By 2018, there will be a new giant looming in the San Francisco skyline. Rising more than 1,000 feet, the new tower will be the tallest in San Francisco and will form the centerpiece of the much-heralded San Francisco Transbay redevelopment plan. Like the Sears Tower and the Chrysler Building before it, this skyscraper will likely become synonymous with the city in which it stands.
But unlike those famous buildings, this one will not bear the name of a mid-20th century American corporate titan. Instead it will be named for a much more modern business giant: Salesforce.
And in this way, the Salesforce tower represents an undeniable truth about the modern business landscape: Tech companies have become anchors of the national economy, and Salesforce is in many ways leading the way.
Salesforce’s position as tech’s economic anchor is not just limited to its fancy new digs or even its significant impact on the modern sales team. No, in many ways, Salesforce’s true contribution to the global tech scene is something total different: its vast ecosystem.
A recent report carried out by IDC analyzes this exact topic: Salesforce’s powerful and far-reaching ecosystem that fuels a surprisingly large part of the American tech economy. For anyone in the tech industry or who thinks about Software-as-a-Service, this report is a must-read, and it sheds a lot of light on exactly how Salesforce has affected the economy.
Read on for some of the most surprising insights and interesting conclusions from the report.