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Salesforce buying Tableau for $15.7 billion

Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff. Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images.

Salesforce on Monday announced it will acquire data analytics company Tableau Software for $15.7 billion in stock.

The bottom line: This is about deepening customer engagement via data analytics in the cloud, much like what we saw last week when Google paid $2.6 billion to buy Looker.

Apple's quiet inroads to the enterprise space

Tim Cook joined SAP CEO Bill McDermott (r) at its Sapphire conference to announce an expanded partnership. Photo: Apple
Tim Cook joined SAP CEO Bill McDermott (r) at its Sapphire conference to announce an expanded partnership. Photo: Apple

For years now, Apple has used the iPhone as its way into large businesses, who tend to be customers that shunned its computers except for corners like the design department.

The backdrop: Apple has done this steadily, over years, inking partnerships with established players, including IBM, Salesforce and SAP.