Salesforce.com Unveils Salesforce Summer '08 at Dreamforce Europe
LONDON - Salesforce.com Dreamforce Europe Conference - May 7,
New collaboration capabilities previewed in Salesforce Ideas and Salesforce Content to transform
how businesses harness the power of communities
More than 50 additional features extend CRM success for salesforce.com's 41,000 customers
- Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service
(SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), today previewed Salesforce Summer '08 at Dreamforce
Europe. Salesforce.com's 26th generation release, Salesforce Summer '08 will include new features
for Salesforce Content and Salesforce Ideas, transforming how enterprises collaborate with their
communities. Salesforce Summer '08 will extend salesforce.com's domination of the SaaS industry
with new CRM features in sales, marketing, customer service and partner management. Inspired by the
feedback from the Salesforce IdeaExchange and consumer Web technologies, Salesforce Summer '08 will
deliver an unprecedented level of SaaS and PaaS functionality to the market.
"Collaboration with our communities has transformed the technologies that we have
developed. Now we want every one of our customers to tap into the power of community
collaboration," said George Hu, executive vice president marketing, applications and education at
salesforce.com. "Salesforce Summer '08 will harness the power of consumer Web technologies to
deliver more application and collaboration success than ever before."
New Collaboration Capabilities Harness the Power of
The Salesforce Summer '08 release will empower customers to use collaboration to transform
their business and their partner, customer and employee communities.
Salesforce Content brings the power of SaaS to managing unstructured data within an
enterprise by utilizing the best of consumer Web technologies such as tagging, subscriptions and
recommendations. Salesforce Content users manage their documents and unstructured data directly in
Salesforce to improve productivity and effectiveness in every corner of the enterprise.
Salesforce Summer '08 will introduce a number of new features for Salesforce Content
Global Availability - Recognizing that it is becoming
increasingly important for businesses of all sizes to work with companies across the globe, the
Salesforce Summer '08 release will deliver Salesforce Content to all 15 languages that
salesforce.com supports. Users will be able to tap into the power of multi-language search to find
relevant materials, no matter where they are or what language they speak.
Salesforce Content for Portals - With Salesforce Summer
'08, companies will be able to collaborate in Salesforce Content with their partners and customers
in the Salesforce Partner Portal and Salesforce Customer Portal. Using the appropriate portals,
partners and customers will be able to quickly and easily gain access to relevant content.
Content Analytics - This new feature will once and for all
end the guessing game when it comes to the effectiveness of corporate materials. Usage metrics will
be able to be effectively tracked to determine the most frequently used content among sales reps,
marketers and other users. Based on the data gathered from dashboards and reports, the documents,
presentations and other materials in Salesforce Content can be optimized for maximum effect.
The second pillar in salesforce.com's collaboration applications is Salesforce Ideas, an
entirely new type of application that enables customers to tap into the innovative power of their
customer, partner or employee communities by allowing them to post, discuss, and vote on ideas.
With Salesforce Summer '08, Salesforce Ideas will introduce completely new features
More than 50 New Features Enhance CRM Applications
Multiple Communities - This new feature will enable
companies to create multiple communities in order to better organize and segment the ideas coming
from different groups, and provide participants with a forum to engage with the specific
communities that most apply to them.
Customizable Ideas - With Salesforce Summer '08, users will
be able to customize fields in Salesforce Ideas and expose data directly to the original posting.
Closely integrated with the Force.com Platform-as-a-Service, Customizable Ideas will also allow
users to set up validation rules, workflows and Apex triggers off keywords alerting companies to
relevant conversations taking place within their communities. With Customizable Ideas, companies
will be able to monitor and respond more effectively to the demands of their communities.
Ideas for Partner Portal - Since its release, Salesforce
Ideas has enabled companies to effectively engage with their internal and customer communities.
