A few weeks ago, salesforce.com hosted its 9th annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, CA. As a premier event for the cloud computing and sales industries, Dreamforce brings today’s technology minds together to provide attendees with the tools and techniques they need to take their businesses to the next level. And just in case you consider conference participation an indicator, you should know that this year Dreamforce had over 45,000 attendees and 270 exhibitors.

Of course, the conference was of particular interest to us as we launched the integration of Salesforce and Blackboard with Blackboard Learn for Sales. Attendees were very excited about the news! They see this new application as a way to not only certify sales reps before they go out and sell, but also as a tool to see greater sales results through a more educated team. Read more about the benefits of Learn for Sales here. We didn’t stop there! After Dreamforce, we continued on to the UK for Cloudforce 2011 London to show our expanding international presence. So what are some of the trends we are seeing for sales and professional learning? Here are some of the most crucial takeaways from these conferences:

• Social is taking over the enterprise! People want to operate in the same technology environments at work as they do away from work.

• Social means collaboration! Learning isn’t always trainer to trainee. Let peers share what’s working (and not working) with each other so they can benefit from each other’s knowledge and experiences.

• Employees are mobile and so their access to information should be too! Make sure you have the tools in place so that your team can access information no matter where they are in the field.

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