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New Year, New Salesforce Events

2016 was a big year for Salesforce, and while 2017 should bring opportunity for new advances and fresh starts, the momentum from 2016’s giant push hasn’t stopped. Thinkaholics is heading to our first event of the year and you should too. See the picture to the side? That is beautiful Lake Tahoe, and that is where the first major “Dreamin” community event is being held on January 20-21st. Dreamin’ events are a good blend between a local user group event with all the upsides of what a big event brings, like Dreamforce. That means quality demos, captivating keynotes from important members of the community, and a great opportunity to meet and network with others in the ecosystem.

Lake Tahoe during Winter

With the fresh reveal of Salesforces’ new computer learning genius Einstein, Tahoe Dreamin’ will be ripe with information on the new platform and all of its features. With over 15 sessions spread between admin, developer, and even non profit, there will be someone in it for everyone.

This years keynote speaker will be by Sarah Franklin who is the SVP Developer Relations & GM Trailhead at Salesforce. Since trailhead has been implemented the number of modules has grown exponentially with no sign of stopping.

If for some reason you can’t make it out to this event, be sure to keep track of the other Dreamin’ events that will be going on this year,such as Midwest, Snowforce, French Touch, London’s Calling, & more.

SpringCM Document Managing Covers Marketing, Contract & Much More

SpringCM built its entire suite of AppExchange offers to help shorten the sales cycle for sales teams and reseller partners. The company has put together a cloud document management system focusing on workflow automation to help simplify the contract management process. SpringCM designed its solutions, from Get It to Manage It to File It, to integrate quickly and flawlessly into current business processes with a measurable return on the investment.

Take control of your contracts. Organize your internal and external files smarter. Track your deals on the go. And deliver relevant marketing documents to your sales team the moment they need them. All from SpringCM, your Salesforce document management solution provider.

Spanning: Cloud Storage Doesn’t “Protect You from You”!

Having your data in the cloud is a great business move. Making that call limits your hardware footprint. This frees your IT team to focus on beneficial projects unconcerned about routine maintenance. Furthermore, projects they’re routinely concerned with, scaling to meet business needs, becomes far easier to manage. Business units can leverage the power of cloud to scale up, or down, as the market reacts to their latest initiative. What the cloud doesn’t do is offer a 100%, fool proof way to protect your data. Uptimes aren’t even 100%. Nor do today’s cloud providers offer recovery of your cloud implementation.

Spanning aims to fill this gap. Regardless of the concerns, user error, implementation error or integration error, Spanning backups everything from field-specific data to the metadata that encapsulates your Salesforce implementation. Recover from the worst “permanent” deletions in a few clicks, even child and grandchildren, if you want the descendants at all! Through constant logs, reporting and integrated Chatter messaging your admin will be fully aware of what’s going on, positive or negative.

SwagIQ – Close the deal with Intelligent Gifting in Salesforce

SwagIQ from PrintForLess.com makes it easy for your salespeople to reach out and connect with prospects at the perfect moment with the perfect gift. With SwagIQ, your sales team will increase pipeline generation, shorten sales cycles, and close more deals through intelligent gifting. Personalize, send, and track your company’s gifts directly through Salesforce. Stand out from your competitors and influence the sales cycle with the right gift at the right time. Streamline your gifting program using SwagIQ.

• Salesforce-based alerts notify you of opportune times throughout the sales cycle to leverage gifting
• Your company’s custom gift store is stocked with items that reflect your brand and your sales initiatives
• Receive notification when your gift is delivered for a perfectly timed follow-up
• Make more live connections and close more deals with a thoughtful, strategic approach Reports and analytics
• Monitor which gifts sales reps send and how they correlate to revenue and win rates
• Allocate and track team and individual gifting budgets
• Analyze your gifts’ impact on pipeline and live connect rates

 

Apttus Delivers Quotes, Proposals, Contracts & Renewals all Inside Salesforce

Apttus, one of the earliest adopters of the Salesforce platform, aims to automate the entire “quote-to-cash process”. The end-to-end solution offers a variety of tools to extend the platform, including eCommerce, channel partner management and even external integration with popular products like Word and Excel. All connected to Salesforce by the guidance selling feature of Apptus.

CPQ and contract management from Apttus is far beyond the basic Pricebook feature of Salesforce. Mistakes are negated, rework is minimized and contracts are enforced. Apttus has done such a solid job extending the inherent features of Pricebook that Salesforce itself leverages the application for its own quoting and contract management!

That’s quite a vote of confidence.

Steelbrick Delivering Fast CPQ Solutions with a 100% Native App

Salesforce may have invented the idea of an app store, but that doesn’t mean the market knew what to expect. Numerous companies ported solutions to the bustling platform seeing the potential. But a port doesn’t fully leverage a platform’s capabilities. A 100% native Salesforce application does. Steelbrick is one of those apps, a 100% native configure price quote solution.

The company prides itself not only on the finished product, but the easy of deployment. According to their metrics, Steelbrick CPQ will be up and running five to ten times faster than competitor solutions. That means you’ll have prices and quotes, proposals, contracts and orders in the hands of your sales team and out the door in no time.

Jeremy gets the low down from the CMO Will Wiegler.

Midwest Dreamin: What Exactly is Midwest Dreamin’?

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Midwest Dreamin’ describes itself as “a community led, community ran event. Organized by the following regional User Group leaders who had a dream to bring a ‘Super User Group’ with marquee quality speakers to the Midwest for learning and networking.”

Frankly, as you’ll find out in this interview, the group is selling itself short. The Super User Group angle is an incredible gathering of talent, opportunity and solutions for any computer interested or already invested in cloud computer. Sure, @Salesforce is the focus, but the thought leadership applies throughout the industry.

And yes, the apostrophe is part of their branding. I wonder if they thought about how annoying escaping that out in code would be! :p Read More