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Introduction

While the integration of Salesforce and Heroku at the organizational level is an ongoing process, the integration between Force.com and Heroku at the platform level is relatively advanced, partly owing to the 2014 release of Heroku Connect.

Highlights

  • Some approach Heroku as a complement to Force.com, while others see it as an alternative. It is both. Do not ask whether one application should be run on one or the other platform, but ask which component would run best on which platform.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain an overview of Heroku with details on how to use it.
  • Understand the similarities and differences between Force.com and Heroku and explains how they relate to one another.
  • Gain advice on how to best use Force.com and Heroku together.

Key questions answered

  • What is Heroku? How different/similar is it to Force.com?
  • What is Salesforce's strategy when it comes to Heroku? What are its strengths and weaknesses?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Heroku is an AWS-based PaaS offering

  • Heroku makes it easier to deploy applications
  • Heroku runs applications in Linux containers
  • Heroku runs on the Amazon Web Service (AWS) public cloud

Heroku is increasingly catering to an enterprise developer audience

  • Heroku DX delivers deeper operational instrumentation, among other features
  • Heroku Enterprise helps with developers collaboration and management
  • Heroku Elements brings together Heroku’s various marketplace efforts

The Salesforce-Heroku organization convergence is ongoing

  • One company, two independent but converging organizations
  • A not-so-clear convergence
  • A multi-level convergence

The Force.com-Heroku product convergence is strong and improving

  • Force.com and Heroku are different from a stack perspective
  • Force.com and Heroku are different from a development perspective
  • Force.com and Heroku approach applications differently
  • In many cases the choice of a platform is clear
  • Sometimes choosing between the two platforms is not so clear-cut

You will increasingly combine Force.com and Heroku

  • The two platforms have converged
  • The positioning of the two platforms is not so easy as described by Salesforce
  • Pick the right platform for the job

Heroku is increasingly integrated with Force.com

  • Force.com and Heroku integrate best while Heroku and Fuel don’t integrate as easily
  • Heroku1 makes it much easier to integrate with Force.com
  • Heroku Connect is the cornerstone of Heroku-Force.com integration
  • Heroku Connect supports Lightning Connect external objects
  • As well as Lightning Connect you can use Force.com Canvas
  • Salesforce is making it increasingly easy to figure out how to combine Heroku and Force.com
  • You can integrate Heroku and Force.com with other platforms

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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