduction of advanced training and certification for BIDW architects and consultants. In FY03-04 and FY04-05, he received the Best Faculty of the Year Award for his significant and effective contribution as a faculty member in the delivery of BIDW training. Previously in 2005, he received the Feather in My Cap (FIMC) Award for defining metrics for BIDW projects and establishing organizational norms. Prior to joining Estuate, Prem worked in various strategic positions at Wipro Limited and R S Software (India) Ltd. He holds an M. Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
Nagaraja Kini
Founder and Chief Financial Officer
Nagaraja has more than two decades of engineering, business development, consulting, alliances and management experience in software development, integration and implementation. He has worked extensively with global teams to consistently simplify ERP implementations for businesses. Nagaraja brings with him the commitment, willingness, and capability to anticipate and act on the continually evolving needs of a business.
Prior to founding Estuate, Nagaraja served at Oracle as Director in Application and Industry Solutions group within Global Sales Support. Nagaraja holds a Master of Technology in Industrial Electronics from the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from the SJ College of Engineering, Mysore, India.
Marc Hebert
Chief Operating Officer
Marc joined Estuate in December, 2008 as its first Chief Operating Officer. Marc is a recognized expert on offshore outsourcing. He has appeared on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, was interviewed in Investor’s Business Daily, and has been widely quoted in major media publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times, New York Times and Boston Globe on offshore outsourcing. He is recognized as an “IBM Champion” for his role in expanding the market for IBM’s Information Lifecycle Governance product line.
Prior to Estuate, he served in leadership roles at large global corporations, including as the CMO at Virtusa Corporation; EVP, Marketing and Alliances for Sierra Atlantic; and Vice President for eight years at Oracle Corporation. Marc holds a Bachelor of Science degree in experimental psychology from Harvard University, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Seemakiran Upadhya
Global Delivery Head and Managing Director, India
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Seemakiran holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Karnataka University.
Prem Shankar Patel
Senior Manager
Prem brings nearly three decades of analytics and information management experience to Estuate. He is a recognized expert who has received several awards over the years. In 2003, he was awarded the Center of Excellence (CoE) Champion Award for introduction of advanced training and certification for BIDW architects and consultants. In FY03-04 and FY04-05, he received the Best Faculty of the Year Award for his significant and effective contribution as a faculty member in the delivery of BIDW training.
Previously in 2005, he received the Feather in My Cap (FIMC) Award for defining metrics for BIDW projects and establishing organizational norms. Prior to joining Estuate, Prem worked in various strategic positions at Wipro Limited and R S Software (India) Ltd. He holds an M. Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.
Sreekantha B. S.
Head Strategic Projects
Sreekantha brings to Estuate more than 33 years of experience in IT. He has successfully sold and delivered over 130 turnkey software projects worldwide for various clients across a variety of sectors - from software, finance, manufacturing, utilities, services, and more.
Prior to joining Estuate, Sreekantha led Buzznet (a Malaysian software company) for 17 years and Inventa Corporation (a US-based software company having an office in Malaysia) for 6 years. Through his experience, Sreekantha brings in-depth knowledge of software engineering, delivery, and implementation of software projects across all technology sectors that have emerged over the last 30+ years. Sreekantha holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communications from Mysore University and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Newport University, USA.
Naveen Shankar
Associate Director – Talent Acquisition
Naveen is a seasoned professional in the field of Human Resources and brings to Estuate a rich experience of 14 years. He holds more than 12 HR-related certifications, including some in the space of Diversity & Inclusion. Over the years, he has been consistently recognized as a change maker in his respective organizations.
Before joining Estuate, Naveen led ForthPage as the Director-Cofounder. He has also worked with organizations such as General Electric, Time Inc., and Lumen Technologies in critical HR-centric roles. Naveen holds a Master of Business Administration from XLRI - Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur.
Piyush Singh
Practice Head - Insurance
Piyush has fifteen years of work experience, including one year with Estuate. Piyush holds a Master of Computer Applications degree from Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune. Piyush is a highly accomplished professional with a wealth of experience in IT services and product engineering. Piyush has worked with PwC and Accenture in the past and his last positions were Delivery Manager and Dev Lead respectively.
He has received the Great Performance award from PwC and the ACE award from Accenture. Piyush has also delivered many end-to-end projects on a medium to large scale.
Subbarao Satyavolu
Vice President - Service Delivery, Americas
Subbarao is a results oriented Senior Leader with 30+ years experience in Enterprise Solution Consulting, Enterprise Program Management, Digital Enterprise Transformation/IT Modernization, Product Engineering, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), IT Service and Operations Management (ITSM/ITOM) and Strategic Account management. Global experience in building & managing high performing teams in solving complex business & technological challenges for the clients
Subbarao is a proven problem solver with extensive experience in the IT industry. He has been recognized as an outstanding performer by his employers, Hitachi/Sierra Atlantic and Computer Sciences Corp (CSC). Subbarao has also been certified in Six Sigma and Project Delivery Excellence by CSC University. In addition, Subbarao is certified in Supply Chain Management and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL). He holds an M. Tech in Computer Aided Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.
Satya Bobba
SVP, Global Head of GRC and Customer Success
Satya Bobba brings more than 20+ years of experience in building market-leading enterprise SaaS products and solutions. Her experience spans engineering, cloud strategy, business development and customer success. Her passion is to help customers achieve GRC goals while simplifying their processes and reduce implementation costs. She brings more than 14 years of domain experience in building and delivering GRC solutions to top enterprise customers across Financial Services, Life sciences, Hi-Tech, Healthcare and Quality verticals.
Prior to joining Estuate, she worked at MetricStream as AVP Cloud Strategy, Global Head of Platform Engineering and Head of Advanced Engineering GRC Products and Services. Earlier in her career, at AOL and Netscape she held technical roles in enterprise server technologies and personalization frameworks. She has a bachelor degree in Computer Science from Andhra University.
Prasanna Kulkarni
Vice President - Sales and Marketing
Prasanna is a seasoned Technology & Sales leader with over two decades of valuable global experience. Prasanna has been with Estuate for the past 5 years, leading the Sales and Marketing department with excellence. Prasanna holds a Bachelor of Engineering from GCoE, Amravati and a Stanford Advanced Program Management qualification from Stanford Center for Professional Development. Before joining Estuate, Prasanna held various leadership roles at HCL, Wipro, Nihilent Technologies, and Godrej.
Stanley Perumal
Global Practice Delivery Lead
Stanley Perumala is the Global Practice Delivery Lead with 8.6 years at Estuate. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from International Technological University, which is his area of specialization. Stanley has 16 years of experience and has held various positions at Netpace, Cognizant and Hewlett-Packard.
He has received multiple accolades for his achievements such as building an innovation segment with zuora and leading the BRM practice. Stanley is a key contributor for the BRM practice, having built the team from the ground up and building the core team for the same.
Prakash Balebail
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Prakash brings more than two decades of software development & implementation experience, including over 16 years in several key roles in Oracle Corporation. His management principle has been to provide commitment to continuously improve how he serves all of his customers, partners, and employees by anticipating their needs and exceeding their expectations through a culture of creativity & forward thinking.
Prior to founding Estuate, Prakash was the Senior Director in Oracle Applications Global Sales Solutions team, which built complex Oracle E-Business Suite application demonstrations for Sales activities. Additionally, he had leadership roles in the development of Oracle’s much-acclaimed Business Flow Accelerator (BFA) for the E-Business suite. During this time, Prakash also built the highly-regarded India operations team from the ground up. Prakash holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Karnataka University in India.