Enterprise software is not a sexy business. They say you can put lipstick on a pig, but good luck gussying up terms like “customer relationship management” and “enterprise resource planning."
The digestive functions of large corporations are important, and everyone benefits when they go smoothly; but usually, the less said about them the better.
So it’s odd that Salesforce.com’s annual conference has grown into such a big deal; the most recent one attracted more than 130,000 visitors.
It’s even stranger that Dreamforce has become so hip. This year it featured Alec Baldwin and Green Day -- bad-boy actors and bad-boy bands. There were supermodels and prime ministers. There was a dress code.
Chalk it up to salesmanship. Last year’s theme was "the Social Enterprise,” a concept that appealed to everyone but Salesforce’s clients.
This year’s campaign slogan was “the Internet of Customers.” Subject matter included mobile devices, Big Data, gender bias in the workplace -- anything but customer relationship management.
Which is to say that Dreamforce was all lipstick, no pig.