Salesforce Announces the Acquisition of Demandware for $2.8 bn

The acquisition of this multi-billion dollar digital commerce market will extend the customer success platform of Salesforce with new Salesforce Commerce Cloud.

sales force acquires demandwareGreatResponder.com  Salesforce announces the acquisition of Demandware that provides a cloud-based e-commerce platform and related services for retailers and brands worldwide, going public during 2012 after raising $88 million in its initial public offering of $16 a share. Salesforce has announced it will commence a tender offer for all outstanding shares of Demandware for $75 per share, with the deal set to complete by July 31, 2016, the end of Salesforce’s second quarter.

“Demandware is an amazing company—the global cloud leader in the multi-billion dollar digital commerce market,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, Salesforce. “With Demandware, Salesforce will be well positioned to deliver the future of commerce as part of our Customer Success Platform and create yet another billion dollar cloud.”

As with the Marketing Cloud proposition, Salesforce is seemingly happy to pay healthily above share value to break into new markets when it cannot develop the capabilities organically. The company acquired ExactTarget for $2.5 billion in 2013; this was previously Salesforce’s largest acquisition, which built the foundation of the Marketing Cloud proposition.

“Demandware and Salesforce share the same passionate focus on customer success,” said Tom Ebling, CEO, Demandware. “Becoming part of Salesforce will accelerate our vision to empower the world’s leading brands with the most innovative digital commerce solutions that enable them to connect 1:1 with customers across any channel.”

Demandware currently works with a number of brands around the world, including Design Within Reach, Lands’ End, L’Oreal and Marks & Spencer, to deliver customized experiences for customers across web, mobile, social and in the store. The acquisition is expected to increase Salesforce’s revenues by approximately $100 million to $120 million through the remainder of the financial year.

Salesforce’s acquisition of Demandware, a recognized leader in the space, will extend the company’s CRM leadership and position it to capture this multi-billion dollar digital commerce market with what will be the new Salesforce Commerce Cloud.

The Salesforce Commerce Cloud will be an integral part of Salesforce’s Customer Success Platform, creating opportunities for companies to connect with their customers in entirely new ways.

Salesforce customers will have access to the industry’s leading enterprise cloud commerce platform, and Demandware’s customers will be able to leverage Salesforce’s leading sales, service, marketing, communities, analytics, IoT and platform solutions to deliver a more comprehensive, personalized consumer experience.

Apple Plans Exclusively to Sell Apollo “Personal Cloud” Products

From this June the Apollo “personal cloud” the product of Promise Technologies will be available in Apple stores for general consumers along with Apollo Cloud App to use it from anywhere.

appoloGreatResponder.com  Promise Technologies announces that its brand new product Apollo “Personal cloud” will be available in Apple stores from this June for the consumers. The announcement was made by Promise in Computex in Taiwan.

The device is designed for families and small businesses; Apollo is a sleek, quiet appliance that allows users to privately and securely store their data. Apollo’s simple set-up and file management is performed from just one single app which enables users to share files from virtually any device and from anywhere in the world.

Additional members can easily be added, who can then each have their own storage space on the owner’s Apollo.  Each member has complete privacy and security from other members. At Computex, Promise is excited to debut Apollo through an interactive user experience area where visitors can see first-hand how easy it is to share and manage files through the Apollo app.

“Promise has a relentless commitment to innovating new solutions that improve how we live and work,” said HC Chang, GM of Promise Technology APAC. “Apollo is our latest innovation; however, it is just the beginning as we are looking at building a whole new line of solutions for the IoT market. We are looking forward to showcasing Apollo to the many users passionate about technology and we are excited to hear their innovative ideas on what the next generation of Apollo should offer.”

While the device certainly won’t replace cloud storage as we know it, Apollo is not even recommended as a sole backup device, it is part of a larger trend of personal cloud storage for users who want to take “control” of their privacy. Of course, with any Internet-enabled devices, there are still security risks, but it could provide peace of mind for certain users.

The device sounds ideal for families or friends who want to share photos or videos without putting them on Facebook, Instagram or another photo-sharing website or cloud-based service. There doesn’t seem to be much of a business application for the device.

Apple has been making efforts in recent months to bolster its position in the cloud marketplace, and this latest effort would appear to be a move towards the consumer market.

Citrix and Microsoft Team Up for Digital Transformation of Businesses

This digital transformation with the cloud and mobility will accelerate the move of businesses to Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows 10 as well as advance security strategies.

citrix and microsoft team upGreatResponder.com  The Citrix announces its partnership with Microsoft to provide the businesses with the benefits of cloud and mobility. The objectives of this partnership is to meet the needs of the modern workforce with application and desktop virtualization in the cloud, network delivery and enterprise mobility management.

The Citrix has selected the Azure as the preferred and strategic cloud for its future road map and the team will work to develop new integrations between Citrix XenMobile, NetScaler and the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite, to improve efficiency and data security.

“Companies of all sizes across all industries around the world have an amazing opportunity to embrace digital transformation and empower their people to work productively from anywhere at any time,” said Kirill Tatarinov, president and CEO of Citrix. “Our customers are asking Citrix and Microsoft to work closer together to help them fully leverage innovations like Windows 10, Office 365 and Azure. This enhanced partnership ensures we can be more agile in responding to our customers’ needs.”

As part of the partnership, the team will aim to accelerate the deployment of Windows 10 Enterprise within their customer’s organizations. Citrix customers can use AppDNA to aid migration to Windows 10 by providing application lifecycle management tools to discovcitrix and microsoft team uper and resolve application compatibility issues, the team claims.

The Citrix NetScaler will integrate with EMS to provide virtual private network capabilities for more secure, identity-based access to on-premises applications on Microsoft Intune-managed devices. Citrix will also offer customers who have purchased Windows Software Assurance on a per-user basis the option to host their Windows 10 Enterprise Current Branches for Business images on Azure through its XenDesktop VDI solution, which the team claim is a first in the industry.

“Our relationship with Citrix has always been founded on the commitment to making our mutual customers successful by empowering their people to be more productive,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft.

The Citrix NetScaler will integrate with EMS to provide virtual private network capabilities for more secure, identity-based access to on-premises applications on Microsoft Intune-managed devices. This will give customers a broad array of options for managing access to on-premises applications in an increasingly mobile-first world.