Cloud Computing Technology & Application Development
Cloud computing technology is sparking a huge change in application development circles. Just like the changes that moved publishing technology from paper to bits, making it possible for us to have information about anything in the world right at our fingertips in a flash, the move to a cloud computing infrastructure for application development is making it possible to build robust, enterprise-class applications in a fraction of the time and at a much lower cost.
The Force.com platform ushers in a new era of applications in the cloud that bring the power and success of Salesforce CRM to your whole company—not just sales, service, and marketing. New types of application innovation are now possible through a combination of “no programming” point-and-click wizards, toolkits for the most popular development languages for creating client-side applications, and Apex Code, salesforce.com’s programming language for our Force.com platform. Because the resulting applications will run natively on Force.com, developers gain many advantages.
• Cloud computing technology boasts all the benefits of multitenancy, including built-in security, reliability, upgradeability, and ease of use.
• Out-of-the-box features such as analytics, offline access, and mobile deployment speed application development.
• There’s no need to worry about managing and maintaining any server infrastructure, even as applications scale to thousands of users.
• You can join a community of thousands of developers also focused on business application development for cloud computing infrastructures.
• The Force.com AppExchange marketplace provides an outlet for all your business application development and access to tens of thousands of salesforce.com customers.
By eliminating the problems of traditional application development, cloud computing technology frees you to focus on developing business applications that deliver true value to your business (or your customers). The Force.com platform lets IT innovate while avoiding the costs and headaches associated with servers, individual software solutions, middleware or point-to-point connections, upgrades—and the staff needed to manage it all.