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Salesforce Heretic » “Inside The Force” - No, really, it’s not me.

April 27, 2006

“Inside The Force” - No, really, it’s not me.

Filed under: The Heretic, Salesforce.com, The Soapbox — heretic @ 3:18 pm

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I tend to try to keep in touch with the news, buzz, whatnot, that surrounds Salesforce.com, and I’ve been keeping a close eye on a new blog, Inside The Force allegedly written by a SFDC employee calling him/serself Omega.

For the record - it’s not me. And, in a Steven Colbert (sarcastic) kind of way, I’m getting pissed that he/she’s taking all my ideas and material. The last entry really got my blood racing, regarding a quote from Marc Benioff in a BusinessWeek article:

Wait a second…
So as a public company, the company’s primary mission is to increase share value…
and if sales leads spike when we have outages…
and more leads lead to more sales…
and more sales improves share value…
Shouldn’t we have more outages?

Seriously, who the hell is this guy? I read that article earlier today as well and was halfway through an email to Marc Benioff myself on the exact same topic and I read that post in my feed reader.

Now this isn’t the first time this guy/gal hijacked one of my thoughts / ideas… In this post about trust.salesforce.com he/she writes:

Here’s what my dream list includes for trust.salesforce.com…
1) Uptime stats for the last 7, 30, 90, 180, and 365 days.
2) Average speed stats for the last 7, 30, 90, 180, 365 days.
3) Maximum and minimum average speed time on a daily basis

Hey bud, get your own ideas and stop stealing mine. You’re an SFDC employee, you’re ‘inside the bubble’ and if you’ve been working there any amount of time you should be thinking like everyone else. Go watch THX-1138 and remember to take your pills.

All sarcasm aside….

Whoever the hell you are - you need a promotion. Not one of those, “promote him out of harms way” ones either… Disesention and healthy debate are good things now and again, through them a working understanding of the other side of the coin can be learned, and it benefits us all. Keep up the good work.

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    Thanks for the kind words. It’s appreciated. I admit that one of the main points of the blog is to promote internal discussion about topics that need further debating. I certainly don’t pretend to know ever nuaisance of an issue I talk about - but I also believe that we have a tendency at salesforce.com (and, frankly, as human beings in general) to look for excuses to dismiss ideas rather than find creative workarounds that people can live with (that is, unless we’re talking about working around missing features with s-controls!).

    I don’t want to give the perception that salesforce.com is a closed environment as far as fostering and promoting ideas. Anyone can email any of the execs and you’re bound to get a response (and I don’t mean a pink slip). But I do admit that there’s a (false?) sense of security knowing I’m anonymous. Mostly because hopefully it’s pretty clear that I’m not doing this to further my career or position myself for something more - which is why, if I have anything to do about it, I’ll be keeping this anonymous.

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and your posts around the internet. I’m a huge fan of customers that speak their minds about what we can do to improve - but still stick with us instead of jumping ship to another vendor. No BSing aside, I know we sometimes come off as arrogant and confident - we’re definitely proud of where we’ve gotten over the past six years - but the truth of the matter is that we are seriously pushing desperately hard to fix every perceived problem with our offering.

    Alright, apparently I decided to get up on your soapbox. Just wanted to say thanks for the support!

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