SAN BRUNO, Calif., Dec. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A new ecosystem of innovative robust enterprise applications has grown up around cloud platforms such as Salesforce, and companies that exploit these apps and platforms report achieving significant competitive advantages, says a new white paper from The FactPoint Group and ICIX. In particular, forward-looking businesses are using these new solutions running on the Salesforce App Cloud platform to replace legacy-applications and platforms, unify their organizations around a single information platform, increase collaboration internally and externally, and become more agile, efficient and profitable.
"The emergence of this new class of enterprise applications built on top of a strategic cloud platform like Salesforce App Cloud enables IT to truly deliver what the business needs at a speed never before possible," says Lawrence Gordon, a partner at FactPoint.
Adopting such a strategy can boost companies' ability to compete globally. "The entire company—not just the technological leadership—has this now available to them to operate their businesses with a speed, agility and efficiency that is necessary," says Phil Newmoyer, CTO of DFG and past CIO at Toys "R" Us and Serta Simmons Bedding. "That becomes a competitive differentiator," he adds.
The report also discusses ICIX, a cloud provider of supply chain compliance and transparency solutions, as a case study illustrating this trend. Says ICIX CEO David Marchand, "A key reason ICIX moved to the Salesforce App Cloud platform is that it accelerates our innovation cycles, helping us deliver value to our own customers far more quickly than we could before."
The white paper, How Cloud Platforms Are Powering a Revolution in Enterprise Apps, provides insights into:
- The evolution of cloud platforms to true enterprise-ready status.
- How running enterprise applications on the Salesforce App Cloud platform provides increased business agility without serious drains on manpower.
- The ecosystems of providers of robust, interoperable, easy-to-use enterprise applications that have evolved on some cloud platforms, notably Salesforce.
- The need to accelerate innovation, particularly for customer-facing apps.
- The economic advantages and benefits of scale in selecting a strategic cloud platform on which to run applications across the enterprise.
The white paper explores why enterprises are rapidly migrating from stand-alone cloud applications and existing on-premise systems to cloud platforms and, in particular, why the Salesforce App Cloud platform holds so much allure.
"Few in the executive suite have noticed that a tipping point has been reached and passed," says ICIX founder Matt Smith. "Successful enterprises are accelerating their migration to the cloud. They are now adopting and standardizing on new cloud-based platforms for new application development and replacing legacy systems nearing or even exceeding their useful lives."
Download a complimentary copy of the white paper, How Cloud Platforms Are Powering a Revolution in Enterprise Apps.
About The FactPoint Group: The FactPoint Group is a Silicon Valley-based research and consulting firm that is dedicated to the business improvement of its clients. The FactPoint Group has been producing world class research, analysis, and consulting for over 12 years, and continues to help its clients sell and use new technology solutions.
About ICIX: ICIX solutions enable companies to safeguard consumers, protect their brand, and build trust – all while improving margins. Its applications and the ICIX retail cloud network are built on the Salesforce Customer Success Platform, and bring unparalleled visibility and efficiency to the extended supply chain for product safety, compliance and corporate social responsibility. ICIX helps the retail industry's leading companies collaborate across trading partner networks to achieve Active TransparencyTM. More than 20,000 businesses are active members of the ICIX network, including leading retailers and manufacturers, their trading partners and more than 50 testing, inspection and certification companies. For more information about the company and its portfolio of products, visit www.icix.com.
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