It seemed like the perfect dare to end 2020 with: Take on some of the world's leading CRM and CX tech providers in a battle that had nothing to do with what we usually do best.
Bring Your Own Band 2020 invited ten bands — incorporating staff from behemoths such as Salesforce, Oracle, SAP, and Zoho among others — to take a shot at putting out some great covers. The public was invited to vote for winners in three categories: Best Band, Best Song and Best Video, while industry experts would judge the rest. Naturally, we decided to plug in our microphones.
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The premise was simple. What tech stalwarts Paul Greenberg and Brent Leary wanted to do was have fun while stoking competition to round off a challenging year. Each band had to record three covers.
NexJ turned up with Nudge, alongside Jane Blonde & the Goldfingers from Elements.cloud, The Epi Encores from Episerver, Oracle Cloud CX Pistols, The Layer Cakes from Pegasystems, Crocobird from Pipedrive, The Profit from PROS, The Vlociters from Salesforce, The SAPremes from SAP, and RMD (Rendu Mani Dosa) from Zoho.
Here’s What We Did
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here…” The Beatles mysteriously understood what working from home during a pandemic would be like four decades before the rest of us caught on. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate lyric as we look to a brighter future.
Take On Me – A-Ha
We chose A-Ha’s Take On Me because we still can’t figure out how they made that cool video back when their competitors had nothing but bad mullets and even more bizarre taste in fashion. We wanted to try and capture a bit of the song’s energy, which never seems to get old, and also because the lyric “Today’s another day to find you…shying away” captures what we all feel when we’re invited to another Zoom meeting.
Everlong – The Foo Fighters
Our final song was Everlong by the Foo Fighters because one of our band members loves the guitar parts and big drop-D chords and if we don’t indulge him occasionally, he has the proverbial “prima donna musician meltdown”. It’s a good song to welcome 2021 with though: “And I wonder, when I sing along with you, if everything could ever be this real forever, if anything could ever be this good again…”
Here’s What We Won
NexJ Systems walked away with the Bronze badge for Best Band, in what we were told by organisers was a really close battle. We have also been informed about another competition planned for 2021, and our band is more than ready.
Making great music together is about trust and comfort, and the ability to work well as a team. We bring this spirit of camaraderie to our day jobs, building the next generation of CRM products and solutions for markets that constantly evolve. To find out more about our company, get in touch with us today. If you’re lucky, we might even play you a song.