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SessionM Raises $23.8 Million with Salesforce Ventures as Lead Investor

Personalization engine (and CDP) SessionM announced $23.8 million in new funding, with Salesforce Ventures as a lead investor. Coming on the heels of Salesforce’s Datorama acquisition last week, it suggests somebody at Salesforce has a new interest in customer data integration. You may also recall that SessionM expanded its own Salesforce integrations last week. Total funding is now $97.3 million.

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Qlik Purchases Self-Service Data Management Vendor Podium Data

July 25, 2018

Business intelligence vendor Qlik has purchased data integration platform Podium Data. Podium lets non-technical users ingest, transform, and publish all types of data, including personal identifiers, on a Hadoop foundation. We never identified it as a CDP but it probably qualifies. As this article from Xconomy points out, there have been quite a few acquisitions of data management platforms recently – including the Salesforce / Datorama deal.

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IT Teams Build Sloppy Automations: TeamDynamix Survey

August 17, 2022

IT teams spend lots of time on repetitive requests from business users, finds this TeamDynamix survey.  You might think the implication is IT should let users do more for themselves.  But the main time-wasters are things like password resets, employee on-boarding, and managing credentials, which can’t really be delegated.  And here’s the kicker: IT professionals automate those tasks by building sloppy, insecure, undocumented scripts, just like the non-professionals.   Fun fact: 53% of teams manage 100 or more applications.

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