A few months ago, when I did my 2010 Watchlist for CRM Vendors, needless to say - now at least - Lithium was on it.There was a good reason for it too - they had been fast becoming one of the leading community platforms and increasingly vying for a significant position in the Social CRM world.
Social CRM: The Conversation
Paul Greenberg focuses on not only what CRM is but where its going in this blog on CRM strategy, technology, stories, companies and personalities.
In addition to being the author of the best-selling "CRM at the Speed of Light: Social CRM Strategies, Tools, and Techniques for Engaging Your Customers," Paul Greenberg is President of The 56 Group, LLC.
When I announced the contest for iPad CRM applications (at least from your mind's eye) about a month ago, one thing I didn't expect was the speed that vendors would jump on the iPad development bandwagon.Since my announcement: NetSuite showed an iPad application developed by a partner, Iron Solutions, for the agricultural equipment industry at their April 14 launch in San Francisco.
A couple of months ago, I was asked by Microsoft to help them (as a consultant) try to work on their Social CRM program. That included looking at products, messaging and doing some thought leadership stuff.
As many of you probably know, salesforce.com acquired Jigsaw a few days ago for an incredible (incredible for Jigsaw that is) $142,000,000. Salesforce.com is making an effort to become not just a PaaS provider, born a CRM provider, but now a complete cloud offering.
The DisclaimerSAS's legal department, which seems to be the only SAS department retaining the outlook of the early 20th century, asked all the bloggers who are posting who had their travel expenses covered to put in a disclaimer that they had all their travel expenses covered. My disclaimer is as follows: See Denis Pombriant's disclaimer.
Marc Benioff, at his Chatter event in NYC yesterday said the following:We've seen the future of enterprise software, and it looks more like Facebook on the iPad than Yahoo on the PC."Now, with my Jetsonesque world-view, I'd love to think that especially since I use Facebook a fair amount and have an iPad which I now officially love and there is evidence that companies that are innovators like salesforce and Apple are thinking about the enterprise in exactly that way.
I'm sitting here trying to figure out a business justification for the use of the iPad by me and interestingly enough there is more than one.
I ran across this rather interesting press release this morning from TMCNet saying: "FinancialForce.com Announces Out-of-the-Box SAP Integration for Sharing Financial Data.
First Things FirstI ordered an iPad last Friday right after Apple finished updating their site so that I could. Just to set the record straight, I'm not a fanboy though I have 2 iMacs, an iPhone and a Macbook Pro 13" with a solid state drive.
Once in awhile there is something that isn't only important coming out of the vendor community but actually kind of refreshing. Given my right-brained proclivities, I didn't think it would come from the world of contracts (that's a Ray Wang specialty), but interestingly enough it does.