April 2 Salesforce Data Analytics Meetup: DxContinuum & GoodData

Thank you to DxContinuum and GoodData for sponsoring and providing the food and drinks, as well as demos of two very interesting data analytics platform for Salesforce.

DxContinuum is an early-stage startup gaining significant traction with Fortune 1000 clients due to their predictive analytics capabilities around which leads and opportunities in Salesforce will close. GoodData showed off their embedded business intelligence and analytics tools for Salesforce, with some great looking data visualizations that are setting the standard for the next generation of BI.

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Next Meetup is June 4, 2014 – register here free.

Satish Kumar, DxContinuum

Satish Kumar is the Director of Product Management at DxContinuum. He has been in Software Product Management for the last 12+ years, with rich experience in CRM, Enterprise Big Data, and Analytics. Satish is passionate about driving business value using analytics. His experience in analytics ranges from  statistical analysis based reporting, scorecard applications, dashboard / visualizations, through predictive modeling & optimization. Prior to DxContinuum, Satish had been in Risk Management Solution (RMS) and Automatic Data Processing (ADP). Satish has a degree in Engineering from Annamalai University (India) and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Product / Demo brief

What if you can predict which leads and opportunities will become wins with 85%+ accuracy, with existing data in Salesforce? What if you can focus on the right leads & opportunities, enhance conversions & win rates, and increase revenues by 25%, with the same resources? We shall look at how to leverage predictive analytics to accomplish these business goals and answer questions such as:

1. What leads should be prioritized for a call right away?  What leads should be nurtured over time?

2. What is the quality of opportunities in the pipeline? What proportion of active opportunities are likely to be won?

3. Will quota be met? If not, what is the expected shortfall, and what can be done to reduce it?

 

Kyle Pistor, GoodData


Kyle Pistor is a Senior Solutions Engineer at GoodData. He is responsible for the presales technical evaluation, building proof of concept projects, as well as architecting the appropriate solutions for clients as they move from evaluation to implementation. Kyle has been with GoodData for two years, and has seen many clients – large and small – use GoodData to quickly go from messy, disparate data to clean automated data, reports, and dashboards. Prior to GoodData, Kyle worked at pre-IPO SolarCity, as well as a smaller solar company that collected and monitored massive data sets on large photovoltaic systems.  Kyle has a B.S. and a M.S in Engineering from Santa Clara University.

Kyle demoed GoodData’s Salesforce Sales Analytics capabilities, which deliver more relevant sales analytics, cross-object reporting, historical trending and beautiful, easy-to-use dashboards.

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Feb 5 Salesforce Integration & Analytics Meetup: Tableau & Bluenose

We had a big crowd despite one of the first rainstorms of the California winter. Great demos by Tableau Software and Bluenose.

Thanks to Tableau Software for sponsoring and Geekdom for hosting the event.

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Next Meetup is April 2, 2014 – register here free.

Ellie Fields,  Senior Director of Product Marketing, Tableau Software

Ellie Fields is the Senior Director of Product Marketing at Tableau Software, responsible for new product launch, industry solutions and Tableau’s community. Her data geek credentials come from time served in technology and finance companies. She works with people from all over the world who are trying to tell stories with data, from journalists to hospitals to high tech companies. She’s seen a lot of ugly data, beautiful data, and downright mean data. She’s a passionate believer that data used well can inform, excite and create value. Prior to Tableau, Ellie worked at Microsoft and in late-stage venture capital. She has an engineering degree from Rice University and an M.B.A. from The Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Why do people hate their sales reports? Because too often, they are static, hard to understand, silo’d, and even irrelevant. We’ll take a look at what great sales reporting is and briefly discuss some of the best practices of information design that apply to sales dashboards. We’ll use Tableau Software to show you how to quickly create and modify sales dashboards using data from Salesforce, and how to keep them up to date automatically. We’ll see how to blend other data with your salesforce data, and finally how to embed reports right into Salesforce so your company can have the data where it needs it, to make better decisions.

