Late last year there was surprise among commentators and vendors alike as Salesforce announced its acquisition of SteelBrick. SteelBrick is a vendor that offers contract life cycle services. Eessentially what that means is that all of the tasks that sales and procurement organizations need to do their work — pricing, contract negotiation and workflow — is offloaded to the SteelBrick platform. It sounds like a boring function, but it’s increasingly important as organizations need to move ever-faster on their contract-based operations.
Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.