Dreamforce 2008 is all wrapped up for another year with approximately 10,000 attendees over 4 packed days. After sifting through my extensive collection of notes and take-aways I wanted to do a quick review of what other people thought of the event and gathered a few links from around the net that I thought would be great to share, before offering my final thought on what I felt was the most compelling announcement/session/buzz/etc of the four days.
Information Week – “From this computing resource base, Salesforce is offering to let its customers build and run applications on its platform, customize their standard Salesforce applications, launch Web sites and tap into other cloud services.”
CNET – “Benioff’s vision has been legitimized and turned into the next big thing”
Lincvolt – Neil Young’s thinkin’ Lincoln site running as a Force.com native app.
NY Times – Pre dreamforce article but I had to share one last quote: “Salesforce.com has done more to build the SaaS market than anybody. They are in an interesting position. If we view this as a battle of Romans (big, established enterprise vendors) versus Barbarians (pure play SaaS start-ups), Salesforce.com has the scale of the Romans and the positioning of the Barbarians. “
As the euphoric feeling of seeing Neil Young and the Foo Fighters on the same day followed up by Malcolm Gladwell on the next, I for one, struggle to narrow done one thing that truly stood above the rest in terms of what defining moment I will take away from the event. This was until I reviewed my notes from Larry Brilliant, Executive Director of Google.org who finished his amazingly moving presentation on the philanthropic work that Google has been involved in, with a simple statement and a picture I took from my iPhone of Neil Young’s Lincvolt that, together, captured the essence of the event better than I ever could: