Heroku has been geared more toward startups and smaller dev shops while Force.com holds the data belong to larger enterprises. Salesforce is aiming to connect the two.
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Salesforce's Heroku unit to sell and host third-party developers' Salesforce add-ons.
Enterprise for Java greases the skids to move development processes to a continuous delivery model, all without traditional, on-premises software or IT infrastructure.
When Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff visited London for the company's annual Cloudforce conference back in 2012, he promised it would set up a UK datacentre by 2012.
As part of its shift to platform-as-a-service, Salesforce has unveiled an update to Force.com, meant to help developers close the gap between a business's IT needs and the number of apps built
The company will buy Heroku for $212m to help with its platform-as-a-service offerings, using its platform for writing applications in the Ruby programming language
Salesforce.com has said that it will acquire Heroku, a cloud platform for writing applications in the Ruby programming language, for US$212 million.
What does Database.com mean for the Salesforce's potential to reach the many developers who might be tempted at checking out this shiny new object? Maybe and more so now Salesforce has acquired Heroku.
Salesforce.com expects that it will combine Heroku with VMforce, an enterprise Java platform, to offer a broad platform.