Salesforce Pushes Wearables for the Enterprise

Epson, Jawbone, Meta, Oculus and Vuzix are joining the Salesforce Wear platform. The initiative, announced Thursday, will bring 3D smart glasses, fitness trackers and virtual reality headsets to the company's device ecosystem, potentially expanding the number and types of enterprise apps developers can design for the platform.

Salesforce.com first announced the initiative to support the development of enterprise apps for wearable devices in June with the release of a developerEUs pack. At that time, ARM, Fitbit, Google Glass, Pebble, Philips, and Samsung agreed to work together to accelerate the adoption of wearables in the enterprise market.

EUAll of these new devices have different application architectures, UX patterns and data flows,EU said Adam Seligman, VP, developer relations, Salesforce.com. EUThe Wear Developer Pack handles the identity, secure API access and plumbing necessary to connect the device to the Salesforce1 Platform.EU

Enterprise Apps for Wearable Devices

By expanding the number of devices and operating systems that work with Salesforce Wear, the company makes designing apps for the ecosystem much more attractive for developers, Ryan Martin, Internet of Things & Wearable Technologies analyst with The 451 Group, told us.

Salesforce.com's opinion is that wearables will represent a major productivity driver for enterprises in a variety of applications. The company already has a number of apps available for wearable devices through its Appexchange marketplace. One such application, ShiftExpert by ClickSoftware, works with Android smartphones to allow employees to automatically clock in and out of work, and then the app incorporates that data into a digital timesheet.

Salesforce.com, which is best known for its CRM, cloud computing and social networking solutions, is betting that wearables will represent a new phase in mobile productivity. Among the technology's potential applications is the ability for remote service technicians, such as oil rig workers or medical device reps, to access live...

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