Salesforce will be the platform allowing developers to develop and bolt on specialized on demand services; these services will be separate from Salesforce CRM service.
Salesforce has 250 Applications such as
• Sales demand generation
• Human Resources
What is interesting is by using Salesforce small development companies can write extremely specific functionality for micro markets e.g. an on demand eBay management module.
With the traditional software development market the costs of developing a software package for a tiny niche would be too high to justify the resources now Zegei in the Ukraine can offer a service that will be supported and branded by salesforce for 25 dollars per person a month.
How many long tail niches are there out there and Salesforce is in the middle of this development community.
SAP and Oracle have released SaaS CRM how long will it be before they offer an option for SME’s to have on demand ERP applications.
SAP did say on the 20th of April “that an on-demand approach is an important way to bring the power of a single suite to the mid-market and that on-demand software can be applicable beyond CRM in the lower mid-market”.
Tier 3,4 ERP vendors must be scratching their heads about is Salesforce a ERP competitor.
Salesforce users have delivered "over 43,000 custom objects and custom applications". More than salesforce.com could ever deliver on its own. So the power of the network and community has been crucial to their growth over the years, and will continue to be going forward.