Revenue Operations 

by Vikrant Duggal


  1. Thanks
  2. Should you read this?
  3. Background
  4. Problems
  5. Solution
  6. Players
  7. Predictions
  8. Opportunities
  9. Anti-Stance
  10. Links

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Should you read this?

This report is for investors, founders, CEOs, and Go To Market team leaders asking questions like:

  • Why do the marketing and sales teams not get along?
  • Where do I find the best ROI on my GTM spend?
  • How do I create transparency and accountability across revenue teams?
  • What’s one thing the Chief Revenue Officer can be doing to give me peace of mind?
  • How do I really put the customer at the center of our growth strategy?
  • I have a role on the org chart accountable for all revenue and growth, but it hasn’t been working. What am I missing?
  • Why am I not getting predictable revenue acceleration?
  • Why is our shared vision for the customer at the executive level not translating on the front lines?
  • Why is my customer data in disarray?
  • Why does it seem to take forever to get reports and insights?
  • Why can't I trust my reports and the insights from my teams?
  • Why are we always doing customer, or market analysis in Excel or Google Sheets before we can really understand what’s going on? Am I not using the right tools in the revenue stack?
  • Why does it take so long to get insights from our customer data and even then we aren’t remotely confidence
  • Why are our leaders, prospects, or opportunities falling through the cracks?
  • How do I better set up the company for growth in the coming months?
  • How can I get better clarity into my forecasting/pipeline?

If you, or someone you know is asking these kinds of questions the answer is likely the lack of a solid Revenue Operations strategy. You might have heard about Revenue Operations (aka RevOps). If so, you might ask what it is and how it can drive clarity.

This report is for you.


How can we better help investors, entrepreneurs, founders, owners, and business leaders grow their businesses quickly while increasing clarity and confidence?

Why does it take so long to uncover the easy opportunities to grow my business quickly?

I’ve thought a lot about these questions, especially over the last four years. I have built my consulting practice to deliver results quickly and effectively. While there are a number of elements to building an effective revenue engine for any business, there is one common theme that I see as a missing gap from pre-revenue all the way up to $100 million ARR: Revenue Operations.

If you haven’t already, you will be hearing this phrase, Revenue Operations, more and more in this decade. In my research I found the current information online to be confusing and in many cases, wrong. This is a small step to clarify my own thinking and hopefully some of yours.

To see predictable revenue growth you will need your revenue engine to have strong operations, but what are the components of Revenue Operations? The operations that support desired revenue growth include:

  • Strategy
  • Deep Customer Understanding
  • Investment Plan
  • People
  • Technology
  • Data
  • Management

Strategy: Your revenue team (all go to market teams) has to have the right foundation from the start. A close-knit team sharing the same goals and dedicated to achieving those goals makes a difference.

Deep Customer Understanding: Focus on the customer, developing and refining the ideal customer profile, understanding the buyer’s journey with no long term end matter. Keep this discussion active and fluid.

Investment Plan: Early on you’ll want some set up and administration of tooling, but well executed revenue operations will be a heavy investment as the business matures.

People: You have to select the right person to be accountable to all Revenue. They in turn need to select the right people to run Revenue Operations. It’s a combination of art and science. The ideal person running revenue will be a great generalist leader/manager.

Technology + Data: The technology will make it easy to gather (or enter) data and stitch and stitch it together. You will leverage third party data to create a customer database best for your business. The tooling/technology will then allow you to provide the best customer experience by surfacing the best insights for your customer-facing team members. (Note: This will support the product teams to continue to maintain and increase product-market fit.)

Management: Alignment at the top - C-Level/Board level is a must. Transparency and accountability to best manage customer facing people, data scientists, and product people.

Why is Revenue Operations important?

The transformation we are seeing to adopt Revenue Operations is being driven by you, me, the customer, the consumer, the buyer. Let me explain.

The Internet has a problem.

Mary Meeker has told us that the “Internet has >50% global penetration… new growth remains harder to find.”

This is a real problem. Here are some examples:

  • Global internet user growth declining
  • Global smartphone shipments declining
  • E-commerce and Online ads is growing slowly
  • Ad platform revenue declining
  • Internet ad buying is negatively impacting pricing
  • CAC is increasing across the board

To follow the money today for a business means following the consumer, customer, prospect. This means going digital.

We have plenty of proof that our customer is digital. See Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter, Snap, Amazon, Spotify, Zoom, podcasts, wearables, Nextdoor, Square, and more. Also, that’s just the USA (China: Pinduoduo, Meituan Dianping, AliPay; Latin America: Rappi; Indonesia: Tokopedia; SouthEast Asia: Shopee; India: Reliance Jio; South Korea: Toss; Europe: Revolut). Do you see what’s happening? I didn’t even get to the innovation in technology. The Internet train left the station long ago.

There is one common theme across the best performing companies (private/public): they are breaking down their silos across the organization and taking advantage of customer data to obtain new customers and create amazing customer experiences.

