November saw the largest ever Dreamforce gathering in San Francisco, with over 130,000 registered attendees - making it the largest software conference in the world. The pivotal event in the annual salesforce.com calendar, professionals across all disciplines gathered for keynotes from Marc Benioff, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
The big announcement from Dreamforce was Salesforce1, the latest development to the Salesforce platform which will enable newfound connectivity via a huge number of APIs.
Underlying this, a key idea to come out of the event was the Internet of Things. This is the idea that as the number of wireless connections grows exponentially, more than 50 billion additional devices will be connected to physical things by 2020. From fridges, TVs, washing machines to toothbrushes, companies will connect with customers on a one to one basis via wirelessly collected customer data. An example Benioff used was a dentist logging in online to view customer data gathered from a Philips toothbrush. The question (and challenge) will be what a company chooses to do with all that incoming data.
This same challenge apply to today’s Risk and Compliance professional. As the amount of available risk data increases, the challenge is how to organise this massive data collection exercise and to make sense of it all. Essentially, how will risk data become risk information that can be used to identify change in risk status, identify emerging risks and failing controls earlier?
As this trend begins to mature, a new generation of risk professionals could be using data wirelessly communicated from oil rigs, cars, ATMs - collated and fed into live risk dashboards and auto-generated reports, at the ‘speed of now’.
As a key OEM partner of salesforce.com, we make it our business to deliver fresh innovations in a creative way for our customers. Stay tuned for announcements in 2014 around how organisations can connect risk metrics faster than ever before.
Our Technology Architect, Paul Battisson joined Dreamforce this year as a guest speaker in the Developer Zone, presenting on Behaviour-Driven Development on the Force.com platform. The session was so well attended that it was moved to an open area to enable more people to join.
Photo, Paul Battison speaking at Dreamforce 13: Twitter
The session covered the importance of creating code that is self-documenting, making for more stable and sustainable technology. Paul also focussed on how Behaviour-Driven Development enables developers to understand customer requirements, communicate effectively and most importantly, to build software that effectively delivers business benefits.
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