Siebel won't runfor governor, that is.It took more than an hour and about $60 in credits, but Spence finally scored one basket while playing the free-throw game at the ESPN Zone restaurant in Times Square. As the 13-year-olds who had been taunting the Tabby dispersed, El Gato dumped his chili fries into his briefcase and skatted to the Javits Center to check out DCIs CRM Conference & Exposition. Viewing the paucity of attendees in the hall, the Furball saw it as a reflection of tough times for CRM vendors. Microsoft, which took up nearly half of the already-condensed show floor, must have wondered what it had gotten into. Without the Redmond presence, one could envision the show fitting in a hotel ballroom. And what would any expo be without titillating booth entertainment? It would be one that offered not one but two booths serving up lame card tricksthanks to Exact and Unico. At this point, Spence half-expected to see the Dalai Lama show up to advise attendees to avoid the temptation of licensed CRM software completely.
Outside of mucho gossip about Salesforce.com infuriating the Free Tibet community with its recent Dalai Lama-inspired ad campaign, rumors were flying that the hosted CRM model has been so successful for Salesforce.com that UpShot, NetLedger and Salesnet are emerging as prime takeover targets for larger vendors. One Tabby tattler predicted that Oracle will absorb NetLedger, which is already planning a name change and counts Larry Ellison among its investors.