Your buyer is an Internet user and they are leaving behavior/intent “exhaust” every day. The exhaust in pieces is meaningless, but collectively gives us a sense of the desires (goals, fears, etc.).

Because of this, any effort to grow the business with strong operations is a waste of financial capital and human resources.

The customer no longer cares whether it’s interacting with marketing, sales, or customer success. To them you are a brand and they want an incredible experience from the customer-facing teams, and the core offering (akak product). Do this well and they’ll stay forever.


I need revenue acceleration and I want it to be predictable. I want it now.


Revenue Operations helps you make better Go To Market-related decisions based on all the revenue data you own. This is the lubricant for your Go To Market engine.

Investors, CEOs, Go To Market team leaders, and all members of the Go To Market team want and are in need of Revenue Operations.

Revenue Operations helps these business leaders better understand customer intent and see revenue and prospect/buyer/customer data in a way that reduces the burden for their customer facing team members while providing clarity around the appropriate hypotheses to test and strategies to execute that result in transparency and total accountability to revenue.

🏁 Players


The space is complicated and the players vast. This is by no means an exhaustive list and the categories are by no means perfect, but this will give you a sense of the major players and large bucket categories.

CRM software


Project Management software (not critical for revops)

Customer Experience software

Customer Engagement Analytics (or Sales Communication Analytics)

Data Analysis software

Sales Engagement Software

Pipelines Management/Forecasting (critical, very few do it well)

Integration software

Customer Data Platform

Third Party Data Enrichment


ABM Platforms

Marketing Automation Platforms

Sales Enablement Software


🔮 Predictions

  • Revenue Operations will be the source of truth that drives all Go To Market spend
  • Tech companies in MarTech, SalesTech, CSTech will reposition themselves as RevOps to increase their TAM
  • The Finance team (and investors) will encourage CEOs to have one person accountable to the overall revenue. We will see better alignment between the operating and financial models.
  • Customer-facing team members will be free of the burden of collecting, entering, and analyzing data. You’ll have systems that will collect data and surface insights. Data entry will live inside of RevOps.
  • Getting clean data back faster to run experiments will not be an impediment
  • Defined playbooks for Revenue Operations based on stage of company
  • In the tech/startup world we will see less business failure after Series B rounds (failure = return 0 capital back to their investors).
  • Different businesses will have different make up for tools/products. The ability to use them all together and still have a robust engine (unique to a business) will become more possible
  • In the latter half of this decade we will see a rise in thought leaders in the Revenue Operations space and they will have had real operating experience in various business environments (right now limited to LinkedIn)
  • The definition of what makes a great CRO will change. CEOs will make a few wrong CRO hires before getting it right. Prepare for that. CROs will make a few wrong RevOps hires before getting it right.
  • AI will play a bigger role - imagine a BDR having a daily list of prioritized tasks laid out in front of them in order of most likely to convert prospects. Or a CS rep who has most important tasks triaged in a way that maximizes overall customer happiness.

💡 Opportunities

Because revenue operations are about people, processes, and data many of the strategies, tools, and people will result in overlap and gaps in your business. This provides many opportunities for gaining efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Audit tools: everything from org structure, to data, to operational processes. They’ll give you a Revenue Operations score.
  • Every go to market team leader wants to be held accountable to revenue (as do their teams). It’s possible. Canopy, as an example, is really doing something innovative internally here.
  • RevOps thought leads can get more tactical. Many of Google's top results are too high level. Specific, contextual guidance is in demand. (Yes, I’m aware this report is not super tactical.)
  • Give a clear answer to: When should we start building Revenue Operations? “You can build RevOps however you want” is officially the wrong sanswer.
  • Help leaders pick the best revenue operations software tools. This idea alone could be a large and profitable business.
  • You don’t need to be a premier, expensive product in the market. There are a number of tools that are better than the premier, expensive tools that are more well known. Lots of opportunity for these companies to grow via content/community/data.
  • Revenue Operations operators should write regularly on this topic. Lots of interest.
  • Plenty of gaps in revenue operations with the current available technology. Room for agencies, consultants, and technology products to help.
  • There is a great deal of manual work to reconcile the data from various systems (as a consultant I, myself, spend a lot of time migrating data from tools to Google Sheets to create meaning and find low hanging fruit that the products claim to do).

😠 Anti-Stance

  • “It’s too much work/resources and not enough return.”
  • “I don’t need it”
  • “I’m too early for it.”
  • “I’ll just look after my own area of the business, thanks!”
  • RevOps is a pipe dream. It’s just not possible to build that level of alignment. Too many tools, we’ll probably have to shut some of them down.
  • It’s still emerging
  • There’s no playbook for this yet
  • RevOps is really just Sales Ops

The haters have good points and I’m not going to argue with them. This is a complicated space with a tremendous amount of posturing by growing companies. There's no point in taking these one by one. You are right. Everyone is right. This is a complex, infrastructure-related, unsexy problem. There is a great deal of posturing by rising incumbents. Buyer beware. Some haters will come around, they definitely won’t be leading any teams by the end of the decade.

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