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Salesforce Heretic » 2006 » October

October 16, 2006

“Survey Says….” Winter ‘07 Preliminary Scoring…

Filed under: The Heretic, Salesforce.com, The Soapbox — heretic @ 9:56 am

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As I previously covered in my “Dare to Dream” blog entry I outlined a scoring system for the Winter ‘07 release. Now that Dreamforce has passed, and hopefully those at Salesforce.com are well into the post-Dreamforce recovery period we can take a look ahead into the new release. Scott Hemmeter over at Arrowpointe wrote a nice summary of the announced features over on his blog.

I’ve taken most of the publically available information and added it to my scoring spreadsheet, available as a PDF: Winter ‘07 Preliminary Release Scoring

Please note that I’ve generally erred toward a higher score, with a few exceptions, and I have not gone through my list of bugs yet. It would be premature to speculate as to what they may, or may not, have fixed until it is finally released. As the release approaches I will post my excel spreadsheet so that everyone can score the release for themselves.

SFDC Marketing Kudos and Vendor Lock-In… What it really means, really.

Filed under: The Heretic, Salesforce.com, The Soapbox — heretic @ 12:08 am

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OMFG - If I read one more blog entry this week that has a link to the ‘Apex isn’t vendor lock-in’ blog post I’m gonna hurl. But first….

I gotta give some kudos to Marc (it’s with a “c” guys, not a “k”) and the Marketing Team over at SFDC. The aggregate hype and spin that was spewing forth from this years Dreamforce was nothing short of, Salesforce-esque. In one move you announced your most important announcement ever (so far), completely overshadowed the next release, and hyped a feature that won’t go into beta until 2007. But what really impresses me (and I’m actually not being sarcastic - in this sentence) is the number of press pundits, bloggers, and tech writers who have completely missed the boat and tied Apex solely to the Winter ‘07 release. (more…)

October 9, 2006

“You had me at Apex”… Well, almost.

Filed under: Salesforce.com, The Soapbox — heretic @ 5:35 pm

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Now I know I said I wouldn’t be blogging anything Dreamforce-specific, but I think you’ll forgive me a bit.

So the cat’s out of the bag finally on Apex. It’s a really cool hybrid language that allows us to run code on the salesforce.com server. No more back and forth with the API for alot of stuff. It’s an aweful lot like Java in many respects, but I think I see a hint of Python in there as well. (Why we need another full-blown language aside — couldn’t we just have used Java?)

I haven’t yet been able to get hands-on with it yet, but its features seem VERY cool. It even allows you to expose your code on the SFDC server thru the SFDC API.

In keeping up to date with my various RSS feeds I came across Dan Farber’s blog entry from today over at ZDNet. (more…)



October 6, 2006

Dare to Dream…

Filed under: Salesforce.com, The Soapbox — heretic @ 1:51 am

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I’d be hard pressed to find a Salesforce customer who doesn’t know there’s 3 days until the start of Dreamforce now… You could barely miss the advertising — something akin to using a nuclear warhead to clear out a tree stump. If you want to meet me I won’t be at Dreamforce this year. My operatives will be in place, so I’ll pass along anything major that goes public. Me and 50 other blogs. ;)

I haven’t been very deep ‘in the loop’ with this release like I normally try to be. It’s a culmination of a number of factors, but mostly I want to take a step back and really evalaute this release without all the inside information and getting caught up in the hype and anticipation. So in keeping with that idea I won’t be blogging anything dreamforce specific, however I do plan on scoring the new release.

Yes, scoring. (more…)