crmOrbit, Inc, Launches energyOrbit for Salesforce.com's AppExchange

Built using Apex, energyOrbit enables energy conservationists to manage energy analysis directly within their Salesforce implementations

Apex enables crmOrbit to become the salesforce.com of energy conservation


SAN FRANCISCO — January 16, 2007 — crmOrbit and salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, today announced the availability of energyOrbit on salesforce.com's AppExchange. Businesses are offered incentives from utility companies such as PG&E, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison to retrofit their facilities with energy efficient fixtures and devices; energyOrbit provides energy conservation professionals the full spectrum of analysis required to determine savings and incentives adherent to industry and state incentive programs standards. Built using the Apex on-demand platform, energyOrbit is immediately available for test drive and deployment on the AppExchange directory at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange.
 
energyOrbit empowers energy conservation professionals to inventory energy consuming equipment such as lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), and refrigeration in commercial buildings. Once the inventory, account information, rate schedule and other essential data is gathered, the auditors utilize energyOrbit to analyze the data and make retrofit or replacement recommendations for energy savings and green house gas (GHG) emissions reduction. Based on these analyses, energyOrbit computes incentives / rebates provided by utility companies that would be applied to the project cost.
 
"Collaboration with our customers has been a key factor in the development and propagation of energyOrbit," said Udi Merhav, Founder of crmOrbit, Inc. "We were commissioned by several private and government-sponsored energy agencies to build an on-demand application and building it on salesforce.com's Apex platform was a natural fit. State governments continuously introduce incentive and rebate programs to promote conservation in areas such as water, natural gas, electricity, and solar energy. Built on the Apex on-demand platform, energyOrbit is easily flexible and extensible to allow for quick deployments of additional energy savings measurements."
 
The Small Business Energy Alliance (SBEA) based in Sonoma, Calif., has been using energyOrbit to run its business auditing operations. "Prior to deploying energyOrbit we were locked into the quagmire of a legacy database. At a cost of $20,000 to develop this database and endless maintenance costs, our production volume was severely compromised," said Ken Moore, program manager for SBEA. "We wanted something that our field staff could use from any location and we did not want to be at the mercy of IT requirements. We needed a reliable tool that we can easily change as business requirements change and as new standards for incentives and rebates are published from PG&E."
 
"energyOrbit demonstrates the power of the Apex on-demand platform and the AppExchange in quickly building, customizing and delivering an application that addressees the specific needs of the energy conservation industry," said Matt Holleran, vice president, AppExchange partners, salesforce.com. "Thousands of salesforce.com customers can use the AppExchange to take advantage of the innovation of the on-demand industry to help them run their businesses."
 
Apex and the AppExchange
Apex is the on-demand platform for the next generation of business applications. Apex reinvents traditional customization and integration and enables a whole new generation of on-demand applications that go beyond CRM. All Apex components and applications can be easily shared, exchanged and installed with a few simple clicks via salesforce.com's AppExchange directory, enabling all the innovation that Apex unleashes to benefit the entire on-demand community.
 
energyOrbit for AppExchange is one of more than 500 applications that are now available on salesforce.com's AppExchange, the world's first on-demand application directory, found at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange.
 
The Apex on-demand platform is generally available today. The Apex programming language is available today for developer preview, and is currently scheduled to be available in beta to salesforce.com customers later in 2007.
 
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About crmOrbit, Inc.
crmOrbit, is an international CRM consulting services and on-demand product development company focusing on Salesforce.com CRM and the Apex platform. The company is a Salesforce.com partner with offices in San Rafael, just north of San Francisco, and Chennai, India. crmOrbit provides services and on-demand product development to customers world-wide and to Partners within the Salesforce.com Partner Ecosystem. crmOrbit customer portfolio is made of medium size businesses, non profit organization and international companies such as Coveo Solutions and conglomerates such as VNU Global Media.
 
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