Salesforce Summer '08 Now Live - Bringing the Power of Cloud Computing to the Enterprise
SAN FRANCISCO - June 16, 2008
Visualforce is now live in all editions - a new Platform-as-a-Service milestone that enables the
creation of any interface for virtually any device, entirely in the cloud
Salesforce Content and Salesforce Ideas brings the power of Web 2.0 collaboration to your
employees, customers and partners
- Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM],
the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS),
today announced that Salesforce Summer '08 is live to all 43,600 salesforce.com customers.
Salesforce Summer '08 represents salesforce.com's 26th release in 9 years and delivers the power of
cloud computing to the enterprise. Part of the Force.com platform, Visualforce is now live in every
edition of Salesforce, enabling users to develop any interface entirely in the cloud. Salesforce
Content and Salesforce Ideas are also delivering new levels of customer success in Salesforce
Summer '08 including the support of external communities, delivering true Web 2.0 collaboration
capabilities to users globally. In total, more than 50 new CRM features are also live with
Salesforce Summer '08, raising the bar for industry innovation.
"Consumers have been enjoying Web 2.0 features like voting and social networking on consumer
web applications like Digg and Facebook for years. But traditional enterprise applications
are still stuck in the '90s," said George Hu, executive vice president marketing, applications and
education at salesforce.com. "Salesforce.com is changing all that by delivering Web 2.0 interfaces
and collaboration technologies in Salesforce Summer 08."
"As the CRM market continues to evolve, the integration of Web 2.0 technologies into CRM
processes is a key step in driving greater end user productivity by making applications more
intuitive to use," said Rebecca Wettemann of Nucleus Research. "Salesforce.com's advances in
content and ideas management - as well as the release of Visualforce - in Salesforce Summer '08
gives developers more tools and options to drive greater collaboration and increased productivity
Visualforce is Now Live - Enabling the Creation of Any User
A breakthrough for the Platform-as-a-Service industry, Visualforce is a new technology for
developing powerful user interfaces (UIs) for any application built on Force.com, including
Salesforce. Now, salesforce.com customers, partners and developers can develop interfaces just as
elegant as the industry's leading technologies. Visualforce includes all the resources developers
need to build rich, interactive applications and user experiences for a variety of audiences,
applications, and devices. More than 4,000 developers have already created more than 11,000 custom
interfaces in the Visualforce developer preview program.
Combined with the powerful logic and workflow intelligence provided by Apex Code, Visualforce
offers the flexibility to meet the requirements of applications that feature many different types
of users on a variety of devices. Visualforce uses the best of Internet technology, including HTML,
AJAX and Adobe Flex, for business applications, making them as innovative and as effective as their
consumer Web counterparts. Visualforce features include:
Harnessing the Power of Collaboration for Employees, Customers and
Pages - this capability enables the design definition of an
application's user interface.
Components - this provides the ability to create new
applications that automatically match the look and feel of Salesforce applications or easily
customize and extend the Salesforce user interface to specific customer and user requirements.
Apex Controllers - The controller enables customers to
build any user interface behavior.
Static Resources - Provides the capability to easily
create, reference, and manage the assets used to create UIs-including images, style sheets,
Inline Page and Controller Editing - In Visualforce
development mode, customers can edit Visualforce pages and Apex controllers directly from the
runtime view of any page.
Salesforce Summer '08 empowers companies to use Web 2.0 collaboration technologies to
transform their business and partner, customer and employee communities.
Salesforce Content brings the power of SaaS to managing unstructured data within an
enterprise by utilizing the best of consumer Web technologies such as tagging, subscriptions and
recommendations. Salesforce Content users manage their documents and unstructured data directly in
Salesforce to improve productivity and effectiveness in every corner of the enterprise.
Salesforce Content, with the introduction of Summer '08, is the perfect complement to all of
the Salesforce CRM applications. Companies can now collaborate in Salesforce Content with their
partners and customers in the Salesforce Partner Portal and Salesforce Customer Portal. Using the
appropriate portals, partners and customers will be able to quickly and easily gain access to
"Now we can collaborate with our entire community. With Salesforce Content, we have enhanced
the experience of our customers by delivering the right information when it's needed most," said
Steven Frers, Vice-President of Service and Support at CompassLearning.
