Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky, who is helping Salesforce with analytics

Marc Benioff’s Secret Weapon: Tableau Turning Salesforce into Analytics Powerhouse

June 11, 2020
To me, the 2x4-across-the-face disclosure in Salesforce’s latest earnings release was not that they almost reached $5 billion in quarterly revenue but rather that “Platform & Other” has become Marc Benioff’s #1 revenue-producing business. Bigger than Service Cloud, bigger than Sales Cloud and Marketing cloud and all the others. And growing at a wicked clip
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Slide from Salesforce Q1 earnings presentation

Salesforce Shocker: Its #1 Revenue Business Is “Platform and Other”

June 1, 2020
While Salesforce has been known as a SaaS powerhouse for its entire 21-year existence, its largest and fastest-growing business is now “Platform and Other” as the shape of the enterprise cloud continues to evolve. As shown in the graphic above from Salesforce’s fiscal-Q1 earnings presentation (it’s slide #8), the business unit called Platform and Other
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who delivered inspiration on a recent earnings call

Marc Benioff Delivers: “The Best I’ve Ever Seen Salesforce Perform”

May 29, 2020
Whether procuring and delivering 50 million pieces of PPE, launching an extraordinary new pandemic-driven product, or generating $4.87 billion in revenue during the COVID-19 crisis, Marc Benioff’s had a quarter like no other. And during yesterday’s fiscal-2021 Q1 earnings call, Benioff made it perfectly clear in his inimitable fashion that Salesforce’s performance during the quarter
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COVID-19 Scrambles IT Spending Priorities | Steube on Spending

May 28, 2020
“Steube on Spending” episodes provide timely windows into enterprise-IT buying trends from a guy who’s got the data to back it up. Peter Steube, managing director of Enterprise Technology Research (ETR), joins us to discuss what his company is learning from surveys of big-company CIOs and IT decision-makers around the world. Today, Peter and I
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

Can Salesforce Keep Growing? Five Possibilities for Marc Benioff

May 9, 2020
Editor’s note: This article was contributed to Cloud Wars by Jiri Kram, a solution architect who studied Fintech at MIT and specializes in cloud computing and blockchain. He is a highly respected commentator on LinkedIn, where he originally published this piece on May 6. This article marks Jiri’s third appearance on Cloud Wars; you can
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Cloud Wars logo with text: Tech CEOs response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Snapshots: 5 Tech CEOs Embrace Pandemic’s ‘New Normal’

April 20, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic that has turned the lives of billions of people upside-down in a matter of weeks has also provided some compelling moments for five of the world’s most-influential tech CEOs. The global turmoil wrought by this novel coronavirus has underscored a vital point that we sometimes overlook: CEOs are, in spite of certain
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Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff: The Extraordinary Ascendancy of a Global Leader

April 10, 2020
The striking thing about Salesforce’s remarkable overnight transformation from glitzy software company to gritty global procurement powerhouse is that, under Marc Benioff’s leadership, it doesn’t really seem so extraordinary. Well into his third decade of running one of the most innovative and successful software companies the world has ever known, Benioff somehow finds ways to
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Cloud Wars logo and text, Tech's Response to COVID-19: Microsoft and Amazon leadership

Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce’s Exceptional Leadership in Confronting COVID-19

March 26, 2020
While many of the world’s leading tech companies continue to make meaningful and enduring contributions to the battle against COVID-19, the three companies whose efforts have been most significant are Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that their standout leadership and innovative approaches during the unprecedented global COVID-19 crisis mirror their
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