Company nominated in Excellence in Giving and Corporate Achievement award categories
State-of-the-art on-demand CRM solution nominated for Best Software Service and third consecutive Best CRM award, after winning in 2002 and 2003
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - January 8, 2004 - Salesforce.com, the world leader in delivering on-demand applications, today announced that its industry-leading on-demand CRM solution has been named by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) as a finalist for the 2004 Codie Awards for Best Customer Relationship Management Solution and Best Software Service. This is the third consecutive year that salesforce.com has been a finalist for the Best CRM Award, having won in 2002 and 2003. The company is also a nominee for this year's Excellence in Giving (through the salesforce.com/foundation) and Corporate Achievement Awards.
The Codie Awards showcase the finest companies, products and services in the software and information industry. Salesforce.com was honored for its outstanding product and corporate achievement by being nominated for four of 46 Codie Awards, chosen from over 800 products and 600 companies by judges consisting of industry trade press, mainstream technology writers, industry experts and SIIA members. The Codie Awards provide the only peer recognition program in the software and information industry, a unique venue where companies compete for the praise of their competitors.
"In light of the intense competition this year, to be named a Codie Awards finalist is a tremendous honor and an important achievement," said Ken Wasch, SIIA President. "The SIIA is proud to recognize salesforce.com as a true leader in its field."
"Being named a finalist for the SIIA Codie Awards for Best Software Service and Best CRM Solution for the third consecutive year is a direct result of our unwavering dedication to the success of our 8,400 customers and 120,000 subscribers," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com. "The 14th generation of salesforce.com, Winter '04, delivers the stability, maturity, and state-of-the-art features and functionality that are the hallmarks of market-leading CRM, as evidenced by these two nominations."
"It is an additional honor to have the company's and the Foundation's efforts recognized in the Corporate Achievement and Excellence in Giving categories. These distinctions reinforce our commitment to the software-as-service model, which is changing the way the software industry delivers applications; and to the 1% model of integrating business and philanthropy, which is changing the way companies serve the communities in which they operate," said Benioff.
Salesforce.com/foundation is the leader in integrating philanthropy and business. Through its model of donating 1% of profits to the community annually, 1% of salesforce.com equity to its programs and 1% of employee working hours to community service, the Foundation is building a new model for corporations to better serve the communities in which they operate. The Foundation also strives to better the lives of youth by providing relevant access to technology for youth in underserved communities both domestically and abroad. The Foundation works with other corporations, youth development agencies, and NGOs to create a society in which children, regardless of socio-economic background, ethnicity or learning level, have access to technology and understand how to use it to enhance their lives. Since July 2000, the Foundation has opened 43 Community Technology Centers across the globe serving nearly 50,000 youth and other community members; has provided close to 8,000 hours of service to the community through salesforce.com's 400 employee volunteers; and offers the salesforce.com award winning online customer relationship management application to more than 100 qualified nonprofits globally saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. More information is available at <A href="http://www.salesforce.com/foundation" target="_blank">salesforce.com/foundation</A>.
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