A.I.’s Hidden Biases Are Continuing to Bedevil Businesses. Can They Be Stopped?

Bias will continue to be a fundamental concern for businesses hoping to adopt artificial intelligence software, according to senior executives from IBM and Salesforce, two of the leading companies selling such A.I.-enabled tools. Companies have become increasingly wary that hidden biases in the data used to train A.I. systems may result in outcomes that unfairly—and […]

The Friendliest and Most Welcoming Workplaces for Dogs

Rover.com, the world’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, has released its inaugural “Best Dog Friendly Offices” list. Among some of the Very Good Companies (at least as far as dogs are concerned) welcoming our four-legged companions into their offices are Nestle, Airbnb, Uber, Salesforce, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Just in time for […]

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Swears He Is ‘Not an Activist’

Marc Benioff would have you believe he’s not the revolutionist everyone perceives him to be. The Salesforce founder, co-CEO, and chairman paints himself as a reluctant participant in the social strifes of the day, dragged into fighting battles on behalf of his workforce. By presenting himself not as a firebrand but as a manifestation of […]

Salesforce Targets Microsoft, Google With Blockbuster $15.3 Billion Tableau Acquisition

Salesforce’s plan to buy data-analytics company Tableau for $15.3 billion would be its biggest acquisition ever. The deal, announced Monday, would eclipse the size of the business software giant’s previous acquisitions, including the $6.5 billion it paid for enterprise software company Mulesoft in 2018, and $582 million for workplace software firm Quip in 2016. Although […]

Google’s New Cloud Search Tool Can Find Data Stored With Salesforce, SAP, and SharePoint

Google enterprise customers can now use one tool to search through all of their data, regardless of where it’s stored. The company announced on Wednesday that it’s extending its Cloud Search tool to work with third-party services like Salesforce, SAP, and SharePoint. Previously the search tool, which debuted in February 2017, only crawled data that […]

50 Women Accuse Salesforce of ‘Facilitating’ Their Sex Trafficking on Backpage.com

Fifty women have filed a lawsuit against Salesforce in a San Francisco court, claiming that the company facilitated “sex trafficking, negligence, and conspiracy” by providing tools to support the growth of Backpage.com. The suit claims that Salesforce provided a customized database “tailored for Backpage’s operations, both locally and internationally,” which allowed the site to “market […]

Atlassian to Pay $165 Million for AgileCraft in Workplace Software Push

Enterprise software maker Atlassian is paying $165 million for AgileCraft, a startup that sells software to manage business projects. The acquisition, announced Monday, is part of Atlassian’s expansion from selling software development tools to more general workplace software. Atlassian is known for products like Jira, a tool for tracking software development tasks, and Bitbucket, which […]

Data Sheet—Why Oracle’s Latest Results Depressed Investors

Imagine you’re running a venerable industrial company that’s been around for decades, is entrenched with its customers, and has a reputation for operational excellence. You’ve just made $2.7 billion in one quarter on sales of $9.6 billion. Your company is barely growing–sales were up 1% year-over-year and operating income was just a smidge better, up […]