Benioff Calls Microsoft Irrelevant
The mercurial executive was equally hard on rival Microsoft, whose Dynamics CRM product Salesforce.com challenges. Benioff believes Microsoft hitched its wagon to Windows for far too long and noted that the company hasn't had any marked success stories in the enterprise of late. The company, he said, is known for being closed, which is why developers have moved to open-source development tools such as Ruby on Rails. Asked about Windows Azure, he flipped the question back, calling on the audience to name Azure's three biggest customers.He also said Microsoft Windows 8, the next-generation operating system, is a big "who cares?" and that Facebook, Google and Twitter are the companies that interest him most. "I think they've lost they're relevancy," Benioff said of Microsoft. "I just don't think they matter anymore." He finished his anti-Microsoft rant by saying he has "no affection" for the company. Miscellaneous Tidbits Benioff discussed several other points during his Q&A.
Another dart: "Microsoft also has a tablet by the way. They've got a phone. ... They've got a lot of 'em in a warehouse." The remark was a not-so-subtle shot at Microsoft's Windows Mobile/Phone market share.
- Asked about Salesforce.com's return on investment, Benioff called on Nucleus Research analyst Rebecca Wettemann to speak on his behalf. Wettemann revealed that 70 or so case study audits said that for every $1 spent on Salesforce.com CRM, customers reported getting $5 and change back on their investment.
- Benioff also noted that with the new Social Marketing Cloud, Salesforce.com has moved to a social enterprise license, which lets businesses buy software deployments rather than just sample with per-user pricing. "Customers want to buy in bulk instead of per-user pricing," Benioff said.
- Salesforce.com's Do.com-the task management
application it acquired from ManyMoon, moved to its Heroku platform and rewrote
in HTML5-is launching in a few weeks.
- Salesforce.com is building Salesforce.com Connect, which leverages REST API to let Chatter connect between Salesforce.com and other third-party services. Think Facebook Connect, but for Salesforce.com.
- Salesforce.com has acquired the domain www.social.com, but does not yet have a product strategy for it-at least, none that Benioff or his cohorts were inclined to divulge at Cloudforce.