Salesforce CRM Ideas Chosen to Collect Ideas from American Citizens on Change.gov
SAN FRANCISCO, January 15, 2009
Change.gov Web site provides open forum for American people to present their ideas to the
President-elect and Cabinet
Most popular ideas to be delivered directly to the President-elect post inauguration
Transition team works with salesforce.com to tap the wisdom of crowds and build first-ever
"Citizen's Briefing Book"
-- Salesforce.com [NYSE:
CRM], the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced that Salesforce CRM Ideas is being
used on the Change.gov Web site to gather input from the American people as part of the effort to
foster greater collaboration with citizens and a more transparent government. The application
is now live at http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov.
In a video on the Change.gov Web site, Valerie Jarret, co-chair of the Obama-Biden Transition
Team, urged Americans to "log onto Change.gov and give us your idea. It can be about energy,
healthcare, or reduction of our dependence on foreign oil. You decide what is important to
you. Other citizens will then be able to read your ideas and make comments and
suggestions. You may even hear from the transition team."
Any American interested in making his or her voice heard can go to
http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov, which is live today. Users can easily post their ideas in a
variety of categories, such as Economy, Education, Energy and Environment, Healthcare, and Homeland
Security. In addition, users can read ideas from other citizens and promote the ones they like
best. The best ideas will bubble to the top of the list as more community members participate and
promote what is important to them. The top ideas will be presented directly to President-Elect
Obama and his cabinet following the inauguration in the form of a briefing book entitled The
Citizen's Briefing Book.
Citizen participation is key to the success of the new administration, and in the video,
Jarret encouraged American citizens to participate by submitting their ideas. "We need your
help. We want to hear from you." Jarret emphasized that "The Citizen's Briefing Book will
come directly from the American people. It is yet another way that we will ensure that this
transition is the most open and transparent one in history."
The Obama-Biden Transition Team, working with salesforce.com and consulting partner Reside,
was able to implement Salesforce CRM Ideas in less than four weeks, an indication of the power,
flexibility and ease of salesforce.com's cloud computing solutions.
"We are honored to be one of the first solutions selected by the transition team to help the
President-elect realize his vision of a more transparent government," said Marc Benioff, Chairman
and CEO of salesforce.com. "With Salesforce CRM Ideas, government can transform a closed
conversation into a collaborative dialogue that leverages the wisdom of the crowd."
About Salesforce CRM Ideas
Salesforce CRM Ideas is the world's first cloud computing application that enables the wisdom
of crowds to drive business innovation. Every organization has internal and external
communities that generate ideas and can serve as an organization's innovation engine. Salesforce
CRM Ideas allows organizations to unleash the power of these communities to improve their
operations and to deepen valued relationships. Organizations can tap into customers,
employees and partners across divisions and boundaries to drive the best ideas and
innovations. Just like all Salesforce CRM applications, Salesforce CRM Ideas is delivered as
a service, removing the cost and complexity of traditional software so that customers can focus on
innovation, not infrastructure.
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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