Company: salesforce.com, San Francisco, CA USA
Entry Submitted By: The OutCast Agency
Company Description: Salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company that has transformed the way companies collaborate and communicate. Salesforce.com is leading the effort to bring Cloud 2, the next paradigm for computing, to the enterprise by offering its customers the social collaboration, mobility and openness that are the hallmark of this new world.
Nomination Category: Company/Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Most Innovative Company of the Year in Canada and the U.S.A.
Nomination Title: Salesforce.com: Driving Innovation in Enterprise Cloud Computing
Tell the story about what this nominated company achieved (up to 500 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Be sure to mention obstacles overcome, innovations or discoveries made, and outcomes:
In 2010, salesforce.com ushered in the next paradigm for enterprise cloud computing, Cloud 2, which is social, mobile, and open. The Cloud 2 era moves beyond the original low-cost, fast and easy-to-use identity of cloud computing to a desktop-less world that is about status updates, feeds and profiles running on new mobile devices like the iPad 2, enabling people to realize success in exciting new ways.
Twelve years ago, when Marc Benioff first founded salesforce.com, he posed the question: “Why isn’t all enterprise software like Amazon.com?” Since executing on that vision in 1999, salesforce.com delivered an innovative suite of products and a dynamic new business model to its more than 92,300 customers, leading an information technology revolution called cloud computing.
In 2010, Benioff posed a new question: “Why isn’t all enterprise software like Facebook?” as salesforce.com led the charge to Cloud 2 with the industry’s first enterprise social collaboration app and platform, Salesforce Chatter. With Chatter, enterprises can create a secure corporate social network.
Leveraging the social features popularized by Facebook and Twitter – such as profiles, status updates and real-time feeds – Chatter lets employees “follow” documents, people, business processes and application data. Most important to developers, Chatter is built on top of the Force.com platform, and allows any company to develop and deploy custom-built social applications.
The company also continued to demonstrate why its application development platform is the proven path to success with Cloud 2 through new innovations to the Force.com platform. With new capabilities, developers can create custom social apps on open platforms five times faster than building on traditional software platforms. More than 92,300 customers now use the Force.com platform and run 185,000 custom apps on it, creating an entire Cloud 2 ecosystem. With this momentum, salesforce.com expanded the path to the cloud for developers and CIOs by opening up Force.com platform services with:
• VMforce – the world’s first enterprise Java cloud and the fastest path for Java developers to the cloud.
• Heroku – Salesforce.com acquired Heroku to provide developers the fastest path to build and deploy Ruby apps in the cloud.
• Database.com –the world’s first enterprise database built for the cloud that is open for any language, open to any platform and open to any device.
And most recently, the company built upon its flagship CRM solution with the announcement of Service Cloud 3, the next generation of social contact centers that allows companies to monitor and capture conversations about their brands on Facebook and Twitter, and use Radian6 for Salesforce to monitor blogs, forums and discussion groups.
Through its commitment to leadership and innovation in the industry, salesforce.com is on track to being the first enterprise cloud computing company to report more than $2 billion in revenue. The company was also named one of the fastest growing companies in the world by Fortune (#4) in 2010 and one of the fastest growing tech companies in America by Forbes (#8) in 2011.
