Dreamforce 14: Back To The Future Of BI In The Cloud

It’s October. Kids are back to school, business people are back in the office and Q4 is under way. But Q4 cannot truly start. At least, not until Dreamforce ends in San Francisco and starts triggering new ideas in companies all over the world - this year, through its more than 145k participants. After 4 years of attending Dreamforce, I believe that this event is not only an incredible networking opportunity but also a turning point in the year. With the technology announcements, prestigious speakers and highlights of the way Cloud transforms our society, it is always a breath of fresh air and an energy boost for the following 360 days.

And this boost was felt especially in the Cloud BI field this year. At DF14, it didn’t rain with cats and dogs but with new BI solutions. Even though Salesforce announces each year - without great success - improvements for their analytics features, this year they launched Wave, a solution derived from the Edgespring platform they acquired in 2013. Two weeks before Dreamforce - anticipating Wave - IBM and Oracle launched their hosted analytics solutions. And the new launches keep piling up - as a sign that Cloud is finally becoming the standard of the data analytics and BI industry, an evolution that ultimately empowers the user.

This year, we had a presentation booth for our new BIME V6, a platform that received high acclaim for its modernity, UI, mobility across all devices , its power and its multiple features. From business users to BI experts, we talked with hundreds of participants who were interested in how BI can move to the core of their business. The numerous dialogues at the booth did not allow us to attend a lot of the keynotes but we managed to keep in mind one important element that Hillary Clinton and Klaus Schwab, creator of the Davos Economic Forum, both mentioned: ‘Dialogue is trust’. And this is why we are always in dialogue with our users and - through the social network features we embedded in the UI of BIME V6 - we are enabling them to carry on the dialogue directly within their analytics dashboards.

The Cloud is growing - both in space and time. This year, the number of Cloud Expo spaces at Dreamforce increased considerably (due to the Salesforce ecosystem of ISVs, partners or resellers) and the entire event drew attention to cloud technologies through its more than 5 million people connected to the live-streamed keynotes.

See you soon before, during and after DF15,


From the surf boards and Hawaiian songs that could be heard everywhere promoting Wave on to Bruno Mars’ great performance, with a small disappointment of not seeing MCHammer this year, I can tell you that Dreamforce was yet again, an extraordinary source of inspiration.