Salesforce.com hired former U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra to lead the cloud-computing provider's expansion into government and other markets overseas.
(NYSE: CRM) Jan. 16 said it has hired former U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra as its new
executive vice president of emerging markets, snapping up the cloud-computing
connoisseur fresh off of his teaching fellowship with the Kennedy School and
the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
more than $80 billion in technology investments as U.S. CIO. He spearheaded the
country's mission to get federal agencies to migrate their computing
infrastructure from local software to computing solutions hosted by software
makers and provisioned to employees through a Web browser.
As the CTO for
the District of Columbia in 2008, Kundra inked a contract worth $500,000 a year
give 38,000 government employees Google Apps as an alternative to Microsoft
Two years later, under the "Cloud First" policy
Kundra created as U.S. CIO
, the General Services Administration
migrated to Google Apps after using IBM (NYSE:IBM) Lotus Notes on-premise
software for years.
takes his cloud-oriented mindset to Salesforce.com, which has spent the last
decade-plus creating cloud-computing software and is a leader in the emerging,
so-called social enterprise. In this model, enterprise applications are imbued
with social tools to enhance collaboration between employees, customers and
Kundra is an amazing technology visionary who opened the eyes of millions to
the transformational power of cloud computing," said Marc Benioff,
chairman and CEO, Salesforce.com. "His disruptive leadership is just what
the industry needs to accelerate the social enterprise."
As his title and experience indicate, Kundra will help
develop Salesforce.com's strategy
to serve Web-based enterprise applications
to governments in other markets, such as the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.
ended 2011 on a high note with the launch of its social marketing cloud social-media suite
and the acquisition of human resource management software maker
isn't alone in its mission; it faces competition from staunch, yet old-school
enterprise software makers.
SAP and Oracle
also made socially-oriented cloud-computing noise last year, with the former acquiring
SuccessFactors and the latter picking up Right Now Technologies.