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ariejdlariejdl 

Force Software Market Information

Hi,

 

I'm about to choose whether to go greenfield with my business application or use Force's existing platform.  Being used to seeing metrics from Apple's App Store such as the size of the audience, the average price of an app, the most successful level of pricing for an app etc., and with this in mind could someone please fill me in on the likelihood and seriousness of monetising an app with the Force.com Platform, with an example or two please.

 

I'm also aware of an affiliate/partnership program, if this helps with promotion, or there are other avenues for promotion it would be interesting to hear people's experiences with these too.

 

Thanks, Arie

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NBlasgenNBlasgen

It may be hard to get the information you want because the Force.com platform doesn't normally advertise via some central website like AppStore would.  Also, all Force.com is doing is acting as a database layer for you and a VisuaForce page layout system that makes things easier.  Also I guess there is a great permission structure as well.  So almost all of this is greenfield, just hosted.

 

http://www.myloanbiz.com/

 

http://www.financialforce.com/

 

Are two of the big ones that I know about.  But they take their interface from Force.com with only some minor adjustments.  You could look at the Sites Gallary to get an idea of Force.com applications that don't use the normal look and feel.

 

http://developer.force.com/sitesgallery

 

And yes, you get all the statistics you want.  You can just design in the reporting system into your Force.com organiation.  Salesforce provides a free licencing system (would be used on sites like MyLoanBiz) or you can track it yourself if you were doing something like a Salesforce Site.

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NBlasgenNBlasgen

It may be hard to get the information you want because the Force.com platform doesn't normally advertise via some central website like AppStore would.  Also, all Force.com is doing is acting as a database layer for you and a VisuaForce page layout system that makes things easier.  Also I guess there is a great permission structure as well.  So almost all of this is greenfield, just hosted.

 

http://www.myloanbiz.com/

 

http://www.financialforce.com/

 

Are two of the big ones that I know about.  But they take their interface from Force.com with only some minor adjustments.  You could look at the Sites Gallary to get an idea of Force.com applications that don't use the normal look and feel.

 

http://developer.force.com/sitesgallery

 

And yes, you get all the statistics you want.  You can just design in the reporting system into your Force.com organiation.  Salesforce provides a free licencing system (would be used on sites like MyLoanBiz) or you can track it yourself if you were doing something like a Salesforce Site.

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ariejdlariejdl

Thanks, that's exactly the information I was hoping to get, I can now make a decision.

NBlasgenNBlasgen

Accept my post as the solution if you feel it answered your question.  Thanks.