Vendors selected for the Gartner “Cool Vendors in Cloud Computing Management and Professional Services” report are innovative, impactful, intriguing
SAN MATEO, CA.—March 25, 2009—Appirio (www.appirio.com), a leading on-demand products and professional services company, today announced that the company has been selected by Gartner, Inc. as one of the “Cool Vendors in Cloud Computing Management and Professional Services,” in a report authored by Milind Govekar, Cameron Haight, David W. Cearley and Lydia Leong..
The March 2009 report considers the growing acceptance of cloud computing by traditional enterprises and the resulting upswell in tools and professional services to assist these organizations in better managing and supporting their cloud initiatives. According to the report, “Cloud computing environments are becoming increasingly accepted as part of an enterprise alternative delivery model to procure IT services.”
“In my opinion, inclusion as a Gartner Cool Vendor further validates our role in making the business case for cloud computing a reality,” commented Narinder Singh, Appirio co-founder. “Appirio was a pioneer in developing professional services and products specifically designed to help enterprises get more from their on-demand investments, and has been involved in some of the largest and most innovative cloud computing implementations to date. Enterprises are turning to the cloud – now more than ever before – for quantifiable cost savings, rapid time to value and innovation that drives their business strategies. We are pleased to be recognized by Gartner as a Cool Vendor.”
Appirio provides both products and professional services to accelerate enterprise adoption of on-demand solutions. The company’s offerings range from strategy engagements to define a company’s path to the cloud, to SaaS implementation and custom development services, to products that extend leading cloud platforms like Salesforce CRM, Google Apps and Facebook. Appirio has worked with over 150 enterprises (including some of Google and Salesforce’s largest customers), and over 2,500 companies globally use Appirio’s products. Appirio continues to introduce new, innovative products that extend customer-facing processes using cloud platforms. For example, the new Appirio Referral Management Solution allows companies to systematically market to 175M Facebook users, while its PS Essentials product enables professional services organizations to more easily manage their business using the salesforce.com platform.
About Gartner’s Cool Vendors Selection Process
Gartner’s listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.
Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn’t do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner’s interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.
Appirio (www.appirio.com) provides products and services that help enterprises accelerate their adoption of on-demand solutions. Appirio has a proven track record of delivering value to customers by implementing mission-critical Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions based on platforms such as Salesforce and Google Apps, and developing innovative applications that connect and extend today’s leading cloud computing platforms. With offices in the U.S. and Japan, Appirio is the fastest growing partner of salesforce.com and Google, and is backed by Sequoia Capital and GGV Capital.