Salesforce.com Wins BPT Partners' 2007 Steppin' Out Award for its Industry Impact and Innovation

Salesforce.com recognized for its technology disruption and ability to bring its vision for The Business Web to reality

Wins in-depth evaluation over Microsoft and 80 other companies

SAN FRANCISCO - May 14, 2007 - Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, today announced it has been awarded the 2007 Steppin' Out Award from BPT Partners, a leader in CRM training and education, consulting and research. Salesforce.com won for its disruption to the technology ecosystem and its ability to capitalize on its vision for The Business Web.  Based on a comparative evaluation of 81 companies, Salesforce.com was designated the winner after an in-depth analysis of six finalists including Microsoft.

"This award not only recognizes our contributions to the technology industry to date, but the impact of our vision for The Business Web and our ability to accomplish it through the strength of our organization," said Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com.  "It's an honor to win an award based on the realization of our vision for enabling our customers to manage and share all of their information on demand, and for the pace at which we are bringing new technology innovations to them."

"Salesforce.com won not only because they are able to dominate a market, but can create markets at extraordinary speed," said Paul Greenberg, Chief Customer Officer of BPT and author of the best-selling book, CRM at the Speed of Light.  "Salesforce.com was the last major disruptor of the technology ecosystem.  They have been able to execute on their strategies and identify the trends that the customers of the present and future are driving - and then develop the institutional presence to capture the business opportunities.  No one else did it as well. We applaud salesforce.com for their award."

According to the award, "salesforce.com has a vision and worldview fully integrated into its strategy and its product and services map."  The company has been "consistent in maintaining their strategy to become an agnostic platform and be the ubiquitous technology and architecture for what it calls The Business Web."  Specifically, the award calls out salesforce.com's continuous innovations that are fueling its market impact, including the AppExchange, the AppExchange Incubator program, AppSpace, CampaignForce, IdeaExchange, and Salesforce Platform Edition.

The 2007 Steppin' Out Award marks the 10th award that salesforce.com has received within the last four months, including Forbes Top Ten Disrupters 2006 where the AppExchange was ranked number five, Forbes 25 Tech Newcomers, the Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), the Business 2.i Leadership Award, the VarBusiness 60 Top Channel Executives, two ISM Top 15 CRM Software Awards, Wired Magazine's Wired 40, two CODiE Awards from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), and the Service Elite Awards.

About The Steppin' Out Awards:

The Steppin' Out Awards originated with the 3rd edition of Greenberg's book, CRM at the Speed of Light. The award is given out for the combination of excellent customer engagement and experiences with market impact that goes beyond any single customer.  In order to win the award, the victor has to show not only an ability to make an impact, but to sustain the impact through the years.  The Steppin' Out Awards are the only awards in the industry that look at a CRM company's vision, strategy, corporate worldview and how well it is integrated into the company's plans and roadmaps.  It uniquely examines what the customer ecosystem is saying and doing with the company, and how well the company stays ahead of the curve.  For more detail on the awards see http://the56group.typepad.com/pgreenblog/2007/05/the_bpt_2007_st.html.

About The Steppin' Out Awards:

The Steppin' Out Awards originated with the 3rd edition of Greenberg's book, CRM at the Speed of Light. The award is given out for the combination of excellent customer engagement and experiences with market impact that goes beyond any single customer.  In order to win the award, the victor has to show not only an ability to make an impact, but to sustain the impact through the years.  The Steppin' Out Awards are the only awards in the industry that look at a CRM company's vision, strategy, corporate worldview and how well it is integrated into the company's plans and roadmaps.  It uniquely examines what the customer ecosystem is saying and doing with the company, and how well the company stays ahead of the curve.  For more detail on the awards see http://the56group.typepad.com/pgreenblog/2007/05/the_bpt_2007_st.html.