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Posted by Liz Herbert on November 27, 2013
salesforce.com’s 100,000+ customers now have a new option for streamlining SaaS sourcing across the enterprise: Private AppExchange. And, the price is right at $0. Free? Yes, free(!) but, don't assume this won't impact your costs.
Last week at salesforce.com's massive Dreamforce event, Forrester had the opportunity to learn more about some of salesforce.com's recent announcements -- including the Private AppExchange. This free add-on feature for salesforce.com users lets companies set up an AppStore that is private, personalized, and custom populated for their own company. The Private AppExchange lets organizations “distribute any app, to any user on any device through a central, secure store, using Salesforce Identity to grant employees instant access to the apps they need. Organizations can customize the store with own categories and branding.”
The Private AppExchange could help sourcing executives address goals for enabling SaaS sourcing that we frequently hear about, such as:
And, the Private AppExchnage could address some of the challenges that go along with setting up and managing a central SaaS storefront, including:
Net-net, the Private AppExchange is an intriguing new option that should appeal to most companies struggling with multiple, fragmented deployments of SaaS and trying to keep pace with fast-moving business demands. But, this Private AppExchange will make the most sense where salesforce.com is already a pivotal element of your enterprise applications portfolio.
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