For the fourth year in a row I am going to throw down some crazy cloud computing predictions for the next year and hope that any part of them come true.
Once again Salesforce has a large release scheduled for Spring 14 - here are some of my favorite features.
A new year starts with Google buying Nest, predictions for 2014 and the Salesforce1 event in New York York city.
A look into some new features released in Spring '14 that sales teams should be excited about.
Spring 14 blog posts pile up so we dig in, the 30th Anniversary of the Mac and the government capturing data in the clouds.
This Spring 14 Release has some super exciting Service Cloud features that are truly, as Marc Benioff highlighted in his keynote at Dreamforce, making it all about the customers.
Google sells Motorola and we speculate why, Beats starts a streaming service and we speculate why also five trends from CES 2014.
With the Spring 14 release of Salesforce.com comes a new feature where admins can mass assign and mass revoke permission sets to users.
The Permissioner has competition, so we break it down, Facebook redefines the UI in Paper, Salesforce kills off Blackberry support and is Bill Gates back at MSFT a good thing?
AppExchange syncing options for QuickBooks users that are also using or thinking about using Salesforce.com
Options for syncing Salesforce with Quickbooks, a rat hole on Quickbooks Online, Project Loon and developing for Salesforce1.
While Google and Apple have not always seen eye to eye they both offer great products and in this case mixing the iPhone/iPad with Google Drive is a mixed bag of collaboration.
Ways to take your Google Drive with you on iOS, a discussion around WhatsApp and the Facebook acquisition and the rising performance issues of Salesforce.com.
With the recent announcement of the purchase of WhatsApp by Facebook I figured I’d give a run down of what WhatsApp is and how I’ve been using it for the last few years. I’ll add in a few things I hope Facebook does with it and a few that I hope they don’t do.
Here is a review of Dataloader.io by MuleSoft, a Salesforce.com data loading tool.
There were a lot of CloudFocus App Picks of the Week in 2013 so we pick our top and bottom 5 and come clean on some great and terrible picks.
A look at some of the new features that Conga is bringing in their Composer 8 release this Spring.
The blog is full of Dataloader.io and Conga Composer 8 with some sneak peaks at the next few weeks, we tell our Salesforce 15 origin stories and question why Spring 14 has been so delayed.
A look at Gmail and Outlook syncing alternatives for Salesforce.com.
Some experience with tools to sync Salesforce with Outlook and Gmail, Google cuts cloud storage prices in a war of the clouds and Salesforce1 heads to bean town.
My journey starting, using, and trying to master the Getting Things Done (GTD) principles over the last 10 years.
For those that don’t listen to the CloudFocus Weekly podcast where I’ve been talking about this for months, I am getting married. Like any other Salesforce geek I decided to manage my wedding inside of Salesforce.
Best practices for a successful Salesforce.com implementation.
Getting started with Salesforce, WeddingForce, Salesforce1 Boston Tour, Heartbleed, Dreamforce App moving to Success and our continued struggles with Spring 14.
So how do you really get started doing GTD after you’ve seen the videos, read the book, and heard the many tips and best practices? This blog will take you through my journey as a very new GTD up and comer.
Getting started with GTD, GOT crashes HBO Go as Netflix talks about raising prices, the cloud titan clash over charitable giving.
An evaluation of Clicktools as a survey tool and how it syncs with Salesforce.
The blog this week covers evaluating Clicktools, the huge new IE exploit, Netflix gets a real channel and Dreamforce 14 registration opens up.
A technical deep dive into using a Salesforce document as the source file of an integration. NOTE - this blog post gets a little technical, read at your own risk :).
We deep dive into Work.com, the use cases, the features, the gaps and how it fits in the Salesforce.com universe of products.
Here is a review of Work.com, Salesforce.com’s performance management solution.
A step by step guide to sending Salesforce.com mass emails in batches and track when the emails were sent all from the same view. Caution, I am going to get technical.
The second and final part in taking a look at creating custom buttons inside of Salesforce.
Some early plugs for Dreamforce, GTD and Midwest Dreamin as we dive into the news including the Microsoft and Salesforce.com new "partnership". Winners abound.
Reviewing some of the ways banks can utilize the Salesforce1 to calculate product, customer, and relationship profitability on the platform.
It’s that time of the year once again where we get to dig in and read some release notes.
