A Quick Look at The New Google Calendar

Last week the new Google Calendar 5.0 APK became available to all of those who don’t use Nexus devices and is now available in the Play Store. I have been using it since the release and right off the bat it is a huge step up. The user interface is much more intuitive and faster once you get used to it. Google has integrated the new material design with Calendar 5.0. Dragging down from the top reveals a new clean month view instead of the cluttered and unattractive month view of the last app. You also get your standard views like 5 day, agenda, and day by tapping on the top right corner.

New_Google_Calendar_month_view

New_Google_Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is also an ever present red plus button that allows you to add new events. Some may not like it so much but it is much better than the old setup. Adding events on the old calendar app required you to tap on a tiny time slot box which was difficult to hit unless you have a stylus.

 

New-Google-Calendar New-Google-Calendar_events

 

The red button is not the only way which Calendar adds events. You can set it so that it will automatically add events from your Gmail. So when you get a flight confirmation email, Gmail will shoot the date and time of the flight to Calendar automatically creating an event. It will even include the location of the airport. If you are integrated with Google Now, Calendar will make sure to update you when you need to leave to be on time for your flight making sure to account for traffic and weather. Basically, just do what your phone tells you to and you will be okay.

 

I ran an open speed test to see how the new app preforms. Unsurprisingly it did just fine. On average, the new app takes about half a second longer to open. You can see the results charted** out below. All tests were performed on a Moto X.

DataHero-graph

Overall the new Google Calendar app is great and huge step up from the old app. It looks much better and is better integrated with other Google services. Overall, it is just as fast and stable as the old app. Enjoy the update.

 

**Charts and visuals provided by DataHero

 

Georgetown University Uses Cirrus Insight to “Cut Through the Chaos”

In this Dreamforce 2014 session the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University discusses how they optimize and connect their processes in Salesforce. Instead of using numerous sticky notes, which create desk clutter and could/will be lost, they opt to use Cirrus Insight to keep track of contact activities, tasks, records and much more. Watch the video from the 13:55 minute mark to see how Cirrus Insight has helped streamlined their communications and could help you empower your teams as well.

 

Global Entrepreneurship Week and Startup Day 2014

global-entrepreneurship-week

Global Entrepreneurship Week

In case you were unaware, November 17-23 has been classified as this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). Like all great startups, GEW started out as a simple idea. An idea focused on inspiring people everywhere to unleash their creativity and take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. When GEW was officially founded in 2007, representatives from 37 countries were in attendance to hear Jonathan Ortmans, president of GEW, Carl Schramm, former president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation and Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the United Kingdom speak about this noble vision for promoting entrepreneurial-minded individuals.

 

Read More

Tracking your Progress is a Good Thing

 

 

 

 

cirrus-analytics

 

It really is! You know the old adage, “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Well, it does. The same can be said for your business’ website traffic. Okay, so it’s not necessarily falling and making a loud crash, but paying attention to what your clients do after they leave your site can reveal a lot about your clientele.

Read More

How Much Data Does Google Store?

google_data_center

The average personal computer comes with about 500GB of storage, but the age of physical storage is on its way out. The time for cloud storage has arrived. Despite the “cloud” being thrown out a lot in conversation, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of discussion regarding the quantity of data that actually exists in the cloud. Let’s just look at the example of Google for simplicity’s sake. I doubt there is another company or organization that stores more data in the cloud than Google. But have you ever wondered just how much data they store in their servers? Most people would have no idea how to answer if a stranger came up to them on the street and asked, “How much data does Google store?” How would you respond? I know I would probably stumble over my words and then answer with something along the lines of, “Ummm… a whole lot?”

 

It’s tough to answer that question quantitatively because we can’t imagine what that amount of storage would look like or even how to measure it. Can you name the unit of digital storage larger than a terabyte? I couldn’t either because I have never had to deal with it.

 

To answer the Google question, It’s necessary to think about storage as something tangible not just bytes in a data center somewhere. Take a look at the following question posed by James Zetlen in an article on ‘What If?’ concerning this topic:

 

If all digital data were stored on punch cards, how big would Google’s data warehouse be?

