Cisco's 59 internal standing committees with 750 senior employees participating, has lost yet another participant, this time it's Doug Dennerline - Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Collaboration Software Group (It's the group responsible for developing Cisco’s Software as a Service (SaaS) strategy and products, including all WebEx conferencing and collaboration offerings). Furthermore, Dennerline was cochair of Cisco’s Commercial Business Council, which leads the development and execution of Cisco’s business strategies for the medium-sized business market. And exactly why did Dennerline bolt from Cisco? Well, according to Dennerline:
""It's a great time to join salesforce.com. Businesses are more open than ever to how cloud computing can help them achieve their business goals. Having been a salesforce.com customer for years, I can attest to the benefits salesforce.com's cloud computing solutions bring to sales specifically. I look forward to joining the team in its pursuit towards the End of Software."
For those not familiar with famously opinionated salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, "End of Software" is the now-proven belief that multi-tenant, cloud computing applications democratize information by delivering immediate benefits at reduced risks and costs. Dennerline's new job title at enterprise cloud computing vendor salesforce.com? Executive Vice President for Enterprise Sales Americas Apparently, Dennerline will report directly to Frank van Veenendaal - salesforce.com's President of Worldwide Sales and Chief Sales Officer, who said, "We welcome Doug to the salesforce.com team; one that he is already familiar with as part of the original team at Cisco that selected our service years ago. "Doug's proven track record of sales leadership success and firsthand knowledge of the benefits of cloud computing will accelerate us in our pursuit to free businesses from the constraints of traditional software."
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