, Deloitte Announce Alliance to Bring Apex to the Enterprise

By Renee Boucher Ferguson  |  Posted 2007-01-30 Email Print this article Print

Partners say it's too early to tell how Apex will do in the enterprise. and Deloitte Consulting are going global with on-demand development capabilities. The two companies announced Jan. 30 a strategic alliance that has Deloitte building out its customer relationship management practice around's applications and Apex development platform.

As part of the alliance, Deloitte Consulting will incorporate's suite of CRM applications, as well as its Apex platform, into its consulting services practice. Deloitte has more than 3,500 CRM practitioners (including those with specialties in on-demand, multitenant architecture) in its practice that offer services across all major markets and industries, officials said.

The partnership comes as no surprise. During's Dreamforce conference in San Francisco last October, CEO Marc Benioff extolled the virtues of big-name systems integration partnerships during his keynote address. Bob Suh, Accenture's chief technology strategist and global managing partner for growth and strategy, joined Benioff on the stage "on behalf of the 140,000 people at Accenture," said Suh. "From our perspective, this is a major milestone for software," he said. "We believe this on-demand services milestone is perhaps bigger than anything before it."

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