Is Salesforce.com Outgrowing SMBs?

September 7th, 2011

Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff is a great visionary with a big appetite for change. From packaged software to the cloud, from CRM to platform-as-a-service, he’s painted a color by number picture for businesses to emulate. But does his latest work, “the … Continue reading

Reflections on Dreamforce 2011: Now the Cloud Can Ride the Waves

September 6th, 2011

This year, Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce event–with a record-setting 45,000 attendees–got me thinking about the early days before the cloud was the cloud, how far its come, and how perfectly poised it is to ride the waves now driving technology adoption–mobile and … Continue reading

Intuit and Salesforce Partner Up: Who’s the Big Winner?

April 4th, 2011

Last week, Intuit and Salesforce.com announced that they would partner to integrate Intuit QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online small business accounting software with Salesforce’s small business CRM editions (Contact Manager, Group and Professional). Under the terms of the deal, Intuit will … Continue reading

Salesforce’s Dimdim Acquisition–Adding to a String of Collaboration Pearls

March 16th, 2011

The SMB Group has followed (and used!) Dimdim, which has provided innovative, easy to use Web conferencing services in a freemium model with very liberal terms of use, for a couple of years. In January, Salesforce.com acquired Dimdim for $31 … Continue reading

HubSpot: From Breakthrough to Breakout

March 9th, 2011

I’ve been very impressed by HubSpot, which helps small and medium businesses (SMBs) optimize and streamline their inbound marketing programs (see my 2009 interview with HubSpot Marketing VP Mike Volpe) for a while now. Looks like others are impressed too—as … Continue reading

Will the Appliance Approach Gain Traction in the Wake of Recent Cloud Outages?

June 17th, 2010

This week’s service outage at Intuit is fueling a new round of speculation about the dark side of cloud computing–and whether businesses can depend on cloud-based services to run their businesses. Intuit’s problems come on the heels of other service … Continue reading

Flying Through the Cloud: Dreamforce Takeaways at 50,000 Feet

November 30th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I attended Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce event–along with about 19,000 other people. Having had a chance to digest the proceedings (as well as Thanksgiving dinner), here’s my commentary on what stood out as the top takeaways from … Continue reading

Another Plea for Plain English!

October 27th, 2009

Yesterday, I was listening to NPR’s Here and Now at lunch time while running a few errands in my car. I tuned into a great story about the “Plain English Campaign”, which was founded in 1979 by now 71-year old … Continue reading

FinancialForce: A New Force in Cloud-based Accounting

October 6th, 2009

Last week, Unit 4 Aggresso, parent company of CODA, announced that it has teamed up with Salesforce.com to launch FinancialForce.com. FinancialForce.com is actually Coda2Go, the cloud based accounting application that CODA built from the ground up on the Force.com platform, … Continue reading

Can Standards Clear the Clouds?

May 3rd, 2009

With market adoption of cloud computing forecast to skyrocket, no one in the tech industry wants to be left on the ground. But, as cloud computing platforms, models and definitions multiply, they’re becoming as numerous and diverse as Mother Nature’s … Continue reading