Salesforce Summer '08 delivers additional new features for Salesforce Content including:
Global Availability - Recognizing that it is becoming
increasingly important for businesses of all sizes to work with companies across the globe,
salesforce.com is making Salesforce Content now available in all supported 15 languages. Users can
now tap into the power of multi-language search to find relevant materials, no matter where they
are or what language they speak.
Content Analytics - Content Analytics ends the guessing
game when it comes to the effectiveness of corporate materials. Usage metrics can now effectively
be tracked to determine the most frequently used content among sales reps, marketers and other
users. Based on the data gathered from dashboards and reports, the documents, presentations and
other materials in Salesforce Content are optimized for maximum effect.
The second pillar in salesforce.com's collaboration applications is Salesforce Ideas, an
entirely new type of application that enables customers to tap into the innovative power of their
customer, partner or employee communities by allowing them to post, discuss, and vote on ideas.
Leveraging the power of Force.com Platform-as-a-Service, Salesforce Ideas makes it easy to manage
top ideas from inception to implementation.
Since its release, Salesforce Ideas has enabled companies to effectively engage with their
internal and customer communities. With the release of Salesforce Summer '08, companies can capture
the unique perspective of their partner community by including Salesforce Ideas in the Salesforce
With Salesforce Summer '08, Salesforce Ideas benefits from additional new features including:
Salesforce for Google Apps - First Cloud Computing Suite for
Multiple Communities - This new feature enables companies
to create multiple communities in order to better organize and segment the ideas coming from
different groups, and provide participants with a forum to engage with the specific communities
that most apply to them.
Customizable Ideas - With Salesforce Summer '08, users can
customize fields in Salesforce Ideas and expose data directly to the original posting. Closely
integrated with the Force.com Platform-as-a-Service, Customizable Ideas also allows users to set up
validation rules, workflows and Apex triggers off keywords alerting companies to relevant
conversations taking place within their communities. With Customizable Ideas, companies can monitor
and respond more effectively to the demands of their communities.
In April of 2008, salesforce.com and Google came together to announce their second joint
product, Salesforce for Google Apps, an entirely new way for business professionals to communicate,
collaborate, and work together in real time over the Web. A simple, yet powerful combination
of essential applications for business productivity (email, calendaring, documents, spreadsheets,
presentations, instant messaging) and CRM (sales, marketing, service and support, partners),
Salesforce for Google Apps offers a complete way for businesses to harness the power of cloud
computing without the cost and complexity of managing hardware or software infrastructure.
Salesforce Summer '08 is available immediately to all salesforce.com subscribers. Salesforce
Content is available at $35 per user, per month. Salesforce Ideas is currently available for
customer, partner, and employee communities. It is included with all CRM editions for internal use,
with the exception of Group Edition, at no additional cost. For additional employees, Ideas Only
licenses can be purchased for $5 per user, per month. For customers and partners accessing
Salesforce Ideas through the portal, standard portal pricing applies. Customers who purchase
salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are
Force.com Platform and the AppExchange
Force.com (http://www.force.com/) reinvents the traditional development, deployment and
distribution of any business application with platform-as-a-service. Developers, customers and
partners can use Force.com to easily create a new generation of on-demand applications and deploy
them worldwide as a service. Force.com allows applications to be easily shared, exchanged and
installed with a few simple clicks via salesforce.com's AppExchange marketplace, enabling all the
innovation that Force.com unleashes to be easily distributed to the entire on-demand community.
The AppExchange economy continues to expand, with thousands of customers installing
applications via the AppExchange. Customers of all sizes can quickly and easily extend Salesforce
with additional on-demand business applications available on the AppExchange, found at
Salesforce.com is the world’s largest provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software. For more information about salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), visit: www.salesforce.com/ap/.
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