Saturday December 14, 2019

A display of force

This year's Salesforce conference was disrupted by protesters, but the company's leaders appeared unruffled as they laid out their vision for the future of the software giant, writes Emmet Ryan

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

24th November, 2019
Marc Benioff, chairman of Salesforce, addresses the troops during the keynote section of the DreamForce conference in San Francisco (Pic: Bloomberg)

Dreamforce normally begins with a bang. The mega-conference of the software goliath Salesforce is traditionally opened by a thunderous opening statement from its chief executive Marc Benioff, but this year proved a touch different.

Early in his address to the thousands in attendance in San Francisco's Moscone Center and the tens of thousands watching elsewhere, Benioff was interrupted by a group of protesters taking issue with Salesforce’s contracts with the US Customs and Border Patrol...

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