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Don MacLennan
Don MacLennan is co-founder and CEO of Bluenose.  Previously, he has held leadership positions at AVG, RSA and SAP.  He helped build a SaaS company from pre-revenue in 2001 to its sale to SAP in 2006.

Todd Graham
Todd Graham is co-founder and CTO of Bluenose.  Previously, has has held leadership positions at VMware and RSA and is a prior startup founder.

Bluenose provides a customer success platform for SaaS businesses to increase revenue, using predictive analytics to engage at-risk customers and identify drivers of churn.  We will demo our application live, including our Force.com module for sales and account managers.

Salesforce1: A new mobile experience for Salesforce dashboards and custom data

Dreamforce is over, and boy am I tired. But I wanted to cover the biggest announcement at this week’s Dreamforce conference, while it is fresh in my mind: Salesforce1. Somewhat surprisingly, Salesforce1 really is a revolutionary change for the Salesforce mobile experience.

I say that a bit tongue-in-cheek because even though I am a Salesforce partner and big fan, they are so good at marketing and PR that the hype at Dreamforce often exceeds the reality. Product announcements are sometimes rebrands or announced before the releases are available. The Salesforce1 mobile experience delivers however, and is a huge step forward for Salesforce.

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The part that I am most excited about is the ability to see dashboards and custom object data on the mobile device. You can view and refresh your dashboards in the Salesforce1 mobile app, which really comes in handy if you are dashboard driven like me. Here is the CloudAmp Analytics Dashboards app on the iPhone 4 (my only complaint is that it is “Optimized for the iPhone 5”, so the bottom of the chart is cut off a bit on the shorter screen of my iPhone 4).

A Dashboard on the Salesforce1 app on the iPhone 4.

A Dashboard on the Salesforce1 app on the iPhone 4.

I thought the experience was even better on the Nexus 7, where you have a bit more real estate. Now if you centralize data in Salesforce, like integrating back office systems (or in our case, Google Analytics metrics into Salesforce), that is also available on any smartphone or tablet.

A Dashboard on the Salesforce1 app on the Nexus 7.

A Dashboard on the Salesforce1 app on the Nexus 7.

Finally, from the perspective of someone who makes apps for Salesforce, the ability to see any custom objects in the Salesforce1 mobile app interface is a huge deal as well. For Salesforce apps that store data 100% natively in custom objects (as opposed to data that is iframed or otherwise shown from external sources but not stored in Salesforce), you can now see all the data in Salesforce1.

Here is an example of a record from the “CloudAmpGA Metrics” custom object in Salesforce, which is how we store each daily record import from Salesforce. Talk about access to data.

Google Analytics data in the Salesforce1 app on the Nexus 7.

Google Analytics data in the Salesforce1 app on the Nexus 7.

So there you have it. For those of us who love the analytics capabilities of Salesforce, now those dashboards and custom data are available on your mobile device with Salesforce1, no special configurations or mobile integration necessary. More (most) of Salesforce is now Mobile with Salesforce1.

CloudAmp Founder David Hecht’s Marketing Presentation at Dreamforce

CloudAmp Founder David Hecht will be giving a talk on online marketing tactics at Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference, Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM in the Hilton SF Union Square, Community Success Zone Theater.

The presentation, entitled “Which Half is Wasted? AppExchange Marketing Best Practices” draws on David’s 18 years of marketing experience to provide an overview of marketing strategy and tactics for driving online signups and app sales.

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As part of the Partner User Groups sessions, David will focus his advice toward the ISV community working to promote Salesforce apps, but the tips and tactics will be broadly applicable to marketers of any product or service with an Internet presence. The 30 minute presentation will be divided into two sections, with topics to include:

AppExchange Marketing Tactics

  • Challenges of AppExchange Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Tracking your traffic (UTM codes and Google Analytics)
  • Blogging (It takes too much time but you have to do it)
  • Social Media (Be part of the conversation when it makes sense)
  • Automated Lead Followup (Use the tools Salesforce gives you)
  • Outbound Phone Calls (Does Sales follow up make sense for you?)

