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BigMachines Achieves Sforce Certified Configurator Status for

2005-08-10 - Chicago, IL, USA and Munich, Germany: Lean Front-End(SM), produced by BigMachines, Inc., has achieved the official Sforce certified designation. BigMachines is a provider of web-based configuration and proposal generation software for sellers of complex products.

Lean Front-End is tightly integrated with Salesforce via the Sforce on-demand platform, and immediately available to all customers. BigMachines Lean Front-End (LFE) for Salesforce is an important link that will allow Salesforce users to enjoy seamless integration of the entire opportunity-to-order process, including product selection, configuration, pricing, quoting, and ordering.

"BigMachines' LFE for Salesforce is an outstanding solution for on-demand configuration and proposal generation management that provides complementary capabilities to Salesforce," said Adam Gross, director of product marketing for Sforce. "BigMachines' Sforce-certified integration means their customers can benefit from streamlining entire sales processes within the familiar Salesforce interface. By saving time, shortening the sales cycle, and allowing salespeople to respond to their customers more quickly, the new solution demonstrates the power and business benefits of integrating with the Sforce Web services API."

By transferring the burden of product configuration and proposal accuracy to BigMachines' on-demand configuration technology, organizations with complex products or quoting processes will enable their sales teams do a better and faster job generating quotes. Fully streamlining the front-end business processes frees up customer-facing internal resources to attend to more value-add customer service activities and proactive selling. BigMachines says that its LFE digitizes the knowledge previously trapped in the heads of a few and makes it broadly available, making sales channels more effective.

"BigMachines is pleased to be working as a certified Sforce partner to extend the power of our solutions," said Godard Abel, CEO of BigMachines, Inc. "With proven integration, BigMachines' LFE provides customers access to critical information at their fingertips for fast and accurate quoting and ordering transactions within Salesforce."

The BigMachines LFE integration is made possible through Sforce,'s web service integration platform. Today, a variety of systems and platforms, including enterprise applications, desktop solutions, mobile devices and IP phone systems integrate with Salesforce and Supportforce via the Sforce Web service API, making key business information available to users from all of their favorite applications and tools.

Salesforce and Supportforce are built on the Sforce client/service integration platform and include the Customforce tool for complete on-demand customization. Sforce and Customforce allow customers and independent software vendors to customize and integrate's products, as well as build their own on-demand enterprise applications.

Sforce, which leverages standards and technologies from the Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), is the on-demand platform enabling enterprises to customize, integrate, and extend CRM using standards-based Web services and market-leading development tools.

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