Business processes are at the heart of every organization and the ability to design and deploy them quickly is always in demand. Enter Salesforce.com (news, site) with their new Visual Process Manager for Force.com. Let's take a look.
Business Processing in the Cloud
The newest addition to Force.com, Salesforce.com's cloud development platform for building and deploying websites and web applications, is the Visual Process Manager.
This new tool provides the ability to design a business process and deploy it in the cloud -- all without coding, software or infrastructure. The tool includes a designer with a drag and drop interface, a process simulator, a wizard builder to design wizards that walk end-users through the steps to build a business process, and a real-time process engine.
Here's a look at how it works:
Visual Process Manager: Force.com
You can also use the Visual Process Manager to create and deploy business processes within the SalesCloud 2 and the ServiceCloud 2, in addition to your own web applications.
Another Step Forward in Cloud Computing
The Visual Process Manager for Force.com is just the latest in a number of enhancements to the force.com platform. Salesforce also introduced Force.com Sites and added a connector for SharePoint not that long ago.
They have also recently the opened Force.com doors to value add resellers, so the possibilities for cloud development have widened even further.
With Windows Azure going GA this week, Salesforce.com may feel some pressure to add new functionality to keep customers coming back. Or maybe they are just looking for more ways to spend all that new funding they recently picked up.