Articles about Salesforce

Ex-VMware ops chief floats over to Salesforce rival

VMware’s former chief operating officer Tod Nielsen has jumped ship to join Heroku, Salesforce.com’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud operation. Nielsen has been named chief executive of Heroku, assuming the role vacated by Byron Sebastian who left the company in September 2012. Sebastian had been both CEO and executive vice …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jun 2013
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Salesforce rival SugarCRM scores $40m from Goldman Sachs

Salesforce's customer relationship management (CRM) software rival SugarCRM has landed a huge chunk of Wall Street money, in a possible move closer to an IPO. SugarCRM Wednesday said it’s taken a $40m equity investment from banker Goldman Sachs and named Goldman vice president Antoine Munfa as a board director. The amount is …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Aug 2013
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Salesforce.com signs up Twitter firehose

Salesforce.com has inked a new deal with Twitter to hook up the micro-blog's “firehose” of all public tweets to its social media monitoring tool Radian6. The cloudy software purveyor acquired Radian6 in early 2011. At the time Radian6 had an agreement with Twitter, but Ross J. Piper, a Senior Vice President for enterprise …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2012

Salesforce boots SAP from customer-wrangling software top slot

Software-as-a-service provider Salesforce has beaten on-premises incumbents to become the biggest provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software. CRM software is used to organise and automate customer service, marketing and sales. Marc Benioff’s company stole the number-one spot from SAP last year, beating the …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2013
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Salesforce goes titsup, causes CRM outages worldwide

CRM services have been disrupted for companies all over the world after seven of Salesforce's instances went down. Salesforce said on its status update page, which was also down for a while, that service from seven of its instances was being disrupted, – though at the time of publication it was claiming to have whittled this …
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Salesforce losses swell, despite rise in sales

Software-as-a-Service pin-up Salesforce.com reported growing losses despite increased sales. The hosted CRM provider reported a loss of $9.82m on a 34 per cent increase in net sales to $73.6m for the three-month period to 31 July. Loss per share also increased, up 4 cents to $0.07 on a diluted GAAP basis. The company used the …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Aug 2012
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Salesforce's data-center design: 'Go for web scale, and build it out of s**t!'

RICON West 2013 If you're building systems to run at a large scale, then rather than waste time and money trying to avoid any failure, you need to suck it up and accept that faults will happen – and make sure you've got enough cheap gear to recover. So says Salesforce, which argued that this strategy can save you a bunch of cash you'd otherwise …
Jack Clark, 29 Oct 2013
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Oracle set for major Microsoft, Salesforce, Netsuite partnerships

Oracle is embarking on a spree of partnerships to assure the success of its much-ballyhooed 12c database among cloud companies. The red giant's chief, Larry Ellison, announced during Oracle's disappointing fourth quarter earnings call yesterday that Oracle will be forming alliances with NetSuite, Salesforce.com, Microsoft, and …
Jack Clark, 21 Jun 2013
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Salesforce: Internet of Things is 'third wave of computing'

Salesforce is desperate for more of the world to get wired up with little sensors, so it can get at this data and hook it into its suite of technologies, then sell companies on the benefits of an increasingly data-led sales strategy. This lust for an instrumented world was outlined by Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff in …
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2013
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Salesforce gobbles 'Facebook for the office' startup

Salesforce has made a bold move into human resources software by buying up Rypple - a social platform for the workplace. Announced yesterday, the sum exchanged is unknown, but the deal should complete by April next year. Rypple, a Toronto-based startup, is a Facebook for offices, used by, er, Facebook to manage its staff. The …
Anna Leach, 16 Dec 2011
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Salesforce CEO Benioff: Win 8 is 'the end of Windows'

The official launch of Windows 8 is only a week away, but Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff won't be making the upgrade, and he doesn't think most enterprise CIOs will, either. "Windows is irrelevant," Benioff said, speaking at a press Q&A session at Salesforce's Cloudforce event in New York on Friday. Benioff explained that the …
Neil McAllister, 19 Oct 2012
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Salesforce goes social with $689m Buddy Media buy

Salesforce.com has lashed out $689m on social media marketing firm Buddy Media as part of its plan to work social media deeper into its platform. The purchase will be merged with social-media monitoring tools added with last year's acquisition of Radian6, messaging group Dimdim, and social platform Rypple, as well as with …
Iain Thomson, 04 Jun 2012
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Microsoft opens Office storage back end for iOS love

