Salesforce Chatter accelerates the demise of Microsoft SharePoint and IBM Lotus Notes - liberating companies from the cost and complexity of legacy collaboration software
Leveraging the social features and real-time feeds made popular by consumer services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz, Salesforce Chatter empowers enterprises with a new level of collaboration only possible in the cloud
Reed Exhibitions, Schumacher Group, and TransUnion join the 100-company Chatter private beta program, enabling employees to "know it now" with enterprise collaboration
Private beta also to be available on iPhone and BlackBerry - delivering anytime, anywhere access to Chatter's real-time feeds
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 17, 2010: Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing (http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcomputing/) company, today announced the private beta program for Salesforce Chatter, the industry's first real-time enterprise collaboration application and platform. One hundred industry innovators from around the globe, including Reed Exhibitions, Schumacher Group, and TransUnion were chosen to empower their employees to "know it now" through enterprise collaboration in the program. In the private beta, customers will also be able to realize anytime, anywhere access to Chatter's real-time feeds via BlackBerry or iPhone mobile devices.
In the past, companies have struggled with the problem of understanding everything that's going on within their organization and they are constantly missing out on critical information because collaboration tools make users do all the work. With Chatter, salesforce.com will empower companies to break free from the cost and complexity of legacy software such as SharePoint and Lotus Notes. Chatter is easy to use and delivers relevant information to each user based on the people, documents, and apps they decide to follow. While similar to the look of popular consumer social networking sites, Chatter is the first ever trusted, secure enterprise application that allows companies to collaborate in real time through profiles, feeds and status updates.
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The Chatter private beta will allow customers to introduce real-time collaboration within their enterprise and provide feedback to salesforce.com on the technology experience before it is generally available. One hundred companies from various industries, including financial services, manufacturing, high tech and professional services were selected for the program. Participants were chosen based on their existing salesforce.com technology deployments and potential Chatter use cases.
Salesforce Chatter Changes the Game for Enterprise Collaboration
Salesforce.com unveiled Chatter at Dreamforce '09 to an overwhelmingly positive industry reception. Since then, salesforce.com's community of more than 67,900 customers has clamored to learn firsthand how they can change the game for real-time collaboration within their organization. Chatter will empower people to "know it now" through innovative, real-time, social features which will include:
Salesforce Chatter Delivers the Enterprise Collaboration Platform
Industry excitement for Chatter accelerates with more than 200,000 Force.com developers eager to innovate on the industry's first enterprise collaboration platform. Chatter will include a rich set of pre-built social components that can be used to easily create new collaboration apps or enhance existing apps on the Force.com platform. With the release of Chatter, the more than 135,000 custom apps built on the Force.com platform may become social and collaborative. All of the social features that make Chatter a game-changing technology will also be available as part of the Chatter collaboration platform. This includes Chatter feeds, status updates, custom app updates, profiles, and content sharing.
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