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Salesforce's woes continue as the once-mighty standard bearer for SaaS faces customer Twitter cutting 75 percent of its spending. The loss of revenue at such a high-profile customer comes as the CRM giant struggles to implement new engineer productivity metrics, seemingly in the face of demands from a band of activist …

  1. Steve Hersey

    "Activist investors?" More like "dry-land pirates."

    Other unflattering vulture- and jackal-related descriptions come to mind as well.

    These folks swoop on otherwise healthy companies and insist on measures that spike short-term profit to the detriment of long-term survival (and of everyone else).

    This is a familiar disease of inadequately regulated capitalism.

    (My apologies to the vultures and jackals, who - unlike these business-suited pathogens - perform useful roles in the ecosystem.

    1. ecofeco Silver badge

      Re: "Activist investors?" More like "dry-land pirates."

      I heard the exact same words.

      That and Crimson Permanent Assurance.

  2. AMBxx Silver badge

    Live by the sword...

    When they sell cloud applications, one of the selling points is being able to flexibly change the number of licences you need. SURPRISE!

  3. sqlrob

    Only 75%?

    They're still getting paid?

  4. trevorde Silver badge

    What Elon did next...

    Refuse to pay Salesforce anything at all

  5. OhForF' Silver badge

    Measuring software engineers productivity

    It was also claimed that Salesforce plans to measure software engineer productivity with so-called "code check-ins."

    In other words to be (considered) a productive engineer you have to do lots of code refactoring and minor changes to comments and log texts and maybe a few of those feature requests that are easy to implement. What could go wrong?

    1. teknopaul

      Re: Measuring software engineers productivity

      My first commit is a script that creates a remote branch per file in local commits. My colleague gets a pull request for each file and we both profit.

    2. runt row raggy

      Re: Measuring software engineers productivity

      I'm gonna code me a minivan. or at least a job.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Well, if you don't have customers...

    Salesforce really only makes sense if you have customers who aren't scared of placing adds next to frothing right-wing nut-jobs. The number of such customers can easily be tracked in a spreadsheet....

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