Developers are the kingmakers of the digital enterprise so providing them with the platforms, languages and tools they like to work with is a big deal.
Until now, those who prefer to code enterprise apps on Heroku, a Salesforce-owned Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), have been somewhat limited. Heroku didn’t meet requirements for security, governance, privacy and such, according to Forrester analyst John Rymer.
That Changes Today
This morning Salesforce announced that its App Cloud is now updated with Heroku Enterprise and is generally available.
It brings with it three new capabilities that are game changers, according to Brian Goldfarb, senior vice president of Salesforce’s Apps Cloud. They include “Private Spaces” which will allow companies to take advantage of the elasticity, computation and experiences that the Salesforce Cloud, with its trusted infrastructure Cloud, delivers.
Customers will also be provided with a “Global Regions” feature that allows them to select the data center(s) (Dublin, Tokyo, Singapore, Northern Virginia) in which the apps will run so that they can control latency and compliance.
Heroku users can also take advantage of governance and Identity features. These include automatic provisioning and single sign-on (SSO), where role-based access controls set the rules. The benefit to current Salesforce customers? Easier management for IT.
All in all this gives IT more control, an ability to connect to on-premise applications, and an overall better development experience.
“IT gets the tools that it needs,” said Goldfarb.
In addition, Salesforce developers who have, until now been limited to the use of Apex, Salesforce’s proprietary language will be given new choices. On Heroku, which is vendor neutral, they’ll be able to use their favorite languages like Ruby, Java and others.
Heroku Connect makes data synchronization seamless and simple between Salesforce and Heroku, Salesforce said. In the past developers would go to Amazon or Microsoft to get Heroku Enterprise-like capabilities.
Though Heroku Enterprise is open to everyone, Rymer suspects Salesforce coders will be the first users. And he’s probably right.
Developers are keen on building applications for Salesforce’s app cloud. At Dreamforce, the company’s annual user conference, they were lined up to experience Trailhead, an online interactive learning experience that includes gaming. As many as 50,000 signed up for the beta service.
For coders who are subject to Enterprise requirements, Heroku brings new opportunities, said Rymer. “This is a very big deal.”