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4. salesforce.com
salesforce.com
Rank: 4 (Previous rank: N.A.)
CEO: Marc Benioff
Address: 1 Market Plz.
San Francisco, CA 94105-1004
Salesforce.com's brash CEO, Marc Benioff, has long been an acolyte of so-called cloud-computing, the practice of renting, in this case, enterprise software over the Internet. Salesforce.com's cloud-offerings include all-in-one applications to manage sales and customer service. Its Sales Cloud 2 and Service Cloud 2 products allow clients to access account information, troubleshoot service requests, and collaborate with other members of the team in real time through one platform. Because the software is web-based, the data is also accessible at home or via a smartphone.

One of Salesforce's newest features, Chatter, is a Web2.0 application modeled in part after Facebook, one of its new customers. Last year, the IT firm signed up 17,100 new customers to its line of subscription-based services, a 19% lift.--D.M.

What kind of businesses do you think are primed to grow in a sluggish economy?
  $ millions
(past 4 qtrs.)
% growth
(3 yr. annual rate)
Growth rank
Revenues** 1,377.5 40 31
Net income** 80.0 ó ó
Total return ó 26 20
Earnings per share ó 119 7
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $103.56
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 166
Industry: Technology
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 Ebix 3 108.6
2 salesforce.com 4 1,377.5
3 Pegasystems 8 276.7
4 Priceline.Com 11 2,460.5
5 Sohu.com 12 529.0
6 Apple 18 51,123.0
7 NetScout Systems 24 260.3
8 AsiaInfo Holdings 26 261.8
9 Research In Motion 33 14,953.2
10 Multi-Fineline Electronix 35 757.3
11 Cognizant Technology Solutions 37 3,492.5
12 ANSYS 39 536.6
13 FLIR Systems 43 1,162.4
14 Sapient 45 709.1
15 China Information Security Technology 50 111.3
16 Synaptics 57 484.5
17 F5 Networks 64 730.6
18 Dolby Laboratories 66 799.8
19 Open Text 76 875.4
20 Sina 77 369.8
21 GeoEye 84 306.3
22 NCI 88 478.9
23 ManTech International 97 2,158.3
24 MetroPCS Communications 100 3,655.7
From the September 6, 2010 issue.
Notes:
* Through June 30, 2010. The S&P 500 returned -9.81% annually over the same period.
** Through the quarter ended on or before April 30, 2010.
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