At a recent SalesForce conference called Dreamforce, SalesForce executives began talking about the latest big project that will be unveiled to the world here shortly. SalesForce has announced that it will jump into the IoT world and deliver an innovative platform for businesses, governments and end users all around the world.
When organizations begin using IoT sensors, they need some sort of conduit for all of their data. They must be able to rapidly store, process and access that data in a meaningful way. Salesforce says it has built it’s IoT offering using the “Thunder” platform, which helps businesses store, process and access the data they need in order to begin making the best use of IoT sensors.
It is rumored that Salesforce will go up against some of the biggest names in IoT that are competing for government contracts. The smart city initiative is about to take hold within the next few years and companies such as IBM and Cisco have already begun operating within this segment. With the introduction of Salesforce’s IoT platform, smart cities all around the world can use an innovative platform that will help them consume less energy and be more resourceful with taxpayer money.
“Now the world is changing very dramatically, for we’ve become not only a world of proactive engagement, but a world that, as much as possible, is about automated proactive engagement,” says Salesforce IoT CIO Adam Bosworth.
Bosworth went on to describe the IoT platform as “Having no limits.” Bosworth’s assessment is spot on. With cloud IoT, businesses can gain actionable intelligence on the things that cost them money. When businesses incorporate IoT, they can better streamline their services and processes by acquiring meaningful data through the cloud.
Using the Salesforce platform will be a natural fit for some businesses, as Salesforce has made its name by giving organizations the ability to present, manipulate and report on business cloud data. IoT will be no different, except that the data is being procured directly from IoT sensors rather than generated