Sean Emberley, Sales Operations Analyst, manages all commissions at Planview, an enterprise work and resource management platform serving 4,500 customers and 1.3 million users worldwide.
Not only does CaptivateIQ do Excel functionality very well, but it gives you the automation of a software tool plus integrations with a bunch of different systems. I feel it has really found the sweet spot between simplicity and functionality. If anyone's looking for a variable compensation tool, I would definitely put CaptivateIQ on that list. - Sean Emberley, Sales Operations Analyst at Planview
Since 1989, Planview has been helping organizations accelerate their strategic growth through their Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions. Planview’s platform enables teams to deliver innovative and competitive products, services, and customer experiences.
Recently, Planview has been experiencing tremendous expansion. In February of 2021, Planview acquired two solutions, Clarizen and Changepoint, to further accelerate their plans to reinvent the future of on-strategy delivery. As a newly combined entity, Planview now employs over a thousand people and serves more than 1.3 million users worldwide, including Fortune 100 companies.
While Excel offers a lot of flexibility, you're stuck doing a lot of the same processes. It takes a lot of time to get data out of Salesforce. Also, when you have such a manual process, you open yourself up to making mistakes.
As the person responsible for managing all of Planview’s commissions, Sean knew about the time-consuming tasks required to run payment calculations on a monthly and quarterly basis. Initially, he relied on homegrown Excel spreadsheets to manage all of the data and calculation logic but quickly realized that as the sales team grew and the company evolved over time, they needed a solution that could scale with them.
With eight compensation plans for over 150 sales reps, Sean was looking for a streamlined solution that any single administrator could manage. Being able to easily configure plans and troubleshoot errors was absolutely essential given the large, growing number of reps. Another point of interest was dealing with the complexities that come with having lots of data and suboptimal data gathering practices. Using CaptivateIQ’s library of source data integrations to put an end to manual data collection, Sean saved valuable time and effort.
CaptivateIQ successfully and intuitively mirrors excel functionality and offers key integrations like Salesforce CRM that ensure commission data is shared across all business-critical systems.
After bringing on Xactly as a vendor and later realizing they were not a good fit, Sean and the Planview team quickly found success with CaptivateIQ.
Sean took advantage of CaptivateIQ’s self-serve implementation and completed a successful deployment within four months. To get up and running quickly, Sean turned to our customer knowledge center which provides robust documentation and core product information.
Sean was able to set up his account and build commission plans on his own, with limited help from our implementation specialists.
The team at CaptivateIQ is very responsive. Typically, they will get back to me within the same day. I feel like they listen to me as a customer and are very open to recommendations for future functionality within the tool. They’ve taken a lot of my recommendations and actually implemented them.
The nature of the CaptivateIQ platform made it easy for Sean to get the information he needed to process and calculate commissions with minimal effort so he can focus on other important tasks.
Sean and the commission team at Planview saw a dramatic decrease in the amount of time they were spending on monthly payout calculations: they went from spending two to three days to just two hours. Not only that, but they also experienced an increase in the accuracy of the calculations as they were no longer relying on error-prone Excel spreadsheets. All calculations are configured in the CaptivateIQ platform and can be easily adjusted according to shifting company goals and changes to the commission plan structure.
Time spent every month performing calculations is reduced by more than 90%, while calculation accuracy has increased.
Prior to using CaptivateIQ, the sales team did not have any visibility into their performance or their expected payment amounts. This made it difficult to understand where individual reps stood in terms of quota attainment. With CaptivateIQ’s Salesforce CRM integration, Planview’s sales reps can view their current pay statements and progress on deals in real-time. This way they can better manage their efforts and focus on the activities that are going to add the most value to both their individual performance as well as the business overall.
Payees no longer need to wait for one to two weeks after month close before seeing expected payment amounts. They now have the option of previewing updated pay statements in real-time as deals close.
CaptivateIQ is on a mission to bring transparency and joy to commissions management. We believe that getting paid should be fun and that work should be a breeze for compensation plan administrators. Yet, most companies still rely on spreadsheets or legacy software providers to manage what is often the largest and most influential line item in a sales budget. That’s why we’ve created a scalable, flexible, no-code solution that enables finance and operations teams to model, automate, and optimize performance incentives. Twenty of the Forbes’ Cloud 100 including leading brands like Amplitude, Gong, and Hopin use CaptivateIQ to power their incentive compensation programs.