Nifty Thing About Salesforce Anywhere Chats

Production and Sandbox orgs link to the same Quip/Salesforce Anywhere org. So when you’re knee-deep in testing triggers and flows in a sandbox, when one of your core change management colleagues messages you via an Anywhere chat, it appears in the Sandbox user interface as well — alerting you to the fact that some attention likely must be paid.

My Sandbox with Salesforce Anywhere

For my part, I appreciate this immensely.

The Same Salesforce Anywhere message in Production

InboxVudu: Join me in the Mystery…

Use this link and we both get instant access to contextual artificial intelligence analysis of your inbox – but, unlike Inbox proper, it works for a google apps domain.

#ShamelessShill  #WeBothWin #JoinMe

Usability Matters: Material Design (Leaks)

Because it’s hard (but certainly not impossible) to separate functionality from usability, Material Design has had me rather chomping at the bit. It inches closer each day as October winds down (perhaps a driving reason for selecting Google Music: Orange!), and should ship with Nexus 9 on November 3.

Not quite as quirkily endearing as My MSFT Metro aesthetic, Material Design is certainly crisp & firmly intelligible.


Google Alerts Interface Updated

New & Flat: Google Alerts

It is easier on the eyes to be sure.  Hints of Material Design’s vaunted flatness.

Now let’s hope the do something to address the way the results delivered nowadays seem less impressive than those from 2 years ago.  Hard to quantify in retrospect – but it’s a notable, and often-discussed, trend & shortcoming.


Simple. Elegant. Clean. The New Google Alerts Interface
Simple. Elegant. Clean.
The New Google Alerts Interface


Nicer Controls Too
Nicer Controls Too

A New Business Intelligence Hub for CBS Alumni

The user experience is calculatedly thus:

Enticing hints of what’s contained within – along with realistic expectation setting for something published so publicly.

So, after the movie explains why our ‘chaperoned’ romp through partially disguised data allows an alum in networking or job search mode to identify some prospects/targets, indicate their choices to a club administrator who balances privacy concerns against a stronger, more robust network by asking the target alums for specific permission to share (fortunately it’s almost always given)

Then on to a couple of reports & visualizations, all the while exhorting the alum to register for an access-controlled site for supervised exploration.

Salesforce Contacts, Employer Accounts and Non-Profit Edition Relationships carry the majority of the payload — supplemented by visualization tools like Google Maps Engine and SharePoint 2013’s robust security settings.

Click on the image to take a look at the public offerings.

The New CBS Business Intelligence Hub
The New CBS Business Intelligence Hub



Great News re: Office 365 (webapps) – Simultaneous Editing Collaboration

Like what we remember that first awesome time using Google Docs on a personal email account back in 2008 or so.

Can’t wait to see if they’ve actually fixed the awful formatting that invariably seems to sneak in when using the webapps.  Will report back.

Good news from MSFT for Office365 Web Apps