Well, when Box.net and Salesforce.com announced their partnership last week, we said it illustrated a growing trend toward providing applications on existing Software-as-a-Service platforms. Here to back us up this week is another Salesforce.com partnership, but this one might have a bit more volume, as it's with Adobe (news, site).
To put it simply, developers can now create applications featuring their Salesforce.com data using Adobe Flash technology. Adobe Air is available for desktop applications as well. Apply the popularity that desktop applications such as Tweetdeck have received to an an application that can utilize the vast amount of information available in any given Salesforce.com account, and things get pretty interesting, right? See here for a demo:
But don't got too excited just yet; the fruit from the Adobe/Salesforce.com womb is still in its preview stage. There's no doubt, however, that this particular combo is going to give developers a new and very exciting reason to flex their talents.
From another angle, it's also interesting to see Adobe making moves toward what looks like a business-centric style (remember their gobbling up of Omniture). If you've got your head in your hands over it because you're trying to figure out what it all means for the bigger picture, don't worry, we're in the boat with you.
For now, it's safe to say the Enterprise is about to swell with third party applications, much like our social and browser environments. How will it pan out? Well, keep up with us here and let's find out.