Dreamforce 2015 Preview: Key Trends to Watch For

Dreamforce 2015 starts Tuesday, and there’s so much to discuss about this highly-anticipated event. This year’s show looks bigger and better than ever, with a notably impressive lineup of keynote speakers that includes Jessica Alba, actress and founder of The Honest Company; Goldie Hawn, actress and founder of The Hawn Foundation; and Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s recently appointed CEO, who I’m personally very interested to hear from, as he has been leading innovation at the company since taking over in early 2014.

As we count down the days to Dreamforce 2015, taking place September 15-18 in San Francisco, I become all the more eager to see the impact of  two huge trends that I expect to dominate breakout sessions, keynotes and conversations during downtime:

Integrating multiple applications into one: By enabling connectors among multiple different applications, users seamlessly acquire content from disparate applications through a single, easily-accessible interface. The goal here is to significantly enhance the day-to-day user experience by making it that much more immersive. We are seeing more organizations coming to the forefront with efforts to strengthen connectivity among the various environments where their employees live and work. This has been very exciting to see, and I look forward to the impact of the topic at this year’s event.

Multi-vendor/vendor-agnostic collaboration: This seems to be a trend that is rapidly growing within the enterprise, one which I am certainly pleased to witness. Empowering various working teams with real-time communications—regardless of the vendor that supports the equipment or infrastructure they use—is not only unbelievably useful, but truly transformative. This ability to connect in real-time across virtually every vendor environment is what we at Avaya believe to be the next generation of connectivity, enabling enterprise users to spark new connections, initiatives and deals immediately, in order to improve and sustain business like never before.

Salesforce has been working to make headway in this arena. For instance, Salesforce Chatter, the company’s free enterprise social network platform, enables employees to create Chatter sessions to begin communicating about projects and opportunities in real time, regardless of what infrastructure or other tools they may be using. I’m curious to see what other moves Salesforce intends to make to strengthen multi-vendor enterprise collaboration.

Whether you’re looking to hear key insights from disruptive industry leaders or hear tunes from this year’s featured band, the Foo Fighters, I hope to see you at this year’s Dreamforce 2015 event. If you’re on the show floor, visit us at booth #W841, Moscone West.