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Check It Out – The CloudWorks April 2011 Release

By Glenn Weinstein, CTO, Appirio

Yesterday, we went live with the April 2011 release of CloudWorks!

If your company uses Salesforce.com for CRM, and you’re using Google Apps for email and calendar, then you need CloudWorks.

It’s fun to be part of an R&D team building a true multi-tenant SaaS application. We are running five-week sprints, culminating in regular releases that each contain great new features and enhancements that make our customers more productive. The bad old days of 1-2 releases a year (at best) are a distant memory! And when we release, all customers get the improvements immediately. Our release notes say nothing about how to “install” the new version. It’s a relief to not have to worry about all the permutations of upgrade scenarios our customers may face. Another ancient memory of an older era in software.

You can read the April 2011 Release Notes for the gory details, including lots of screen shots and explanations. It’s avaialble straight from the “Documentation” tab of your CloudWorks console. Highlights include:
  • “Edit” button on contact, account, opportunity, lead, and campaign details
  • Case app, for showing details about a support case inside any email with a thread id
  • “Push to Salesforce” button on Google Calendar sidebar app, to copy an event into SFDC and tie it to the appropriate records
  • Support for connecting to multiple SFDC orgs
  • Support for multiple email domains, if they are being managed centrally in one Google Apps control panel
  • Gmail app “decider” logic, allowing admins to configure which apps to show, when, and to which users (this moves more control from custom programming, to admin configuration)
  • Use of SFDC REST API
  • Black tabs, allowing Appirio support personnel to administer customer tenants
The Getting Started guide gives step-by-step instructions for onboarding new users.

We look forward to your feedback.

About Appirio

Appirio

Appirio is a global cloud consultancy that helps customers achieve results in weeks, not years by harnessing the power of the world’s top talent. Appirio’s 600,000 member [topcoder] community and crowdsourcing platform, combined with the company’s business and technical expertise, have helped 700+ enterprises confidently use technology to increase innovation and transform business. Founded in 2006, Appirio is a trusted partner to companies such as Apria, Coca-Cola, eBay, Facebook, Japan Post Network, L’Oreal, NetApp, The Four Seasons and Virgin America.

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