Salesforce Unveils Info-sharing Platform Picked By Dell

San platform its new partner program.

Salesforce to Salesforce allows companies to share information between themselves much like Facebook allows users to selectively share multi-tired information, said George Hu, executive vice president, products and marketing for

Vendors and resellers, or any two players in a business-to-business relationship, can selectively choose which information to share between themselves once they've connected as Salesforce to Salesforce partners. The system can allow users to publish and push data out to partners or to subscribe to information disseminated by others.

At the event in New York City, Hu demonstrated how a Dell partner might pass a lead through the system and how both Dell and the partner would have access to and be able to manipulate the shared information. Information sharing also works between custom applications designed on the Salesforce platform beyond ERP. "We think this is really going to change the way people feel about," Hu said.

Dell launched its channel program on Wednesday, and's platform "is a big part of that," Chris Bates, director of reseller programs for Dell, Round Rock, Tex., said to the audience in New York. Dell has built its partner portal on the Salesforce to Salesforce platform.

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"We see that as a big differentiator for Dell Partner Direct," Bates said.

The Foundation also gave out $1 million in donations to 10 nonprofit organizations including: Acumen Fund, The Bridge School, Endeavor, Room to Read, San Francisco Connect, TransFair USA, micro-lending organization, San Francisco General Hospital, Tibet House, and the Bronx Lab School.