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UPDATE: Salesforce Product & Service notification
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Update to Customer Communication


As a Salesforce administrator of an organization with users who have logged into Salesforce using Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) or 8 (IE8), we want to remind you of an important change to the support of these two Microsoft browsers.

What is changing?

With our Summer ’15 release*, Salesforce will no longer support IE7 and IE8 browsers. Microsoft originally announced they would end support for IE7 and IE8 on or before January 2015. However, Microsoft subsequently amended its policy, which can be found here.

Despite Microsoft’s amendment to its support policy, Salesforce will continue its original plan to end support for IE7 and IE8 browsers with the Summer ’15 release.

*Currently targeted for June 2015; date subject to change

Why are we ending support for IE7 and IE8?

As we evaluate which browsers to support, we consider which ones will give our users the best experience and enable us to focus on areas that will add the most value for customers. There are three key reasons that drove this decision:

IE7 and IE8 are less secure. Trust and security are incredibly important to us at Salesforce. There have been multiple security vulnerabilities discovered in these older browsers over the years, so we are upholding our commitment to trust by ending support for these less secure browsers.

IE7 and IE8 are not HTML5 compatible. IE7 was first released in 2006, and IE8 was released in 2009. These browsers do not support the rich internet apps our customers have come to expect, including HTML5, which is the new industry standard and the technology we are investing in moving forward. HTML5 supports mobile devices; doesn’t rely on plug-ins; and provides a faster customer experience.

Our customers are moving to newer browsers. Less than 5% of our customers are using IE7, and less than 16% are using IE8. Our customers are trending towards newer browsers, and we want to develop features that best serve our customer community.

What does this mean to me?

If you continue to use IE7 and IE8 browsers after the Summer ’15 release*, some new and/or existing features and functionality may no longer work in IE7 and IE8 browsers. Bugs or performance issues that appear only when using IE7 and IE8 will not be investigated or fixed by Salesforce after this release.

What action do I need to take?

We are giving you advanced notice to ensure you have as much time as possible to plan for alternative strategies. We strongly recommend that you and your company’s IT administrators upgrade to one of our supported browsers prior to the Summer ’15 release. For a list of our currently supported browsers, latest recommendations and requirements, please see our Browser Support Policy.

How can I determine which of my users are still on IE7 and IE8?

As an administrator, you can run a login history report to gather details on the recent browser usage of your users, including IE7 and IE8 users. After logging in, click Setup | Manage Users | Login History to run a usage report for your organization for the past six months.

What will happen if I take no action?

While users may still be able to access the service from IE7 and IE8 after the Summer ’15 release, new and/or existing features and functionality may no longer work in these browsers. In addition, bugs or performance issues that appear only when using IE7 and IE8 will not be investigated or fixed by Salesforce after this release.

How can I get more information?

Salesforce Support is always available to answer any questions you may have about this change. If you have further questions, please log a case on the Help & Training portal.

Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase Salesforce applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available.



 
 
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10 Hottest Sales Tools at dreamforce

From Dreamforce '15: Behavioral Analytics Are Transforming the B2B Sales Process

Billions of dollars have been poured into marketing automation technologies. Given the ability to deliver more relevant and timely information to customers with ease, marketing has gained enormous benefits.

Despite all the advances in marketing automation, however, sales teams have been stuck in the Dark Ages; working with dated technology to connect with a changed, modern-day buyer. But not anymore.

At Dreamforce ’15 in San Francisco this month, more than 150,000 attendees from 90+ countries got a glimpse of the future of sales, and that future is analytics.

Massive amounts of data harvested by robust and comprehensive analytics will supply insights that can transform sales processes. Powered by these rich and sophisticated analytics, advanced technologies will give organizations new insights to engage with and serve customers more effectively – from deeper insights that personalize the customer experience to improved sales forecasting, and modernized prospecting.

The latest Salesforce research shows that top organizations are already three and a half times more likely to use sales analytics.

“Over the last 10 years, the sales industry has witnessed a disruption. Due to the innovation of Internet cloud-based business transactions and an upsurge in sales technology development, the sales profession is in a state of rapid modernization.” James W. Phillips, Business Intelligence Analyst

Modern Sales Buyers Have Higher Expectations

B2B buyers have become “Amazonized.” They do their own online research, and leverage social channels and referrals, to find out everything they can before reaching out to a vendor. Yet, according to Accenture’s Yusuf Tayob in his Dreamforce session “Embracing Digital Disruption to Power Sales Growth,” this ‘non-stop customer’ still expects the best experience possible.

This requires personalization. Modern-day buyers want to deal with sales reps who understand them and their industry problems, and who know where they are in the buying process to give them the best experience.

Furthermore, they want vendors who respond ASAP to their needs. To allow modern buyers to “have it all” requires modern sales technology that includes automation and analytics. Tools that marketing has had for a while, but specifically built for sales.

Altered Buyers and Altered Processes Are Driving New Technologies

Automation and analytics tools are becoming available that change the playing field in sales. Sales acceleration tools, with their ability to deepen customer understanding to personalize the sales process, is one top category.“

Personalization: the Key to Stronger Customer Relationships

A 2015 Harris Poll study showed that an overwhelming majority of executive level buyers want more personalization in sales interactions, yet more than a third add that they rarely get any. Since 95% of respondents say they’d be more likely to respond to personalized outreach, sales organizations need to pay attention.

