Last week 7,000 Dreamforce 2007 attendees pondered a week chock-full of significant announcements. This week we’d like to share our observations, based on discussions with salesforce.com’s enterprise customers and prospects, as well as industry CIOs and thought leaders. We hosted over 400 of them, along with their sales executives from Google and salesforce.com, at our Innovators Mixer at San Francisco’s Bong Su restaurant on Tuesday night (photos). Appirio CEO Chris Barbin also joined 150 industry leaders in salesforce.com’s “Executive Track” session, so we heard lots of interesting ideas. Three common themes emerged:
Salesforce.com’s new announcements around VisualForce, Ideas, Content, and other upcoming features will be put to the test now by over 900,000 subscribers. With the growing delta of capabilities, innovation and business impact between legacy on-premise solutions and SaaS solutions, we are seeing salesforce.com turn the corner towards pushing companies to “go big” and actually rip-and-replace stale on-premise software. Interesting times ahead.
Appirio is offering a 1/2 day “What’s Possible with Google Applications” workshop next month in our San Mateo office at the salesforce.comIncubator. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Industry Innovators from salesforce.com, Triple-Tree, Google, and Appirio were just a few of the guests at Appirio’s On-Demand Mixer