Capitalizing on Your Salesforce.com Investment with a Force.com Strategy
Developing the cloud
Salesforce.com’s rapid emergence in the enterprise Customer Relationship Management (CRM) marketplace is not only proving that Software as a Service (SaaS) is now a viable alternative to traditional on-premise software, but that organizations are willing to move more and more applications into the cloud and to an on-demand model. Having already invested in licenses for salesforce.com CRM or having heard the hype, organizations are asking what else can be developed on the platform that will increase their Return on Investment (ROI)?
With salesforce.com’s force.com platform (“force.com”), organizations have an alternative to developing custom applications that reside within the traditional on-premise server farms and infrastructure; instead organizations may choose a development platform that operates as a service, just like their CRM application. However, not all applications and not all organizations are well suited to a force.com strategy. There are certain flavors, or themes of applications, that share common characteristics and capabilities that are ideal for developing on this emerging platform. In addition, there are organizations more suited – both from a technical and a business perspective – to capitalizing on force.com. Building the right applications will yield benefits ranging from quick integration and shared business logic, less maintenance and IT support teams, to quicker adoption and greater collaboration across teams and business units.
Interested parties need to carefully consider two fundamental questions: What are the key traits of companies that are successful in embracing force.com as a development platform; and, what are the types of applications that are a good fit for development on force.com?
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