This email newsletter was originally sent to the GitLab Field Team and stakeholders on 2021-03-01.
In this month's Field Flash, you'll find recordings from Sales Kickoff 2021, resources for competing with GitHub, important Sales Ops updates, easier ways to locate customer case studies, DIB certification and much more. Plus, Ruben Govender and team explain how they closed an Ultimate SaaS deal with one of the largest department stores in the U.S. in two months. And, we learn more about Competitive Intelligence Manager Aleeta Bell in her Team Member Spotlight.
NEW: Watch the video above for a recap of SKO 2021 – a full week (42 hours!) of exciting new content and activities that brought us together and allowed us to celebrate as one team from all corners of the globe. We heard from 75 internal and external presenters who together delivered 94 presentations, all helping us chart the course to reach our Peak Performance together in FY22: land with vision, expand with purpose, attach services, scale with partners and alliances, and retain customers.
Here are the follow-up resources and action items from SKO:
Questions? Reach out in #sko-virtual-2021.
Ruben Govender, Brian Wald, Laurie Howitt and Kasim Ahmad share how they closed a Q4 FY21 Land deal with a major U.S. department store chain for 825 seats of Ultimate SaaS and more than $661K of IACV. Learn how this team beat out GitHub and closed the deal in only 2 months with the help of cross-team collaboration, strong customer relationships, GCP, Professional Services and more.
Watch this short video from Mike Pyle (VP, Enterprise Sales) for insights into proactively countering GitHub/Microsoft – framing your customer's decision, preempting this competitive threat, and enabling your champions to advocate for GitLab. (Unable to view the video? Click here.) Watch Now –>
GitLab Free has more features and functions than GitHub Team, and the Competitive Intelligence team has updated the Decision Kit with more details. Point your customers to this page during your conversations. Check it Out –>
93% of the Sales organization completed this year’s Engagement Survey! See our strengths and areas for improvement, and learn what leadership will do to focus on Growth & Development in FY22. See the Results –>
You can quickly and easily find customer case studies by using the Case Study Board, which is updated each time we publish a new Case Study. Search by Use Case, Value Driver, Product Replaced, Integrations, and more. Use it Today –>
Learn how the British Geological Survey revolutionized its software development lifecycle by removing barriers with GitLab’s intuitive, single platform for improved efficiency, source code management, and CI/CD. Read More - BGS –>
We have released our first iteration of our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) certification and have made it available to the wider community. Also, in celebration of International Women’s Day, be sure to check out the Panel Conversations on March 4 and 5 featuring some of our Field team members! Get DIB Certified –>
IBM and GitLab are helping customers accelerate their DevOps adoption. In this video message, hear from Evaristus Mainsah, GM at IBM, on how we will grow the GitLab Ultimate for IBM Cloud Paks business together in FY22 and beyond. Watch Now –>
Learn about how the power of GitLab Auto DevOps can help increase productivity and speed up releases. Read More –>
Finance and Sales Operations have collaborated to introduce a new bookings policy that will determine the correct period to close a sales-assisted deal. This policy is effective 2021-02-01, and can be reviewed in full here.
As we shift to ARR, we will start forecasting in Clari accordingly. Below are high-level details, expectations and changes you'll see in Clari. See the full details and workback plan here. Reach out with questions in the #clari-users Slack channel.
The GitLab 13.9 release is live! Here are the takeaways for customers and prospects:
Corporate/Regional Event Spotlights
For a full list of virtual events, see a convenient calendar view in the Marketing Handbook.
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Check out the Spring 2020 lineup of Sales Enablement LevelUp Webcasts! The team has exciting content planned, including:
And many more! See the full schedule here.
Where did you grow up, and where are you based now?
I grew up in Richmond, Virginia and am currently based outside of Atlanta in Lawrenceville, Ga.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I love being able to work remotely!
Which of GitLab's Values resonates most with you?
Our Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging value
Do you have a helpful tip for working at GitLab to share?
GitLab has great competitive content publicly available on our DevOps Tools page that can help you improve your posture in competitive deals. Use it with customers and feel free to share your feedback with us in the #competition Slack channel!
What is a hobby or skill you have that the team might not know about?
Cooking from scratch - I can make a yummy sweet potato pie!
Icebreaker: What’s the craziest fashion trend you ever rocked?
A Jheri curl….. 😂
Icebreaker: What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
I was a teenage single mother. I worked three jobs in college, while maintaining a full time Electrical Engineering course load, to support my son and I.
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Archive: Edition 12, Description: March 2021 Field Flash