Salesforce.com Receives Wall Street Journal 2008 Technology Innovation Award for the Force.com Platform
SAN FRANCISCO - October 16, 2008
Force.com platform enables companies to use cloud computing to build and run business
Award honors innovations that break new ground and demonstrate measurable impact
- Salesforce.com [NYSE:
CRM], the market and technology leader in Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service
(PaaS), today announced that it has received a Wall Street Journal 2008 Technology Innovation Award
for the Force.com Platform. The Force.com Platform is specifically designed for building business
applications that run in the cloud. The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards honor
companies which have developed innovative solutions that break new ground in their field and
demonstrate measurable impact.
"Companies worldwide are using our Force.com Platform to run their business in the cloud,"
said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. "Instead of buying and maintaining
cumbersome hardware and software, businesses can use the Force.com Platform to build and run their
enterprise applications as a service. We're deeply honored to be recognized by Wall Street Journal
and its esteemed panel of judges for the industry impact and customer success Force.com delivers."
The Wall Street Journal received more than 700 entries for the Innovation Awards. An
independent panel of judges selected the top technologies in 16 industry categories including
computing systems, energy, medical devices and network security. In its review, the Wall
Street Journal noted salesforce.com's tenure in Software as a Service and remarked that a company
can use Force.com "to build its own customized business applications that are developed and
delivered over the Internet." Currently, more than 47,000 salesforce.com customers are using
the Force.com Platform to customize and integrate business solutions as well as to build new
Judges of the Wall Street Journal 2008 Technology Innovation Awards include: Mark Bernstein,
Palo Alto Research Center; Larry Bock, Lux Capital; Asheem Chandna, Greylock Partners; Robert
Drost, Sun Microsystems; Peter Graf, SAP; Barry H. Jaruzelski, Booz & Co.; Anthony Komaroff,
Harvard Medical School; Richard S. Lang, Cleveland Clinic; Pedro Nueno, IESE Business School,
Spain; Ray Rothrock, Venrock; Jane Royston, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; Darlene J.S.
Solomon, Agilent Technologies; Kenny Tang, Oxbridge Climate Capital; Peter Terwiesch, ABB; and
William Webb, Office of Communications, U.K.
An awards ceremony will be held October 21 at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City,
California. For a complete list of winners, visit www.wsj.com.
Force.com Platform and the AppExchange
Force.com reinvents the traditional development, deployment and 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 thousands
of 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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