Vendors That Survived the Recession: 2009 Dire Predictions Revisited

  • By

    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2009-12-28

5. Salesforce.com
Demise Prediction Rate: 19%
January 2009 Market Cap: $4.22 billion
December 2009 Market Cap: $9.08 billion

Some people may scoff at the notion that Salesforce.com was ever in any danger of failing, but the prediction isn’t without merit. As cloud computing continues to grow in popularity, large vendors are looking for viable cloud companies with track records for success to buy as a means for establishing their own cloud presence. Over the past year, many people have speculated that Salesforce.com could be absorbed into Oracle, bought by an ever-hungry Cisco or taking in by rival Microsoft. That was only speculation; Saleforce.com has gotten stronger over the last year and continues to be the leader in the cloud computing model.

>> CHECK OUT the original "Dire Predictions" list by clicking here

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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