Users of Microsoft’s Office on iPhone and iPad could now store their vital documents on Apple’s cloud. Microsoft said on Tuesday that it would allow third-party cloud storage providers to integrate natively with the locations picker of iOS Office apps. It didn’t name iCloud, but the implication is clear – all that’s needed now …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2015
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VMware's got SaaS – and you – surrounded with SSOaaS

VMware's ever-expanding end-user computing and cloud portfolios have embiggened, again, with the advent of a new single sign-on product called VMware Identity Manager. Stay awake there, you at the back. Yes, you the one rolling your eyes because single sign-on's been done to death a hundred different ways, some of them by VMware …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jun 2015
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Salesforce CEO: Social is god and Zuck is its prophet

Dreamforce 2012 "Business is social" is Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff's mantra these days, and throughout his sprawling, star-studded keynote at the company's Dreamforce 2012 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday – which ran nearly a full hour over schedule – he seemingly couldn't repeat it often enough. "This social revolution that's …
Neil McAllister, 20 Sep 2012

It's not the cloud: The problem lies between the chair and the computer – Gartner

Nearly all private clouds customers build are failing – and the biggest problem isn’t the technology, it’s people. That’s according to analyst Gartner, which reckons 95 per cent of the people it polled reported problems with their private clouds. The single biggest problem is failure of organisations to change the way they work …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Feb 2015
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Oracle in dollar bother – but Larry's in a fighting mood over cloudy future

Larry Ellison appears unbothered by Oracle's third-quarter revenues remaining flat at US$9.3bn, despite that sum disappointing financial analysts. Big Red revealed its recent results today, and GAAP net income for the three-month period ended February 28 was $2.5bn, down three per cent year on year, or 56 cents per share. …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2015
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Former US CIO Kundra joins Salesforce.com

Cloudy CRM software supplier Salesforce.com has hired Vivek Kundra, the first CIO for the US government, to be its executive vice president of emerging markets. President Barak Obama wanted more accountability and cost-cutting across myriad US government agencies – that's why he created the US CIO position. Kundra, who was …

Blue Coat acquires the cloud-crypto monkeys at Perspecsys

Controversial and suspicious netsec outfit Blue Coat Systems has acquired Perspecsys, for the want of some weight in its cloud security portfolio. Recently bought by Bain, Blue Coat reckons the acquisition (on undisclosed terms) establishes it as "a leader in the Cloud Access Security Broker segment". Cloud-crypto outfit …
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Salesforce buys Dimdim, continues with Facebook-for-biz ploy

Cloud vendor Salesforce.com has bought messaging and screen-sharing outfit Dimdim for around $31m as it continues to out-Facebook Facebook for its biz customers. The company said yesterday it had acquired Dimdim – which was founded in 2007 and has offices based in Lowell, Massachusetts, and Hyderabad, India – in an effort to …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2011
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Benioff bails from Borg Board

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff has decided not to stand for re-election to Cisco's Board of Directors at the company's November annual general meeting. Cisco filed the paperwork to make it happen last Firday, and issued a statement attributed to its own CEO John Chambers to cement the departure. Chambers' statement is as …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2014

Oracle brews PERPETUAL, all-you-can-eat database licence

Exclusive Oracle customers could soon be the beneficiaries of an unlimited, all-you-can-eat licence for its core database, with the giant understood to be readying a deal that would grant use of its database in perpetuity at a flat rate. Oracle’s prospective licence is being referred to as the Perpetual User License Agreement (PULA). …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2015
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Larry: Oracle's now a CLOUDY biz. Ignore everything I said before

Despite once declaring that the cloud was “complete gibberish”, “insane” and “idiocy”, former Oracle head honcho Larry Ellison has announced that the firm is now ready to be the foundation of the cloud for its customers. Larry Ellison speaking at Oracle Openworld yesterday (28th September) Speaking at the company’s Openworld …

ShoreTel shooting for cloudy consistency with new suite

Back in 2012, unified communications outfit ShoreTel acquired a rival named M5 in order to get itself into the cloud. M5 had unified communications as a service (UcaaS) at the time and ShoreTel didn't. All of which was lovely, except for one wrinkle: the M5 UcaaS and ShoreTel's core products were rather different. Fast …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2015

EMC and Cloudera withdraw from Indiana big data event

The technology industry's objections to the US State of Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which permits businesses to decline to serve people on the basis of sexuality or other traits, have deepened after EMC and Cloudera cancelled their presence at a forthcoming conference. On Saturday, Cloudera veep of marketing …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Mar 2015

