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An Executive Business Review (EBR) is a strategic meeting with stakeholders from both GitLab and the customer. It is an extension of the account planning process and part of the TAM's regular business rhythm. In partnership with the SAL/ AE, a TAM is responsible for working with their customers to identify the primary objectives and desired business outcomes for the meeting, then scheduling and conducting the EBR. In addition, it is recommended to work with the champion to ensure the right content is covered for the audience. The TAM will own the content creation, and together with the SAL/AE, the TAM will determine the flow of the review based on best practices and insight into the customer relationship.
TAMs should hold EBRs with each of their customers at least once per year. Larger ARR accounts or those with more strategic initiatives may benefit from or even require a biannual or quarterly cadence, a decision to be made by the TAM, SAL/AE, and Sales/CS leadership.
The EBR aims to demonstrate to the Economic Buyer the value they are getting in their partnership with GitLab. It is interactive from both sides, discussing the customer's desired business outcomes and related metrics, progress against these metrics and desired outcomes, and aligning on strategic next steps. The most crucial element in all EBRs is giving the buyer the time to speak about what matters to them, and creating a framework to enable them to do so.
To schedule the EBR, the SALSA/TAM meeting or AE/TAM sync is the best time to review customers that are due an EBR, and agree on next steps, ensuring the economic buyer and key decision makers are invited and able to attend where possible.
During a cadence call, the TAM should bring up the topic of an EBR. If this is the customer's first EBR with GitLab, explain to them what it is and what value it brings. Ensure they know key stakeholders should attend and ask them to start revewing calendars for an ideal time to schedule the EBR. After the cadence call, follow up with a written summary of the EBR and reiterate your ask for help in scheduling. It can take up to 3 months to find a good time for stakeholders to all be available to meet with us, so the earlier we can start the conversation the better.
While we always want to include decision-makers and leadership to be involved with EBRs, if it's your first EBR with a customer we may only be able have our regular contacts attend. Use this opportunity to demonstrate the value of having leadership in EBRs going forward, so that the customer will be more inclined to ensure their leadership is involved for subsequent EBRs.
Please also view our EBR Playbook (internal to GitLab) for more details on how to propose, prepare, and present an EBR. This internal playbook also includes a link to EBR sell sheets, which TAMs can copy and edit to send to their customers to help demonstrate what the customer will get out of the EBR, as well as an "EBR in a Box" presentation which contains several pointers on the logistics of preparing, such as a suggested timeline, how to prepare and tips on presenting.
I am reaching out to determine the best date and time for our Executive Business Review. As a reminder on the purpose of these strategic bi-annual meetings, we look to cover the following:
We have found significant success in also including key decision makers and will ensure we hit clearly on the progress and successes you and the team have seen. What would be the best means to invite (insert name of decision maker, influencers)to our review also?
The following are some suggested dates and times - if there is a better day or time please let us know and I will get the invite on to the calendar.
Introducing myself, I'm the (insert role) at Gitlab and would like to personally thank you for your business and trust in Gitlab.
(Insert TAM name), your TAM, has shared with me several updates regarding our amazing partnership and the rapid adoption of GitLab at Centene. I would like to personally invite you to an Executive Business Review (EBR) that is a key part of our engagement and collaboration. Some key objectives include:
Ultimately, we seek to ensure we're aligned on the path forward to continue delivering to your business needs with the GitLab platform. If you're open to it, we will coordinate with you to find a time that best suits your availability. The EBRs typically take between 90-120 minutes.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
A CTA in Gainsight that will automatically open seven months before renewal, with a due date of 45 days later to give time to schedule, prepare for and conduct the EBR. If doing a more frequent business review, please manually open a CTA, and within this CTA, open the "EBR" playbook. The CTA is where you will track the completion of tasks necessary for a successful EBR.
If no progress has been made on the CTA (no tasks have been completed) and there are less than 2 months before renewal, the CTA will be closed automatically. Alternatively, if you do not plan to hold the EBR within the next quarter, please close the CTA, chosing the appropriate close reason and including additional context in the CTA details.
EBRs typically consists of the following content:
Also to be considered:
Usage ping can provide data to build the usage and growth story. If usage ping is not enabled, a payload may be periodically requested from the customer. Extracting the payload is a simple process and only takes about 30 seconds. Some examples included in this data are historical and current user count, and CI build history. Please note usage ping only goes back 6 months, so it's worthwhile to keep old data for comparison in future EBRs.
Besides creating the deck, there are a few other items to consider to ensure your EBR will go as smoothly as possible.
To create the content for the EBR, please review the EBR Template. Note this template is aimed at EBRs 60-90 minutes in length, and the account team may want to consider adding or removing elements depending on most relevant content and time allotted. Please watch the EBR interview for a walkthrough of the three major components of an EBR and tips & tricks on successful delivery!
There are also several examples EBR decks and past recordings linked in the playbook (Internal Only Link) and EBR in a Box (Internal Only Link) for TAMs and other GitLab team members to review and take inspiration from (please keep all customer-specific content confidential).