Salesforce has reworked and rebranded its cloud-powered app creation platform to create App Cloud. The move is designed to give app makers access to all its development services in one place.
Effectively an evolution of Salesforce1, App Cloud is a platform-as-a-service that brings together internal app development service Force.com and Heroku Enterprise, the service Salesforce acquired several years ago to create customer-facing enterprise apps.
Both services were offered as features of the Salesforce1 Platform, but were limited to allowing data to be synced between them. Developers could not create apps across both services.
By removing the silos in Salesforce1, App Cloud enables developers to build apps using components and tools offered by Force.com and Heroku Enterprise.
Salesforce claimed that this allows web, mobile and wearables apps to be created in one development environment and delivered as a service. This bypasses the need for developers to worry about the platform on which their apps are run.
Salesforce Lightning, the company's design and user interface framework, is also being presented as a core part of the App Cloud, given how it enables the creation of modern applications even if they are running on a core platform that has been around for some time.
Tod Nielsen, executive vice president of App Cloud at Salesforce, explained that evolving Salesforce1 into App Cloud was a response to the number of siloed services IT teams have to contend with when developing applications.
"CIOs need a way to develop apps for the connected world. App Cloud brings together all of Salesforce's leading platform services, empowering IT leaders with an integrated, trusted platform to quickly build connected apps for every business need," he said.
App Cloud also features Trailhead, an interactive learning environment that uses gamification to guide Salesforce app makers through the basics of developing on the platform.
App Cloud effectively gains Salesforce1's ecosystem, which Salesforce claimed supports 2.3 million developers and has seen 5.5 million apps built on it.
Salesforce may be bringing its development tools together, but it is also creating new services from its existing core products of Sales and Service Cloud.
V3 sister publication CloudHub reported that Salesforce recently created the Financial Services Cloud as a version of its Sales Cloud for the finance sector.
Salesforce also took the core elements of Service Cloud and shaped them into Health Cloud in a bid to break down healthcare data silos.
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