Outsourcery shutters CRM practice... almost

Cash strapped cloud biz Outsourcery has effectively shuttered its CRM practice to new customers after the majority of its team departed for new pastures. We aren’t talking big numbers here: four staffers have defected to Microsoft CRM and ERP consultant QuantiQ and two people have left to join other companies. That leaves one …
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2015
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Dynamics CRM biz gobble lets bosses play fantasy league ... at work ... using sales reps

Microsoft has gobbled up FantasySalesTeam-maker Incent Games, and will bake the software into its Dynamics CRM product. Incent calls FantasySalesTeam "sales gamification" (no, me neither). Rather than dangle a big carrot in front of sales reps – like a fat end-of-year bonus – it lets managers offer lots of smaller prizes to …
Iain Thomson, 03 Aug 2015
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Microsoft says exec took secret 'trove' to Salesforce

Microsoft is claiming a CRM executive who defected to Salesforce.com took hundreds sensitive documents to its cloudy competitor. The company has filed legal documents saying former Dynamics CRM general manager Matt Miszewski left Microsoft with a "trove of materials" on his PC. The "trove" amounted to 25,000 pages of …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Feb 2011
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NetSuite's leap over to Azure cloud - a shot to the pills for AWS?

NetSuite, the ERP-as-a-service firm, is shifting its entire business – and therefore that of its customers - off Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) and onto Microsoft’s Azure. Zack Nelson’s firm plans to shift its 24,000 customers to Microsoft’s cloud as the basis for their hosted business by the end of 2015. Azure will become the …
Gavin Clarke, 08 May 2015
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MS waves enticing moolah at Oracle, Salesforce punters

Microsoft has written to Salesforce.com and Oracle punters urging them to ditch the cloudy database offerings of Marc Benioff and Larry Ellison in favour of its own CRM system. But in order to convince them to make the switch, the software giant is also, somewhat desperately, waving a wad of cash in the faces of Salesforce and …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Dec 2010
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Former Microsoft exec barred from taking job at Salesforce

Microsoft ex-worldwide government general manager Matt Miszewski has been told by a US judge that he can't take a similar job with cloud computing rival Salesforce.com. Judge Kimberly Prochnau ruled in Washington's King County Superior Court yesterday that Miszewski, who only joined Salesforce in January this year, was in " …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2011
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Salesforce.com hits 'appliance of science' button with new hire

Salesforce.com has created a new chief scientist role at the software company and hired erstwhile BT boffin JP Rangaswami to take on the job. He will report directly to Salesforce boss Marc Benioff to help European punters “think about innovative ways to use the real-time, mobile and social capabilities provided by Salesforce …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Nov 2010
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Salesforce gets super chatty with Heroku buy

Salesforce.com has agreed to buy Ruby-hosting giant Heroku for $212m in cash. San Francisco-based Heroku, which was founded in 2007, is home to more than 100,000 Ruby applications, and developers of all sizes use its system, which runs on Amazon’s EC2 with a bespoke simplified management interface twist. Its eclectic mix of …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Dec 2010
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Microsoft sues ex-general manager over Salesforce.com exodus

Microsoft is suing its erstwhile general manager Matt Miszewski, after he took a job with cloud computing rival Salesforce.com. The company has won a restraining order from a Washington state court, which temporarily halts Miszewski from working at Salesforce in his new position of senior vice president of global public sector …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2011
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Oracle OpenWorld snub fails to put off Salesforce CEO

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff has managed to turn an Oracle slight into a nice little piece of publicity, vowing that his scheduled keynote at the OpenWorld conference would go ahead in a nearby hotel. Not content with stirring up trouble with IBM, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison also decided to annoy Benioff by cancelling his slot …
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Salesforce releases Facebook for suits

Salesforce.com is today expected to release its Facebook for businesses against established enterprise collaboration software from Microsoft and IBM. The software-as-a-service giant will announce its Chatter service is generally available for the 77,300 customers using other aspects of its hosted platform - the announcement will …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jun 2010
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Salesforce offers collaboration beta to elite group

Salesforce.com is offering 100 companies the chance to beta test its collaboration software Chatter - a kind of Facebook for businesses. Chatter includes elements of social networking with worker profiles, status updates as well as connecting with other networks like Twitter and Facebook. It can also link to other Salesforce …
John Oates, 18 Feb 2010
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Asigra's fast BaaS on-ramp for Cloud Service Providers

