Salesforce.com added a new Unlimited Edition monthly subscription that includes all the features of the Enterprise Edition and increases storage capacity and administrative help.
The move is the latest step toward delivering bundled services beyond customer relationship management (CRM ) applications. Analysts said it could help Salesforce.com compete against bigger rivals Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp. and SAP AG by providing tools to make building out platforms and deploying applications less expensive.
Unlimited Edition sells for $195 per user, monthly, compared with $125 per user for the Enterprise Edition.
The bundled offerings and services follow Salesforce.com chairman and chief executive officer Marc Benioff's vision to build a "business Web" through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model that enables companies to manage and share information as needed.
Today, a "handful" of customers run Unlimited Edition. Salesforce.com began marketing the application to customers in mid-February. The new suite aims to give customers who have been downloading some of the 188 available AppsExchange tools an outlet to integrate the proprietary applications into the Salesforce.com platform.