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Dreamforce Day 1 Takeaways from Perficient – #DF16

What an exciting event of Dream Force 2016. First of all mind-blowing statistics of 170,000 registered attendees, 15 million online viewers, a cloud expo with many partners and ISV’s, and 2500+ sessions, 3000+ apps in AppExchange. The OHANA culture is very well displayed throughout the day. Day 1 was focused on Artificial Intelligence and what SFDC is doing in that area.


Here is the rundown of the Dreamforce Day 1 highlights and what to look forward to this week:

  • Opening Keynote
    • Salesforce announced their new product release and roadmap
    • Benefits of partnering with Salesforce (customers, service providers, ISVs)
    • Defining a new name for ISV – App Innovation Partners
    • SFDC Einstein (Artificial Intelligence)
    • SFDC is taking all the right moves to move from an idea inception à app exchange à value delivery
  • IDC Stats
    • For every $1 revenue in software, $4.1 revenue of services will be generated
    • $360B revenue growth for the next 5 years (10x consultants needed to deliver)
    • ISV growth YoY was estimated to be 48%
    • Customer’s top benefit of SFDC is the reduced time to market
  • Dream Pitch (A Shark Tank like a LIVE show with more than 3000 people in the room)
    • Each of the 3 finalists won $30,000 worth of SFDC services and apps
    • Up to $200,000 investment from SFDC ventures
    • Spot in incubator (Growth of startups)
    • 3 teams participated and Claire was decided as the final winner
      • CRM Market – An Angie’s List like service for CRM consultants
      • Claire – Heroku based app which is a real-time focus group for new product launch
      • Appinium — Video analytics for local videos within SFDC platform
    • Keynote from Tony Robbins
      • The “lack of resources” excuse that people give is because of their “lack of resourcefullness”
      • 3 keys factors in decision making – what does this mean, what is the focus, what are you going to do?
      • People don’t buy products, they buy emotions
      • Marketing plays a KEY factor for any product launch and they need to be empowered with data

A lot of intricate details are published in a different blog post here.

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Arvind Murali, Chief Data Strategist

Arvind Murali is the Chief Data Strategist for Data Governance with Perficient. His role includes defining data strategy and governance to deliver transformative data platforms. Arvind has served as an executive advisor for data strategy and governance to organizations across several industries. Arvind’s dedication to solving challenges and identifying new opportunities has provided valuable business-focused results for clients, such as providing self-service access to data for global sales teams; helping physicians create informed wellness plans; and delivering insights about current supply chain inventories. He is a passionate Vlogger on YouTube and discusses real-world insights, data platform trends, and the importance of governance as big data continues its exponential growth.

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