When members of the Blackboard team attended Cloudforce last year, we had recently announced the integration of salesforce.com with our Blackboard Learn platform.  A year later, we are excited to report that Blackboard Learn for Sales™ is already helping businesses leverage learning for sales results– and we took that excitement back to Cloudforce.

This year’s Cloudforce keynote address was delivered by the dynamic Vivek Kundra, former CIO of the U.S. federal government and current Executive Vice President of Emerging Markets at salesforce.com.  Kundra is an innovator in cloud computing technology and policy, and has a wealth of experience in helping organizations streamline digital resources to increase efficiency. At Cloudforce, Kundra spoke on the future of cloud computing and the impact of today’s “social revolution” across industries, from governance to sales.

I was especially interested in the discussion that took place throughout the day on leveraging social networks for business, especially examples of companies that build social networks specifically to engage with their clients.  This seems like a great way to implement the social enterprise in a holistic way, allowing sales team members and clients to foster relationships and maintain open channels of communication. Here are some of my favorite #Cloudforce tweets from the day: Blackboard’s partnership with Salesforce.com represents the only LMS integration on the Force.com platform, which tightly integrates training with the tools needed to make sales.  This integration allows companies to deliver training in the context of the sales environment, so that sales training is more accessible and relevant than ever before.  We believe Cloudforce is always a great opportunity to learn more about leveraging these and other latest cloud computing strategies to help our clients drive sales. If you plan on attending the Cloudforce Social Enterprise Tour, be sure to look for Blackboard.  We will be attending the upcoming events Chicago (May 3rd) and London (May 22nd), and we hope to see you there!

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