Salesforce.com is a large international enterprise with a relatively brief history. However, since it was launched in February, 1999 it accumulated interesting facts and stories in the world of IT which we will share with you in two parts.
The company, founded by Marc Benioff, Parker Harris, Dave Moellenhoff, and Frank Dominguez, started as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering a sales automation tool. Nowadays, Salesforce.com is focused on delivering a full Customer Relationship Management solution, built from multiple tools, designed for small business, large enteprises and nonprofits.
Here are 8 Salesforce.com facts:
Gartner points Salesforce.com as the CRM market leader among strong competition from SAP, Oracle and Microsoft. The company holds the largest stake in the market which validates our second fact:
Forbes awarded Salesforce.com for being the most innovative company in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. For 2015 and 2016 is ranked 2nd, after Tesla. Considering the newest addition to Salesforce.com offering - the Artificial Intelligence called Einstein - we should expect more awards to come.
Your are probably familiar with Apple App Store. As a matter of fact Salesforce.com copyrighted the name and launched the first worldwide store, in 2005, 3 years before Apple. However, Salesforce.com changed the name to AppExchange and decided to give the copyright for App Store to Apple. AppExchange is the business application store for Salesforce.com with free and paid solutions.
The company started 17 years ago, however managed to scale up quickly and become a leader in its market. Considering all the existing partners of Salesforce.com, which we are, the Salesforce.com community worldwide is huge!
Well, what can we say - Salesforce.com supports many customers, as of 2016 there are more than 150,000!
Marc Benioff, Salesforce.com CEO, commented “Salesforce reached $5 billion in annual revenue faster than any other enterprise software company and now it’s our goal to be the fastest to reach $10 billion”. Considering the year-on-year jump in revenue, definetely Salesforce.com is on the right track.
Many of the building blocks of Salesforce.com and its Clouds are actually softwares developed by other companies. Later on those were bought by Salesforce.com in order to build a resilient offering to customers. To date, some of the most expensive purchases reach $2.8 billion. One of the latest examples is acquiring MetaMind which “helps power the world's smartest CRM by embedding state-of-the-art deep learning technology into the Salesforce Platform”, namely Einstein.
Salesforce.com holds the title name of the ‘tiny’ tower based in San Francisco. It measures 326 meters in height spread across 61 floors.