In addition, in recent research, Aberdeen Group reports that best-in-class companies that personalize content down to the sales rep level achieve up to a 36% higher conversion average and a 21% stronger lead acceptance rate.

New tools that deliver engagement analytics can unveil buyer interests and behaviors that empower sales teams to personalize their interactions. With analytics, teams can see how frequently a prospect engages with their content, and get profile data for recipients of forwarded information.

This can help you spot other stakeholders quickly. Also significant is the fact that these tools show when there isn’t interest, so teams can get to a “no” faster and turn their attention to more promising opportunities.

Speeding Up the Sales Process

Personalized outreach and deeper analytical insights ultimately mean an accelerated sales process that eliminates wasted resources and reduces customer acquisition costs. There’s still a lot of progress to be made when it comes to enhancing the sales process and engaging prospects more effectively, but it’s refreshing to see how much progress has been made in recent months.

10 of the Hottest Sales Tools at Dreamforce ’15

For sales teams, the most challenging facet of leveraging available technologies and solutions often involves sorting through the noise and identifying which tools are available. But there’s no doubt that prescriptive and behavioral analytics are key for best-in-class sales organizations to serve today’s non- stop customer.

Here are ten sales tools that deliver advanced analytics that made a particular splash at this year’s Dreamforce conference:

1. 6Sense

“Focus on customers who are ready to buy now, and keep tabs on the prospects making their way through the funnel.” That’s what 6Sense’s predictive intelligence technology does for sales teams. It essentially prioritizes contacts and helps reps understand where leads stand in the sales cycle.

2. AscentERP

With AscentERP, the days when sales reps had to call the warehouse to see if an item was available are over. This rich and insightful tool gives sales reps the visibility they need to manage customerinter actions with extra skill and enhance the end of the sales cycle.

3. Axiom

Axiom claims it can “take the guesswork out of sales” with its Integrated Selling Suite, which empowers sales teams to make educated selling decisions for better forecasting accuracy. The forecasting feature works by using real-time win probabilities that are calculated from advanced algorithms, and aligning that information with customer-specific data for highly accurate and dependable sales predictions.

4. Axtria

Over the past few years, Axtria has worked with a handful of Fortune 500 companies to transform the way they handle sales forecasting and predictions. Specifically, the firm helps clients leverage sales planning through its Axtria SalesIQ platform, which is a “comprehensive and tightly integrated framework that ensures that the same data, models and assumptions used to drive the strategic decisions permeate across tactical plans and operations.”

5. Birst

While CRM reports are helpful, Birst attempts to unify customer data, sales reports, revenue, and pipeline data into a consolidated forecast that enables sales teams to create more predictable revenue streams, based on everything from historical win rates to the “digital body language” of customers.

6. LiveHive

As the firm’s website suggests, “LiveHive uncovers ways to trim inefficiency and improve your team’s productivity, email effectiveness, and follow-up timeliness through automation and engagement analytics.” LiveHive’s power lies in its deep and comprehensive content engagement analytics.LiveHive lets sales leaders see how, and how often, reps are engaging to build best practices for the team, and reps get real-time alerts about how prospects interact with their emails and content, so they can prioritize them. With intelligent email sequencing and automated templates, LiveHive helps speed the buying process and allows teams to refine their sales models.

7. PeopleLinx

Using dozens of different data sources and insights, PeopleLinx’s predictive analytics technology recommends which actions salespeople ought to take, and at which time, in order to be most successful. Then it measures and reports on the success of the activity and tailors future actions accordingly.

8. PFL

One of the most unique sales tools on the market is PFL’s SwaqIQ software solution, which connects with the Salesforce Sales cloud to provide sales teams with new ways of connecting with clients and prospects. The platform uses predictive analytics and rule-based tasks to inform sales reps of the right time to send a gift to a prospect, and what the right gift might be.

9. TalkIQ

Sales reps waste too much time trying to record information and not enough time engaging prospects. That’s where TalkIQ comes into play. Among many other features, TalkIQ is able to transcribe conversations in real-time – eliminating the need to take notes and ensuring sales departments have accurate records that are easily searchable.

10. TopOPPS

According to its website, “TopOPPS is a sales pipeline and forecasting predictability solution thathelps sales teams focus on the best leads and opportunities in the pipeline so they can be moreeffective with their closing.” Using automation and intelligence, the company claims that reps can sellup to 25 percent more and shorten sales cycles by as much as 38 percent.

Looking to the Future of B2B Sales

By 2020, there will be more than 33 billion internet-connected devices around the world. This strongly implies there will be billions – even trillions – of data points for sales teams to get their hands on. That’s what’s so exciting and heartening about these new technologies.

Sales analytics and acceleration tools are giving sales teams the ability to capture information andcreate more advanced, data- driven sales strategies that meet prospects precisely where they are in
the sales cycle.

John Rampton is the founder and CEO of Due, a company helping small business owners from around the world to easily manage their accounting online.
 

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