Databases in the Cloud and Collaborative IT

A cloud computing innovator is planning to affect not only the enterprise products your company buys, but also way your IT culture works.

Salesforce.com recently announced “a database-as-a-service product, Database.com, at its annual conference.

Two highlights:
1) Collaborative tools are built into “the deepest layer of [the product’s] platform

2) The company’s database product “comes with toolkits for connecting apps that run natively on mobile platforms.” Developers will be able to build apps that include “profiles, status updates, news feeds and groups.” (Quotes in item #2 come from the company’s website.)

Michael Krigsman of IT Project Failures writes that “Salesforce.com is now a legitimate enterprise player possessing a clear collaboration-centric vision.”

Whether this particular product/company succeeds or not, the combination of cloud-generated ease of maintenance and socially-based database development points to the software experience that companies of the future are likely to desire.

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