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Salesforce: Old platforms stifle business apps

If companies keep using old-school middleware platforms, then the development of enterprise applications will be held back, Salesforce chief executive tells a Dreamforce crowd
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Written by Suzanne Tindal, News Editor on

In the second day's keynote at Dreamforce 2011, Salesforce.com's chief executive Marc Benioff stressed the need for companies to ditch old platforms, as they are holding back enterprise apps.

He told the San Francisco audience that using the Apple iPad is so good because of what is under the hood — the platform — and the developers who are able to use that platform to make apps.

"How do you create your next-generation enterprise apps? Are you going back to the old tools?" he asked on Thursday. "We have to leave these old platforms, these legacy platforms, behind."

He singled out IBM WebSphere, Microsoft .NET and Oracle Fusion middleware as being dinosaurs that needed to be dropped.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Old platforms killing biz apps: Salesforce on ZDNet Australia.


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