Salesforce.com Named to Yet another List
By David Sims
TMCnet Contributing Editor
Salesforce.com (News - Alert) is sure getting named to a lot of lists lately. Recently, the on-demand CRM vendor has been named to the 2007 Software Development Times 100 list of technology influencers.
The list of Influencers consists of companies that the SD Times has identified as "having the greatest impact on the software development landscape," according to Salesforce.com officials. In addition to Salesforce.com, other companies named as Influencers by the SD Times include the Eclipse Foundation, Google (News - Alert) and IBM.
"In the last year we have witnessed some amazing milestones for the software development industry - not only the delivery of Salesforce Platform, the industry's first platform for building and running on-demand applications, but also the introduction of Apex, the industry's first on-demand programming language," said Marc Benioff (News - Alert), chairman and CEO, Salesforce.com.
David Rubinstein, Editor-in-Chief of SD Times, said "we took into account each nominee's products and services, its reputation among development managers, and the new ideas it brought out. These select individuals and organizations are the ones we've identified as helping to move the art of development forward."
Salesforce.com's citation in the SD Times 100 read: "Disruptive technology as a mission statement. With Salesforce.com in the water, no fish is safe from having its lunch eaten out from under its nose."
Salesforce.com has received numerous recent awards and honors, including Forbes Top Ten Disrupters 2006, where the AppExchange was ranked number five, Forbes 25 Tech Newcomers, the Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, ranked No. 7 on the list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Business Ethics magazine, got two ISM Top 15 CRM Software Awards, two CODiE Awards from the Software & Information Industry Association, the National League MVP and has been shortlisted for this year's Nobel Prize. Or so it seems.
In May Salesforce.com was named one of the world's most ethical companies by Ethisphere magazine, a national publication "dedicated to illuminating the correlation between ethics and profit," according to publication officials.
The approximately 100 companies on the list - including Google, Kellogg Company, Starbucks and Whole Foods - are recognized for their "strong leadership in ethics and compliance, advancement of industry discourse on social and ethical issues, and positive engagement in the communities in which they operate."
"Having a purpose beyond making a profit distinguishes our company," Benioff said of the Ethisphere award. "Corporate social responsibility has been integrated into our DNA from the very beginning. It's an honor to be recognized for practicing what we preach."
David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.