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My application needs to do an OAuth on behalf of a salesforce customer and do REST API calls to salesforce in order to integrate the Mail experience with salesforce.

Which Partner program do i go for? What are the technical distinctions between them?

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  • Have you tried speaking to SFDC yet? Also, this question seems very broad; are there specific areas of interest?
    – Mike Chale
    Aug 2, 2013 at 12:25
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    Actually, this is it. Our application needs to make REST API calls on behalf of people who already have salesforce accounts.
    – erbdex
    Aug 3, 2013 at 13:21

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See AppExchange Partner Program Models. The difference is how the two models work. ISVforce is designed for those creating addon modules for salesforce.com, including integrations with other systems; your clients have to have a salesforce.com license to use your app.

Force.com Embedded is for creating an app that doesn't use any standard CRM features, and doesn't require a separate salesforce.com license (in other words, you are reselling salesforce.com licenses as well licensing your app).

It's hard to find a list of embedded apps, because they are typically rebranded to the company's choosing; even though salesforce.com provides the hosting, services, etc, it acts as though it were fully the third-party's application.

That said, you're obviously looking to use ISVforce, since you want to integrate your system with salesforce.com, and not build an entire app on salesforce.com.

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