Software Pulse
July 13, 2011

Lars BjorkBuilding a New Kind of Software Company

Here are the decisions and mindset that built QlikTech, the world’s fastest-growing BI software vendor, its disruptive technology, and branding as a new kind of software company.

By Lars Bjork, QlikTech

I’ve been with QlikTech for almost 11 years from when it was a very, very small company in Sweden, not even knowing what business space we wanted to cover. We had 11 customers and did $2 million in revenue. This year we have close to 20,000 customers in 105 countries and are on track to do over $300 million in revenue. We’re one of the fastest growing software companies on earth of our size. In the last 10 years the company has grown a hundred times in revenue. I attribute our success partly to having made a few very smart decisions early on and also to the way we manage the company.

I say we’re a new kind of software company for two reasons. Our software enables our customers to be different in the way they interact with information. But it’s also because we sell our software differently.


Optimizing Recurring Service Revenue: Eight Questions CFOs Should Ask

Mike Smerklo

Are you paying enough attention to an often-overlooked major profitability driver? Service revenue – from maintenance, support, and subscription contracts – contributes significantly to the bottom line. However, CFOs often assume that service revenue is like the weather: there’s not much they can do to influence it.

ServiceSource routinely helps customers increase renewal rates, on average, by over 15 percentage points and, in some cases, over 40 percentage points. This article outlines the eight questions CFOs should ask to get to the heart of renewals.


From Cloud Skeptical to Cloud Curious to Cloud First

Darren Cunningham

Darren Cunningham of Informatica presents his interview of Andrew Bartels, Director of IT at a U.S. financial services firm, to learn about his advice for IT leaders seeking to gain a “cloud first” perspective in this post to the blog, The Cloud in Action.

Preventing Sales Hiring Remorse

Paul O'Dea

Paul O’Dea of Select Strategies provides advice to early-stage companies on how to maximize the odds of success in building a disciplined sales hiring process in this post to the blog, Best Practices: Software Sales.

IT Sales & Marketing Grows More Complex: Only 5% of CIOs Can Authorize IT Investments Alone

Tom Pisello

Tom Pisello discusses the findings of a Gartner study reflecting a crisis in CIO confidence and also shares his best-practice recommendations for solution providers in helping CIOs through this power shift  in this post to the blog, Best Practices: Software Marketing.

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