Salesforce.com is rolling out a set of consulting and integration services aimed at SAP customers that want to build "social enterprises" with Salesforce.com's Force.com platform.
"Our customers have spoken loud and clear," Salesforce.com said in an official blog post Thursday. "They want to transform the way they collaborate, communicate and share information with both customers and employees. They want to shift IT from being a cost center to a catalyst for innovation and a driver of business growth."
But these customers are challenged by SAP's back end, which "which houses their most critical data but limits data accessibility," Salesforce.com claimed.
The new offerings will allow customers to integrate Force.com on top of their core SAP systems, allowing them to use data now "trapped" there in "custom social and mobile cloud apps," the blog post added.
Salesforce.com will provide interested companies with a half-day evaluation of their environments at no charge, and develop a project plan that determines the proper use cases for Force.com. The vendor has also lined up a number of data-integration vendors to work on the projects, including IBM and Informatica.
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