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Must-know: Saleforce.com’s “industry strategy”

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Sep. 10 2014, Updated 6:42 p.m. ET

Three-pronged industry strategy 

In April 2014, Salesforce.com (CRM) announced its “industry strategy.” The company wants to expand its presence across various industry verticals.

The company’s three-pronged industry strategy includes:

• Industry-focused business groups that will be built to develop, market, and sell the company’s suite of applications. The company would benefit from the huge growth expected in the CRM market.
• Motivate and encourage platform independent software vendors (or ISV’s) to build, market, and sell industry applications. Like Amazon Web Services (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT), Salesforce.com allows its partners to build, sell, and service industry-specific applications. Although the company has the expertise and agility to build industry-specific applications in-house, building and supporting these applications increases research and development, sales, and marketing costs. To reduce these costs, Salesforce.com has joined with ISV Platform partners to develop and sell industry-specific applications.
• Acquisition of vendors with industry-specific expertise to tailor Salesforce.com’s solutions to verticals.

Positive news about Salesforce.com will benefit the Shares North American Tech-Software ETF (IGV).
The previous presentation outlines Salesforce.com’s strategy that’s focused on the customer.

Salesforce1 focused on the “Internet of Customers”

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Industries served

Salesforce1 is focused on delivering its offerings to the following industries:

  • financial services and insurance
  • healthcare and life sciences
  • retail and consumer products
  • communications and media
  • public sector
  • automotive and manufacturing
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