Salesforce Acquires Traction on Demand

Salesforce Acquires Traction on Demand

Deal Financials : Undisclosed

Transaction Overview

  • On February 25, 2022, Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) announced it would acquire Traction on Demand.
  • Traction on Demand is a golobally active Salesforce partner with over 1500 employees, headquartered in Canada, and offices in the United States, India, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Traction Sales and Marketing Inc., doing business as Traction on Demand, is a Salesforce consulting and software development partner firmly established in the North American Salesforce ecosystem.
  • Traction on Demand will be integrated into the Salesforce Professional Services to accelerate CRM integration.

Salesforce Directs Attention to Professional Services

  • Salesforce had been inactive in the M&A market despite successfully converting Slack into a strategic acquisition in December 2020.
  • This acquisition indicates a clear investment in their Professional Services division, which is considerably underdeveloped when compared to subscriptions.
  • Traction on Demand will assist with existing operations in multi-cloud deployments, Salesforce application recommendations, and global adoption programs.
  • Traction on Demand will be utilized as direct consulting with existing and prospective subscribers and providing advanced education.
  • Furthermore, Traction on Demand will provide Salesforce with greater diversification in alternative services, with Salesforce dependency on subscriptions.

Salesforce Financials: Subscription vs Professional Services Revenue

  • Salesforce subscription revenue increased 25% over the last year, indicating that the software giant is well-positioned in the prospective cloud-based CRM space
  • Professional services had greater revenue growth for Q3 2022 were $0.48 billion, an increase of 45% year-over-year
  • In 2021 Salesforce reported Professional Services cost of revenue of $1.284 billion with only $1.276 of revenue in this portion of their business
  • Additionally, Professional Services composed a meager 6% of total revenue for both FY 2020 and 2021
  • The acquisition of partner Traction on Demand conceivably offers more utility in expanding Salesforce’s application across industries, rather than generating substantial revenue from Professional Services contracts
  • In acquiring Traction on Demand, Salesforce will also gain software development support along with existing software offerings including:
    1. Traction Enable: collaborative work management platform for Salesforce solutions
    2. Traction Complete: data and analytics for the account matching and routing in customer outreach
    3. Traction X-Ray: digital transformation platform optimization
    4. Traction Steps: improves customer service leveraging Salesforce AI

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