Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff Named a 2006 "Agenda Setter" and "Top 10 Business Leader" by Silicon.com

Salesforce.com CEO ranks among top executives from Microsoft, Google, Apple, eBay and Cisco

SAN FRANCISCO — October 5, 2006 — Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, today announced that chairman and CEO Marc Benioff was named a 2006 "Agenda Setter" by silicon.com. As one of the Top 10 executives in the Business Leaders category, Benioff joins the ranks of top industry executives including Ray Ozzie from Microsoft, Eric Schmidt of Google, Steve Jobs of Apple, Meg Whitman of eBay and John Chambers of Cisco. Winners were selected by a group of respected industry experts. Full text of the article and list can be found at http://www.silicon.com/research/specialreports/as2006/. The story states, "More than any individual since Bill Gates or Linus Torvalds (Benioff) has become inextricably linked with the movement he champions. Although he has made a major success of Salesforce.com and has shaken up the CRM old-guard, it is Benioff's role as service evangelist and engine of change which will have the greatest impact on the industry. Web services are shaking up the IT industry, the Agenda Setters panel believes, and that's due in no small part to the Salesforce.com CEO."

"Just a few years ago companies had no CRM choice but to embark upon time-consuming and costly software implementations," said Benioff. "Now, with on-demand business applications, a mere fraction of that time and budget can literally transform a company's operations and drive significant bottom line improvements. This recognition by silicon.com is an honor and a validation of the vision of every salesforce.com employee, partner and customer around the world."

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