As has been the case for some time, margins weren't any better, as the company shed 160 basis points year over year in non-GAAP gross margins. Likewise, operating margins were below Street estimates by roughly 70 basis points and down 1% year over year. While I've always wanted to like this company, the operating-margin performance, which has suffered due to Salesforce's aggressive growth plans, gnaws at me in ways reminiscent of the dot-com era. Along similar lines, the fact that the company insists on paying its executives via stock-based compensation, continues to eat into Salesforce's profitability. Granted, it's not unusual for growth companies to adopt this form of compensation. But it's not 1998, either-- although the company's name fits perfectly in that era. At some point, investors need to demand for better bottom line performance.