Salesforce to use partners for vertical push

Salesforce's (CRM) Industries Business Unit will use partners to deliver industry-specific cloud software solutions for six verticals: Financial services/insurance, healthcare/life sciences, retail/consumer products, telecom/media, public sector, and automotive/manufacturing.

Salesforce's message is unspecific, but it looks like it plans to leverage its mobile-friendly Salesforce1 app development platform. Thus far, Salesforce has generally left the development of industry-specific apps to partners such as Veeva. Workday co-CEO Aneel Bhusri recently called industry-specific apps the least developed of what he considers the five key enterprise cloud software segments. "Those are still up for grabs."