Salesforce SMB’s business leader talks data analytics, AI and the age of entrepreneurship

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Salesforce SMB’s business leader talks data analytics, AI and the age of entrepreneurship
While the business world has traditionally favoured the biggest and the richest, cloud as a technology is seen as the great equalizer. Through a transition through to the cloud, SMBs are being empowered to take on the nemesis of enterprise business, with the number of wins growing year-on-year…

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