With the release of Salesforce Summer '08, companies will be able to capture the unique perspective
of their partner community by including Salesforce Ideas in the Salesforce Partner
Salesforce Summer '08 will provide the tools needed to transform customer and partner
relationships, and continue to lead the CRM industry in adoption, automation and globalization. The
new features that will be available in the Salesforce Summer '08 release extend across
salesforce.com's entire suite of SaaS CRM applications including:
Salesforce Partners - The introduction of Salesforce
Partners in June of 2006 enabled companies to manage indirect sales channels with Salesforce.
Salesforce Partners provides all the visibility into the activities, leads, and deals that
companies are working on with partners. To further enhance these partner relationships, Salesforce
Summer '08 will provide each salesforce.com customer with two Salesforce to Salesforce connections,
at no additional charge. Salesforce to Salesforce enables companies to quickly and easily extend
business processes and data across multiple enterprises, without the need for complex integration
between companies. With Salesforce Summer '08, every customer will be able to connect with their
partners and avoid expensive and complex failed point to point technologies.
Salesforce SFA - Salesforce SFA has consistently been
recognized throughout the industry for it's ease of use and high adoption rates. With Salesforce
Summer '08, the Dashboard Email Delivery feature will automate the process of updating and
delivering dashboards. With this feature, Salesforce SFA users will be able to stay constantly
updated and connected to how well their business is performing.
Salesforce Marketing - Salesforce Marketing is one of the
industry's leading Web marketing tools, and it is empowering customers to increase their pipeline
and more effectively measure results. With Salesforce Summer '08, customers will have better
visibility into their leads with the Converted Lead Page feature. With this new feature, companies
will be able to see all the related records into which a lead was converted. Gaining easy access to
related records will enable companies to spend their time driving leads, instead of searching for
Salesforce Call Center and Salesforce Customer Portal -
Recently positioned as a visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, Salesforce Call Center and
Salesforce Customer Portal provide everything companies need for both service agents and customers.
With Salesforce Summer '08, companies will be able to establish multiple business hours across a
single organization with the Global Business Hours feature. Global Business Hours will enable
companies to gain greater visibility into the success of their service delivery as it spans the
globe or even different time zones.
Salesforce for Google Apps - In April of 2008,
salesforce.com and Google came together to announce their second joint product, Salesforce for
Google Apps, an entirely new way for business professionals to communicate, collaborate, and work
together in real time over the Web. A simple, yet powerful combination of essential
applications for business productivity (email, calendaring, documents, spreadsheets, presentations,
instant messaging) and CRM (sales, marketing, service and support, partners), Salesforce for Google
Apps offers a complete way for businesses to harness the power of cloud computing without the cost
and complexity of managing hardware or software infrastructure.
"Integrating Google Apps with Salesforce is a brilliant and powerful strategic move! It looks
like our future will be in the clouds," said David Bergstrom of Yamaha.
Salesforce Summer '08 is currently scheduled to be available in June of 2008. Salesforce
Content is available at $35 per user, per month. Salesforce Ideas is currently available for
customer, partner, and employee communities. It is included with all CRM editions for internal use,
with the exception of Group Edition, at no additional cost. For additional employees, Ideas Only
licenses can be purchased for $5 per user, per month. For customers and partners accessing
Salesforce Ideas through the portal, standard portal pricing applies. Salesforce for Google Apps is
available today to all salesforce.com customers at no additional charge. Customers who purchase
salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are
Force.com Platform and the AppExchange
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distribution of any business application with platform-as-a-service. Developers, customers and
partners can use Force.com to easily create a new generation of on-demand applications and deploy
them worldwide as a service. Force.com allows applications to be easily shared, exchanged and
installed with a few simple clicks via salesforce.com's AppExchange marketplace, enabling all the
innovation that Force.com unleashes to be easily distributed to the entire on-demand community.
The AppExchange economy continues to expand, with thousands of customers installing
applications via the AppExchange. Customers of all sizes can quickly and easily extend Salesforce
with additional on-demand business applications available on the AppExchange, found at
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