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3 strikes against the public cloud

3 strikes against the public cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
AWS, Azure, Salesforce, and the rest enable you to build and/or deploy stuff in record time -- but those clouds aren't killing on-prem IT for good reason
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"If the IT department is a dinosaur .............  then why is it taking so long for the giant lizard to die?"
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Salesforce Launches Sales Cloud with B2B Marketing Automation

Salesforce Launches Sales Cloud with B2B Marketing Automation | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Technology has always played a big part in customer relationship management, but it has still remained a fairly labor-intensive job. Two new tools from Salesforce, however, are aiming to make the process a little more automated.

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Typically, B2B marketers only receive basic behavioral data such as e-mail open rates without prospect sales stage data. Intelligent Engagement Studio, on the other hand, will provide marketers with both behavioral marketing and sales stage data points.

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Why your future is in the public cloud

Why your future is in the public cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Liftoff to an all-cloud future may come sooner than you think, with Salesforce Wave as the latest sign
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It's not a question of if, but of when: Most of enterprise computing will eventually be sucked up into the public cloud, kind of like the rapture in slow motion.

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Christian Verstraete's curator insight, October 21, 2014 4:32 AM

Really, not what I hear.

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Salesforce Pushes Wearables for the Enterprise

Salesforce Pushes Wearables for the Enterprise | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Epson, Jawbone, Meta, Oculus and Vuzix are joining the Salesforce Wear platform. The initiative, announced Thursday, will bring 3D smart glasses, fitness trackers and virtual reality headsets to the company's device ecosystem, potentially expanding the number and types of enterprise Relevant Products/Services apps developers can design for the platform.

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“The market for wearables is going to be huge,” said Martin.

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Assessing how cloud computing has transformed the workspace

Assessing how cloud computing has transformed the workspace | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Today’s workplace is an entirely different animal to just five years ago – and it’s growing and changing at a rapid rate.
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With 93% of US small and medium businesses backing up some portion of their data to the cloud, it’s evident where the trend is going.

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Salesforce Cloud Takes on Patient Relationship Management

Salesforce Cloud Takes on Patient Relationship Management | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Salesforce.com recently made a strong push in retail with its Salesforce1 platform. Now, the CRM  company is making moves in the healthcare industry through a strategic alliance with Royal Philips, also based on Salesforce1.

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Going forward, Salesforce.com and Philips envision apps that will cover the healthcare continuum, from prevention and self-care to diagnoses and treatment all the way to recovery and wellness.

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10 game changers in cloud computing

10 game changers in cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
While many companies have played significant roles in the development of cloud computing these ten companies that really got the ball rolling.
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Some of the industry leaders and their estimated net worth. Pretty impressive!

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Oracle keeps missing the point of cloud computing

Oracle keeps missing the point of cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Its new funny-money approach to cloud services is a naked attempt to keep customers from using real cloud solutions
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Why isn't Oracle actually adding value to its customers' business by evolving the use of IT services in more innovative and productive directions?

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Big data and cloud computing drive up software sales, propel Salesforce into big league

Big data and cloud computing drive up software sales, propel Salesforce into big league | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
On-demand pioneer enters Gartner's top 10 software vendors list for first time, Microsoft still on top
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Salesforce also did well from the cloud momentum, entering the top 10 list for the first time with revenues of $3.8bn.

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patrick Anguet's curator insight, April 3, 2014 3:49 AM

Microsoft toujours au devant des attentes du marché. Salesforce est en 10ième position. 

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Cloud, Big Data firms causing 'big-time disruption' in IT

Cloud, Big Data firms causing 'big-time disruption' in IT | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The tectonic shift caused by cloud computing is paving the way for a few years of "big-time disruption" among systems and infrastructure software companies.
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Switching from on-premises software to Internet cloud-based applications has become easier because legacy software providers got too greedy, .....

 

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Box to enlist CIOs as it targets vertical industries

Box to enlist CIOs as it targets vertical industries | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Box will beef up its consulting team this year with several CIOs as it seeks to grow sales and adoption of its enterprise cloud storage and file sharing service in specific industries.
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The expertise that CIOs like Singh will bring will allow Box to better serve enterprises by catering to the specific needs and dynamics of their industry segments, like health care, law, entertainment, education, government and finance, he said.

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Oracle builds a bridge to Salesforce.com with new adapter

Oracle builds a bridge to Salesforce.com with new adapter | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Kicking off an initiative to better bridge cloud services with its own software, Oracle has released an adapter that allows organizations to copy data between their Salesforce.com accounts and Oracle software.
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The Oracle Cloud Adapter for Salesforce is an extension of the Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle's software for integrating enterprise applications through the use of Web services standards.

