New Force.com Checkout Launches a New Era in Enterprise Cloud Computing, Making Buying and Selling Applications Dramatically Easier
NEW YORK - salesforce.com Cloudforce - December 8, 2008
For the first time, customers have a single source for trying, buying and deploying native
Together, the Force.com platform, AppExchange and Checkout offer a comprehensive set of
services for developers and partners to build and sell native Force.com applications with
unprecedented ease and speed
Partner applications spanning recruiting, accounting, supply-chain management, ERP and more
now available through Force.com Checkout
Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing company, today unveiled Force.com
Checkout, a new set of services to accelerate customer and partner success with buying and selling
enterprise cloud computing applications. Customers can use Force.com Checkout as a single source
for finding, trying, buying and deploying salesforce.com applications and partner-built Force.com
applications via the Force.com AppExchange. Together, the Force.com platform, AppExchange and
Checkout offers a comprehensive set of services for developers and partners to build and sell
native Force.com applications with unprecedented ease and speed.
"Cloud computing democratizes access to powerful enterprise applications by making them
radically easier to try, buy and install," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO. "Force.com Checkout
gives partners a cloud computing distribution channel to reach the enterprise. Customers can now
benefit from a seamless buying experience for both salesforce.com and Force.com partner
"The Force.com AppExchange and Checkout gives us the ability to reach thousands of
customers," said Philip Loeffel, President of Riptide Software, an innovative provider of on-demand
solutions. "Salesforce.com is providing us with turnkey distribution services for marketing,
selling, invoicing and delivering our products so we can focus on building great applications and
making our customers successful. More than ever, Force.com is the fastest path to success."
"We needed a SaaS application to help manage our growing executive search business and found
Riptide among the recruiting solutions on the AppExchange," said Mike Tognotti, CEO of Raindance
Partners, a biotech recruiting/executive search firm. "Being able to test, purchase and deploy
Riptide to multiple locations in just a few minutes shows how much salesforce.com has
revolutionized the way customers buy enterprise applications. Getting Riptide through Force.com
Checkout was as easy as buying a song on iTunes."
Force.com Checkout: Extending the Benefits of Cloud Computing
More than 40,000 application installs by more than 18,000 salesforce.com customers in 75
countries have taken place already on the Force.com AppExchange, demonstrating a high degree of
adoption and momentum in extending the benefits of cloud computing beyond CRM to IT departments,
HR, financials, order management, ERP and every area of the enterprise. Now, with Force.com
Checkout, customers and partners can streamline the evaluation and purchasing process, accelerating
their success with cloud computing.
Force.com Checkout is launching as a pilot program with 12 partners and 19 partner
applications. These companies have built and delivered applications that run 100 percent natively
on the Force.com platform and showcase the types and kinds of business applications that can be
delivered in the cloud.
Applications now available through Force.com Checkout include: productivity tools from
Appirio, compensation management from Callidus, financials and accounting ERP from CODA, non-profit
constituent relationship management from Convio, fleet management solutions from Datasul,
Salesforce CRM administrator tools from DrivEnable, order management ERP solutions from Glovia, a
subsidiary of Fujitsu, staffing solutions from Jobscience, mobile expense reporting from Model
Metrics, recruiting, real estate, and customer reference tracking from Riptide, stakeholder risk
management from StakeWare and financial relationship management from StraightThrough.
"We were able to transform years of product know-how, experience and IP assets into the
glovia.com Order Management application on Force.com in just a few months," said Randy Ehler,
executive vice president, Glovia International, a subsidiary of Fujitsu Ltd. "Now we are taking our
ERP solution to market with Force.com Checkout, saving the cost of building out a separate sales
channel. By enabling us to rapidly deliver a cloud computing application and an instant sales and
distribution channel, salesforce.com has helped glovia.com to maintain a laser focus on innovation
and customer success."
Force.com Checkout - Accelerating Customer and Partner Success in
Customers are able to purchase participating partner applications directly through Force.com
Checkout on the AppExchange. Customers will benefit from integrated commerce and interacting with a
single vendor for both their salesforce.com and partner subscriptions. Force.com Checkout provides
customers a single place for ordering, billing, invoicing, provisioning and account management
Similarly, Force.com Checkout provides a comprehensive set of services to enable developer
and partner success on the Force.com platform. Applications available through Force.com Checkout
program run entirely on the Force.com platform, and inherit the security, reliability and
availability of salesforce.com's proven global infrastructure. Salesforce.com will process
transactions for and distribute subscription fees to partners. Force.com Checkout will help
salesforce.com grow the cloud computing economy by driving customer success with partner
For more information on Force.com Checkout or how to join the Force.com Checkout partner
program, please visit: https://www.salesforce.com/form/contact/contactme_checkout.jsp
Force.com Checkout Availability and How to Order
Partner applications in the Force.com Checkout pilot program are now available for order at
Salesforce.com customers will not be charged additional fees for using Force.com Checkout.
Force.com Checkout services are free for partners until 2010.
Partner applications in Force.com Checkout are currently available to customers in the United
States in $USD. Salesforce.com applications are available through Force.com Checkout to all
Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based
upon features that are currently available.
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