Salesforce.com’s Platform as a Service

John Musser, September 17th, 2007

salesforceOne of the traditional issues with software-as-a-service products is limited ability to customize. That’s one of the issues Salesforce.com is looking to tackle at this week’s Dreamforce Conference when their new Force.com, or “platform as a service”, is combined with Visualforce, a set of tools for “user interface as a service”. As you can see in the illustration below, Salesforce is looking to create a complete top-to-bottom stack of hosted services from low-level infrastructure to high-level UI design and development.

Salesforce.com

With VisualForce developers and ISVs will be able to use HTML, Ajax, Flex and Salesforce’s Apex to create hosted custom applications that don’t look at all like traditional Salesforce.com applications, like in this example of a custom insurance application:

Salesforce.com

The developer preview starts this week with general availability in the fourth quarter.

For more on the story check Larry Dignan at ZDNet, TechCrunch or CRN.

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5 Responses to “Salesforce.com’s Platform as a Service”

September 18th, 2007
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Comment by: Sin Jin Lee

platform as a service is a winning extension of Salesforce’s traditional offerings. anything that allows the flexibility of HTML, Ajax, Flex has my approval.

October 2nd, 2007
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February 19th, 2008
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April 20th, 2008
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Comment by: Robert Daniels

Platform as a Service (PaaS) is here to stay, but to truly be a “real” tool for developers and companies to want to invest their time and money into it, it needs to be open, letting the developers and designers use whatever languages, tools, servers, etc. they want. This “Open Platform as a Service”, (e.g., ModBox, ModBox) will be the next big thing in the PaaS and SaaS world.

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