Figure 1: Conventional Sales Cycle
A salesperson is under constant pressure to close as many deals as possible in a day, swamped with numerous non-selling tasks, updating the lead data, planning and following up for upcoming meetings, traveling, service tasks, internal meetings, training, etc. Let us discuss how we can revolutionize the sales process and empower every salesperson to be able to do what is most important for him/her – sell.
Simplifying the sales process, the new-age SmartSales cycle must streamline the conventional steps into very specific and practical stages – Lead Identification, Lead Enrichment, Meeting preparation, Meeting, and Closure with technology becoming the backbone, aiding a salesperson, for good.
Figure 2: SmartSales Cycle
Figure 3: Relationship between technology and experience lifting the sales cycle
With technologies backing the salesperson, his/her efficiency is bound to be optimal. As inferred from the diagram above, integration of experience and technology platforms through a digital core is the essence of this new-age revolution. SmartSales brings together these two platforms to embed technology and simplify selling through deep AI and big data. Elaborating further, in order to experience an automated digital assist, computer vision, voice enablement, digital personas, facial recognition, etc., need to be realized. This is done using the SmartSales modules like interactive modules, chatbot, content management tools, etc., that are created using the technology stack. One can realize in-moment recommendations, business value mapping through rich knowledge management and social listening leveraging LinkedIn connectors and content management tools. These are modern technologies that are easy-to-use. They are provided by market leaders like Microsoft to empower developers and in turn the end-users.
To illustrate the nitty gritty of the product/service being sold, SmartSales highlights the usage of IoT and mixed reality to be able to provide a seamless experience through interactive augmented reality. With augmented reality taking centre stage, encompassing its usage to highlight the best of features and to be able to compare with competition real size and real-time will definitely make decision-making easier and quicker. Such offerings collated in one-single piece constitutes what is called SmartSales.
SmartSales is a one-of-a-kind solution developed using Microsoft stack, for every enterprise or corporate that sells. So common and yet so critical, it integrates business apps with social media inputs making the information provided to a salesperson fresh and relevant at one-click. With information curated from the CRM platform to facilitate knowledge management, it holistically uplifts the salesperson’s work, augmenting his/ her capability and making selling as a process, simple and easy.
Solutions & Innovation Head - Microsoft Practice – Wipro
Shantha has over 19 years of experience in Solutions, IP & Innovation on Microsoft Applications. She specializes in architecting enterprise digital solutions in the area of Conversational AI, Automation and Mixed reality. She focuses on technologies such as Azure, Cognitive Services, Dynamics 365, Office 365, HoloLens, IoT and Blockchain.
Consultant - Microsoft Practice – Wipro
Avantika is an IIT Kharagpur business graduate, working as Solutions Consultant with Wipro. Her primary focus areas are Innovation, Solutioning and Product Marketing. She owns a total of 4 years of experience from varied verticals of the industry such as IT, Government, Oil & Gas, Food & Beverages, Fertilizer and Manufacturing.