Feeds

Salesforce.com to reveal 'Company Communities'

Pipe your intranet onto a BYOD smartphone, you know it makes sense

High performance access to file storage

Salesforce, the software-as-a-service company that's no longer keen on including the “.com” suffix its name, will tomorrow reveal a new feature of its platform called “Company Communities”.

Outlined yesterday at the CeBIT Australia conference was later explained to The Reg by executive vice president for platform Mike Rosenbaum as a way to “run intranets on mobile devices.”

Rosenbaum said the new offering gives Salesforce users a way to take employee-facing apps and make them available on mobile devices, with IT departments able to dole out access.

Details were sketchy, but Rosenbaum said either in-browser apps or native apps as a wrapper will be offered, initially on iOS and Android.

The thinking behind the app is conventional mobility logic: put a business process into a worker's hands wherever they may roam and they'll be more likely to use it. Putting employee self-service functions like booking leave or filing expenses claims into their own smartphone, Rosenbaum reasoned, and they'll not only use the tool more often but do so more happily. They may even do so in the office, taking advantage of a mobile-styled UI.

Salesforce's in-house Twitter-like service Chatter will be woven everything, to make filling in forms more social.

Users' Salesforce logins will allow them to enter a 'Company Community', with oAuth and SAML also in play.

Rosenbaum wouldn't comment on how Company Communities stacks up against curated apps-in-mobes offerings like VMWare's Horizon Suite or BlackBerry's Balance, but nor did he dismiss them as so different they don't compete with the new offering.

Full details on Company Communities will be revealed on Wednesday May 29th, US time. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.