Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff Named One of CRN's Top Five People to Watch in 2006, Part of the Annual '20 To Watch' Issue

Company also mentioned as an example of Software as a Service, a top five trend to watch and user of AJAX technologies, a top five technology to watch

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — January 25, 2006 — [NYSE: CRM], the technology and market leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM), today announced that Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff was named one of CRN's Five People to Watch in 2006 part of their annual "20 To Watch" issue. CRN, the oldest and largest publication targeted at the solution provider community, provides the report annually to more than 110,000 subscribers, including Value Added Resellers (VARs) and technology integrators.

Under Benioff's leadership, sales jumped "an eye-popping 78 percent to $82.7 million in the third quarter'" the magazine said. CRN editors believe that AppExchange—'s on-demand application-sharing service as well as a platform for customizing and integrating CRM and developing and deploying brand-new applications — could bring in recurring revenues and leads for partners.

With more than 18,700 customers and 351,000 subscribers worldwide, including Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), America Online (AOL), Avis/Budget Rent A Car (Cendant Rental Car Group), CRN editors stated that "is gaining traction in the enterprise." is the world's most widely used on-demand CRM product and a leader in on-demand applications. In the last few months, has been honored with the following accolades: InfoWorld CRM Technology of the Year for the third consecutive year, TMC Labs 2005 Innovation Award, HBSA 2005 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year, CRM Magazine's 2005 Market Leader Award for Enterprise, Midmarket and Small Business Suite CRM, SIIA's 2005 Codie Awards for Best Customer Relationship Management Solution and Best Application Management Solution, ISM's 2005 Top 15 CRM,'s 2005 Best Sales Force Automation Solution and the Windows IT Pro Readers' Choice Award for CRM Software.

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