A blog for frustrated users of Salesforce.com

Friday, April 07, 2006

Really bad timing...

A day after Salesforce.com issued a press release touting a whole month with 99.99% uptime... They experienced a significant outage that resulted in intermittent access for over 3 hours.

Anxious to hear your thought or comments...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

"Disinformation" Campaign

I just received a post that I think you would all appreciate. Our friends over at ZDnet broke this one:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/SAAS/?p=138

Rest assured that salesforce uses the same type of documents against ALL their competitors, Entellium, Salesnet, SalesBoom, etc...

Comments welcome

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Dark Side of "The Force"

I just came across this article and found it very interesting. Looks like Salesforce is nervous about potential competitors and is bullying them...

Salesboom Says Salesforce.com is Bullying Rivals: CRM's David vs. GoliathBusiness Wire
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20060309005748&newsLang=en

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A question of Anonymity...

This afternoon I received this message from Bruce at "The Enterprise Software Observer" (If you have a few minutes he has a great blog at: http://www.esofto.com)

"Hey CRM Guy!
I was told you are really a competitor of salesforce.com. Is that true? Would you be willing to reveal who you work for, on a confidential or public basis, whichever works for you?
Thanks!
Bruce Daley
The Enterprise Software Observer
http://www.esofto.com
editor@esofto.com"

Sorry Bruce, no can do!... While it's not true, (playing devil's advocate for a moment) I guess you never really know, I could be a competitor… or I could be a Salesforce employee tired of all the lies (ooh the drama!)... maybe my real name is Larry Elison and I'm typing from the captain's chair of my yacht... or I could be from a big salesforce implementation and would be risking my employment if were to disclose my name or the name of my employer (the risk is real whether done in a private or public forum)...

Anonymity is the safer bet so, you be the judge…

Thursday, February 16, 2006

New status site...

Salesforce officially announced status.salesforce.com (you can also reach it at http://trust.salesforce.com/)...

The media has mixed reviews on this... some positive, some negative... My opinion is let's see what happens when there is another downtime incident...tell me what this page tells a VP of Sales when they can't access their CRM system?

"WOW, they seem to be processing a lot of transactions - whatever those are - and there's a yellow light. Okay, I guess now that I see this, I don't care they they are having an outage."

In my opinion - salesforce missed the mark on this. This page should be all about WHAT THEY WILL DO FROM A COMMUNICATION STANDPOINT WHEN AN OUTAGE OCCURS. Simply stating the system is up or down, really isn't enough -WE KNOW WHEN IT'S UP OR DOWN BECAUSE WE CAN'T LOG IN. What we really want to know is (1) what you are doing to solve the problem and (2) when any issues will be resolved.

I'm interested in hearing other opinions on this...

Thursday, February 09, 2006

For everyone keeping score at home...

SFDC is down, yet again... that's twice in the same day. Today's situation appeared to be resolved when all of the sudden... Down again!

We will keep you posted

PS: Still no word about the first outage... Don't expect to hear anything official to sometime tomorrow.

premium support/SFDC employee

Could a Salesforce.com employee of premium support customers tell uswhen it will be back up and running?

IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN!!!!


Down again... I have to say I am amazed! Apparently I am not the only one experiencing this as I have confirmation from several sources.

The photo above was taken at 11:15AM PST

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Is this true???

Just received this blog and since I am not a user of the team edition, I can not speak to it's validity... can anyone confirm if this is true???

"I was a Team edition customer for 1 year and it was great while I was using it. Toward the end of that year I asked to cancel my service. My request was processed...2 months later I tried to login to see if my account was cancelled. Through their sly contractual setup, when you login this constitutes access and therefore you are obligated to pay. I couldn't get out of it -- had to pay another year of service or risk collections.Now I haven't accessed it for over a year and I still get invoices. The thing is these are REALLY sly invoices -- there are links at the top to "log in" to check my account status, etc. However, lower down on the invoice it shows the amount and then shows "Paid in Full". Basically they are not sending me an invoice but trying to trick me into logging into the system so they can bill me again and argue that its part of the contract.These kind of tactics make me sick and despite my respect for the great system they have developed, I can no longer recommend them to any small business. "

Interesting comment from a contributor

Mohit Goyal said...
I was also given the run around by SFDC on the 30th. We've had service go down at *least* every Monday since Jan 9. They happily told me it was going back up at 11am PST Monday (ended up being 11:30am PST for us), but neglected until I called later to tell me the API was going to be down until 3pm PST.No proactive communcation sent. Had to wait for people to call/email me back.Monday they said they'd give us access to status.salesforce.com, but yesterday they reversed that decision.

Benioff Speaks about Outage, blames new data center

Salesforce is blaming the recent outage on the new data center. I thought that was the plan to reduce downtime??

From eweek:

"Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff said that ending the outages that have hit users of its Web-based CRM (customer relationship management) application service is a matter of "shaking out" the company's new $50 million data center."

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1917901,00.asp?kc=ewnws020206dtx1k0000599

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Very interesting perspective from ZDNet

From the article:
"My fear is that Salesforce.com doesn't have the excuse that it's relying on third-party software that's not up to the job (which to be frank is not much of an excuse anyway). My fear is that the company has not geared up to fulfil its responsibilities to know exactly what service levels its customers are experiencing, and to keep them informed when things go wrong."


http://blogs.zdnet.com/SAAS/index.php?p=104

G-Force in the news...

http://www.crm-daily.com/story.xhtml?story_id=41350

http://news.com.com/Salesforce.com+users+lament+ongoing+outages/2100-1012_3-6033540.html?tag=cd.top

Also, please take a few minutes to check out some fellow gripe blogs:

http://www.billbither.com/

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

More downtime articles and blogs

From the eWeek article: "Jame Ervin, technical account manager at Dynamic Network Factory, said that things have been moving downhill at Salesforce.com for the past couple of weeks.

"Since the launch of Winter '06, the intermittent outages have become more frequent," Ervin wrote in an e-mail to eWEEK.

"There have been mornings where features such as 'advanced search' were unavailable for 45 minutes. Another day where the 'login' server was unavailable for about 30 minutes….Currently the servers are completely down and have been since 10 am Pacific Standard Time."

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1916928,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594

http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/index.php?p=2499

http://www.salesforcewatch.com/2006/01/we_were_not_dow.html

Monday, January 30, 2006

Another outage....

This is starting to happen all to often. From 10:30 AM through lunch Salesforce was down. This is too much. Two days left in the month and the sales team can't access their data. It's amazing their marketing website never goes down... I guess it shows where they are spending all their money...