Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Apple Watch and Salesforce: The best combo of tools since the hammer and nail got together.

The Internet of Things revolution (of which SkyPlanner, South Florida's Salesforce consulting company, has written about previously) has reached a huge milestone with the release of the Apple Watch, and once again Salesforce is leading the way. 

Within hours of the official unveiling of the Apple's newest gadget, salesforce.com announced Salesforce for Apple Watch: a collection of some of the #1 CRM platform's biggest products all in one tiny, wearable package.   

Salesforce for Apple Watch will feature these three components: 
  1. Salesforce Analytics Cloud for Apple Watch. Launched at Dreamforce '14, the Analytics Cloud is the newest (and one of the most powerful) weapons in the Salesforce arsenal. The Salesforce Analytics Cloud for Apple Watch will give users access to insights mined from the ridiculous amounts of data analyzed by the system, all on their wrists. Imagine being able to review dashboards while in a crowded coffee shop without having to fumble around for your phone! The seamless Handoff feature will allow users to transfer their view from the Apple Watch to their iPhone without hassle, and Voice Search will allow for hands-free queries. 
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    A sneak peak of the Salesforce Analytics Cloud for Apple Watch app. (source. salesforce.com)
  2. Salesforce1 for Apple Watch. The Salesforce1 platform puts the power of Salesforce applications at users' finger tips but even that has its drawbacks. You need to have your phone out. With Salesforce1 for Apple Watch having your phone stashed in your briefcase or on silent no longer means missing important notifications. Now they're available on your wrist. As long as your arm is free you'll get the notifications (and, frankly, if your arm is pinned you probably have bigger problems than a missed notification). 
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    A sneak peak of the Salesforce1 for Apple Watch app. (source: salesforce.com)
  3. Salesforce Wear Developer Pack for Apple Watch. The pièce de résistance of the Salesforce for Apple Watch, the Salesforce Wear Developer Pack for Apple Watch, will give the more than 2 million Salesforce1 developers throughout the world the tools they need to create enterprise-level apps for their customers' wrists. Salesforce Developer Packs have already spawned a slew of great applications for other devices including Android Wear and Pebble, and the greater capabilities of the Apple Watch are sure to take those business tools to even greater heights.
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    A sneak peak of Salesforce Wear Developer Pack for Apple Watch tools. (source: salesforce.com)
     
As always, Salesforce has created a Jony Ive-esque video that you can watch below. You can also learn even more on salesforce.com's Salesforce for Apple Watch site here.  


The adoption of wearables has been steadily growing over the past few years and many have waited with bated breath for Apple's own entry into the market. So far the Apple Watch seems like a game-changer for the wearables industry. Considering that the iPhone is far-and-away the best selling mobile device on the market, the excitement about the Apple Watch surely means that it will be a success (even if at a smaller scale). Salesforce is a natural fit for a wearable with the capacity of the Apple Watch so we're sure we will see many more application roll-ed out in the near future. At SkyPlanner we're very excited about the possibilities and opportunities for our customers, especially those whose businesses frequently take them out of the office.