The below press release will hit the wire at 7am EST on January 16th. The announcement celebrates some high profile additions to the team and how extremely excited we are about On-Demand, Salesforce.com and Winter 07 + Apex. In 2007 interest in On-Demand from large enterprises will grow dramatically; we look forward to helping those companies avoid ‘SAAS Silos’ and create a cohesive On-Demand strategy, architecture, and approach.
Former Enterprise Software Executives Join Appirio to Accelerate the Shift to On-Demand Business Applications
Executives from SAP, Borland, and webMethods leverage Salesforce.com and the Apex platform to accelerate on-demand adoption in enterprise customers
San Francisco, Calif., – January 16, 2006 — Appirio, a services and product firm focused on accelerating the adoption of on-demand applications in the enterprise, today announced the addition of senior enterprise software executives and several major enterprise customer wins. Recognizing the paradigm shift from on-premise to on-demand for packaged and custom applications, Appirio helps enterprise customers unlock business value and reduce IT costs by accelerating their adoption of salesforce.com’s suite of on-demand CRM applications and building on salesforce.com’s Apex, the leading platform for developing custom on-demand applications.
Appirio has differentiated itself in the market by uniquely blending consulting, development, and integration expertise to accelerate enterprise customer adoption of salesforce.com’s applications and the Apex platform,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. “Appirio has harnessed the power of the Apex platform to demonstrate the innovation and customer success that is possible on demand.”
CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest provider of drug and alcohol treatment services, has engaged Appirio to deliver an on-demand application strategy and design a new platform to support their client pre-admissions process. Howard Brown, CRC’s vice president of marketing, said that “Appirio’s ability to understand our business has allowed us to push forward with our on-demand strategy in a manner completely consistent with our business strategy.”
Since its initial launch in September 2006, Appirio has also released three sales and support productivity widgets on AppExchange, Salesforce.com’s marketplace for third-party applications. More than 3,000 customers have downloaded these Yahoo and Google widgets. In addition, Appirio is an inaugural member of the salesforce.com AppExchange incubator program and is developing a number of other applications for salesforce.com customers.
“On-demand applications are a classic business disruption to the model of traditional on-premise applications,” said Appirio’s CEO, Chris Barbin. “Salesforce.com can innovate more rapidly, and the effect is amplified because partners can add value to a single, unified platform. Developing and launching applications to the full SAP or Oracle customer base would require ten to twenty times the effort, in order to cover all existing versions, operating systems, and customizations deployed to each customer. We believe the promise and direction of the Apex platform, as demonstrated in the Salesforce Winter ’07 release and the upcoming roadmap, is a game changer for Appirio and our customers.”