For some time, I've been bearish on enterprise software developer Callidus Software (NASDAQ:CALD). However, the company's new CEO, Robert Youngjohns, is making clear progress in his turnaround efforts. In fact, the stock price has made a nice move since October, going from $5 to $6.99.

And yes, I expect the traction to continue.

In the fiscal fourth quarter, sales increased 40% to $24 million. There was also strength in software license revenues, which increased 25% to $9.1 million. These revenues generally lead to ongoing service and maintenance income.

Callidus also showed much improvement on the bottom line. Net income inched into the black at $102,000, which compares to a loss of $1.5 million, or $0.06 per share, in the same period a year ago. The current quarter's figure includes a charge of $1.1 million for stock-based compensation.

Key changes
Founded in 1996, Callidus is a developer of Enterprise Incentive Management (EIM) software, which helps administer, analyze, and monitor compensation for sales forces. The software is focused primarily on Global 2000 customers, such as Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), Sybase (NYSE:SY), and Wachovia (NYSE:WB).

Over the past year, Callidus has been investing more in its Web-based software offerings. Increasingly, this is something customers are demanding -- which has propelled the success of upstarts like (NYSE:CRM).

For example, in the fourth quarter, Callidus posted $1.6 million revenues for its on-demand bookings. This may not seem like a lot, but in the same period in 2005, such revenues were nonexistent.

Going forward, Callidus pegs first-quarter revenues of $20.5 million to $22 million, which is up 21% to 29% from the year-ago numbers. However, this may prove to be conservative.

The reason is the alliance with SAP (NYSE:SAP), which is already getting results. For example, within the first 90 days of the deal, both companies landed their first customer. Basically, a couple of new deals from this alliance could certainly have strong impact on the top line.

So yes, Callidus is giving me some good reasons to forget my bearish sentiments. And with its on-demand offering and renewed focus on getting new customers, the bullishness may continue for some time.

For further Foolishness:

Got an opinion on Callidus' seeming turnaround? Bring it to CAPS!

Fool contributor Tom Taulli does not own shares mentioned in this article. He is currently ranked 1,623 out of 21,111 in CAPS. The Fool has a disclosure policy.