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Would you like fries with your training manual? Inkling's aim to reinvent content validated

Every now and then I do a briefing with a vendor that offers a value proposition that just makes total sense. Inkling falls into that category.

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A Cisco-Salesforce deal means collaboration will come to you

Cisco will integrate its cloud-based Spark communication system and WebEx conferencing service into elements of Salesforce, one of the most widely used enterprise productivity platforms.

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FinancialForce releases its subscription and billing product

A long time coming, but at last it's here. FinancialForce enables the "as a service" revolution.

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 won't come cheap, leaked details suggest

Microsoft's upcoming Dynamics 365 cloud software promises a one-stop shop for ERP and CRM, but its modular convenience could come at a considerable cost, with strong incentives to sign up for bundle pricing.

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AppDirect scores 'major milestone' partnership with Canadian telco

This win will be satisfying for AppDirect's north-of-the-border CEO.

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Need to build a customer community? This Salesforce tool can help

Engaging customers is an ongoing challenge for companies large and small, but Salesforce has been working to make it easier. On Thursday, the CRM giant took its efforts a big step further.

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Okta's API access product targets the trend toward services

Okta changed key parts of its product portfolio to attract new users to its corporate identity management and access control platforms.

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Okta partners with Google to secure cloud identities

Okta and Google have announced a partnership aimed at getting enterprises to secure their users' identities in the cloud.

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SaaS risks come into focus

Sometimes, security risks are hiding in plain sight.

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Why Salesforce just bought this startup

Hard on the heels of its Demandware acquisition in June, Salesforce on Monday confirmed it is acquiring cloud collaboration software maker Quip.

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Oracle does what we all expected and snaps up NetSuite

News that Oracle is finally acquiring NetSuite outright has the punditry chattering, but what of the competition?

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Asana now lets users mark which tasks are holding them up

Asana announced a new feature on Thursday that's aimed at cutting down on emails asking when a particular task will be finished.

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Dropbox levels up its features for administrators

IT administrators managing Dropbox deployments are supposed to have an easier time with it soon, thanks to improvements that the company announced Wednesday.

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GE waves developers onto its huge IoT stage

General Electric has more than a century of industrial experience, but it hopes to leverage outside expertise in its IoT mission. This week the company is hosting a developer conference for its GE Predix software platform and...

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Salesforce plans to acquire data center optimization startup Coolan

Salesforce.com has signed a definite agreement to acquire Coolan, the developer of a platform for data center hardware analysis and optimization.

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Microsoft wants to help small businesses book appointments online

Small business owners are getting a new feature tailored just for them in Microsoft Office 365 -- a full service system for scheduling appointments for their services on the internet.

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Microsoft's new service is like YouTube for the enterprise

Microsoft may have YouTube for the enterprise on its hands with the beta launch of a new service on Monday.

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Microsoft's new Dynamics 365 will bundle ERP and CRM in the cloud

Microsoft is working on a new offering called Dynamics 365 that will combine its current ERP and CRM cloud services and include applications purpose-built for specific business functions.

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