Salesforce announced Salesforce App Cloud, which it calls the "next evolution" the Salesforce1 Platform. It brings together Force.com, the new Heroku Enterprise, and the recently announced Lightning user interface, in addition to a new learning resource called Trailhead, which includes tutorials and guides.
App Cloud falls under the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) category aimed at enterprise businesses focusing on building apps, whether they are for company use or for customers. It's essentially a consolidation of several of Salesforce's products that unifies the experience and makes things less confusing for enterprises and developers.
"App Cloud enables our customers to quickly build the apps they need, in the way they want," writes Salesforce's Tod Nielsen on the company's blog. "Any builder can leverage our Lightning user experience point-and-click tools to create custom employee apps for any role and department. Every app is instantly mobile and social. Plus, there are pre-integrated, pre-vetted, and customizable grab-and-go apps available through the AppExchange."
"Developers get a whole new coding experience using all the same technologies every consumer startup uses," he adds. "Think open source languages, build packs and add ons, and robust microservices. Devs can focus on coding amazing apps, rather than setting up and managing databases, deployment, scalability, and configuration."
Trailhead, the learning resource destination, features a variety of learning "trails," such as: "Admin Trail - Migrating to Lightning Experience," "Developer Trail - Beginner," "Developer Trail - Intermediate," "Admin Trail - Intermediate," and so forth.
Salesforce's big Dreamforce conference is coming up next week, so expect plenty more announcements from the company in the coming days.
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