 

While Google doesn’t provide numbers on how much data they store in server farms, the folks at what if? did some educated guessing to get a rough estimate. They used capital expenditures in remote locations and electricity consumption to measure the quantity of data centers and the number of servers at each respectively. Using this method, they determined that Google holds somewhere around 10-15 exabytes of data. If you are in the majority of the population that doesn’t know what an exabyte is, no worries. An exabyte equals 1 million terabytes, a figure that may be a bit easier to relate to.

 

To determine what 15 exabytes would look like in terms of punch cards though, we’ll need to do a bit more calculations. Punch cards were used mainly in the mid-20th century to store data used for data processing applications. A single punch card can hold about 80 characters, and a box of cards holds 2000 cards. According to the what if? article, that equates to enough boxes of punch cards to fill up the entire region of New England to a depth of just under 3 miles. Let that process for a second. Just for scale, take a look at this graphic with the depth of punch cards imposed over the level of ice covering Boston in the most recent ice age. Staggering.

google_punch_cards


So if someone stops you in the street and asks about Google’s storage capacity, hopefully now you’ll have an answer. You can either tell them it’s somewhere in between 10-15 exabytes, or you can tell them to look up and imagine punch cards for 3 miles.

Download Your User List from the Cirrus Insight Dashboard

We just pushed another update to Cirrus Insight. We’ve added the ability to download your user list from the Cirrus Insight Dashboard.

 

To download your user list, just go to https://dashboard.cirrusinsight.com. Login with your Salesforce credentials and then navigate to the Users tab. Then, click Download:

 

2014-11-17_01-35-55

 

Cirrus Insight will download a .CSV file of your user list. The list will include user license status, date of last login, and whether calendar sync and/or contact sync are enabled.

 

 

 

2014-11-17_02-12-27


Happy Monday!

The State of Salesforce in 2014

The_State_of_Salesforce

It’s that time of the year again. Bluewolf has released the 2014-2015 State of Salesforce Report, their annual analysis of how the best companies utilize Salesforce.com (SFDC). But before taking a look at the newest version, let’s analyze how accurate some of the predictions from the 2013-2014 State of Salesforce Report were. The insights found in this report were collected from hundreds of Salesforce customers and are based on data collected/analyzed in collaboration with the MIT Sloan School of Management.

 

Who was surveyed?

  • Over 450 people participated
  • Participants were appropriately distributed by business function.
    • IT – 25%
    • Marketing – 15%
    • Operations – 16%
    • Sales – 18%
    • Service – 11%
  • 51% own or influence their company’s Salesforce budget.
  • 86% are using either the Enterprise of Unlimited edition of the Sales Cloud.

 

Below are some of our key takeaways from the State of Salesforce in 2014. They are based on the following graphic containing simple statistics gleaned from the report.


The_State_of_Salesforce_2014

 

Companies Are Investing More and More In Salesforce

Salesforce continues to come out with innovative new products (i.e. the Analytics Cloud) that add significant value to companies using them. However, Salesforce isn’t running a charity. These new products cost a lot of money to develop, and they don’t give away innovation for free. Therefore, many companies are choosing to increase their Salesforce budget in order to improve their own workflow.

 

Substantial Innovation Potential Exists With Salesforce

There’s a reason Salesforce has been ranked the most innovative company by Forbes Magazine for four consecutive years. They have a knack for recognizing a gap in the marketplace and then developing a product to fill that hole. With the introduction of the Analytics Cloud this year at Dreamforce 2014 as well as the Salesforce1 platform last year, SFDC has a proven track record when it comes to providing what consumers desire. That’s why 56% of participants see substantial innovation potential with Salesforce in their company.

 

Salesforce Continues to Add Value

This ties in heavily with my last point. By continuing to invest in new products and product features, Salesforce has ensured that it will continue to add value to companies. When 90% of customers believe Salesforce is more valuable to their company today than it was a year ago, then you know you’re heading in the right direction.