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Online Advertising

  • Pros and Cons of Advertising
  • Google Adwords (Not just for conversions but for research)
  • Social Media Advertising (Linkedin, Facebook enable amazing targeting)
  • Retargeting (Remind people who got distracted without signing up)
  • Other Strategies (Email marketing, Vertical Sites, Directories and more)

There will be time for questions during as well as after the brief presentation. If you are coming to Dreamforce this year, please come by and say hello.

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Oct 8 Salesforce Integration & Analytics Meetup: Arrowpointe & Upshot Demos

At the most recent Salesforce Integration & Analytics Meetup here in San Francisco, we had some good networking as usual, followed by a demo of Arrowpointe’s geo-analytical application for Salesforce, Geopointe. Very cool mapping technology that overlays your Salesforce data. We also had an early preview of Upshot’s new Salesforce reporting app. Because it is not yet in beta, we did not video the presentation — you should have been there though, as it was very innovative.

Don’t miss the next meetup! Register FREE now.

Thanks to Arrowpointe for sponsoring the event and providing food and drinks, and to Geekdom by Rackspace as usual for allowing us to use their San Francisco meeting space.

The video below is by Aline. For all your video blog needs contact her at 415 377 0245

About our Speakers

Scott Hemmeter, CEO & Founder, Arrowpointe

Scott Hemmeter is the CEO / Founder of Arrowpointe Corp. Arrowpointe has been working with Salesforce solutions since 2006 and evolved from a professional services firm to an app-focused firm in 2010. Geopointe, the flagship, application provides mapping and geo-analytics solutions on the Salesforce platform. Geopointe has over 1000 organizations using it today and is the leading geo app on the AppExchange. Scott originally comes from Chicago, spent a couple years in San Francisco and currently resides in Orange, CA (SoCal).

Scott will demonstrate the Geopointe application and show how location information can be appended to Salesforce data and used in unique ways to provide productivity benefits and analytical insights.

Thomas Kim, CTO & Founder, UPSHOT

Formerly an engineer at Salesforce for 9 years.  Lead engineer on Salesforce Analytics.  Tech lead for Custom Report Types and many other reporting features.  Currently CTO of UPSHOT.  We are using NLP and Machine Learning to create a radically simplified way to query and explore your data.

Creating even simple reports in Salesforce is a complex task.  Even experienced users have difficulty creating reports with outer joins, exception reports, etc.  Our product UPSHOT lets you query Salesforce data in a simpler and more accessible interface.  Users who have never created a report in Salesforce before can use our interface immediately with no training.  Our goal is to enable every user in your organization to ask data questions without having to learn SQL or a complicated tool.  We’re currently seeking users to participate in a private beta of our product.

August 8 Salesforce Integration & Analytics Meetup: Birst & CloudConnect.com

If you missed the August 8, 2013 Salesforce Integration & Analytics Meetup, you missed two of the best demos we have had in recent memory. Cory Bray, Regional Director of Business Intelligence for CorSource, gave a great presentation Birst and why you need business intelligence, followed by Adam Gross, Co-Founder of CloudConnect.com, with a demo of his startup’s impressive new technology.

Don’t miss the next one! Register FREE now.

Thanks to Birst for sponsoring the event and providing food and drinks, and to Rackspace as usual for allowing us to use their San Francisco office meeting room.

The videos below are by Aline. For all your video blog needs contact her at 415 377 0245

Cory Bray,Regional Director of Business Intelligence, CorSource Technology Group

Cory currently serves as the Regional Director of Business Intelligence for CorSource Technology Group where he is responsible for working with companies on data analysis and process improvement projects.  He has previously held various financial, sales, and operational positions, including a two year stint as the Director of Operations of an industrial distribution company in Houston, TX.  Cory holds a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Cory will show how companies use Birst’s Business Intelligence solution to increase profitability, better manage their sales pipeline, and gain a competitive advantage in their industry.

