Oct
20
2016
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Salesforce looks to the future with Einstein artificial intelligence

einstein-thumb Salesforce has a history of staying close to the cutting edge of technology, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it announced an artificial intelligence initiative recently, it dubbed Einstein.
We caught up with some key members of the Einstein team at Dreamforce earlier this month and asked them to explain the new technology for us.
Einstein isn’t a product so much as a set of… Read More

Oct
10
2016
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Apttus looks to the future with bots and virtual reality

ron-apttus-hololens Last year Apttus, which provides pricing, quoting and contract building on the Salesforce platform was growing at a crazy rate. It appeared to be headed to IPO or a Salesforce purchase when it got a punch to the gut. Salesforce bought Steelbrick instead.
Sources say, Apttus might have gotten greedy, thinking it was the only enterprise CPQ product out there that provided the best fit for… Read More

Oct
08
2016
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The method in Salesforce’s M&A madness

Salesforce executive Keith Block speaking at a press conference at Dreamforce 2016. Salesforce has been on a shopping spree this year, spending in the neighborhood of $5-6 billion on 10 companies. That’s why it was interesting to hear company president, vice chairman and COO, Keith Block talk about what they look for in an acquisition target at a press conference at Dreamforce this week. This is particularly true in the context of rumors that Salesforce was interested… Read More

Oct
07
2016
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Salesforce took a horizontal turn when it bought Quip

Quip Chief Executive Officer Bret Taylor And Greylock Partners Partner John Lilly Interview When Salesforce purchased Quip last summer for $750 million, it seemed at face value to be an unusual acquisition for the cloud CRM company — Salesforce tends to concentrate on more vertical targets.
In fact, at a press conference this week at Dreamforce, Salesforce president, vice chairman and COO Keith Block — yes, he has all those titles — said when asked about the… Read More

Oct
07
2016
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Lights, cameras, Dreamforce

Marc Benioff, chairman and chief executive officer of Salesforce.com Inc. Salesforce chairman and CEO Marc Benioff knows a thing or two about how to put on a good show. As usual, he pulled out all the stops this week at Dreamforce, his company’s massive customer conference in San Francisco. He was boasting at the keynote that 175,000 people registered online (and another 15 million were watching online). I can tell you most people I spoke to didn’t… Read More

Oct
05
2016
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Zenefits makes licensing compliance app available for free in the Salesforce App Exchange

disrupt_sf16_david_sacks-3705 Zenefits announced this week, it was making a licensing compliance app it created in-house to ensure its sales people are properly licensed to sell insurance in a given state, available for free to anyone to download from the Salesforce App Exchange. Last winter Zenefits was sailing along providing HR services in the cloud for small and medium businesses when a bombshell hit. Buzzfeed… Read More

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