Appirio’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

December 18, 2015 Kyle Dugan

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As 2015 comes to a close, we are taking a look back at our top 10 blogs. Throughout the year we have covered exciting announcements with Apple, hot-button-political issues, exciting crowdsourcing work, and of course the latest and greatest updates from Salesforce.  Without further ado, here they are in no particular order.

10 Signs It’s Time to Look for a New Job

“The thing is, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care,” Peter Gibbons says in the movie Office Space, during an interview with 2 men who’ve come to judge which employees are necessary at Initech. Here’s a movie most people consider a slacker comedy about ditching corporate life to do, well, absolutely nothing.

But when he tells the men that he has 8 bosses — “Eight, Bob” — he reveals a critical pain point in corporate life today: “So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That’s my only real motivation — is not to be hassled. That and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.” Peter wasn’t a loser. He just wanted a better quality of life.

Should Your Next Mobile App be Native, Hybrid or Responsive Web?

When talking with customers about upcoming mobile projects, I find that many companies have an idea of what they’d like to do.  But when it comes to choosing the right technology to implement that idea, they typically need guidance.  In today’s blog post, I’ll examine some of the different technology options available for developing a new mobile app along with the reasons why you would (and would not) choose each.

Salesforce’s Bold Journey into HR

Salesforce is getting into the world of HR. On the surface, this may seem like an odd move for a company so dedicated to CRM that their stock symbol is “CRM.” But there are two ways to look at this move. First of all, Salesforce is a platform at heart. Sales Cloud and Service Cloud are just pre-built applications on a flexible cloud platform. Technology-wise, Salesforce for HR is just another suggested serving of Salesforce1. Organizations have been using Salesforce1 to solve business problems for a long time.

$35 Million in Funding to Help Customers Win in the Cloud Economy

Today we announced that we have raised an additional $35 million in funding led by Fidelity Management & Research Company. The technology industry is rife with new rounds of funding – from the $200 million Series D announced this week by our friends at Domo to the $2.8 billion Series E that Uber raised earlier this year. It’s always interesting to read about the numbers, but I’ve always been more fascinated by what people do with the money.

Appirio Chooses Indianapolis as Official Corporate Headquarters

Today we announced that we have chosen Indianapolis to serve as our official corporate headquarters. The city and state will invest nearly $10M in Appirio as part of this designation, and in turn, Appirio will commit to 577 jobs by 2020.

How Appirio is Participating in IBM’s Rapid Prototyping Through Crowdfunding + Crowdsourcing

Removing red tape — it’s a mantra of IBM’s CIO Jeff Smith. The Wall Street Journal’s recent article, IBM CIO Pushes Leadership Down the Ladder, does an incredible job of describing Jeff’s cultural and execution philosophy and the impact it has on current innovations at IBM.

Doing The Right Thing

I’ve been the CEO of Appirio since the company was founded in 2006, and this is my first blog on a political topic. My parents told me growing up that nothing good comes from mixing politics and business. This week they were proven wrong.

Late last week the Indiana state legislature and Governor Pence put into place the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which essentially made it legal and defensible to discriminate against individuals if doing so was consistent with a person or organization’s religious beliefs. There has been much commentary and analysis on the legislation, but many believe it was in response to court cases involving same-sex marriage.

Crowdsourcing Solar Apps for the U.S. Department of Energy

Pardon the pun, but solar energy is a hot topic. Whether it’s a keynote from the world’s most famous entrepreneur discussing how a new battery will help solve the challenges of solar intermittency or a simple graph from Reuters showcasing that solar energy is now commercially viable for most of the world’s major economies, solar is having its moment.

Apple + Appirio

Disruptive. That is the word most often associated with Apple. From computers and music, to watches and healthcare, any industry they touch is forever transformed for the better. Apple might be best known for the advancements they’ve brought to consumers, but when you think about their potential in the enterprise, it’s only just begun.

Salesforce’s Process Builder: the Next-Gen Workflow Tool

We had it good with workflow. In many ways, we still do. For years, Salesforce’s tried and true business logic has worked wonders for the point-and-click development crowd. Mainly because, let’s face it — many everyday tasks, from sending emails to updating records, while important, are repetitive. Instead of spending time performing these tasks manually, users often configure workflow rules to do the work automatically. Workflow rules remain a reliable way to develop automated changes. They’re a necessity for any consultant, analyst, system admin, or developer today. But Salesforce has since come out with the Lightning Process Builder, which Chris Edwards referred to in Salesforce Weekly as “Workflow 2.0 — a next-generation business process automation tool.”

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