When Salesforce purchased Quip, a document-based, mobile-first collaboration software for $750 million final September, it might have appeared like an odd buy, however Salesforce and Quip have been arduous at work enhancing the product. At present on the Dreamforce buyer convention in San Francisco, the corporate introduced important updates to the product designed to make it extra of a central option to collaborate within the enterprise.
For starters, Quip customers could have the power to retailer dwell knowledge like a calendar, Salesforce buyer document, or Kanban undertaking administration board. Being dwell means, if for example somebody modified the supply Salesforce document, it could replace routinely within the Quip doc. Conversely, if the person modified the document in Quip, it could replace in Salesforce.
The corporate additionally introduced a brand new Dwell App API, so clients or third events can construct dwell app connectors into Quip past those Salesforce is offering out of the field. Early companions embody Atlassian Jira, DocuSign, Lucidchart and New Relic the place the varied knowledge sorts can reside as dwell knowledge inside Quip. Prospects can entry these instruments from the all-new Quip App Retailer, which the corporate can be asserting in the present day.
It’s additionally introducing new workflow templates which are designed for particular duties with a set of Dwell instruments geared to the wants of that particular exercise. For instance there are templates for creating a product roadmap, making ready for a brand new product launch and mapping out gross sales territories. The corporate is planning future templates round territory planning workflow for gross sales managers, launch planning for advertising and marketing groups, and a product roadmap for product managers.
The concept of all these new instruments is to have the ability to improve and prolong the bottom Quip product and make it a middle of collaboration. Whereas that sounds loads like what Slack is attempting to do, Taylor doesn’t see his firm competing instantly with Slack. “We proceed to view Slack as a extremely shut companion. Slack and Quip are actually pushed by the imaginative and prescient that firms could be productive with out e mail,” Taylor defined.
All over the place you look within the enterprise, collaboration has taken a central position. Slack appeared to wake enterprise collaboration instruments from the doldrums. Because it got here alongside, the entire massive firms are taking over this space from Office by Fb to Microsoft Groups to Google Hangouts to Atlassian’s numerous collaboration choices (Hipchat, Confluence and Jira). It most likely shouldn’t come as a shock that Salesforce desires a chunk of this motion.
However Taylor believes that these instruments can and can co-exist. As an illustration, Fb is one in all Quip’s largest clients. “Over 30,000 folks at Fb use Quip each single week and Fb has deeply built-in Quip into Office by Fb, the corporate’s enterprise collaboration software,” he mentioned.
For now, plainly in the present day’s bulletins are about enhancing the unique Quip product to change into extra like the remainder of the Salesforce household with the power to customise and construct on prime of the core product whereas additionally offering methods for firms to hit the bottom working.
Workflows and Dwell Apps can be found in the present day. The Dwell Apps API is presently in Beta. Salesforce has not introduced a goal launch date as of but.
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