Benioff honored for commitment to the ASP software delivery model
SAN FRANCISCO — Feb. 15, 2005 — Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the technology and market leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM), today announced that chairman and CEO Marc Benioff has received a World-Class Innovator award from DEMO, in recognition of his success "for almost single-handedly legitimizing the ASP business model" for software distribution. In addition to Benioff, other World-Class Innovator Award recipients include Sergey Brin and Larry Page, co-founders of Google [NSDQ: GOOG]; Howard D. Elias, executive vice president of EMC Corp. [NYSE: EMC]; and Marc Andreessen, chairman of Opsware [NSDQ: OSPW].
The World-Class Innovator Awards, being presented for the first time as part of the conference's 15th anniversary celebration, honor 15 technology industry visionaries who launched their companies at DEMO in years past. Salesforce.com introduced its sales force automation (SFA) solution at DEMO in 2000 and presented critical expansions in 2001 and 2002.
"Salesforce.com marked a significant departure from traditional enterprise software architecture," said Chris Shipley, executive producer of the DEMO Conferences. "Almost single handedly, salesforce.com established and legitimized the ASP model. DEMO has been proud to be the venue for the launch of so many innovations to come from Marc's company."
Benioff founded salesforce.com in March 1999 with the vision of a company built on a new technology model, a new business model, a new model for integrated corporate philanthropy and, above all, a model for ensuring each customer's individual success.
He is now regarded as the leader of what he termed the "End Of Software," the idea that Web-based applications deliver immediate benefits at reduced risks and costs, in place of traditional software. By providing companies of all sizes, in all industries and in all parts of the world with integrated, scalable and completely customizable features, salesforce.com has democratized CRM success.
"The DEMO Conferences have always drawn global attention for their ability to pinpoint the technologies that everyone will be talking about," said Benioff. "I was honored to be invited to present salesforce.com at DEMO back in 2000, and I'm just as honored to return this year."
Benioff is recognized as one of the preeminent thinkers in information technology. He currently serves as co-chairman of the bi-partisan President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). Fortune Magazine called Benioff one of its Top 10 Entrepreneurs to Watch; BusinessWeek named him one of the 25 people responsible for turning e-business around.
Throughout his career, Benioff has been determined to use information technology to produce positive social change. In July 2000, with Colin Powell in attendance, Benioff launched the salesforce.com/ foundation, a multi-million dollar global philanthropic organization aimed at bridging the digital divide. Pioneering the "1 percent solution" — salesforce.com contributes one percent of profits, equity and employee hours back to the communities it serves — the salesforce.com/foundation has demonstrated the power and impact of integrated philanthropy.
Most recently, Benioff co-authored Compassionate Capitalism, the first-ever best practices guide for corporate philanthropy that illustrates the success of the integrated model
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