Powering the Internet of Customers with Heroku1

Editor's Note: We are cross-posting this article from the Salesforce Blog. It shows how we are bringing Heroku to a new market and audience - Salesforce customers - using a new product and message. If you are a user of both Heroku and Salesforce and are interested in connecting them, check out Heroku1.


Apps are an essential part of the Internet of Customers. They are the dashboards to people’s lives. They allow your customers to be part of your business’ workflows, and for you to engage with them on an unprecedented level. Customer connected apps are the next phase of how companies are innovating and gaining competitive advantage.

Today, we are launching Heroku1, a complete service for building and scaling the next generation of customer connected apps.

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Tools for integrating Heroku apps with Salesforce.com

At our core, Heroku's goal is to make it easier for developers to build great apps. We do this by creating tools which allow developers to focus on writing code, rather than wasting time on managing infrastructure. To coincide with this week's Dreamforce event, we are launching several tools targeted at developers who write apps on Heroku that integrate with Salesforce.com.

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Heroku at Dreamforce - Nov 18 - 21

It’s hard to believe the scale or imagine the energy that is Dreamforce. As part of the Salesforce Platform, a platform with a growing developer community and an amazing range of technologies, Heroku will join the party November 18-21 in San Francisco. This is a big deal for us.

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Welcome to the Community

At Heroku we have long considered PostgreSQL to be a powerful and reliable open-source database for keeping data safe and accessible for serious applications with demanding workflows and use cases.

Over the years we’ve invested heavily in continuing to improve it, whether it’s by employing Postgres major contibutors, employing driver maintainers, funding core development, or being part of language communites such as Ruby and Python to help spread the good news that is Postgres. It’s that interaction with the developer and database communities that help us inform and influence the future of Postgres.

This work over the years has continued to advance Postgres to be a better database for all and even expand it beyond its relational roots. It's been a great database for us to build our offering on and has enabled us to continue to add further value such as our new operational expertise that's built right in or dataclips. It’s both this great database as well as the additional value that’s allowed us to see the great growth we’ve seen today, now running a fleet of over 750,000 Postgres databases.

All PostgreSQL users, hackers and service providers reap the benefits of any and all improvements to the project. It’s with that in mind that we welcome Amazon to this community and look forward to their contributions and collaboration to help further the PostgreSQL project.

OAuth as Single Sign On

Today, we're announcing the release of a key part of our authentication infrastructure - id.heroku.com - under the MIT license. This is the service that accepts passwords on login and manages all things OAuth for our API. The repo is now world-readable at https://github.com/heroku/identity . Pull requests welcome.

While OAuth was originally designed to allow service providers to delegate some access on behalf of a customer to a third party, and we do use it that way too, Heroku also uses OAuth for SSO. We'd like to take this opportunity to provide a technical overview.

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