(This blog was written after attending 2015 Dreamforce event)
Dreamforce, an event with 170,000+ attendees and over 1,700 sessions was an exciting event to be part of. Launched at the event was Salesforce’s latest offering that epitomizes speed and is aptly named “Lightning.” An innovative, customer-focused concept that is poised to become the next big thing in the app world and during the time of digital transformation.
Better and faster engagement is the need of the hour and the Salesforce Lightning platform meets this need. As the main product focus of the event Dreamforce conference, Lightning wowed and thrilled all those in attendance. Making the platform a reality was a fascinatingly diverse group: system integrators, software developers, MVPs, Salesforce Administrators, and folks from the Salesforce Success Community.
Dressed appropriately in a Lightning-inspired, one-piece body suit, Salesforce co-founder Parker Harris talked about how the solution is helping customers develop better and more reliable, connected apps, faster, with the use of simple drag and drop utilities. Leveraging Trailhead, a free tutorial platform, customers can develop Salesforce apps while taking advantage of the over 50 prebuilt Lightning Exchange elements available on the AppExchange portal.
Another key announcement at the event was the global partnership between Sage and Salesforce. Also introduced was a new service from Sage called Sage Life that is built on the Salesforce platform-as-a-service, designed to help small businesses move to the cloud.
Optimized for mobile and social, Sage Life aims to help smaller companies integrate their customer, accounting, payroll and finance data in one system that is accessible from any device and from any location. A mobile control center enables employees to view data in real time, and the system’s social focus helps connect colleagues, customers, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders.
“Today’s news reimagines the business of doing business for SMBs,” said Sage CEO Stephen Kelly. “What this does is give every employee real-time information on the Apple watch or the device of their choice. It’s as important to SMBs as the iPod was to consumers.”
Sage is aiming its new system at the 15 million or so businesses around the world with between 10 and 200 employees, Kelly stated. It is scheduled for general availability this summer, and Kelly said he hopes a Sage app store won’t be far behind.
Meeting Kelly gave me a sense of the sheer energy that he exudes, which is evidently what makes Sage the leader it is today. My conversation with him gave me added insight into how companies like Sage stay ahead of the continuous stream of disruption in the market place.
Several more path breaking announcements at Dreamforce went to show why the Salesforce world continues to be the most happening place in the IT ecosystem. It was impossible not to walk away without a sense of awe as to what Salesforce has accomplished in the last few years. Clearly this Dreamboat has a lot of wind in its sails with many more ports to call.