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Saas Predictions for 2014

Saas Predictions for 2014 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
News of hybrid SaaS, PaaS and happier customers is all on tap
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Can't have SaaS without a PaaS: Salesforce.com threw down the gauntlet to its rivals in November, announcing Salesforce1, a revamped version of its PaaS (platform as a service)

 

 

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Salesforce puts Lightning in a tightly sealed bottle

Salesforce puts Lightning in a tightly sealed bottle | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The LockerService architecture isolates components in their own containers and stops them from calling undocumented or private APIs
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"Looking to take cloud app security to a new level, Salesforce is rolling out its LockerService architecture for its Lightning apps platform."
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Salesforce, Workday Sales Grow as Cloud Software Shines

Salesforce, Workday Sales Grow as Cloud Software Shines | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley's cloudy outlook for software  grew stronger in 2014, as Salesforce and Workday sales continued to pile up, and investors bet Wednesday that the growth will continue in 2015 and beyond.

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Salesforce, a pioneer in software-as-a-service offerings, topped $5 billion in annual revenues

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Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in cloud analytics

Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in cloud analytics | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Wave uses a search-like medium along with extensive visualizations
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The new service is different from other approaches to analytics: It's search based, with data stored in a schema-less fashion. This allows for rapid, iterative exploration by users who are in search of answers to questions .....

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VIDEO: What do businesses gain with cloud computing?

VIDEO: What do businesses gain with cloud computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Industry experts weigh in on how enterprises can maximize the capabilities of cloud computing at the Cloud World Forum.
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Besides automation opportunities, cloud computing not only provides transparency but helps businesses develop a cohesive strategy that gets “all your different companies talking to each other and using the same platform,” said Sylvia Entwistle, assistant editor of Enterprise Management 360.

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Selling Cloud: 5 Ways to Make More Money

Selling Cloud: 5 Ways to Make More Money | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Making money selling cloud depends on who's part of your sales team. If you can put together a new team, follow these tips to make more money.
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Does your sales team (if you even have one) need help? Here are five ways your salespeople can close more cloud deals.

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The Era of Cloud Computing

The Era of Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Analysts estimate that over the next six years 90 percent of new spending on Internet and communications technologies will be on cloud-based technology.
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.......... He added: “Historically, we’ve been in a world where computing was a scarce resource. Now it is moving to being an abundant resource. ..........

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How Cloud Computing Can Bring The Voice Of The Customer Back Into Manufacturing

How Cloud Computing Can Bring The Voice Of The Customer Back Into Manufacturing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

In contrast to SAP’s cautionary tale including the abrupt departures of Vishal Sikka, Shaun Price and continued attempts to recapture their customers’ cadence, Salesforce shows how powerful galvanizing customer-facing systems are in redefining manufacturing today.  The revolution that manufacturers want starts in their front offices, focusing on making every relationship count.

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The collaborative effort shows how Salesforce’s secure, scalable cloud platform has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing by capturing orders more accurately by automating the inquire-to-order process across all selling channels.

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Cloud computing enters its second stage - hypergrowth

Cloud computing enters its second stage - hypergrowth | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The public cloud services market exited 2013 with $58 billion in revenues according to Forrester estimates. Strong growth and maturity over the past three years since our last forecast has put fuel in its tank which will push this market...
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Cloud services and SaaS bring high degrees of automation, standardisation, and autonomy that empower the business to work faster, more flexibly, and adopt new capabilities more readily.

 

 

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Dark Clouds Forming For Cloud Computing Companies

Dark Clouds Forming For Cloud Computing Companies | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Salesforce.com (CRM) is one of a pile of Cloud computing companies sharing space in a market deeply into "bubble" territory where dark Clouds are forming and we are heading for a storm.The silliness is evident in Cl
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With major cloud companies beginning to slash prices to grab business, those companies with far from healthy balance sheets are going to start getting squeezed. 

 

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Salesforce to open three data centres in Europe

Salesforce to open three data centres in Europe | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Salesforce is expanding its investment in Europe, in the hope of attracting more business from regulated industries
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Salesforce is best known for its customer relationship management (CRM) software, which helps sales teams to track each individual customer -- who they are, their requirements, where they are in the sales process, recent social media activity, notes from previous calls and records of email conversations.

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Five Ways Cloud Platforms Are Extending Sales Effectiveness

Five Ways Cloud Platforms Are Extending Sales Effectiveness | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Bottom line: Sales effectiveness is going through an inflexion point driven by rapid advances in cloud computing platforms and applications.  Changing business models, emergence of everything-as-a-service, the subscription economy, and revenues...
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Here are the five lessons learned for these and additional companies spoken with regarding how cloud platforms are giving them the agility to redefine sales effectiveness for their unique requirements:

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ConnectWise, Autotask Embrace Salesforce.com Platform Model

ConnectWise, Autotask Embrace Salesforce.com Platform Model | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
ConnectWise and Autotask each are trying to build ISV ecosystems and platforms that emulate Salesforce.com's AppExchange success.
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When Salesforce.com was emerging as a top cloud CRM system, CEO Marc Benioff met with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. At the time, Jobs told Benioff that applications come and go -- but platforms survive for the long haul.

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