The Web Office space is starting to see some partnering action, which is a good sign that the market for web-based office products is growing. Today JotSpot announced it is partnering with salesforce.com to integrate its entire range of collaborative products into the salesforce.com AppExchange. As Dan Farber reported earlier, Salesforce is ramping up its AppExchange and this is another example. Jotspot's integration with Salesforce will start with Tracker (my review of that is here) and will be followed soon after by the rest of JotSpot's on-demand applications. I tried to find out which app is next in line, but they weren't telling :-)
I asked Joe Kraus, co-founder and CEO of JotSpot, how this partnership with Salesforce.com fits in to the Web Office model that I've been exploring here on ZDNet. Joe said:
"Salesforce.com has the tools to help you close a deal. But once the deal is signed, the implementers leave Salesforce.com and move to the old world of emailing spreadsheets around to keep track of team members, action items and other implementation information. By integrating JotSpot Tracker into Salesforce.com, users can create shared, web-based spreadsheets that eliminate versionitis, guarantee access to the latest information and can be shared with your extended team -- people inside and outside your company."
The salesforce.com/Tracker partnership is a good example of Jotspot's strategy to "embrace and extend Microsoft", which Jotspot CEO Joe Kraus and I spoke about previously in my post in March. With JotSpot Tracker integrated into salesforce.com, there is no need to download Excel files to the desktop - because everything is available on the Web via the Salesforce service. Which of course is one of the steps towards a Web Office suite! From the press release:
"Now salesforce.com users can deploy JotSpot Tracker within their Salesforce implementation to easily track and collaborate on activities such as project deliverables, team contact information, and account planning across extended teams."
JotSpot will also be announcing a larger partner program, as they look to expand their 'ecosystem' of collaborative web applications.
Here are some screenshots of the integration (click each image to see full view):