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Salesforce Q1 FY 2021 Numbers - Quite Good, eh?

The newsIt is reporting season – and I am actually already somewhat late to have a look at Salesforce’s Q1 figures of fiscal year 20/21 and to think about some implications. The earnings presentation makes for an interesting overview, more details are in the quarterly filing, the earnings release, and the transcript of the earnings webcast.So, let’s get into it and look at some figures, concentrating on the company overview, result highlights, revenue and margin developments, revenues by cloud and region.Right on the first content page Salesforce states that it-Is #1 CRM software provider worldwide-Consistently delivers durable revenue growth-Is the fastest growing top five enterprise software company-Is uniquely positioned to help customer drive broad-based digital transformationRevenue is up 31 per cent (at constant currency) to nearly $4.9 billion for this quarter, which is slightly below the Q4/FY20 guidance. Operating cash flow shrank slightly to $1.86 billion year over year. The…
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