May 19, 2020

Salesforce: top 10 facts

San Francisco
Cloud Computing
Top 10
Catherine Rowell
2 min
Salesforce: top 10 facts

Since launching in 1999, cloud-based computing company Salesforce has become a multinational, commercial success, with a revenue of $6.667 billion in 2016 alone. With headquarters in San Francisco, we take a look at some interesting facts which has made the company flourish.


  • Proceeds have enabled the business to support not only technological improvements for corporate businesses, but provide essential education for young people in schools.
  • Since 2014, the company has sought to collaborate with organisations to help promote the skill of coding within schools, with the aim to diversify and improve the knowledge of children.
  • Salesforce will be donating $8.5 million in Oakland and San Francisco to ensure students are able to receive and improve education within computer science, in addition to enabling its staff to undertake voluntary work within the schools in 2016-2017.
  • The company has won over 10 awards for its innovative approach to providing sophisticated technological support for a multitude of businesses.
  • To support employees who wish to return to education themselves, Salesforce has adopted an Education Reimbursement Policy, where they will repay 100 percent of the costs an employee will incur. 
  • Since its launch, the company has provided over $128 million in grants
  • The company have been involved with over 40 acquisitions, becoming one of the most successful cloud computing businesses in the world
  • Popular businesses such as Unilever, Kuoni, Just Eat and O2 all utilise Salesforce software.
  • Salesforce Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system has seen an increase in sales revenue by up to 37 percent, with the aim to help businesses sell their products efficiently and develop positive, stronger relationships with customers and clients.
  • In 2018, the San Francisco based team will be moving into the ‘Salesforce Tower’, previously known as the Transbay Tower, which will become the tallest building in the area and the second tallest within America. Currently under construction, the build will comprise of over 60 floors, at which company will reside in over half of the building, of which the tower was renamed.


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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.


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