Former eBay Senior Technology Executive and Cloud Visionary, Tom Fisher, Appointed Vice President of Cloud Computing at SuccessFactors
London, U.K. – 29th April 2009 — SuccessFactors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFSF), the global leader in on-demand performance and talent management solutions, today announced one of the world’s largest enterprise cloud deployments of 300,000 users by one of the world’s largest retailers. The company also announced details on its massive and growing 4.5 million plus user base. In addition, SuccessFactors has announced the appointment of former eBay Executive and cloud visionary, Tom Fisher as Vice President of Cloud Computing, who will lead the company’s cloud strategy and initiatives.
How Big is Our Enterprise Cloud?
SuccessFactors today released user metrics putting the company well ahead of any other previously announced enterprise cloud deployments and has one of the world’s largest user bases for an on-demand enterprise application:
• 1 customer with greater than 300,000 users, one of the world’s largest retailers
• 8 customers with greater than 50,000 users, including a top global mining company and one of the world’s 100 largest companies
• More than 30 customers with greater than 25,000 users including HD Supply Support Services, Textron, and Ingersoll Rand
• More than 100 customers with greater than 10,000 users including American Airlines, Whirlpool, Cadbury, Hilti, and Sutter Health
By proving its value and impact across entire workforces and supporting massive deployments for the largest global brands in many industries, SuccessFactors has established itself as one of the world’s most massively deployed on-demand business applications in the enterprise cloud. The company helps companies of all sizes, in all industries, and across all geographies, to optimise and align their workforces with business goals and strategy. Unlike most SaaS providers, which have focused their offerings on specific business functions such as CRM, HR and Finance, SuccessFactors is used by nearly every employee in an organisation across all business units, departments and geographies. The SuccessFactors platform supports scale, speed to new features, fast time to value, lower cost to customers, greater efficiency and ability to more effectively integrate innovative technologies.
Tom Fisher to Lead SuccessFactors’ Cloud Vision
Former VP of Technology Strategy and acting CTO at eBay, technology industry veteran and cloud visionary Tom Fisher, will lead SuccessFactors’ Cloud strategy and third party developer programs.
“The breadth, impact and speed at which companies of all sizes are joining the SuccessFactors Enterprise Cloud and using us as the backbone for their entire organisation is immense,” said Lars Dalgaard, chief executive officer for SuccessFactors. “Our massive volume of transactions and deep business analytics across an enormous pool of users are unprecedented. We’re driving intense value throughout our customers’ organisations – something that can’t really be compared with existing enterprise software applications or services – and Tom Fisher, with his awesome experience at eBay is the perfect man for this job of continuing to dominate the cloud space while innovating and increasing our leadership here.”
“Tom was a valued member of the engineering leadership at eBay,” said Maynard Webb, chairman and CEO of LiveOps and former COO of eBay. “He’s an experienced technologist and will be a great addition to the SuccessFactors executive team. As a customer, LiveOps looks forward to seeing the innovation and technology advancements Tom will bring to SuccessFactors.”
“As a veteran technologist, SuccessFactors’ clear leadership in SaaS makes this a unique opportunity for me. By building this product from the ground up with a multi-tenant architecture, SuccessFactors has positioned itself way ahead of the class in our ability to build, deliver and integrate business critical data and operations faster,” said Tom Fisher, vice president of Cloud Computing at SuccessFactors. “Our goal is to push the SuccessFactors platform further and faster by leveraging both the Cloud, as a platform, and third parties. It is our belief that through the interchange of mission critical data and interoperation with a whole series of SaaS applications, tools and controls, SuccessFactors will continue to set the standard for this rapidly growing class of applications. I am honoured Lars has selected me to help lead these initiatives and am looking forward to continuing to build out our Cloud strategy.”
Tom Fisher’s extensive experience includes executive positions at:
• Stratoform - Co-founded and helped develop the first multi-tenant Cloud application environment.
• DriveCam - CIO and Senior Vice President of one of the first and largest Microsoft based SaaS applications.
• Qualcomm – Vice President of IT for the largest fabless semi-conductor in the world managing both business and engineering systems globally. Worldwide responsibility for the business and engineering systems that support’s semiconductor and global positioning businesses.
• eBay - VP of Architecture and IT Strategy and acting CTO - Managed the development and replacement of eBay’s underlying infrastructure and established the first of its kind Developers Program in the internet including managing the development of externally callable set of APIs. Program has over 2000 members.
• Gateway – Chief Architect - Led the creation of a Global Architecture organisation at Gateway.
SuccessFactors’ to participate on Internet World’s Cloud Computing Panel
Tom will be participating alongside industry analysts and experts at the Cloud Computing panel debate at Internet World on Thursday 30th April 2009 at Earl’s Court 2, London.
About SuccessFactors, Inc.
SuccessFactors is one of the fastest growing public software companies and the leading provider of on-demand employee performance and talent management solutions. The company enables organizations of every size, and across every industry and geography, to achieve high-performing workforces through goal alignment and execution, talent development and planning, and pay-for-performance initiatives. From 92 customers and approximately 282,000 end users in 2003 to more than 2,600 customers and 4.5 million end users today, SuccessFactors’ solutions are widely deployed across 60 industries in over 185 countries in 31 languages. Founded in 2001 with offices around the world, the company employs passionate people focused on revolutionizing the future of work. For more information, visit: http://www.successfactors.com.
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