There’s always something going on in the Salesforce Community. It’s easy to get lost in all the events, user groups, World Tours, and announcements that are made. Stay up-to-date with the latest in the Salesforce Ecosystem in the last month and what’s to come moving forward. Want us to highlight a Salesforce-specific news item or event that you’re hosting? Email me and I’ll be sure to include it in the next Salesforce Admin Central News & Events update!

Latest Salesforce News

IBM and Salesforce – an Interesting Partnership

IBM and Salesforce surprised many in early March with an announcement of a strategic partnership to deliver joint solutions designed to leverage artificial intelligence to allow companies to make smarter decisions faster. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff attended the IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas on March 21, 2017. He was on stage with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty discussing artificial intelligence and what Benioff called a “crisis of trust” in the world. There’s a common misconception that AI technologies will cause machines to replace humans in many jobs, and while in some industries, that is true, what Benioff and Rometty stressed is that AI is really forcing a shift in education and training. Benioff said that companies like Salesforce and IBM have an important role to play in restoring trust. “We need to take a big moonshot in our country; we need 5 million apprenticeships in the next five years,” said Benioff, “…whether it’s veterans, kids right out of K-12, whether it’s folks out of some other vocation, bring them in and we can retrain them.” Rometty added, “This is all about a world where it is man and machine, that the goal is augmented intelligence. The purpose is to be in service of mankind.”

Upcoming Salesforce Events

Southeast Dreamin’

Southeast Dreamin’ is almost here, taking place March 30 & 31, 2017, at the JW Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. This is the second year for this great community-led event. Southeast Dreamin’ features keynote addresses by Charlie Isaacs, CTO for Customer Connection, Salesforce and Chris Duarte, Editor-in-Chief – Trailhead, Salesforce. Breakout sessions for Nonprofits, Developers, Administrators and End Users round out the offerings with presentations from Salesforce Community notables such as Guiseppe Hammer, Jennifer Lee and Rebe de la Paz.

Salesforce World Tours

Salesforce brings its World Tours to Washington, D.C. on April 4, 2017 and to Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 20, 2017. The Washington, D.C. event is already at capacity. If you want to witness that event, you can still do it from the comfort of your home or office, thanks to a live broadcast. Registration for the Toronto event is expected to open soon. Follow Salesforce on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date. What you can expect from a World Tour event – a great keynote address with Salesforce executives and special guests, amazing customer success stories and the latest in product innovations.

A Sneak Peak into May

Apttus Accelerate

Ready to join the world’s largest Quote-to-Cash event of the year and get connected with leaders, achievers and innovators in your field? Then it’s time for Apttus Accelerate! Coming to Pier 48 in San Francisco, May 2 – 4, 2017, Accelerate is the place to be to learn the latest innovations to transform the way you drive revenue, engage with customers and grow your business.

It’s Time for Max Results! Register today.

Want a sneak peak into some of the innovation coming to Accelerate? Download the Cart-to-Cash Innovation Imperative today!