A series of banking blog posts, as much as we can talk about the MVP Summit and what we are excited about from Apple's WWDC.
A look at what sales teams should be excited about in the new Salesforce.com Summer 14 features.
We have passed the date so we are deep diving into our favorite big and small features of Salesforce Summer 14.
This Summer 14 Release is bringing us more exciting Service Cloud features that will make the agents lives easier and give customers the best and most efficient support.
Taking a look at Permissions and Permission Set changes and enhancements in the Summer 14 Salesforce release.
Some quick talk of permission sets hitting Summer 14, our take on Google IO, Amazon Fire Phone, Songza to our hearts and Facebook Emotion-gate.
At Arkus we are really seeing a lot of value in Work.com and getting very excited about where this tool will go with each new release of Salesforce. Work.com licensed organizations have already seen the value in motivating and evaluating employees within Salesforce. Let's review some of the specific features coming in Summer 14.
Work.com enhancements in Summer 14, a trio of new Dreamforce speakers and the World Cup technology.
Let’s take a look at some options for tracking banking referrals in Salesforce.com.
Some tips on managing referrals in Salesforce, some inter-galactic Dreamforce 14 news, NFL streams and being a customer company (rant style).
Change Sets provide the ability for a System Administrator to deploy changes from a connected sandbox to their production Salesforce environment.
A special episode all about our favorite productivity tools and tips.
A quick look into the topic of Wellness and the Salesforce.com Success Community.
Practicing wellness in the Success Community, Change Sets, Work.com Ideas and the idea of the century.
A process for exporting and reporting on the attachments within your Salesforce org using dataloader.io.
All access pass to the inner workings of CloudFocus Weekly as we answer questions for listeners and tell tales out of school.
A look at the new features and functionality of the Salesforce.com Nonprofit Start Pack (NPSP 3.0)
Reporting on attachments, what is new in the Non Profit Starter Pack 3.0, the power of the Power of Us Hub and 30 days of community heroes.
Passing the re-certification exams, the key factors to a closed won opportunity and the viral ALS ice bucket challenge.
Four things keeping you from passing your Release Exam & strategies for keeping your Salesforce.com credentials, whatever's in your way.
A look at some of the considerations, tips and hints for integrating core banking solutions with Salesforce.com.
The Salesforce Winter 15 pre-release notes are out and we dive in to some of the big ticket items and hidden gems we are excited about.
It’s that time of the year once again where we get to dig in and read some Salesforce.com release notes.
Salesforce rebrands the Communities (we think) and goes all in on wearables as the impending Apple news hits the wires.
A look into some new features released in Winter '15 that sales teams should be excited about.
New iPhone, Apple Pay and a watch, we discuss them all as we go over the pros, cons and features we are excited about.
It’s all about enhancing and refining the service cloud features in this Winter 15 release.
Winter 15 sales and service enhancements, the Salesforce.com Salesforce1 fund and the new virus threat.
Taking a look at some features in the Winter 15 release for Work.com
Work.com enhancements in Winter '15 and all the Apple goodness including iOS 8 and hands on impressions of both iPhone 6 and 6 plus.
Where to focus outside of keynotes & sessions at the Salesforce.com event of the year
All about Salesforce.com Dreamforce 14, from communities to new wearable tech being announced including some Winter 16 pre-pre-pre news.
A look at some banking specific resources at Dreamforce 14 in San Francisco next week.
With a large turnout, numbers rising above 100,000, its no wonder Dreamforce ‘14 (DF14) will be the best ever. This year is jam packed with more sessions, over 1,500, and not one but two Cloud Expos in Moscone North and Moscone West.
Lots of resources at DF14 including some for banking and where to find Arkus as well as some Dreamforce tips & hints. Loyal listeners get a sneak peek at our new application.
Introducing Clone This User (CTU) for Salesforce and Salesforce1 Mobile at Dreamforce '14. Clone This User allows administrators to easily clone Salesforce users from existing users from the desktop and mobile experience creating "Duplicates You’ll Love".
A triple dose of Dreamforce 14 recorded live from the Admin Zone in Moscone West covering all the event highs and lows.
A review of some of the health and wellness takeaways from Dreamforce ‘14.
Another unforgettable Dreamforce has come and gone so quickly. Dreamforce ‘14 was a whirlwind of amazing keynotes, memorable speakers, introduction of new features, great sessions, and a rich diverse expo.