Heroku Extends Partner Ecosystem with Accenture, Pivotal Labs and Over 50 More to Deliver Cloud Solutions Top Cloud PaaS Provider Enables Leading Technology Providers to Accelerate Cloud Adoption

SAN FRANCISCO, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Heroku, the leading Ruby platform as a service (PaaS), today announced it is extending its partner ecosystem to accelerate the availability of top, highly qualified technical expertise and resources to the exploding number of businesses choosing Heroku's Ruby cloud application platform.  The Heroku Partner Program is designed to help systems integrators, consultants, and design firms that are using Heroku to meet growing client demand for full-featured and scalable web, mobile, and social applications.  Over fifty technology businesses are participating in the program, including global systems integrator Accenture and top agile development firm Pivotal Labs.

"Our clients see great value in the cloud. This includes using cloud platforms to rapidly bring social and mobile experiences to their customers," said Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology Architect at Accenture. "Ruby and Heroku's tremendously popular cloud application platform are enterprise-ready and Accenture can use it to deliver value to our clients today."

"Our clients count on us to deliver solid, scalable and innovative web applications, leveraging our deep experience in Ruby on Rails and Agile development. The Heroku partnership enables Pivotal to drive more customer value by minimizing time spent on operational questions," said Rob Mee, CEO at Pivotal Labs. "PaaS has fundamentally changed how we develop, deploy and scale applications. Heroku lets our clients treat operations as a solved problem, enabling us to focus on delivering differentiated value in their products."

Heroku, the fastest growing and most widely used Ruby PaaS, enables developers to concentrate on building, deploying and scaling Ruby applications without having to think about servers or system administration. Accenture, Pivotal, and other leading application development partners such as ELC Technologies and Thoughtbot utilize Heroku to rapidly deliver the modern business solutions their clients seek.  The Heroku partner program brings its members priority support, insight into the Heroku roadmap, participation in beta programs, early access to services in the Add-on Catalog pipeline and the ability to contribute branded content to the Heroku Developer Center.

"Our customers and partners are building amazing apps with Ruby and Heroku. It's becoming clearer every day that cloud platforms are transforming how apps are built, run, and managed," said Byron Sebastian, Heroku GM and SVP, platform for salesforce.com. "Our partners are critical to how we serve these customers well and ensure their success. We are continuing to invest heavily in our technology programs and are excited to welcome them into our ecosystem."

"Our partners want to deliver the next generation of amazing web applications to their clients. With the Heroku Partner Program we're committed to providing our partners the resources and support to do just that," said Mike Pyle, VP, sales & business development at Heroku. "Gartner forecasts the cloud services market to grow to more than $140B over the next three years. We are working with our partners to seize that enormous opportunity." (1)

Program Extends Heroku Ecosystem

The ecosystem surrounding Heroku's platform includes developers, domain experts, educators and trainers, architects, consultancies, customers, and technology providers. The Heroku Partner Program joins the Heroku Add-on Provider Program, launched last year to enable developers to seamlessly access Heroku's best-of-breed cloud services. The Heroku Add-on Provider Program provides key services and technology for web application development. Recent Add-on technologies added to the program catalog include faster-than-real-time video encoding/transcoding from Zencoder and IndexTank, a massively scalable search solution used today by major web properties such as Reddit and Wordpress.com.

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Note: (1) Benoit J. Lheureux, Daryl C. Plummer and Paolo Malinverno. Gartner. Cloud Service Brokerages Create a New Role for Integration Service Providers, November 2010.

About Heroku

Heroku is the leading Ruby platform as a service (PaaS) focused on ease of use, automation, and reliability. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Heroku is a passionate and active supporter of Ruby technologies and cloud architecture. Heroku was recently named to the "Dow Jones FASTech 50 Start-ups to Watch" list, recognized as a Gartner 'Cool Vendor in Application Platforms as a Service' in April 2010, named to the Always OnDemand Top 100 Private Companies, and recognized as a 'Best Products of 2009' and 'Best Platform of 2010" by ReadWriteWeb. For more information, please visit http://heroku.com and http://blog.heroku.com or follow Heroku on Twitter at http://twitter.com/heroku. Heroku is a wholly owned subsidiary of salesforce.com.

Heroku disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Heroku disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.  Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all.  Customers who purchase Heroku applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available.

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