Named One of the Top 40 Vendors in CIO Insight’s 2006 Value List

Company ranks number 20 in CIO trust, higher than Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, and its on-demand model, is recognized as being uniquely aligned with CIO and IT success – allowing IT departments to focus on innovation, not infrastructure

SAN FRANCISCO - February 15, 2007 - [NYSE: CRM], the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, today announced that it was named to the CIO Insight Top 40 Vendor Value list for 2006. Companies selected for this honor are ranked based on the survey results from more than 800 chief information officers and IT executives about the value of their vendors' product and service offerings, and their overall satisfaction with the support the vendors provide. ranked number 20 on the list, higher than Microsoft, Oracle and SAP.

"At, we are proud to have been named to CIO Insight's important list. The values of CIOs and IT executives have always been an important part of our business because we view our company and our product as a way to free up IT resources and shift the focus from simply keeping the lights on, to delivering innovation," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of "Our recent fantastic growth is directly attributable to the fact that more and more CIOs are building and the on-demand model into their IT infrastructure strategies as a means of increasing output while decreasing project timelines and resource requirements. Now, the Apex on-demand platform is extending the value of Salesforce deployments beyond CRM, enabling companies to create and run any application on-demand."

With, IT departments gets the best of both worlds - all the management control, customization flexibility and integration capabilities they can imagine, but without the infrastructure investment, unbalanced resource requirements or upgrade nightmares typical of on premise solutions. Also unlike traditional enterprise software companies, is 100% committed to customer success because the company operates on a subscription-based model where the financial success of is directly aligned with the customers' success.

"Today, provides our high-growth company the ability to scale quickly and easily," said Douglas Menefee, CIO of The Schumacher Group. "The on-demand approach to business applications enables us to leverage a smaller IT department, which is charged with the deployment of new initiatives everyday - understands that spending two thirds of an IT department's time on infrastructure is an unsustainable model. continues to make the proper adjustments needed to truly help CIOs and IT departments make measurable contributions to business goals by enabling them to focus on developing innovative ideas."

CIO Insight editors designed the 2006 Vendor Value and Satisfaction Survey to poll IT executives on how they rate vendors on value, reliability and loyalty.  Value was evaluated based vendors' ability to meet expectations for increasing revenue; to meet expectations for lowering cost; to solve business problems; and to meet ROI expectations.  Reliability was evaluated based on vendors' ability to meet commitments on time and within budget; to be flexible and responsive; and to meet quality expectations.  Finally, loyalty was evaluated based on respondents' willingness to continue doing business with the vendor.

Survey results were compiled from responses from 826 CIOs and IT executives (350 from companies with between $5 million and $99 million in revenues; 248 between $100 and $999 million in revenues; and 228 from companies with over $1 billion in revenues) Of the respondents, 51 percent were the top IT executives at their company, and the rest held titles of director of IT or higher.

For more information on the CIO Insight Top 40 Vendor Value list, visit,1397,2067361,00.asp.

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