Open Source Portal Toolkit for Salesforce Released
September 27, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology NewsCubic Compass Software (CCS), a provider of enterprise portal software, today announced the availability of an open source portal toolkit for salesforce.com's suite of on-demand CRM applications. The portal is tightly integrated with Salesforce to give Sales, Marketing, and Support professionals a view of all customer interactions online within Salesforce and provides their customers with self-service access to account information.
"Our goal was to take a top-down approach to implementing a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA ) by addressing several key business challenges that every salesforce.com customer faces when integrating their web site with Salesforce, such as how to process web leads, make decisions based on web interactions, offer customer self-service applications, and make it easy to search and find information on a web site," said Mike Leach, CEO of Cubic Compass Software.
The portal toolkit is based on Microsoft's .NET 2.0 technology. A report from Forrester (1) shows that 56% of enterprises have adopted .NET as their primary development platform.
"Cubic Compass Software incorporates several security, performance, and integration best practices into this portal toolkit," said Adam Gross, vice president, developer marketing, salesforce.com . "This allows organizations to spend more time delivering business value through their Web site and less time on integration and deployment."
Programming skills are not required to customize the portal since most content management and Salesforce integration features are managed through a web-based Portal Explorer. Portal implementations that publish Salesforce custom objects or integrate with add-on modules do require Visual Basic .NET or C# programming skills. CCS offers additional tools and consulting to help organizations publishing custom objects.
The portal toolkit is released under the open source BSD license and may be downloaded at http://www.cubiccompass.com/salesforce-portal.aspx . The open source license gives developers the ability to download and customize the portal source code to their organization's specific needs and requirements. AppExchange partners may use the portal toolkit as a platform for delivering hosted services integrated with Salesforce.
Cubic Compass offers annual software support subscriptions, technical support, training, and consulting services in support of the portal software. Software and support subscriptions start at $599 per year.
Hosted portal solutions are offered by CCS at www.i-dialogue.com.
About Cubic Compass Software (CCS)
Cubic Compass Software, located in Portland, OR, provides open source portal software and services that help organizations interact with their customers online and integrate their customer and partner facing web applications with CRM, ERP, and legacy systems. CCS is the primary developer of the .NET Portal Toolkit for Salesforce.com and the suite of hosted i-Dialogue for AppExchange applications found at www.i-dialogue.com.
CCS has been developing award winning portal solutions since 2001. For more information, please visit http://www.cubiccompass.com, email email@example.com or call 503-245-7654.
(1) "The State of Technology Adoption", Nicholas Wilkoff, Forester Research, May 5, 2004
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