The appointment of JP Rangaswami as Salesforce.coms first chief scientist is an interesting move. As reported on ZD Net, Rangaswami is highly regarded as something of a visionary among CIOs and will be a huge asset in taking the companys message out into the European market.
"I first encountered Rangaswami at a meeting in London back in 2005, some months before he left his former role at German banking giant Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein to become chief scientist at BT. I blogged then about his views on how enterprise applications would evolve. Those views have remained remarkably consistent and are replicated in the press release announcing his appointment to Salesforce.com."