Salesforce.com Delivers New Force.com Toolkit for Google Data APIs, Giving Developers New Capabilities to Harness the Power of Cloud Computing for Application Development
SAN FRANCISCO - June 23, 2008
Force.com Toolkit for Google Data APIs enables developers to bring together the Force.com
platform and Google's open APIs
Will accelerate the creation of new multi-cloud-based applications
- Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM],
the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
today expanded its global strategic alliance with Google, making it easier for developers to
harness the power of cloud computing for Web and business application development and deployment.
The new Force.com Toolkit for Google Data APIs provides a set of tools and services to empower
developers to take advantage of Google Data APIs™, a common set of standard APIs for interacting
with data in Google™ services, within their applications and projects on Force.com. Freely
available at http://developer.force.com/ and http://code.google.com/p/apex-google-data/, the new
toolkit will help developers bring together data and content in Google Apps™ with the database,
logic and workflow capabilities in Force.com. The Force.com Platform-as-a-Service and Google's open
APIs are creating new opportunities for partners and developers to build powerful new business
applications delivered completely via the cloud.
"Google and salesforce.com share a common vision for making the cloud accessible to all
developers," said Vic Gundotra, vice president, engineering, Google. "Our work with salesforce.com
will help make cloud computing increasingly accessible and powerful for developers, resulting in
better Web applications and experiences."
"Bringing together the Google and salesforce.com platforms will enable the creation of
powerful new applications delivered completely in the cloud," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO,
salesforce.com. "Developers now can take advantage of the virtually unlimited power and
infrastructure of multiple cloud computing architectures from Google and salesforce.com to build
the next-generation of business applications."
Force.com Platform and Google's Open APIs - Enabling Developer
Salesforce.com and Google's alliance gives developers a multi-cloud computing platform for
building and running applications. The Force.com Platform-as-a-Service, encompassing a complete
feature set for the creation of business applications, and Google's open APIs and technologies,
together will enable the creation of powerful new innovative applications delivered on the Web.
Additionally, the Force.com Toolkit for Google Data APIs creates new opportunities for
developers and ISVs to extend the widely adopted Salesforce for Google Apps. The toolkit gives
developers and partners the ability to create business applications that extend Salesforce for
Google Apps as well as build entirely new applications to help customers run their entire business
in the cloud. The toolkit will accelerate the creation of applications like sales quote generation
and business forecasting that can be deployed by customers with just a few clicks via the
AppExchange. Already, 6 of the top 10 applications on salesforce.com's AppExchange marketplace are
Google-related partners, demonstrating the growing customer demand for third-party applications
that leverage multiple cloud platforms.
CODA, one of Europe's leading financial applications providers, has built a Web application
prototype that takes data from Google Spreadsheets and brings it directly into their Order-to-Cash
module of CODA 2go, a financials application built on Force.com. The initial prototype can be used
to perform a cost allocation over extracted transaction details from CODA 2go. Users can apportion
new values by editing the cells used by formulas in the spreadsheet; the results are then posted in
the form of a journal back into CODA 2go from within the Google Spreadsheet user interface via a
Visualforce-powered Google Gadget™.
"Following the launch of the Salesforce for Google Apps, we have prototyped a CODA
2go-specific Google Apps integration," said Jeremy Roche, CEO of CODA, a leading European
financials application provider. "Our experience of producing finance software over decades is that
accountants love manipulating transactions in spreadsheets. Now in just a few weekends, we have
produced an on-demand solution that uses Google Spreadsheets and Force.com."
New Force.com Toolkit for Google Data APIs
Freely available at http://developer.force.com/ and at
http://code.google.com/p/apex-google-data/, the new Force.com Toolkit for Google Data APIs will
help developers create new Web and business applications that leverage the capabilities of Google
Data APIs, including read and write access to data and content in Google Apps, with their Force.com
projects and offerings. With the toolkit, developers have access to the Google Data APIs directly
within Force.com's Apex code, allowing the easy creation of new user experiences and Web
applications that connect directly to Force.com's database, integration, Apex programming language,
and Visualforce user interface capabilities. Developers can also publish applications built with
the Force.com Toolkit for Google Data APIs in the Google section on the AppExchange marketplace and
the Google Solutions Marketplace, making them immediately available to customer and developer
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