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How to align your sales, security, and legal teams

September 13, 2022
4 minutes

When we think about silos in the sales process, there’s a lot that’s said about how sales teams should be better aligned with marketing and customer success teams. Without strong collaboration amongst these teams, and a collective effort towards achieving the same goals, companies risk having a sales process that’s equal parts stale and ineffective. But these aren’t the only teams that sales should have a strong relationship with. 

For software-as-a-service and other cloud-based vendors, there are two other key players: security and legal. However, more often than not, sales, security, and legal teams operate in silos during the sales process. The result? Vendors aren’t as agile as they could be in closing a sale and getting new enterprise clients on board. 

In this article, we’re taking a look at the roles each of these teams play in the sales process, and how they can be better aligned to make it more streamlined and effective.

The role for each team

Sales

When it comes to the sales process, sales representatives and account executives play a number of roles. On the one hand, they are the primary point of contact with the prospect, and are responsible for managing that relationship. This involves getting to know people as individuals, taking the time to understand their pain points, and clearly articulating how their offering can solve those problems. 

These individuals also have to be skilled shepherds. They have to gather (and sometimes wrangle) information from other stakeholders within the organization, and bring the right people into the room with the prospect when it’s required. This can be a challenge, especially when they engage with employees from other teams that have their own set of objectives and projects to attend to. 

Security 

For tech companies that aren’t SOC 2 compliant, there are often quite a few hoops to jump through to prove that they are secure enough to be an enterprise’s vendor. This will often take the form of extensive questionnaires that probe the various security measures and controls the vendor has in place. The sales team will often send these questions over to the security team, requesting specific answers about the software and the infrastructure it’s built on. This can be frustrating for security, as it takes key individuals away from the work they should actually be doing — or has them work overtime to answer the questions. 

Legal

Regardless if it’s in-house or outsourced, the legal team will always have a role to play in the sales process. At the negotiation stage, legal can support with anything from ensuring a specific provision is added (as long as it works for both sides) to helping the team navigate what the company is and isn’t willing to do for a prospect. Where issues arise is when prospects ask for something that sits outside those boundaries, and the sales team is more focused on the sale than abiding by legal parameters. 

The call for alignment 

Today’s enterprises operate in a regulatory environment that requires strict security measures and systems in place to protect customer data. This, plus the increased sophistication of cybercriminals, means that enterprises are more pressed than ever to be as secure as they possibly can be. So, when they’re looking for software vendors, it’s no surprise that they ask for guarantees from a security and legal standpoint. This is where a strong relationship between sales, security, and legal can be useful.

We all know the adage “time is money.” Ensuring that sales is properly aligned with both security and legal, and that all three teams are committed to delivering on the same goals, is bound to streamline the sales process so that prospects are more likely to become customers. 

This alignment can be accomplished through a number of ways: 

  • Set the teams up with common business goals. Your teams are all working towards the success of your business. Make sure that they’re working towards joint initiatives, and get them to set up collective KPIs that they can achieve together. 
  • Be proactive. Have your sales representatives talk through the common obstacles they typically face, and work with security and legal to create processes that can help streamline their responses. 
  • Consider becoming compliant with industry regulations. Putting in the effort to become SOC 2 compliant, for instance, can reduce the burden on both your security and legal team, and give your sales team a standard they can tout on their sales calls
  • Ensure sales is equipped with all the right information. Get sales in the room with both security and legal. This way, your sales reps will be able to use your company’s security posture as a value proposition, and they’ll have enough insight into the contracting process to answer questions from prospects up front. 
  • Adopt the right tools that meet the needs of all parties. Pima, for instance, makes it easy for sales to share documents from the security team. Plus, with its simplified NDA process, legal can rest assured that only the right people are accessing sensitive documents. 

Once your teams are all on the same page, then they’ll be better equipped to shorten the time it takes to have a customer sign the contract. As an added bonus, this alignment will also make it easier to generate trust with the customer, as they’ll get to work with a sales team that’s equal parts agile and informed. 

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