CRM software maker Salesforce and Apple seem to be growing increasingly tight, with a major move to Mac now the speculation of the day,
At Apple’s March iPhone event, a Salesforce representative took the stage to demonstrate a version of that company’s sales software running as a native application on the iPhone.
“The opportunity to use the innovative iPhone OS platform to deliver compelling Software-as-a-Service applications to mobile users is empowering to us, and ultimately, our customers, “said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com. “They are asking us for new ways to harness the power of Force.com to access their business information on any device regardless of location.”
Now it looks like Salesforce has taken Apple’s Mac message to heart – and plans to migrate its 4,000 employees to the Mac, making the company one of the largest enterprise software companies to use the Mac. The reason for the switch is telling, according to blogger (and iPhone developer) Alex Curylo: "Why, you ask, Security! The resources it takes to defend against all the stuff the baddies throw at a PC, it’s just cheaper/easier to pay a few bucks more for a Mac and not have any of those issues." It’s a major bonus for Apple’s increasing acceptance by business and enterprise shops as Mac sales climb 50 per cent year-on-year.