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When Marc Benioff launched Salesforce back in 1999, his goal was simple – he wanted to make enterprise software as easy to use as consumer websites like Amazon.com. The service itself was pretty fundamental and addressed one function – it made it easy for customers to access, manage and share the organization's sales information. Over time, the CRM industry exploded and so did cloud computing. Today, Salesforce caters to a wide number of industry requirements including relationship management, B2B prospecting, customer support and marketing automation. This is a story that is true not just with Salesforce, but with pioneers from every other industry as well. Services like NetSuite in the cloud ERP industry or GetResponse in the Email marketing automation sector too have evolved to include a suite of software services to complement their core offering. In the case o... (more)

Five Ways Cloud ERP Can Assist in Business Intelligence

The focus of a BI professional in an organization is to help get the right information to the right decision makers at the right time. In modern times, Big Data analytics has been one of the primary sources of business intelligence acquisition. Tools like Hadoop have revolutionized the way enterprise businesses interpret the millions of data points that they own about customer behavior and turn them into meaningful inferences. But before the data reaches this stage, it passes through the several modules of an ERP system - an ERP system handles the whole gamut of operations right ... (more)

Do You Need a Co-Founder for Your Startup?

How important is an entrepreneur to the growth and success of a startup? There is the story of how Steve Wozniak remained a kid in the basement making computers till Steve Jobs came along. There is also the story of how Jeff Bezos started Amazon without the need for a co-founder to help him out. So what's the verdict? Well, the answer is - it depends. Trust In Partnership Partnering in a startup is all based on trust. And who better do you trust than a friend or a close relative who could possibly complement your skills? But according to Jay Barnett, the founder of Priority Pickup... (more)

DocuSign Awarded 2014 Microsoft Office and SharePoint Partner of the Year

Cloud based e-signature service provider DocuSign has been named the winner of the 2014 edition of the Microsoft Office and SharePoint App Developer Partner. DocuSign was named the winner from among 2800 entrants from 117 countries worldwide. The announcement comes less than a month after the digital signature provider announced a new mobile framework that will allow businesses to integrate their functionality natively into mobile apps. With hundreds of business applications requiring the use of cloud-based digital signature technology on their platform, DocuSign's announcement i... (more)

Are Security Concerns Over Cloud FUD or for Real?

Popular British security blogger Graham Cluley made a pretty interesting statement recently. In a chat with Computing.com, Cluley said that businesses that are flocking to the cloud in herds today should stop and replace all instances of the word "cloud" with "somebody else's computer" to really understand the implications of their actions. I call it interesting because while I am personally an advocate of cloud computing, Cluley's statement drives home the point about the consequences a business might face if they do not perform due diligence. The security concerns surrounding ... (more)