|Salesforce running their stuff across a giant iMac, iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad|
A couple of weeks ago I finally made it to the Salesforce annual users' conference, Dreamforce, for the first time and came away with a few pics of the madness, some random impressions and some hopefully noteworthy takeaways–
First, these events really are totally mad. They had 125,000 people show up for the thing. San Francisco was crawling with them everywhere. Rooms at hotels like the Hilton were going for $800/night, minimum. Uber was charging triple. Bruno Mars & will.i.am played one night but I was too worn out to care by then.
But I got it. Salesforce is a formidable force, indeed, and sure seems to be on a big, big roll. I saw where they were putting up what will be the tallest building on the west coast a couple of blocks from Moscone. Not surpirsing really, given their momentum. Worth keeping a eye on for sure.
What else? Big emphasis on running across device platforms. Lots of talk about running your business from your phone or, the latest–“running your business from your watch.”
Big emphasis on Internet of Things (IoT) too. All kinds of demos of “things” integrated into the SF platform. Loved this inspection robot, for example:
The major Salesforce announcement was Wave, their new data analytics tool. They played it up with a tropical theme and had the Beach Boys play during the keynote when they unveiled it–