The case highlights the evolution of a wide-area-network (WAN) optimization company from its founding day to its potential IPO. It explores the various challenges faced by management along the way, both in terms of determining what characteristics are needed in VP of sales role as well as how to determine which go-to-market model is most appropriate. OptiGen emphasizes the risks of channel conflict and forecasting inaccuracies, particularly for a company that wants to go public.
The case opens with Robert Campos, CEO of OptiGen, preparing for a series of meetings with investment banks to discuss the prospects of an IPO. His company has recently missed its operating plan for the second time in three quarters. Campos is concerned that the spotty track record will harm its chances on the public market. Campos highlights two key, interrelated problems that must be addressed immediately: a broken forecasting process and inconsistent quarter-over-quarter revenue growth. Internally, there is no connection between the forecasts provided by the sales team at the beginning of any given quarter and the operating plan set forth by management.
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