On March 23 in Chicago, Salesforce and four Salesforce partners — Propel, Rootstock, ICIX and Tavant — showed how the Salesforce platform can help manufacturers run their entire business in the cloud.


Over 200 people registered to see how they could run the “back office” of manufacturing on the Salesforce platform.

Specifically, the Manufacturing ISV Cloud Summit showed how manufacturing companies could manage mission-critical business processes, including product development, order fulfillment, product compliance, warranty management and field service — all in the cloud.

Both Direct Energy Solar and Xirrus are running their business using the Salesforce platform. Steve Simons, CIO of Direct Energy Solar, explained how his company is using Salesforce, Rootstock, FinancialForce and other cloud apps to manage the entire process from sale to delivery to service — making them much more customer- and partner-centric.


Similarly, Rick Austinson, Senior Director of IT at Xirrus, showcased how they’re all in with the Salesforce platform. Xirrus is using Salesforce, Callidus, Pardot and just went live with Propel — “on time and under budget.” Propel was the first significant back office application that Xirrus moved to the cloud, and ERP is next. With Propel and Salesforce tying customer, product and partner data together in one place, Xirrus has much better visibility into how product changes impact customers and partners.


The end of the Manufacturing Summit was capped off by an integrated demo of Propel, Salesforce, Rootstock, ICIX and Tavant. In fact, it took just a few days to pull this together — a testament to how being on the same Salesforce platform makes integration and processes super seamless.

To see all the videos and download copies of the slides, visit the Manufacturing ISV Cloud Summit website.

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Miguel Tam

Miguel Tam

Apr 06, 2016