Salesforce.com Rival Buys Business Objects

Salesforce Rival SAP has announced a $6.3 billion buyout of Business Objects.  It will be interesting to see how this will impact the products they have integrated into the Salesforce appexchange, namely crystal reports.  One has to think they will cut off ties with Salesforce and incorporate the Business Objects products into their recently announced on demand CRM product.

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October 7, 2007 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

Salesforce AppBar vs. Firefox Plugin

I’ve been using the Salesforce Firefox Plugin for more than a year now and its been absolutely fantastic. I was just browsing some applications on the exchange and noticed a listing for The AppBar, which is a browser toolbar specifically for Salesforce.com. I’m not normally a fan of browser toolbars simply because of the amount of space they take up, but I think this one might really be a winner for Salesforce users.

The Firefox Plugin is really simple – once installed it adds a searchbox inside your browser and lets you perform an advanced search across any object in your organization. It actually works better than the default search on the homepage since it uses the “advanced” search, not a standard search.

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The new Appbar developed by 3 Salesforce employees (although it doesn’t see to be an official Salesfoce app) goes way beyond the simple search functionality and creates a bunch of shortcuts into your application. When you complete a search you can choose from several options, even searching the appexchange. One of the big time savers should be the ability to directly link to add accounts, contacts, tasks, etc. The next big time saver are the views buttons. Each of these buttons lets you instantly link to any of your pre-formatted views, saving at least a few clicks each time.

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I’m definitely going to try this out a bit longer to see if I hit any snags, but so far the only drawback seems to be the real estate I lose at the top of my browser.

I highly recommend trying out both of these if you haven’t already. If you’re stuck using IE as your only choice of browser, well then I really feel sorry for you….

October 1, 2007 at 9:00 am 4 comments

Salesforce Content Demo

Salesforce.com recently added some more information about the new Salesforce Content product coming out soon (late Q4?). You can check it out at Salesforce.com/content or view the demo here. This product was developed after Salesforce acquired the 9 person, San Mateo based Koral.com

The features look really nice – making it much easier to organize, find, track, and use documents but once again I’m left feeling that this should be an included upgrade to the sub-par document system we currently have rather than paying an additional fee for an add on service. I would hope that at some point this is rolled into the service levels much like Google Adwords product was but I’m guessing that will depend on how high the demand for the product will be.

This is definitely something we would use and would make our work more efficient (the product really does look good), but as a small business owner the price we pay for Salesforce is already a significant part of our overhead and this could increase it by an additional 30% – 50% if the buzz I heard about pricing is true. I understand that they would need to limit bandwidth but perhaps this is a product that could be based on usage or total storage rather than the standard per user / per month pricing we’re used to.

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September 26, 2007 at 9:15 pm 3 comments

Salesforce.com Video

This video was shown during the Dreamforce 2007 Gathering, created by Salesforce.com’s in-house Creative Director Bruce Campbell. Nice watch if you missed it.

Thanks to Mark for the tip.

September 21, 2007 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

Marc Benioff is Not Wealthy Enough

According to Forbes Magazine Marc Benioff is one of 82 billionaires that were not rich enough to make the Forbes 400 list, the elite list of the 400 wealthiest Americans.  Better luck next year Marc.

September 21, 2007 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

Dreamforce 2007 Pictures Posted

I just finished Posting all of my pictures to Flickr, you can access them here.  For some reason there is a lot of traffic coming to the site looking for INXS pictures.  If you’re only looking for those you can find them here.

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September 20, 2007 at 1:19 am Leave a comment

Dreamforce Day 2 – George Lucas & Bob Thurman

George Lucas and Bob Thurman kick off day 2 of Dreamforce 2007 with a conversational style interview. The conversation wandered a bit from the intended topic of “Bringing School Into The Information Age” as they discussed mostly ethical and morality issues. One thing they discussed that I agree whole heartedly with is that when a company does something great it helps everyone in the industry and that by helping each other in business and in life everyone can benefit. It reminded me quite a bit of one of the more influential speakers I’ve witnessed – Tim Sanders. Tim’s whole philosophy is that “you will find your success in business through helping others grow by sharing your intangibles—your knowledge, network and compassion”. I’ve personally tried to adopt this philosophy as much as possible and its paid tremendous dividends.

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September 18, 2007 at 1:05 pm 5 comments

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