Salesforce, IBM and Google relationship status: it’s complicated
More specifically, Salesforce announced tighter integration with services from both IBM and Google, building on previous relationships with both companies.
Salesforce and IBM have announced an expansion of their strategic partnership, integrating IBM Cloud and Watson services with Salesforce’s Quip collaboration tools and Salesforce Service Cloud Einstein artificial intelligence (AI).
So that means Watson and Einstein are in a relationship. AI love is in the air, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
And the romance doesn’t stop there – Salesforce has “named IBM as a preferred cloud service provider and IBM has named Salesforce its preferred customer engagement platform for sales and service,” the two companies say in a joint statement.
Don’t get too excited though, Salesforce named Google as a preferred cloud provider in November, and Amazon before that.
It’s like cloud provider kindergarten! Everybody’s special!
IBM will build new Watson Quip Live Apps, to increase the effectiveness of sales teams. Quip is a collaboration tool that brings together relevant content for any project into a centralised document, removing the need to toggle between multiple windows and apps, Salesforce says.
In the new arrangement around Quip, IBM Watson and Service Cloud Einstein will work together to deliver AI-driven recommendations for next best actions, the two companies say.
The relationship builds on a previous partnership between IBM and Salesforce, with more than 4,000 joint customers, the two companies say.
Earlier this week, Google announced the first fruit of a Salesforce partnership unveiled in November, integrating sales pipeline data from Salesforce Sales Cloud, such as leads and opportunities, into Google Analytics 360, to allow marketers to learn more about the customer path to conversion “and quickly take action to engage them at the right moment.”
Enterprises including Rackspace and Carbonite are already using the integration.
The partnership also includes plans to build new integrations between Google Analytics 360 and Salesforce Marketing Cloud, to connect sales, marketing and advertising data.