, Inc.(CRM)- NYSE
  • Oct. 22, 2012, 4:07 PM

    Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is witnessing another big outage at its East Coast data centers. Affected services include Pinterest, Foursquare, Airbnb, Reddit, and's (CRM) Heroku cloud app development/hosting platform. As always, enterprise concerns about the reliability of public cloud services come into focus when significant downtime occurs. (June outage)

    | Oct. 22, 2012, 4:07 PM | 5 Comments
  • Oct. 20, 2012, 10:12 AM

    Where was this story 50% ago? Its cover showing a tombstone engraved "R.I.P. PC," Barron's says DELL and H-P (HPQ) will fade from view. Next up for trouble could be Microsoft (MSFT), seemingly cheap at 9X 2013 earnings, but which reported sales at its Windows unit off by a third Y/Y after backing out pre-sales for Windows 8. The world awaits the launch of Surface at midnight on Friday. More winners/losers here.

    | Oct. 20, 2012, 10:12 AM | 225 Comments
  • Oct. 19, 2012, 4:13 PM

    "[Windows 8] was very difficult to get used to," says a user who installed a preview version. "I have an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old, and they never got used to it. They were like, 'We're just going to use Mom's computer.'" Microsoft (MSFT) needs to hope such complaints, which are echoed by some reviewers, just amount to initial discomfort with a very different UI. Meanwhile, CEO Marc Benioff, in typical hyperbole, is declaring the OS "the end of Windows" (for enterprises). (also: I, II)

    | Oct. 19, 2012, 4:13 PM | 46 Comments
  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:03 PM

    Microsoft (MSFT) is acquiring StorSimple, a developer of storage appliances and related software sporting advanced cloud backup capabilities. Though buying an enterprise hardware firm is off the beaten path for Microsoft, the purchase ties into its efforts to pitch its Azure platform as an ideal solution for "hybrid" cloud environments that support both locally-hosted ("private") and service provider-controlled ("public") cloud infrastructures. Many top rivals, such as Amazon and Salesforce, have a much stronger public cloud tilt.

    | Oct. 16, 2012, 1:03 PM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 12, 2012, 10:52 AM

    Jive Software (JIVE -3%) comes within a hair's breadth of its post-IPO low after BMO downgrades shares to Market Perform: the firm says checks indicate enterprises are taking a more cautious view of private social networking platforms. That could also be a negative for (CRM), which has lofty ambitions for its Chatter social networking solution, now integrated with many other Salesforce products.

    | Oct. 12, 2012, 10:52 AM
  • Oct. 4, 2012, 7:10 PM
    This week's Oracle OpenWorld (ORCL) conference had 50K attendees, whereas's (CRM) recent Dreamforce conference had 90K. That's one more reason observers are wondering if Salesforce and other cloud vendors are stealing Oracle's thunder, in spite of Oracle's efforts to keep up. "CIOs are feeling guilty if they don’t do anything around Salesforce," a Piper analyst wrote recently, while adding resellers have observed a "continuous talent flow of executives from Oracle to Salesforce." (also)
    | Oct. 4, 2012, 7:10 PM | 10 Comments
  • Oct. 4, 2012, 2:48 PM

    Autodesk (ADSK) has bought Qontext, an Indian developer of enterprise social networking software. Qonext's solutions will be integrated with the Autodesk 360 cloud CAD software platform. The deal shines a light on the critical role social networking features are playing in the evolution of cloud business apps - GigaOm's James Urquhart recently argued's (CRM) ability to tie its cloud apps together through a tight social layer is helping it stand out from the crowd. Enterprise social pure-play Jive Software (JIVE) stands to benefit.

