The Enterprise, Disrupted: A Monumental Year for the AppExchange Ecosystem

I started working on the AppExchange in 2007, before the Apple App Store existed and before any of us had a phone that could tell you the weather or hail you a taxi.   It was the wild wild west of apps back then and we all knew we are on to something, we just didn’t know how big that something would be.

Flash forward 6 years to last week and I am sitting in a conference room with the team obsessively refreshing my browser to watch the AppExchange ticker blow past 2M enterprise installs.  Amongst the high fives and hamburgers, it was a monumental day for the team and something I think we’ll all remember for years to come.

While the AppExchange has been a great broker for apps in the enterprise, the true success lies in our partners.    I am blown away every day by the innovation I see out of our ecosystem and how quickly our partners are able to launch successful businesses on the Salesforce Platform.   From productivity tools like Arrowpointe to full accounting solutions like FinancialForce, all types of partners are disrupting the enterprise and attracting big-time customers and investors alike.

In just this year alone, we’ve seen:

nCino launch a community banking app, eliminating thousands of manual processes done typically still with paper forms.

ServiceMax deploy to Coca-Cola Bottling EMEA, revolutionizing the way their bottlers hand service issues in the field, all via mobile.

Kenandy raise $30M from Lightspeed Capital to bring ERP to the cloud.

And the enterprise app revolution has just begun.     There are so many categories that have yet to be disrupted.    We are looking for the “Ubers” of the enterprise and we want you to be on this rocketship with us.

Come join us for the AppExchange Partner Keynote to hear from partners, customers, investors and product management about their take on the future of enterprise apps.   We’ll celebrate partner success and we’ll also give you our take on how you can capitalize on the opportunity in the year to come.

The AppExchange Partner Keynote is one of the most popular at Dreamforce so make sure to register and save your seat early.    I look forward to seeing you there. And check out all of the other amazing sessions we have lined up for app builders and entrepreneurs at DF13.

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October 11, 2013
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The Enterprise, Disrupted: A Monumental Year for the AppExchange Ecosystem