For more than 75 years, Canon has been known for pioneering innovative imaging products. One of the world's largest manufacturers of cameras, copiers, and printers, the company maintains its leadership position by continuously innovating new features and technologies. And as it seeks to compete in a new social, mobile world, Canon is using Salesforce to connect with customers and employees, and focus its business around them.
"The world is in the midst of a paradigm shift and just being new is not enough," explains Haruo Murase, Chairman. "Unless we capture what our employees and customers are thinking, we won't be able to take Canon to the next stage. Salesforce offers a way for us to work in this new world."
The company has a large direct sales staff, but hasn't always had visibility into the team's activities. Customer information wasn't captured, and there was a lot of wasted effort. With Salesforce, Canon can capture customer activity, while avoiding overlap—and managers and peers can view complete customer information and get key insights to what's happening on the front lines. In addition to being able to find everything they need in one place, sales reps can provide updates on customer engagements to supervisors from the field—in real time.