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What is Platform as a Service (PaaS)?

The Salesforce Platform is the world’s number one Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution. It’s the most powerful way to create your app and get it in front of your users fast, all by harnessing the power of the cloud.

Designing an app isn’t easy. User interaction, user experience, graphic design, and development have to be considered. Everyone has to be aware of the app’s purpose and the company’s goals in launching it. That’s where PaaS comes in.

PaaS is a cloud computing service that gives users the ability to develop, launch, and manage apps without having to deal with the infrastructure required for building apps. As the world’s #1 PaaS, Salesforce’s Salesforce Platform allows you to focus on building apps to connect to your customers in whole new ways, while Salesforce maintains the infrastructure necessary to get the job done.

Like other cloud services, such as Software as a Service (SaaS), PaaS gives users the flexibility they need with scalable and reliable hardware and software. 



Gartner recognises Salesforce as a leader in the 2016 Platform as a service (PaaS) Magic Quadrant.


The Benefits of Cloud Computing

In order to run a business, you need infrastructure. Businesses with an online presence (including online retailers and software as a service providers) need servers, terminals, networking capabilities, and a host of other infrastructure-related hardware, software, and personnel. It takes major financial commitments to set up, maintain, upgrade, and manage a company’s IT needs.

Since its founding in 1999, Salesforce has made cloud computing accessible for all businesses. With its services, businesses can:

  • Reduce costs without compromising quality
  • Bypass investing in the expensive hardware and software necessary for business operations
  • Eliminate the time and money necessary to maintain and upgrade infrastructure as the need arises

Salesforce provides a trustworthy, reliable platform. All users need is a computer and an internet connection.


Software as a Service versus Platform as a Service

SaaS means one or more applications—available on the cloud—can be accessed through a network or over the internet. Salesforce is the leading SaaS provider with its flagship CRM platform, available exclusively online, as well as its SaaS platforms for marketing, service, and the Internet of Things. All of these platforms can be packaged and sold as traditional software. Salesforce, however, uses cloud computing because relevant, powerful technology is the key to selling smarter, marketing better, servicing faster and creating an intelligent business.

PaaS, on the other hand, is a service that makes it easy for users to build and launch apps. Salesforce is a Platform as a Service vendor with its Salesforce Platform platform.

How Does Platform as a Service Work?

Harnessing the power of cloud computing, Salesforce built the Salesforce Platform for anyone who wants to create an app, whether they’re developers or non-technical users.


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Build an App from Scratch Using the Lightning App Builder

The Lightning App Builder Wizard, which is available within the Salesforce Platform, walks users through the process of building an app from scratch. Use the components in Lightning to build and customize your app—pre-built components come standard in Lightning, but your in-house developers can provide additional components as well. Need to integrate with third-party sites? Components from partners are available in the App Exchange.

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Salesforce offers Trailhead, with a series of tutorials to walk developers and creators through the process of creating an app your users will love.


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Apps created in the Salesforce Platform are innately created for mobile and social use. Developers have access to a number of open-source languages, including Ruby, Java, JavaScript, C++, Python, and Node.js. You can also use simple annotations, build packs, and take advantage of add-ons.

Microservices, both automatic and custom, are included to help developers manage their processes better. They include object creation and updates and are how users can access Process Builder within the Salesforce platform.

Need inspiration or help framing or coding your app? We offer templated apps ready for customization in AppExchange to get your company’s app in users’ hands even faster.

All of this runs with the power of and Heroku, so your apps are always up to date and ready for users. With its scalable services, Salesforce Platform is the most effective way for app developers and designers to expose users to their projects. 

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