Salesforce.com has extended its platform as a service offering with the addition of Force.com Development-as-a-Service - a new set of development tools and APIs that help enterprise developers harness the full potential of cloud computing.
In a complementary move, the company has also announced its new Force.com Cloud Computing Architecture option, a pay per log-in utility pricing model.
Force.com Development-as-a-Service includes the new Force.com IDE, Force.com Metadata API, Force.com Code Share, and Force.com Sandbox systems. These provide developers with a comprehensive set of services to build enterprise software as a service applications.
Force.com Platform-as-a-Service and Development-as-a-Service provide the necessary building blocks for enterprise success in cloud computing, the firm said.
Providing full access to the database, logic and user-interface capabilities of the Force.com platform, Development-as-a-Service unites the productivity of development and IT collaboration tools with the power of Force.com Platform-as-a-Service, said salesforce.com.
"Cloud computing is giving developers around the world access to unlimited computing power delivered completely as a utility service," said Marc Benioff, CEO at salesforce.com.
"Just as platform as a service provides enterprise IT with a new model for platforms to run applications in the cloud, development as a service provides a new model for development tools, giving developers the power to create applications for the cloud," he said.
"The addition of development as a service to the Force.com platform will accelerate the transition of IT from last generation software to a new generation of services," said Benioff.
Force.com provides the global infrastructure and services for database, logic, workflow, integration, user interface, application development and application exchange to support cloud computing for the enterprise.