Technology Podcast: Sales Compensation Challenges When Moving to XaaS

By: Rachel Parrinello Chief Sales Executive Events, Technology Sales

Is the shift to a recurring revenue XaaS model impacting sales compensation in your company? Alexander Group’s Ted Grossman and Rachel Parrinello recently spoke with Dr. Robert Bieshaar of Autodesk about their transition to a subscription-based model and the impact on the sales organization. As a critical lever in the shift to a subscription model, Dr. Bieshaar also discusses the challenges and implications for the sales compensation program.



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Ted Grossman and Rachel Parrinello are both principals in Alexander Group’s San Francisco office.

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Rachel Parrinello

Rachel Parrinello is a principal in the San Francisco office. She is a leader in the firm’s Sales Compensation, Media Sales and Technology practices. In this role, Rachel delivers sales compensation expertise to many client engagements and directs the firm’s sales compensation IP and benchmarking methodology. Rachel’s fact-based, practical and aligned sales compensation solutions help her clients drive profitable revenue growth. She frequently speaks on sales compensation topics at various associations and partner events. Rachel has authored several articles and whitepapers including How Revenue Planning Drives Sales Compensation Success.

Prior to joining the Alexander Group, Rachel started her career in sales and sales management for two Fortune 500 hardware companies and an Internet-based software reseller start up. In addition to managing her sales territory growth, she developed and implemented customer segmentation strategies, marketing programs, sales training programs, sales tools development, job design and performance metrics. She transitioned to sales management consulting when she joined the Alexander Group in 1999. Rachel holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Rachel is also a Certified Sales Compensation Professional.

Ted Grossman

Theodore (Ted) Grossman is a principal and regional leader in the San Francisco office. He co-manages the firm’s Technology and Channel Sales practices. Additionally, he is responsible for business development, management of key accounts and management for major consulting engagements. Ted has extensive experience in the areas of business strategy, business process re-engineering and organizational structure and design with a functional specialty in sales force and channel effectiveness. Ted’s industry background is extensive within the software, telecommunications and high tech manufacturing industries.

Ted has over 25 years of experience spanning both management consulting and industry line management primarily in the high tech and software vertical. Prior to joining the Alexander Group, Ted held positions in sales and channel management, corporate marketing and business and sales operations. In particular, he has successfully managed sales and services P&Ls and managed partner channels and alliances at two companies.

Ted holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business (Duke University). Ted is also a Certified Sales Compensation Professional.