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The New ECM
We asked Brad Shimmin, an analyst with Current Analysis who attended Dreamforce, if he could characterize this year's gathering.
He said that shows often "reflect the tenor of a company," and this year's Dreamforce did as well -- "a lot of openness, optimism, assuredness that what they are doing is the right thing for their company."
Shimmin said that, from his perspective of focusing on collaboration, it was clear that file-sharing has become central to enterprise collaboration, such as in Chatterbox. Although Salesforce "has had file support for quite a while," it hasn't been offering full synchronization and collaboration.
It's now clear, he said, that "the enterprise social network is the new enterprise content management system."
The other major focus Shimmin saw at Dreamforce was a greater emphasis on "line of business solutions, making business processes collaborative within the enterprise." He noted that Salesforce, "like a lot of vendors, began with specific solutions for given use cases," and, through solutions such as ones for marketing and HR, it is now looking to "verticalize" its offerings.
Posted: 2012-09-26 @ 7:11pm PT
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