Arguably one of the hottest cloud events of the year is quickly approaching, and like many folks we’re gearing up for another exciting Dreamforce in San Francisco this month. With lots of Salesforce-related buzz going around, including rumors of an Analytics Cloud announcement, we thought we’d share a reading list to help everyone get up to speed. Here are a few articles that will get you ready for some quality Dreamforce networking:
Marc Benioff’s leak of the imminent Salesforce Analytics Cloud announcement probably peaked your interest. Check out these thoughts from our head of marketing, Jamie Grenney, about whether this move will shake up the predictive space.
“Salesforce is putting the spotlight on the data-driven sales and marketing movement, and asking companies to re-imagine how they operate based on data. While rear-view analytics are great, they can be even better when complemented with forward-looking predictions.”
Salesforce’s recent acquisition of RelateIQ is sure to be another hot topic at Dreamforce. Read what our CEO, Vik Singh, had to say about it in VentureBeat. Feel free to share your thoughts below about whether Salesforce is really ready to integrate predictive capabilities.
“As the world moves to predictive, the big question is if these automation players can integrate predictive properly. Is Salesforce.com ready to make the hard trade-offs to support predictive-first by designing a system around data intelligence? Or will third parties be able to innovate faster outside the core?”
Vik also recently expounded upon the “Predictive-First” revolution in TechCrunch, addressing how this new era of applications is changing enterprise software. His article is a great read for anyone following this space.
“By focusing on predictive as your key product differentiator, you can more easily prioritize a minimum viable product that is intuitive and powerful.”
Of course Dreamforce is not just all about Salesforce, it’s also about the ecosystem and legacy the company has built. BusinessInsider recently ran a great story about eight enterprise startups founded by ex-Salesforce employees – all of whom are doing interesting things, and many of whom you’re likely to run into at Dreamforce.
The Infer team will be partying at #DF14 in the Cloud Expo again this year, so we hope you’ll drop by our booths (N1010 and W537 ) to say hello! And of course, feel free to contact us @InferInc before the event and we’ll be happy to set up a time to connect.