Organizations that have previously struggled with optimizing pricing and minimizing expenses have used Birst to better understand what areas of their business warrant further investment, and which areas should receive less attention.  As a result, both top line and bottom line performance has increased significantly.

With full integration into SalesForce and all other types of computer systems, the sales pipeline can be managed not only from a pure opportunity basis, but companies can also account for many critical factors that exist outside of SalesForce in order to make the best decisions possible for their business.

Finally, as more and more companies shift to making data-driven decisions, companies must embrace a culture of analytics in order to stay ahead of the competition…or at least keep up.  Failure to do so could potentially lead to disastrous results.

Adam Gross, Co-Founder, CloudConnect.com

Adam Gross is co-founder and CEO of cloudconnect.com.  Previous, he was was SVP at Dropbox, led marketing for salesforce.com’s force.complatform, founded of Personify, and was an executive at Grand Central (Google). Adam has been an investor in and advisor to Heroku (salesforce.com), Dotcloud, GetSatisfaction, Pantheon, Streak, E2 Apps and several early stage companies.

Adam will be demoing his new product CloudConnect.com. Cloudconnect.com provides a simple and seamless way to integrate and sync Salesforcewith MySql and Postgres, making it possible to manage all of your customer data in one place, and build compelling new applications using standard platforms and tools. With cloudconnect, you can access all of your customer data from Salesforcefrom a familar database connection – and all in the cloud and without software.

June 5 Salesforce Integration & Analytics Meetup

At the June 5, 2013 Salesforce Integration & Analytics Meetup we had two interesting demos: Captricity, a startup integrating paper / pdf forms to the cloud, and Chartio, part of the new generation of business intelligence and analytics tools.

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Thanks to Captricity for sponsoring the event and providing food and drinks, and to Rackspace as usual for allowing us to use their San Francisco office meeting room.

The videos below are by Aline. For all your video blog needs contact her at 415 377 0245

Kuang Chen, Founder and CEO, Captricity

The idea for Captricity came from Kuang’s dissertation research in east Africa, where he built software systems to transform paper forms to structured, machine-readable data. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Enterprise-class Data Capture for Salesforce

Captricity’s data extraction platform feeds paper, fax and pdf forms into Salesforce faster than manual entry and more accurately than OCR.  Captricity+ Paper-to-Cloud handles your most challenging data capture needs with 99% accuracy.  Our unique blend of machine learning and human intelligence ensures that we handle all types of text, including handwriting and human marks.

Start with paper, scans, PDFs, fax, or our mobile app to automatically create digital records from forms.  Map your Salesforce fields to Captricity fields in minutes with no programming. Then, with just a click, data from Captricity flows into your Salesforce account. We handle custom objects, multiple objects, lookups, picklists and more.

During a quick demo, we will run some quick examples of how current users are taking advantage of Captricity+ Paper-to-Cloud to save time and extend their use of the Salesforce platform.

Dave Fowler, Founder, Chartio

Dave Fowler is the founder of Chartio, an award-winning interface to data.  Dave moved to the Bay Area to join Y Combinator and pursue his startup idea of giving a face to data.  Since then, Forbes has named Dave a Forbes 30 under 30 Technology Pioneer, both in 2011 and 2012.   Prior to Chartio, Dave worked at IBM on the processor for Xbox 360 and filed 10 patents. Dave attended Gustavus Adolphus College for his undergraduate work, where he received three degrees in physics, electrical engineering and computer engineering.  He received his masters in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Visualizing Salesforce Data in Chartio

Dave Fowler, founder of Chartio, will demo how to visualize your Salesforce data in Chartio, helping customers have more accessibility to company data and make better business decisions based on easy-to-read charts and dashboards.  Chartio allows customers to view Salesforce data alongside other data sources, see your Salesforce data in charts and dashboards and interact and explore with your Salesforce data.  In addition to the demo, Dave will go over case studies of companies doing this today.

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