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Hi, Can you explain to me what benefits my company would reap by upgrading to an edition above the Professional Edition? And the differences in cost? Thak you!

adam marksadam marks
When you take the step from Professional to Enterprise you get a lot of extra features that really help flesh out your org and begin to make it work for you. As an example some of the added bonuses you get are: 

Custom Profiles which allow you to extend security beyond the out of the box configurations. As an example you can grant users the ability to create dashboards!

Page Layouts and Record Types which give you greater control over your UI and business processes. These are separate features but they work really well together. In PE you only get one page layout per object which means if you have fields that users don't need they would have to ignore them or you would have to group fields in a manner where users can collapse entire sections. That works well enough but only showing users the fields that are important to them is much cleaner. 

Workflow and Approval which allows you to create automation. In PE all your data entry is manual but when you have access to Workflow you can start to build automation. You can update fields, or generate e-mail alerts, or even create tasks automatically without additional input from your users. You also get access to Visual Flow and will eventually have access to the Lightning Process builder which will increase what you can automate through clicks substantially! 

Other improvements include increased limits for things like number of objects you can create, number of fields per object, number of tabs, etc. You also get access to a sandbox which means you can manage your org changes much better than in PE where you only have a production environment. 

As an aside any new consulting project I do, I only recommend Enterprise or above for any client. I have worked in basically all org types and I see many clients struggle to justify the EE cost but then once they go with PE or lower struggle to find the ROI. The cost difference will vary based on what you are currently paying and what kind of deal your AE can offer. List on EE is $125/user/month. 
 
Hope that helps! 
Patrick QuickPatrick Quick
It depends upon what you want to do in Salesforce.  Would it be a benefit for you to automate
processes - like upon certain conditions email an alert.  Then you need WFR - work flow rule functionality.  Best to look over the various editions (features) and pricing to determine the cost vs benefits, it's unique for each company's needs.  Here's a link
http://www.salesforce.com/sales-cloud/pricing/

Best, Pat
Steve MolisSteve Molis
Here's a chart that lists all of the standard features for each edition.  How important these features are to you and your company is really up to you =>

http://www2.sfdcstatic.com/assets/pdf/datasheets/DS_SalesCloud_EdCompare.pdf
Deepak AnandDeepak Anand
Some key features would be:

[1] Visual Workflow
This is a feature that allows you to create Wizard like screens/interfaces. You can think of creating a Customer Survey or even think of Support Survey. The best part of this is that it allows you to create the same with no code and just point and click. Also, with the latest release – Summer’14, the Visual Workflows has undergone a complete renovation with ability to trigger Visual Workflows as Workflow Actions. Now even though you have the Workflows added as an additional add-on, I don’t think you would get Visual Workflows unless you’re on the EE since this is an entirely different functionality with the only difference that these can now be triggered via Workflows. Apart from that, the Summar’14 Enhancements to VW opens up a lot of possibilities which otherwise would have required Apex Code.

[2] Force.com Sites
Force.com Sites otherwise referred as Custom Websites allows Customers to create Public Facing Websites. You can create Website with very less time utilizing their UI Framework called Visualforce. To understand, you could think of this simple example: Say that your Company's Website heavily uses your Custom Objects and other Standard Objects created within your Salesforce Org to save/store the data. Now, instead of creating the Website in another language(ASP.NET, PHP etc.) and then making use of their APIs to push data into your Salesforce, you can make a Website using Force.com Sites and make use of Apex and Visualforce to push data into the relevant Objects right away since the Force.com Site is already running on top of your Org’s database. No worries about HostingServer Up-time, Maintenance since as long as you can access your Salesforce Org your Force.com Site is also up and running!
 
[3] Integration via Web Services API
Most of the time Companies has a lot of legacy applications to track Accounts, to manage Human Resources etc. and many of times you’d end up in situations where you have to bring data from these applications into Salesforce. So during these instances, you usually end up creating a middleware in a desired language which fetches the data from your legacy application's database and then push them into Salesforce via the APIs. This is when the APIs plays an important role – Integrating External Applications to Salesforce. They have both REST and SOAP based APIs with REST being used for thin clients.

[4] Developer Sandbox
So this is one of my favorite or the most coveted feature of the Force.com Platform. This allows you to extend the Platform by writing your Custom Code thro’ a proprietary language maintained and released by salesforce.com called Apex. It is using this Apex that you write Triggers [to perform other simultaneous actions when records are created – can be thought similar to your Database Triggers], User Interface Screens with Apex + Visualforce etc. Thus the possibilities that can be achieved with Apex and Visualforce are boundless and that’s one of the reasons why we could say – Nothing is Impossible with Force.com Platform.

These are just a few from the top of my head and could be a Developer’s Perspective when compared to Sales/Marketing User’s View Point.

Also some bonuses(additions release in this Dreamforce that becomes available in EE):
  1. Flow Triggers
  2. Salesforce 1 Lightning(composed of)
    • Lightning Component Framework
    • Lightning Process Builder
    • Lightning App Builder
    • Lightning Connect[not on EE by default but available at an extra-cost]