Managed and cloud service providers have a lightning fast on-ramp to providing backup services via three Asigra appliances. These are converged backup systems using commodity servers, FreeBSD Unix, the ZFS file system and Asigra's agentless cloud backup and recovery software. There are three models, arranged by capacity: 1800 …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2015
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Microsoft strikes Salesforce patent payola

Salesforce.com is paying good money to make Microsoft's patent infringement lawsuit go away, Redmond has said. In a strangely worded statement from Microsoft on Wednesday announcing a patent-licensing settlement with Salesforce, Microsoft has slyly said that while the contents of the companies' agreement have not been disclosed …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Aug 2010
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Zorawar Biri Singh lands Cisco CTO post as firm shuffles its top brass

Cisco has swapped one high-profile chief technology officer for another as incoming CEO Chuck Robbins expands his collection of new top brass. The company named Silicon Valley cloud whisperer-turned-venture capital influencer Zorawar Biri Singh as its CTO for platforms and solutions on Monday. His appointment comes as CTO and …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jul 2015
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Cisco account managers' sales bonuses slashed

Cisco has instituted a cap on the commissions it pays to sales staff, The Register has learned. A Cisco staffer tells us that some account managers could lose as much as 25 per cent of their compensation, due to an edict sent out last week. The new is retroactive, meaning the company will attempt to recover some commissions it …

Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

Indiana's politicians are racing to "clarify" the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that has caused such a kerfuffle in the state. Technology giants like Apple, Salesforce.com, Oracle, EMC, Pivotal, and Angie's List led the charge against the law, which would have allowed business owners to boot out customers who offended …
Iain Thomson, 02 Apr 2015
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Amazon, Salesforce 'expected to join UK.gov's G-Cloud 2.0'

Amazon and Salesforce are odds-on to join the UK government’s G-Cloud and start serving civil servants with hosted computing, storage and ERP from May. The celebrated US cloud pin-ups have been in talks to join G-Cloud with the government officials driving the programme having to reassure the firms' legal people on their …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2012
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Salesforce.com and VMware float mystery cloud project

Salesforce.com and VMware will debut a cloud computing product later this month. The two software makers have created a website to tease customers about their upcoming collaborative effort, however they are saying very little else until 27 April. "Join industry leaders Marc Benioff, chairman & CEO of salesforce.com, and Paul …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Apr 2010
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Android finally shows up for work, app in hand

Google has finally published its BYOD app, Android for Work, adding to the already schizophrenic work-life balance environment for the devices. The software has just popped up on Google Play, where it’s described thus: The Android for Work app provides the ultimate solution to get work done on your Android device and separates …
Simon Rockman, 17 Apr 2015

Beyond the macro jockies: Salesforce lures devs with Java juggle

Salesforce is growing: just not enough or in the right direction, it seems. The company that started life serving up customer relationship management (CRM) as a service to the suits is now reaching out to real coders. The company, which claims more than 50,000 customers, saw subscriptions to its hosted apps increase by nearly 40 …
Gavin Clarke, 03 May 2012
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'The troll stats saddened me as a human, but didn't surprise me as a boffin'

QuoTW This week, we saved the internet, screwed up our smart TVs and made absolutely no money from our YouTube accounts. In the process, we uttered some memorable lines. By far, the big story of the week was the FCC's net neutrality decision. In opting to invoke Title II, the commission will force telcos to treat all internet traffic …
Team Register, 28 Feb 2015

Adobe lifts sheet on Dropbox-style doc sharing cloud

Adobe has unveiled a Dropbox and Box-esque document sharing and collaboration cloud that plugs into Microsoft Office 365. Adobe Document Cloud will let you create, edit and sign documents electronically through a mobile- and touch-enabled interface, built using its software. Adobe reckoned its new cloud, the firm’s third after …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2015
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Microsoft launches patent suit at Salesforce cloud

Microsoft has sued Salesforce.com, claiming that the cloudy outfit has infringed on its patents. Microsoft filed suit with a US court seeking a trial, damages, and costs, saying Silicon-Valley software-as-as-service posterchild Salesforce.com violated nine patents. Microsoft's deputy general counsel of intellectual property and …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2010

Hacker data dumps scrape to make huge grey marketing database

Former password collector Steve Thomas plans to tear up the contact broker market by offering a database of 30 million names for free, all built on data sourced by scraping the web. The former PwnedList founder, and now SalesMaple CEO, says the database will soon to balloon to almost 100 million records. Thomas said it will …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2015