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Salesforce.com Placed in the Leaders Quadrant for Sales Force Automation Magic Quadrant

Evaluation based on ability to execute and completeness of vision

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced that it has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant in Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation(1). According to Gartner, "Leaders demonstrate market-defining vision of how technology can help the top sales executives achieve business objectives. Leaders have the ability to execute against that vision through products, services and demonstrated solid business results in the form of revenue and earnings. Leaders have significant successful customer deployments in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia/Pacific in a wide variety of vertical industries with multiple proof points above 500 users."

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"Salesforce.com is thrilled to be placed in the leaders quadrant. We believe the company is not only setting the standard for the CRM industry, but cloud computing as well," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO at salesforce.com. "Most importantly, we would like to thank our nearly 60,000 customers - it is their unparalleled success that motivates us everyday."

A decade ago, salesforce.com pioneered cloud computing for the enterprise by developing and delivering the world's most popular CRM application, Salesforce CRM, made up of the Sales Cloud and the Service Cloud. The Sales Cloud is the world's leading sales application. With 29 major releases over the last ten years and partnerships with other major cloud computing companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon.com, the Sales Cloud has been providing companies with a 360-degree, real-time view of customers regardless of location or device. Today, the Sales Cloud is loved by reps and depended on by managers because it helps sales organizations be more productive and close more deals. Almost 60,000 companies like Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Cisco and Dell have already standardized on the Sales Cloud.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About salesforce.com

Salesforce.com is the enterprise cloud computing company. The company's portfolio of Salesforce CRM applications, available at http://www.salesforce.com/products/, has revolutionized the ways that companies collaborate and communicate with their customers across sales, marketing and service. The company's Force.com platform (http://www.salesforce.com/platform/) enables customers, partners and developers to quickly build powerful business applications to run every part of the enterprise in the cloud. Based on salesforce.com's real-time, multi-tenant architecture, Salesforce CRM and Force.com offer the fastest path to customer success with cloud computing.

As of April 30, 2009, salesforce.com manages customer information for approximately 59,300 customers including Allianz Commercial, Dell, Dow Jones Newswires, Japan Post, Kaiser Permanente, KONE, and SunTrust Banks. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce.com has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CRM". For more information please visit http://www.salesforce.com, or call 1-800-NO-SOFTWARE.

Copyright (c) 2009 salesforce.com, inc. All rights reserved. Salesforce and the "no software" logo are registered trademarks of salesforce.com, inc., and salesforce.com owns other registered and unregistered trademarks. Other names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

(1) July 22, 2009: Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for Sales Force Automation by Robert P. DeSisto

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