List hyperlinks to any online news stories, press releases, video clips, work samples, or other documents that support the claims made in the section above. IMPORTANT: Begin each link with http://, and enclose each link in square brackets; for example, [http://www.youraddress.com]:
Contributed articles bylined by Marc Benioff:
• 2.24.10 – TechCrunch: “The Facebook Imperative” http://techcrunch.com/2010/02/24/the-facebook-imperative/
• 3.02.10 – SandHill.com: “2020: I See It Clearly - Through the Clouds” http://www.sandhill.com/opinion/editorial.php?id=293
• 3.10.10 – Techcrunch: “The Facebook Imperative Cannot Be Stopped” http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/10/facebook-imperative-cannot-be-stopped/
• 3.29.10 – Techcrunch: “Hello, iPad. Hello, Cloud 2.” http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/29/ipad-cloud-2/
• 4.29.10 – Fortune: “The end of Microsoft. A door opens to a new cloud.” http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/04/29/the-end-of-microsoft-a-door-opens-to-a-new-cloud/
Corporate Coverage Highlights:
• 7.11.10 – Associated Press: “CEO Interview: Salesforce.com's Eclectic Leader” http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=11227948
• 8.9.10 – Fortune: “Salesforce.com’s cloud strategy” (video) http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2010/08/19/t_co_salesforce_cloud.fortune/
• 11.18.10 – Forbes: “Salesforce.com: The Web's Big Upstart” http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/1206/features-technology-salesforce-marc-benioff-web.html
Chatter Coverage Highlights:
• 6.29.10 – TechCrunch: TechCrunch: “Salesforce Chatterizes 10,000 Of Its Customers First Week After Public Launch” http://techcrunch.com/2010/06/29/salesforce-chatterizes-10000-of-its-customers-first-week-after-public-launch/
• 8.19.10 - Forbes: “Success With Saleforce.com's Chatter” http://www.forbes.com/2010/08/19/salesforce-microsoft-internet-technology-chatter.html
• 9.8.10 – ReadWriteWeb: “Enterprise Mobility Heats Up as Salesforce.com Announces Chatter Mobile” http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2010/09/enterprise-mobility-heats-up-w.php
• 9.22.10 – ZDNet: “Salesforce's Benioff: "Clouds aren't in a box" http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/salesforces-benioff-clouds-arent-in-a-box/39488
Platform Coverage Highlights:
• 10.04.10 – ReadWriteWeb: “Beyond CRM: How One Company is Using
Salesforce.com to Process Brain Data” http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2010/10/salesforce-cns-eeg.php
• 10.28.10 - IDG News Service: “Cloud services spur mobile enterprise apps” http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=F3D5F807-1A64-67EA-E40DFF9DA5D3F16E
• 12.07.10 – ZDNet: “Dreamforce: Salesforce-Oracle rivalry heats up with launch of Database.com” http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/dreamforce-salesforce-oracle-rivalry-heats-up-with-launch-of-databasecom/42441
• 12.08.10 – Reuters: “Salesforce to buy Heroku to expand in cloud computing” http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/12/08/us-heroku-salesforce-idUSTRE6B72S520101208
CRM (Sales and Service Cloud) Coverage Highlights:
• 6.10.10 – InformationWeek: “Salesforce.com Scores World Cup CRM Deployment” http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/enterprise_apps/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225600260
• 3.02.11 – TechCrunch: “Salesforce Debuts A More Social Service Cloud 3 With Chatter, Facebook And Twitter Integrations” http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/02/salesforce-debuts-a-more-social-service-cloud-3-with-chatter-facebook-and-twitter/
• 3.15.11 – Financial Times: “Sales moves from art to science” http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/10067dcc-4eb0-11e0-874e-00144feab49a.html#axzz1HvbtHrUV
• 1.13.10 – Salesforce.com to Deliver Real-Time Success to the Enterprise with Spring '10 http://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2010/01/100113.jsp
• 4.27.10 – Salesforce.com and VMware Form Strategic Alliance to Launch VMforce™, the World’s First Enterprise Java Cloud http://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2010/04/100428.jsp
• 6.22.10 – Salesforce Chatter is Here – June 22, 2010: http://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2010/06/100622-2.jsp
• 9.8.10 – Salesforce.com Introduces Chatter Mobile http://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2010/09/100908.jsp
• 9.22.10 – Chatter 2 is Here. Already. http://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2010/09/100922.jsp
• 12.7.10 – Salesforce.com Unveils Chatter Free http://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2010/12/101207-2.jsp
• 12.7.10 – Introducing Database.com, the World’s First Enterprise Database Built for the Cloud http://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2010/12/101207-3.jsp
• 12.8.10 – Salesforce.com Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Heroku http://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2010/12/101208.jsp
• 3.3.11 – Salesforce.com Unveils Service Cloud 3 – March 3, 2011: http://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2011/03/110303.jsp
Provide a brief (up to 100 words) biography about the leader of this nominated company:
Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. He founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand information management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. Benioff has been widely recognized for pioneering innovation. In 2010 he was awarded the David Packard Medal of Achievement and was named by Fortune one of the Top 50 People in Business as well as one of the Smartest People in Tech. He has been honored as the San Francisco Business Times Executive of the Year, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, among others.