Sun Microsystems, Expand Global Strategic Alliance

6/19/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) and, the world leader in delivering software-as-service, announced an expansion of their global strategic alliance to bring the advantages of sforce, the client/services application development builder, to enterprises via the Web using open standards. In related news, also announced its membership in the Liberty Alliance, an industry group dedicated to developing open standards for federated network identity (see accompanying release Joins Liberty Alliance Project). Sun is a founding member of the Liberty Alliance (, which seeks to develop and deploy an open, interoperable standard for network identity.

Using the Liberty Alliance specifications, will become a trusted identity provider within "circles of trust" it will build and develop for partners, developer communities and customers. To build this Liberty-enabled circle of trust, is joining with Sun to use the Sun Open Network Environment (SunONE) Identity Server, the industry's first commercially available product to support the Liberty specification v1.1 and SAML. Sun's network identity technologies deliver the infrastructure foundation for circles of trust, allowing partners in the trust circle to federate identities across multiple sites and improve and enhance the user's Web experience.

With's launch of sforce, developers are able to create extensions to their CRM service. Companies can use these modules or extensions with the Sun ONE Portal Server to integrate CRM with other proposal or billing systems. Sforce developers can also use Sun ONE Portal Server for other Web services created by sforce. Thus, companies residing within's circle of trust will be able to publish and consume Web services as well as utilize the Liberty Alliance specification to federate identities. This solution will allow customers to integrate high-value, personalized content with corporate applications while quickly improving employee productivity.

"Sforce utilizes a Java platform to reduce the complexity and risk of application development so that companies can reduce demand on IT resources, easily create new business applications in a centralized and secure environment and speed integration time with existing applications," said Marc Benioff. "Through this important alliance, developers and enterprises can leverage the Sun ONE Identity and Portal Servers, using client/service computing to create new portal applications and integrate with existing applications, at greatly reduced cost and security risk. Sforce is changing how applications are built as significantly as has changed how applications are being delivered."

"Utilizing Solaris operating environment, the Java platform, and now the core Sun ONE technologies for building the identity foundation for secure Java Web services, via sforce reduces the complexity and risk of application development, while at the same time providing developers with easy access to a secure enterprise class deployment environment," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of software, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

About is the world's leader in delivering software-as-service. It offers the award-winning family of products for integrated online sales force automation, customer service and support management, and marketing automation applications to help companies meet the complex challenges of global customer communication. It has also introduced sforce, a new service that will change how applications are built as significantly as changed how applications are delivered. The company has over 6,700 customers in 110 countries running its services in 10 languages. Founded in 1999, is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia.

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