Mindjet(R) and Salesforce.com(R) Announce MindManager(R) Accelerator at DEMO@15!
Productivity Solution Shortens Sales Cycles, Increases Close Rates
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Mindjet(R), the leading provider of software for visualizing and managing information, and Salesforce.com(R) (NYSE: CRM), the technology and market leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM), today announced the introduction of MindManager(R) Accelerator for Salesforce.com at DEMO@15! in Scottsdale, Ariz. Tightly integrated with Salesforce.com via the sforce on-demand platform and immediately available to Salesforce.com customers, MindManager Accelerator complements Salesforce.com by improving the productivity of sales teams. The Accelerator adds to the recognized value of an organization's CRM system, and offers teams a fast and easy way to enter and analyze customer information and to communicate account status with other team members, sales management and executives. "Salesforce.com pioneered a way for sales professionals to access CRM information anytime, anywhere. Now Mindjet has developed a way to enhance that offering," said Mary Wardley, IDC vice president, enterprise applications and CRM software. "With the release of MindManager Accelerator, Mindjet has created an intelligent layer called a 'map dashboard' that sits above Salesforce.com. This visual layer makes the information immediately editable, adds clarity and analytics, and helps sales teams leverage their customer data in a new visual dimension." MindManager Accelerator complements Salesforce.com by extracting information from the Salesforce.com database and presenting it as an interactive map dashboard. The map allows sales professionals to quickly organize complex information into a single view. The visual, interactive nature of the map transforms the way sales teams manage their accounts. And it improves the ability to communicate pipeline status and closure strategies to sales management and executives. With more than 13,300 customers and 214,000 subscribers of all sizes, geographies and industries as of Dec. 31, 2004, Salesforce.com is the world's most widely used on-demand CRM. Now in its 17th generation, Salesforce.com offers its customers the most mature on-demand offering, one that includes powerful integration capabilities via the sforce platform, customization tools through Customforce.com and complete globalization with 11 languages. A variety of systems and platforms, including enterprise applications, desktop solutions, mobile devices and IP phone systems, integrate with Salesforce.com and Supportforce.com via the sforce Web service API. These integrations make key business information available to users from all of their favorite applications and tools. Since its launch in June 2003, the sforce Web service API has grown to represent 20 percent of Salesforce.com traffic. This translates to millions of requests each day coming from integrated desktop and enterprise applications, rather than from a Web browser alone. Combined with the more than 5,000 sforce developers, this activity demonstrates the importance and popularity of sforce solutions for thousands of Salesforce.com's customers. "Mindjet and Salesforce.com share a similar mission -- to help customers succeed by providing them with easier and more effective access to critical information," said Salesforce.com Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff. "We are pleased to have Mindjet as an sforce partner to provide an innovative solution like the MindManager Accelerator which extends the value of Salesforce.com to our customers." "Mindjet has partnered with salesforce.com to create an innovative sales productivity and collaboration tool for Salesforce.com customers," says Bob Gordon, CEO, Mindjet. "MindManager Accelerator for Salesforce.com is an easy-to-use, highly effective sales productivity tool. Accelerator leverages the proven benefits of Mindjet's flagship product MindManager X5 Pro and integrates with the leader in on-demand CRM solutions. We look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership." The sforce on demand platform allows solution developers to customize, integrate and extend salesforce.com to create sophisticated custom CRM solutions. In contrast to traditional packaged software, sforce allows developers to use the tools they already know and love from IBM, BEA, Borland, and Microsoft, and open source solutions like Perl and PHP, to build CRM integrations and applications with record speed and success. Leveraging standards and technologies from the Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), sforce continues to demonstrate how the on demand platforms are a central part of the new enterprise IT strategies. Free access to the sforce community, as well as more information on the sforce Developer Program, is available at http://sforce.com/. About Mindjet Mindjet, the leading provider of software for visualizing and managing information, creates applications for business teams to think together, plan together, and work together. Mindjet's innovative visual mapping tools improve business productivity by working the way people think. MindManager, the award-winning flagship product with more than 500,000 licenses sold worldwide, is productivity software designed for business professionals from the majority of Global 2000 companies. With headquarters in California and operations throughout the world, Mindjet is backed by 3i, a leading international venture capital firm. More information is available by calling toll-free 1-877-MINDJET or by visiting http://www.mindjet.com. About Salesforce.com Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM). Through its award-winning salesforce.com family of products including Salesforce.com (http://www.salesforce.com) and Supportforce.com (http://www.supportforce.com), the company provides a comprehensive suite of CRM applications to help enterprises of all sizes, industries and geographies meet the complex challenge of sharing and managing information on-demand. Salesforce.com and Supportforce.com are built on the sforce client/service integration platform and include the Customforce.com tool for complete on-demand customization. Sforce (http://www.sforce.com) and Customforce.com (http://www.customforce.com) allow customers and independent software vendors to customize and integrate Salesforce.com's products, as well as build their own on-demand enterprise applications. As of December 31, 2004, Salesforce.com manages customer information for approximately 13,300 customers and approximately 214,000 paying subscribers including Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), America Online (AOL), Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Avis/Budget Rent A Car (Cendant Rental Car Group), Dow Jones Newswires, Nokia, Polycom and SunTrust Banks. 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. Mindjet PR Contact at DEMO Elizabeth Yekhtikian 617-686-9541 (Mobile) email@example.com Mindjet PR Contact at Blanc & Otus Salesforce.com PR Contact Thomas Bain Jane Hynes 617-451-6102 x.273 415-901-5079 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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