San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 9, 2006
ShareMethods (http://www.sharemethods.com) and salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM), the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, today announced that BusinessWeek, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), has selected ShareNow for AppExchange from ShareMethods for a deployment of 100 users across the United States (NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco), Europe (London), and Asia (Hong Kong). With most documents and work processes handled informally today via email, many businesses now find they need a better way. ShareMethods delivers an improved Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution to securely manage, share, and distribute sales and marketing materials such as proposals, marketing collateral, customer agreements, and partner documents on a worldwide basis. The announcement was made today at Dreamforce ‘06, salesforce.com’s User and Developer Conference.
"We needed advanced document management capabilities delivered as a hosted service with full Salesforce integration. ShareNow for AppExchange offered the best choice to meet our business requirements for a global user base," said Anoop Srivastava, vice president of technology at BusinessWeek. "ShareNow for AppExchange brings our documents and best practices together into one place for the sales and marketing team with a solution that is easy to use, quick to deploy, and cost-effective.”
"The ability to easily combine the industry-leading Salesforce on-demand CRM application with advanced document management features of ShareNow into one solution via the AppExchange showcases The Business Web at work," said Matt Holleran, vice president, AppExchange partners, salesforce.com. "ShareNow for AppExchange delivers enterprise class document management on-demand to major customers such as BusinessWeek to further their business objectives.”
ShareNow for AppExchange provides powerful capabilities for customers to securely manage and distribute sales, marketing, and support materials. Capabilities include full document version control, review and approval workflows, user roles and permissions, Google-like full text search, customizable sales and marketing taxonomies, linking of documents to CRM data, community ratings and reviews, and deep integration with Salesforce. Customers can quickly deploy a sales, marketing, and support knowledge center that can be securely shared across an extended network of users inside and outside of a company. ShareMethods provides its hosted service via a SAS 70 Type II data center, offering high levels of reliability, redundancy, and security.
“ShareMethods is honored to welcome BusinessWeek as a new customer,” says Eric Hoffert, CEO of ShareMethods. "BusinessWeek is a premier brand and one of the most recognizable names in the financial and business news publications market. We are excited to see ShareNow for AppExchange bringing benefits to BusinessWeek. BusinessWeek joins the ShareMethods global user community of 135 companies realizing benefits from the use of our on-demand services.”
ShareNow for AppExchange is one of more than 375 applications now available on the salesforce.com AppExchange, the world’s first on-demand directory and sharing service, found at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange.
BusinessWeek is a global source of actionable insight for 4.7 million success-minded professionals. Since 1929, its affluent audience has trusted BusinessWeek for deeper understanding of the trends that drive growth, how technology creates opportunities, and what best practices keep them ahead of the competition. Success-driven leaders of today and tomorrow turn to BusinessWeek for the need-to-know information and inspiration they can't get anywhere else. BusinessWeek is a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP).
With ShareMethods, sales and marketing teams can store, manage, and share documents easily and securely, collaborating with extended selling networks to close more business, providing a cost-effective alternative to developing and supporting a sales and marketing intranet or extranet. ShareMethods combines advanced document management, collaboration, and CRM integration into powerful on-demand solutions. The “Sales and Marketing Portal in a Box” approach can cost less than one tenth of the price of traditional enterprise software. ShareMethods received an “Excellent” rating for usability from eWeek and scored 9 out of 10 for “Ease of Use, Implementation, and Value” from InfoWorld. The company was recognized together with salesforce.com in the InfoWorld Top 100 for one of the Best IT Projects of 2004 and as one of the CRM WizKids for 2006 by noted CRM analyst Denis Pombriant. ShareMethods provides on-demand services to more than 135 companies on a global basis with users in 22 countries and customers including BusinessWeek (a division of McGraw-Hill Companies), CNET Channel (a division of CNET Networks), salesforce.com, HID Corp., JMJ Associates, TI Broadcast Solutions Group, Evolution Benefits, and others. ShareMethods on-demand services include ShareNow for AppExchange, ShareFree for AppExchange, and ShareMethods. Visit http://www.sharemethods.com or call 1-877-SHARENOW for more information.
Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in on-demand business services. The company’s Salesforce suite of on-demand applications enables customers to manage and share all of their sales, support, marketing and partner information on-demand. Apex, salesforce.com’s on-demand platform and programming language, enables customers, developers and partners to build powerful new on-demand applications, and for the first time, to write and run their own code hosted with the security, reliability, upgradeability and ease-of-use of salesforce.com’s industry-leading multi-tenant service. Customers can also take advantage of Successforce, salesforce.com’s world-class training, support, consulting and best practices offerings.
As of July 31, 2006, salesforce.com manages customer information for approximately 24,800 customers and approximately 501,000 paying subscribers including Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), America Online (AOL), Avis/Budget Rent A Car (Cendant Rental Car Group), Dow Jones Newswires, Nokia, Polycom and SunTrust Banks. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase salesforce.com applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. 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.
Salesforce.com is a registered trademark of, and Apex, AppExchange and Successforce are trademarks of, salesforce.com, Inc., San Francisco, California. Other names used may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Paul Soukup, ShareMethods LLC