Revenue Operations and Sales Intelligence vendor People.AI acquired Hero Research, a Salesforce productivity app that simplifies CRM access. The Hero service was immediately re-branded as PeopleGlass. People.AI also announced a new Salesforce experience for sales reps and managers.
PeopleGlass is designed as an “interaction layer” to reduce the overhead and complexity of maintaining Salesforce content. Glass refers to the “single pane of glass” metaphor often used for CRM cross-record reporting, a core feature of PeopleGlass. People.AI argues that CRMs have become complex, full-stack solutions covering many use cases but are cumbersome due to their functional breadth.
“We believe that current CRM solutions are inadequate. Modern businesses are complex and full-stack solutions (platforms that offer many services) reflect the complexity of the many use cases that they need to cover as a one-size-fits-all solution.
Many CRMs today offer the whole gamut, addressing needs from pre-sales, post-sales, support, marketing, etc.,” argues People.AI. “Furthermore, these companies are focused on selling large deals into small groups of decision makers who rarely interact with the products they purchase. It’s no wonder why many users feel they’ve been ignored by the people building the products they spend huge portions of their lives in.
In the meantime, most people have experience with iPhones, Gmail, and other great products. This only increases the frustration with legacy CRM tools.
PeopleGlass aims to solve this problem by focusing solely on the end user and leveraging learnings from the best modern consumer software.”People.AI, “Why We Started People Glass”
PeopleGlass supports custom sheets, forms, hotkeys, a command-line interface, and a “clean and versatile workspace to eliminate the pain points of using CRMs.” PeopleGlass may be launched in the browser or added as a Chrome extension.
Custom Sheets provide a spreadsheet view across Salesforce records that supports filters, bulk record updates, searching, and inline updates. Thus, reps can quickly update opportunity records before pipeline review meetings and then review the spreadsheet with managers. Records are immediately updated in Salesforce.
Users can create personal views or modify any of the included templates. Adding columns, resizing columns, and moving columns are straightforward actions. Users can also quickly view any record as a form or view the record in Salesforce.
PeopleGlass Forms provide custom layouts for creating and updating account, contact, leads, opportunities, notes or tasks. Admins can set default fields for records.
A set of hotkeys expedite data entry, allowing users to quickly create records, log calls, and search records. PeopleGlass provides a customizable home page for displaying metrics, sharing and copying sheets or forms with colleagues.
Part II, which discusses the Hero Research acquisition and their Salesforce solution, continues here.