Michael Rockford: September 2015

Boldly Going Where No Middleware Has Gone Before  

by Michael Rockford

Before the widespread adoption of cloud computing, enterprises incurred costs of hardware maintenance, software licensing & upgrades, and other costs of securing and managing enterprise IT infrastructure. Multi-tenancy, the sharing of one application across many tenants on a cloud, extends the benefits of cloud computing by replacing many small applications with one or a few large applications. But middleware to integrate applications has occasionally created more problems than it was originally deployed to solve.

Enterprises don't need middleware. Code can be written to solve any issue. But development is costly. Differences between application platforms, programming languages, communication protocols and messaging standards can be daunting. Middleware promises to close the gaps in lieu of writing new code. By providing a secure platform to call between two services, doing beta transformation and message translation, middleware seeks to be the quicker, less expensive remedy.

How can you insure middleware doesn't become a point of weakness? One option is to develop solutions on the Force.com and Heroku platforms. Force.com is a multi-tenant cloud platform hosted on Salesforce.com’s infrastructure and designed to simplify the development and deployment of cloud based enterprise apps and websites. Heroku is a synchronization service, conceptually similar to Dropbox or iCloud, that allows the same data to be seamlessly reflected in multiple platforms. Using Force.com and Heroku together in a single application truly takes the enterprise boldly forward where no middleware has gone before because it eliminates the need to translate or integrate between them.

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Michael Rockford is a Partner, Technical Architect and Lead Developer at Cloud Software LLC. Michael is a Salesforce.com Certified Developer (401), specializing in the design and building of CRM and custom solutions for Enterprise and SMB customers. He is a leader in Agile methodology and proficient in architecture and design, data migration, analysis, development of Apex triggers, classes and controllers, custom Salesforce object creation, complex integrations and implementing solutions using standard and custom tools. 

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