The Heruko connector, which will sync up customer data between Salesforce.com and the Heroku Platform as a Service is now available.
In beta since it was announced as part of Salesforce1 in November at Dreamforce, the product is termed a bridge between corporate Salesforce.com information — managed by Oracle databases — and data used in customer-facing applications which is managed in Postgres.
“This is sort of like a Dropbox or iCloud for these platforms — it’s a set it and forge it model,” said Adam Gross, head of product at San Francisco-based Heroku. This is all part of Salesforce.com’s — which is Heroku’s parent company — way to rationalize its “two-PaaS” strategy. Salesforce.com’s Force.com PaaS is the legacy PaaS — used to develop internal employee-facing applications — while Heroku has now been deemed the preferred PaaS for Web-based customer-facing apps, as Heroku President Tod Nielsen explained at Dreamforce.
If that seems sort of forced, Gross said even if Salesforce.com was starting from scratch — if its own Force.com did not exist — it would probably go this route.
This product is part of the overall Salesforce1 Connected Customer App Package, pricing depends on resources used.
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