Salesforce Buys Traction on Demand for Professional Services

Salesforce announced a deal to buy Traction on Demand, a consultancy specializing in building solutions on Salesforce platforms.  They’re reportedly the largest in the industry, with about 1,500 people if LinkedIn has it right.  We don’t usually report on consultancy acquisitions, but this does give an idea of what Salesforce thinks will drive more sales.

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