Salesforce.com to Offer Hosted Development Tools
Salesforce.com plans to extend its business model to providing hosted development tools with the release of its sforce online application development utility.Salesforce.com plans to extend its business model from providing hosted customer relationship management applications to providing hosted development tools with the release of its sforce online application development utility, launched at the Grand Havana Club in New York Tuesday evening. The San Francisco-based company, which has more than 6,500 customers for its hosted CRM applications, is partnering with Microsoft Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc., Borland Inc. and BEA Systems Inc. to offer Web services to developers that allow them to build Internet applications with the development tools they already use. "Theyre exposing their data stores as Web services, and weve got the programming tools to access them," said Danl Lewin, corporate vice president, U.S. .Net platform strategy, at Microsoft
Enterprises that use Salesforce.com now will be able to use sforce to build tighter connections to other applications in their environment via Web services like XML, WSDL and SOAP. But Salesforce.com is also positioning sforce as a way for enterprises as well as software vendors to build their own applications as services.