Meet me at AppExchange

Salesforce.com has launched the Government-to-Government AppExchange, a peer-to-peer community where public-sector organizations can share on-demand software.

By using the government AppExchange, agencies can avoid redundant efforts and save money by gaining access to proven applications built for government by government, said Dan Burton, senior vice president of global public policy at Salesforce.com.

For instance, a state agency that wants to build an economic development application can sign up with Salesforce and, instead of building the application from scratch, agency officials can browse applications developed by other agencies and use one as a starting point to customize its own.

Agencies do not have to be Salesforce subscribers to browse the list of applications and test drive software. However, to access the applications for production they will need a Salesforce subscription, Burton said. Salesforce is letting agencies decide whether they want to charge subscribers a marginal fee for their applications, he said.

Four applications are available now, said Kaveh Vessali, vice president, public-sector solutions at Salesforce.com. They include offerings from the:
  • Commonwealth of Virginia ' the Department of Business Assistance offers Business One-Stop, an e-government portal and employee-facing application for new business registration.
  • State of Wyoming ' the Wyoming Business Council provides a grants management application with a focus on community development grants.
  • Arlington County, Va. ' the Arlington Economic Development agency offers an economic development application for business assistance and advisory services.
  • New York City Department of Education ' the Bronx Lab School, a charter school, offers a school management application that tracks grades, attendance and counseling services.

For more information on the Government-to-Government AppExchange go to http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange

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Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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