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Salesforce Playing Nicely With 3rd Party Cloud Storage

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Salesforce.com has said that it is running a private beta for the Salesforce Files, the new name for the service of Chatterbox file-synching that it unveiled last September at Dreamforce. The Salesforce Files makes it easy for the corporate files which are stored on the third party systems to be effortlessly available to the marketing and sales team so that they can make decisions quickly and seal the deals faster. This is according to Salesforce Chatter executive vice president and General Manager, Nasi Jazayeri, during a press conference that was held at the headquarters of Saleforce.com, in San Francisco.

Salesforce Playing Nicely With 3rd Party Cloud StorageSeveral enterprises are now storing the corporate files on Microsoft, Dropbox, Google Drive, SharePoint and other management systems for the cloud-based content. The process of finding these files and making sure they are available to the sales and marketing teams can be a very tedious one and time-consuming. Jazayeri however said that Saleforce.com does not replicate or host files on the third party systems and it is also not for selling Files as an individual service, and thus it should not be taken as a step against Dropbox and other vendors of cloud storage. He said that Files instead provided a standardized user interface to the company files that are on the systems of the third party. He added that Saleforce.com stores the metadata that is used to point where the corporate files are located, and then from the location, they are streamed to the personal computers or mobile phones of the customer.

Saleforce.com is currently making use of APIs from the third party dealers and it is also utilizing CMIS (Content Management Interoperability Service), which is an open standard used  for the connection to the properties of the content. During the same conference held at the company’s headquarters, Saleforce Chatter’s senior manager, Anna Rosenman, said that one of the customers’ largest ache points with Chatterbox has been connecting to the corporate files that are in the data stores of the third party outside Saleforce.

Rosenman said that the customer were all the time saving and storing the files in very many places and therefore Saleforce did not want to make another storehouse to for such use. Saleforce.com has the intention of weaving Saleforce Files into their entire core products, and it is also planning to build an entire ecosystem around it at one point. This is according to Jazayeri. For the time being, Saleforce Files involves only the accessing of the corporate files and making them available to the sales and marketing teams of their clients. However, according to Jazayeri, the dealer has the intentions of adding another feature for document editing at some point in future.

Currently, the Saleforce Files includes the technology from the acquisition of EntropySoft, which is a content management dealer that is based in French, by Saleforce in the month of February. Saleforce.com is currently managing a beta version of the service and it is also planning to make the service available to the public in the February of next year.

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10 Ways Cloud Computing Has Changed Business

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Cloud computing is a method of delivering computing services. Initially conceived in 2006, it has become a common method of transferring files through the Internet. Cloud computing represents a fundamental shift in business, where computing has traditionally been considered a product. Here are 10 ways in which cloud computing has changed business.

  1. Cloud computing has greatly simplified the task of sharing files on a network. This typically requires users to place an application icon for the cloud computing software onto their computer’s desktop. A file can be shared simply by dragging it into the icon. File-sharing previously required expertise in networking.
  2. Large companies began developing the tools that provide cloud-computing services. Gartner research predicts that customers will spend $16 billion per year on cloud computing services by the year 2016.
  3. Cloud computing has caused business leaders to assume that all digital information is available through the Internet.
  4. Cloud-computing businesses are becoming extremely competitive. Box.net, CloudMe, Dropbox, Egnyte and SugarSync are all cloud-computing startups that have been founded since 2000. Big companies such as Apple and Google are also getting involved with this trend.
  5. Businesses that provide cloud-computing services are able to obtain large amounts of funding. For example, Dropbox obtained venture capital worth more than $250 million in September of 2011.
  6. Cloud computing allows average users to transfer files between devices, rather than just high-end users. The transfer of files between devices started becoming an issue for average users in 2007.
  7. Cloud computing also allows users to connect different types of devices on the Internet, which have proliferated since the late 1990s. In addition to a PC or Mac, users today may also have a smartphone or tablet, which is fully integrated with cloud computing services.
  8. Businesses now consider data sharing to be an integral part of computing, along with having the right data and Internet connectivity. These three elements are now business requirements, rather than options.
  9. Cloud computing has allowed users to become more mobile. IDC, a market research firm, reports that 758.6 million mobile users were connected to the Internet 2006. That number is projected to increase to 1.3 billion by 2013.
  10. The transfer of large files such a multimedia files is faster with cloud computing. Prior to cloud computing, these files were typically transferred by downloading them from a server. This process becomes time consuming when it is performed frequently.

Whether you’re sharing documents with office mates or trying to decide what to do in Chicago, cloud computing has many valid uses that has made sharing information infinitely easier. Gone are the days of snail mail and bulky file cabinets. Now, with a few clicks of the mouse, you can stay connected and up-to-date, making cloud computing a winning solution for the business world. With all of these innovations, who knows where we will be five or ten years from now? The possibilities seem limitless.