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Salesforce Briefs: Salesforce Tower now the ‘Eye of Sauron’ (for Halloween) & Dreamforce Wrap-up

Also this week: Best Podcasts for Salesforce Admins and SAP vs Salesforce battle continues...

With Halloween now behind us, we are fast approaching the silly/holiday season!  This week’s wrap up we have Salesforce getting into the Halloween spirit with Salesforce Tower turning into the ‘Fiery Eye of Sauron’! (Hopefully just for Halloween and not the start of something more! )  Also in this post, we have a Dreamforce wrap-up for you, so if like me you missed it, you can catch up on all the happenings earlier in the month.

Salesforce Tower gets turned into the ‘Fiery Eye of Sauron’

After a petition gathered pace and received over 11,000 signatures – Salesforce turned Salesforce Tower into a spooky sight for Halloween…

For those who haven’t read the books or watched the movies, ‘Fiery Eye of Sauron’ is a reference from the Lord of the Rings.

Though it would be interesting to know how/who managed to convince Marc Benioff of this idea, as he seemed against it at the start of the month telling , “I would prefer for it to become a signal for Batkid as our city needs a lot of love right now.”

Read more at SFGate or NBC.

Dreamforce wrap-up

So as another year wraps up, another massive Dreamforce is now done and dusted for 2018!  To wrap up on all things Dreamforce 2018, there are a number of key resources to check out!  (Unfortunately I wasn’t able to personally attend this year).

  • David Liu over at SFDC99 gives us his wrap up and learnings from the event.
  • Jen Lee also has a post covering off all her sessions from Dreamforce, if you interested in anything automation/flow, it is well worth the look!
  • SalesforceWeek.ly also covered the Dreamforce keynote with a hilarious Fact Check: Dreamforce Keynote.
  • ZDNet has a Dreamforce recap on ai, automation and integration.
  • CRN has a ‘5 things we learned at Dreamforce’ recap.
  • And the official recap from Salesforce also gives a brief overview of all the happenings from the week.

But one session I live for each and every year is ‘True to the Core’ with Parker Harris.  (So much so, I will be doing a recap of the video some point in the near future! Similar to last year’s post…)

If you have never seen this session before, you need to!   It covers the roadmap and upcoming direction for the various elements across the Salesforce platform…

 

Best Podcasts for Salesforce Admins

Also this week, I stumbled across a great list of podcasts for the Salesforce #AwesomeAdmin within you!  If you looking for new podcasts to listen to on the way to work… Live the Salesforce dream and tune in 🙂

Personally, I would also add ‘The Wizard News’ to this list for an entertaining and often LOL-funny listen on all things within the Salesforce world…

 

The SAP vs Salesforce battle continues…

Is this really even a battle?  SAP announced a number of ‘victories’ over Salesforce recently…

Personally I don’t want to discount SAP, but having worked with CRM teams who manage SAP systems, and my own experience of Salesforce… I still feel there is a really large gap between the platforms.  But never stop watching, as a tighter contest in the CRM space, could lead to more innovation given the scale and size of the competitors in this market.

Is SAP tilting at Salesforce CRM crown?

 

Marc Benioff in the headlines

The man at the helm of Salesforce, Marc Benioff, is a very interesting character.  He definitely knows how to generate a headline, but often for a good cause.  Generally he tries to be the change he wants to see in the world.

Over the last couple of weeks he is trying to focus attention on the homelessness issue in San Francisco, tackling other tech entrepreneurs on how to best try to solve the issue.  It is a long-standing and complex issue, so there surely isn’t just one way to try to tackle this issue, but it is great to see this being focused on.

Additionally CNN Business also wrote a profile piece on Marc this month, which covers some of his other philanthropic efforts.

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