    | Oct. 4, 2012, 2:48 PM
  • Sep. 19, 2012, 7:28 PM (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff was in full hype mode during his Dreamforce conference keynote. He predicted the adoption of corporate social networking tools such as Salesforce's Chatter would foster a "trust revolution" among businesses, and brought out motivational speaker Tony Robbins to declare "the future is connect or die." At least he didn't compare rivals to Arab dictators this year. (product announcements) (TechCrunch Disrupt)

    | Sep. 19, 2012, 7:28 PM | 3 Comments
  • Sep. 19, 2012, 10:50 AM
    As expected, (CRM) kicks off its Dreamforce conference by announcing several new products. Among them: an enterprise cloud storage platform called Chatterbox (competes with Dropbox and Box); a cloud employee performance solution called (competes with CSOD); and Marketing Cloud, a suite that ties together solutions from Buddy Media and Radian6 (competes with ORCL). Salesforce is also giving its Chatter enterprise social networking solution (competes with JIVE) a major overhaul.
    | Sep. 19, 2012, 10:50 AM | 3 Comments
  • Sep. 18, 2012, 1:52 PM

    As's (CRM) Dreamforce conference gets underway, Dell (DELL) announces it's launching a consulting practice that will focus on the deployment of Salesforce apps. Dell already has reseller deals for Salesforce's sales and customer support software. Latching on to fast-growing Salesforce gives Dell's services arm a way to stand out from IBM and H-P, and also helps it better target the mid-sized businesses Salesforce depends heavily on. (expected Dreamforce announcements)

    | Sep. 18, 2012, 1:52 PM
  • Sep. 11, 2012, 6:47 PM

    No one can accuse (CRM) CEO Marc Benioff of setting his sights low. Benioff claims Salesforce plans to release cloud identity management, collaboration, and storage/file-sharing solutions at next week's Dreamforce conference, with the idea of integrating these products with Salesforce's cloud enterprise apps. This will put Salesforce into competition with a host of hot startups, including Asana, Okta, Dropbox, and Box. (previous)

    | Sep. 11, 2012, 6:47 PM | 1 Comment
  • Sep. 11, 2012, 9:31 AM (CRM) recently bought BlueTail, an Israeli startup developing data-mining software, on the sly. The purchase appears to have been an "acqui-hire": LinkedIn profiles (I, II) reveal BlueTail's CTO and CEO are now respectively the chief data scientist and VP of product strategy for, a Salesforce unit that provides business data and contact info for sales/marketing professionals.

    | Sep. 11, 2012, 9:31 AM
  • Sep. 5, 2012, 6:52 PM (CRM) exec Byron Sebastian has left the company, a source tells GigaOm. Sebastian's LinkedIn profile, which now describes him as an olive farmer, backs up the source. Sebastian was in charge of Salesforce's fast-growing app development platforms, and Heroku. Heroku, acquired in 2010, now hosts over 1.5M apps.

    | Sep. 5, 2012, 6:52 PM
  • Aug. 27, 2012, 5:28 PM (CRM) edges lower AH after filing to sell 1.68M shares on behalf of insiders, primarily VC firms. The sale will cover 1.2% of outstanding shares. (S-3)

    | Aug. 27, 2012, 5:28 PM | 2 Comments
  • Aug. 24, 2012, 2:40 PM
    Though (CRM +1.4%) has turned positive following a ho-hum FQ2 report, Larry Dignan thinks nagging questions remain. Among them: what the future holds for Salesforce's partnership with cloud ERP/HR software giant Workday in light of Salesforce's expanding ambitions (Dignan thinks a merger is possible); whether Salesforce will buy an e-mail marketing software firm to complement its social media marketing push; and whether Salesforce is becoming too dependent on large deals. (more) (transcript)
    | Aug. 24, 2012, 2:40 PM
  • Aug. 24, 2012, 11:31 AM (CRM +0.8%) has recouped the AH losses it saw following its FQ2 report, as analysts stay positive in spite of a slowdown in billings/deferred revenue growth. BMO argues billings growth would have been 40% rather than the reported 30% if not for forex and the migration to annual subscriptions, but admits guidance for a 3% Q/Q deferred revenue drop is underwhelming. Roth is encouraged by Salesforce's prediction that Service Cloud, marketing software, and will become $1B/year businesses. (transcript)

    | Aug. 24, 2012, 11:31 AM
Company Description, inc. provides enterprise cloud computing applications. It provides a comprehensive customer and collaboration relationship management service to businesses of all sizes and industries and also provides a technology platform for customers and developers to build and run... More
Sector: Technology
Industry: Application Software
Country: United States