When it comes to mobile computing IT organizations basically have two choices. They can either try to extend their existing applications to support mobile computing access or they can develop applications from the ground up that are truly optimized for mobile computing.
This week at Dreamforce, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, announced Salesforce1. Benioff suggested that Salesforce1 could be the single platform to run entire companies, and manage the internet of things from a single source. However, the bigger story behind Salesforce1 is an API story. How else can a single platform claim to "Connect all your apps. Connect all your devices. Connect all your customer data."? Increase your APIs tenfold is how.
Artificial intelligence is already all around us, but is more often used by consumers than by big business. Think Microsoft's Cortana, Google's Google Now, and Apple's Siri. Salesforce believes it is time to bring easy-to-use artificial intelligence to business apps on a grand scale.