"A Lot of Mainstream Companies...Are Signing Up"

Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff sees online applications eclipsing software. The proof, he says, is his CRM startup's growth in a dour economy

Marc Benioff predicted the end of software years ago. Longtime executive at software giant Oracle Corp., and personal friend of Oracle Chairman and CEO Larry Ellison, Benioff decided Internet-based applications would eventually replace traditional offline software. He might have been right: A recent Gartner report dubs salesforce.com, which Benioff founded in 1999, "The Future of Software."

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