Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff Receives 2008 CEO Vision Award

Listing of Top 10 industry leaders honored for industry vision, talent and leadership

SAN FRANCISCO - October 7, 2008 - [NYSE: CRM], the market and technology leader in Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), today announced that (a Jupitermedia property, Nasdaq: JUPM), has listed chairman and CEO Marc Benioff among the technology industry's most visionary CEOs.  As one of the top 10 industry leaders to be honored with its 2008 CEO Vision Awards, recognized Benioff for his talent, drive, energy and leadership, and for his conviction to his vision for Software as a Service.  Joining Benioff on the list are industry luminaries Jeff Bezos,; John Chambers, Cisco; Steve Jobs, Apple; and Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook.

"Our vision for the "End of Software" has never wavered," said Benioff.  "Our customers worldwide are building applications and running their businesses in the cloud. It's an honor to be recognized by for that vision and our customers' success."

Editors and judges at commended Benioff for having the vision and making the leap in 1999 to start a company that championed the benefits of Software as a Service.  He was given accolades for deepening the company's partnership with Google, and accelerating the company's Platform as a Service approach with According to, "with the company on track for a $1 billion year, Benioff is showing how a vision launched at the height of the dot-com boom is bearing fruit."

The CEO Vision Awards are designed to honor CEOs who impact the industry on "the strength of clear vision" and are "executing on that vision."  Criteria such as innovation, accomplishments, and year-over-year performance were evaluated in the ranking.  Most importantly, according to, "how and why (the CEO) made that vision happen carried the most weight."

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