By Bill Zujewski
Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce event begins Monday and Axeda will be there in full force. We have 2 customers, Ventana Roche and Isilon, presenting their Axeda to Salesforce.com integration stories on Monday. I’ll be on a panel entitled “Current Challenges & Opportunities in the Connected World” on Nov 19th at 2pm. We’ll also be in the Developer Showcase exhibit hall, booth #7, previewing a new application that will be available on the AppExchange.
Why is an IoT platform company at Dreamforce?
Because machine data is very valuable information when it comes to managing customers, their assets and their cases. Extending the Salesforce.com cloud with machine data enables proactive service, streamlines customer support, and enhances case, asset, and account management. For our customers who are manufacturers, connecting machines and integrating the machine data into the Salesforce.com Sales and Service Clouds, it will enable your Salesforce.com users to use an application they are comfortable with to access machine information. This new data provides Salesforce.com users with greater visibility into customer and asset information and delivers a long list of benefits. Then in turn users will be able to:
- Understand how customers are using equipment
- Review machine down-time and idle-time to understand the quality of service
- Troubleshoot issues more effectively with real-time machine information and logs
- Reduce call times with better information to resolve cases
- Get notified when equipment issues occur before a customer contacts you
- Review past machine issues and historical alarms to diagnose recurring problems
Machine Data is also very valuable to sales and marketing organization as it can drive more sales and improve customer satisfaction. Equipment usage information is very valuable to understanding a customer and account situation. For example, high machine utilization can uncover a customer’s need for more capacity and addition equipment. Low utilization can be an early warning sign of equipment problems or potential churn to a competitor’s equipment. Machine data can also provide visibility into consumable levels and enable your operations organization or supply chain partners to replenish the machines proactively.
Net/net: Machine data is making its way into Salesforce.com. Axeda’s customers are taking us there… and we are jumping on the bandwagon and making it easy for them to do so.
By Dan Murphy
Salesforce has its sights set on the Internet of Things, and – like Axeda – the company is focused on helping organizations to turn data and connected products into real business value.
While thousands of companies have transformed business functions from service to sales to R&D, few have achieved greater success than Ventana Medical Systems – whose M2M success story was featured in a GigaOm podcast this week.
At Dreamforce – Sean Casey, director of IT at Ventana, will share how his company uses M2M connectivity and Salesforce integration to improve service levels and customer satisfaction across the organization. Sean will present ‘Improving Patient Care with Connected Medical Devices’ on Monday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. at the Palace Hotel - Presidio
But Ventana won’t be the only Axeda customer showcasing their M2M story at Dreamforce. Additionally, Jason DePardo of EMC Isilon will present ‘Extending the Value of Connected Product Data’ on Monday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. at the InterContinental San Francisco, InterContinental Ballroom A.
And Axeda’s own Bill Zujewski, CMO & EVP of Product Strategy, will participate on a panel discussion ‘Current Challenges & Opportunities in the Connected World’ on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at the InterContinental San Francisco, Telegraph Hill.
You can find the Axeda team in Booth #7 in the Developer Zone in Moscone-West, where we can give you a preview of our new Salesforce AppExchange and demonstrate how integrating machine data into the Salesforce Cloud delivers real, tangible value to businesses.
Hope to see you there!