Friday, June 13, 2014

Rolex watches are so last year. Everybody will be wearing Salesforce in 2015.

In San Francisco this week Salesforce executives announced that the company will be bringing the world's #1 CRM platform to wearable technology with Salesforce Wear. To help developers get started in the wearables market Salesforce has released the Salesforce Wear Developer Pack, a collection of open-source apps. The apps center around the big names in wearable tech such as Google and Samsung. Other companies whose wearable technology will get the Salesforce treatment include Philips, Fitbit, Pebble, and ARM.

Some quotes about the new release include:

“Wearables are the next phase of the mobile revolution,” said Daniel Debow, SVP, emerging technologies, “With Salesforce Wear, companies can now capture the massive opportunity these devices offer to connect with customers in new ways.”

“All of these new devices have different application architectures, UX patterns and data flows,” said Adam Seligman, VP, developer relations, “The Wear Developer Pack handles the identity, secure API access and plumbing necessary to connect the device to the Salesforce1 Platform, letting the developer focus on innovative new use cases.”

Per the Salesforce website these are the wearables that will be covered in the initial dev pack release:

  • Android Wear - Android Wear-based smartwatch 
  • ARM - Market leader in semiconductor IP wearables 
  • Fitbit - Designs leading products that track everyday health and fitness 
  • Google Glass - Wearable computer with a head-mounted optical display
  • Myo from Thalmic - Gesture-contolled wearable to control devices with hand movement 
  • Nymi from Bionym - Wearable identity authenticator to eliminate the need for passwords 
  • OMsignal - Biometric smartwear designed for fitness tracking 
  • Pebble - Wearable smartwatch 
  • Philips - Sensor technologies and cloud-based services for wearable devices 
  • Samsung Gear 2 - Tizen-based smartwatch that delivers comprehensive notifications and call functionality directly to a user’s wrist

The following videos provide more information on what the Salesforce1 Salesforce Wear Developer Pack will bring to the table.

The dev packs will be included with all user licenses of the Salesforce CRM and the Salesforce1 Platform, and can be downloaded at Developers won't need to be Salesforce customers to preview and play around with the Salesforce Wear code but they will need to purchase a license to create and distribute a lap.

This is the second big announcement from Salesforce in the last few weeks, the first being the announced partnership between Salesforce and Microsoft. It's an exciting time for the entire Salesforce family including SkyPlanner. We are eager to get our hands on the Salesforce Wear Developer Pack and use it to give provide our clients with even better service, as well as use it to expand our own SkyPlanner applications for the AppExchange.