I’m not really interested in a career in Sales…

Or – What the heck is Salesforce anyway?

I know this supposed be a blog about coding but sometimes you need to begin at the beginning. It is my completely untested hypothesis that some vets / career changers never explore opportunities on the Salesforce platform because the name of the company is Salesforce. Sometimes I wish it was called Cloud-A-Tron or something. My wife still doesn’t really understand what I do: “something with computers”.

Salesforce is simply a tech company like IBM, or Google, Apple or Microsoft. Here is what The Street has to say.

Salesforce is a cloud computing service as a software (SaaS) company that specializes in customer relationship management (CRM). Salesforce’s services allow businesses to use cloud technology to better connect with customers, partners and potential customers. The software has become the number one for customer success and helps businesses track customer activity, market to customers and many more services. 

Salesforce impressed investors recently by crushing third quarter estimates, reporting a third quarter revenue of $3.39 billion – up 26% for the year. 

The software company has become very popular in recent years. TheStreet’s founder Jim Cramer even dubs the service as a ‘Cloud King’ and has been very bullish on the stock – seemingly with good reason.

Founded in 1999 by a former Oracle (ORCL – Get Report) executive Marc Benioff, Dave Moellenhoff, Frank Dominguez and Parker Harris, Salesforce is one of the first global companies to successfully employ a cloud-based CRM software. Salesforce has been able to leverage cloud technology and build a variety of applications for businesses to better connect to their customers and help give them key insights into their services through analytics and apps.


Pretty cool, right? At some level all business is sales. But a career in Salesforce is an IT career focussing on cloud computing. Now that we know that you won’t have to go door to door selling Salesforce user licenses we can start talking about how to learn the platform and start a new career.

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