Pipedrive AI CRM

Pipedrive aims at enteprise sales teams with updated plans, AI-based assistant and learning portal

Pipedrive on Wednesday is launching an updated CRM suite that includes a virtual assist based on artificial intelligence, along with an online education platform and an enterprise plan in a bid to show it can serve larger organizations. Based in New York, Pipedrive’s latest release adds a slew of other features such as the ability […]

B2B SaaS VCs

B2B SaaS VCs identify the traits that define successful startups at Collision 2019

The variety of startups attending and exhibiting at Collision 2019 in Toronto this week might be dizzying for marketing, IT professionals and other potential buyers, but top venture capitalists said the B2B vendors with staying power will be vertically focused and architect their products in a very specific way. A panel discussion at the event’s […]

PathFactory Concierge

PathFactory offers Concierge and other tools to create Netflix-style B2B online content experiences

PathFactory is trying to bridge the gap between consumer experiences like Netflix and Amazon by offering tools that let B2B marketers recommend  web site content based on visitors’ behaviour, what’s popular and what will help them take the next step in a buying journey. The Toronto-based firm is using this week’s Sirius Decisions Summit in […]

SAP Ariba Fieldglass

SAP Ariba and Fieldglass CMO puts ‘experience management’ in a B2B context

SAP on Tuesday kicked off its annual SapphireNOW conference with a focus on “experience management” following its recent acquisition of Qualtrics — and the CMO of SAP’s Ariba and Fieldglass businesses is already thinking about what it will mean for her B2B customers. The company announced 10 different offerings as part of its XM platform […]

Pendo acquires Receptive

Pendo buys Receptive.io to further help SaaS product teams determine their next big feature update

A firm called Pendo that helps companies determine which product features to deploy and assess how well they’re being adopted will announce its acquisition of Receptive.io on Tuesday, adding more qualitative capabilities for its customers. Based in Raleigh, N.C., Pendo was founded in 2013 and has approximately 340 employees and more than 1,000 customers, including […]

Productboard

Productboard CEO wants to build a reputation for helping B2B firms tie features to customer needs

As more organizations pursuing digital transformation find themselves creating new software, mobile apps and other tools to satisfy their customers, a company called Productboard has a simple but important mission: helping companies figure out what to build, and to figure it out more quickly. Based in San Francisco, Productboard released an updated version of its […]

Zoho Notebook

Zoho Notebook brings document capture and creation capabilities to Office Suite

Zoho on Wednesday will use its Zoholics Mexico City customer event to launch a revamped Office Suite that will now include  Zoho Notebook, an app that uses a card-style format to help business professionals capture text, photos, audio or create checklists and sketches. Zoho Notebook will be added to a package that already includes word processing, […]

DiscoverOrg buys ZoomInfo

DiscoverOrg president discusses ZoomInfo acquisition and the quest to corner the B2B contacts market

B2B contact and lead generation provider DiscoverOrg on Monday said it would acquire its competitor ZoomInfo and create a combined platform serving marketing and sales professionals over the next year. Financial terms of the deal between DiscoverOrg, which is based in Vancouver, Wash. and Waltham, Mass.-based ZoomInfo were not disclosed. The two firms said ZoomInfo […]

Expensify Super Bowl 2019

Expensify gets in early on the Super Bowl action with an interactive TV commercial

A rapper who travels via teleporter. Dancers clad in tight-fitting gold bodysuits. A convertible made out of ice. If this doesn’t scream “expense management” to you, that’s exactly what Expensify had in mind. The San Francisco-based firm on Tuesday formally launched the its first major TV commercial ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, where it is […]

FPX digital transformation 2019

FPX research shows 58% of B2B firms pursuing digital transformation want to improve buying processes

The majority of B2B firms pursuing some kind of digital transformation projects are trying to improve customer experiences — particularly the ability for buyers to make purchases, according to research from configure-price-quote (CPQ) software maker FPX. Based on a survey of approximately 230 B2B firms with a strong focus on the manufacturing sector, the study […]

enterprise XR CES 2019

CES 2019 experts identify enterprise XR opportunities based on virtual and augmented reality

The competitive advantage offered by early enterprise XR use cases may make it difficult for other B2B professionals to learn how they can apply things like VR and AR in their own firms, a panel of experts told this week’s CES 2019 conference. Speaking from the week-long gadget showcase in Las Vegas via Livestream, several […]

Zoho Zia customer support

Zoho brings Siri-like features to Zia tool as CRM Plus expands to serve customer support teams

Zoho on Thursday expanded its CRM Plus collection of software applications to include tools for customer service teams such as Zia, an intelligent assistant that uses voice recognition features much like Apple’s Siri to address critical questions or complaints. Although Zia (which stands for “Zoho intelligent assistant”) has been available to CRM Plus customers for […]

OpenText EP5

OpenText launches legal and HR tools alongside EP5 and partners with Google Cloud

OpenText on Wednesday will introduce an enhancement pack to version 16 of its enterprise information management system dubbed EP5, along with new applications for departments like HR and legal while also announcing a partnership to offer its technology as managed services through Google Cloud. Waterloo, Ont.-based OpenText said EP5 will bring richer user interfaces, deeper integration […]

Red Hat IBM

How IBM’s $34B Red Hat acquisition will affect B2B buyers everywhere

IBM’s decision over the weekend to acquire open source software provider Red Hat for more than $34 billion dollars will potentially create a major competitor to Microsoft and Amazon Web Services in the cloud computing space while possibly triggering a wave of  other M&As among other B2B technology vendors, experts suggested. Armonk, N.J.-based IBM told […]

ServiceNow CTO

ServiceNow CTO identifies the workflow snags that are getting in the way of digital transformation

ServiceNow CTO Allan Leinwand knows an opportunity to eat his own dog food when he sees one. The enterprise service management firm was working with a systems integrator that was providing it racks of hardware based on products from Dell, Juniper Networks and other firms, which were drop-shipped to various data centers. At a certain […]