Heroku Receives InfoWorld's Technology of the Year Award

Leading Platform-as-a-Service Recognized as Top Cloud Application Platform Solution for 2012

Jan 18, 2012, 20:25 ET from Heroku

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Heroku, a leading cloud platform as a service (PaaS) and a salesforce.com company [NYSE: CRM], today announced it has been recognized with the 2012 InfoWorld Technology of the Year Award.

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Selected by InfoWorld Test Center editors and reviewers, the annual awards identify the best and most innovative products on the IT landscape. Winners are drawn from all of the products tested during the past year, with the final selections made by InfoWorld's Test Center staff. All products reviewed by the Test Center are eligible to win.

"From the smartphones in our pockets to the data centers and clouds that are delivering the applications that businesses depend on, the technology landscape is changing faster than ever. Drawn from the very best hardware, software, development tools, and cloud services we tested during 2011, our 2012 Technology of the Year Awards celebrate the products and services that are leading the way," said Doug Dineley, Executive Editor, Test Center

Heroku is the fastest growing, most widely used cloud application PaaS. Heroku enables developers to concentrate on building, deploying and scaling web applications without having to think about servers, system administration, or other common tasks. In May 2011, Heroku introduced the Polyglot Platform to PaaS and currently supports over six computing languages including Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, Scala, Java, and Python. Heroku's innovative Add-on program gives application developers one-click access to top third-party cloud service vendors and popular developer platforms such as Facebook. In November, Heroku released Heroku Postgres, a standalone database as a service (DBaaS) that developers can use with any cloud PaaS. Heroku Postgres has been available to Heroku customers for several years and conducts over 400 million write-transactions daily, backed by Heroku's Continuous Protection technology.

"We feel honored to be included alongside past winners such as the iPad, Android, Visual Studio, and Eclipse; and this year's winners, including Amazon Web Services, Node.js, Hadoop, and Heroku add-on provider Rhomobile," said  Adam Wiggins, CTO and co-founder of Heroku. "InfoWorld is a venerable publication in the technology world, and this is the first time they've given awards in the cloud space. We see this as another major point of validation for PaaS, and cloud technologies more generally. 2011 was the year that PaaS came into the greater collective consciousness of the technology industry. We can't wait to see how things will unfold in 2012."

"Heroku is clearly leading at the moment" concludes InfoWorld Test Center Editor Andrew Glover in the announcement of the award for Heroku. In his November review of Heroku PaaS, Glover noted that "the wide variety of languages offered by Heroku reflects a growing trend toward developer polyglotism and speaks volumes to the growing community surrounding the platform." Glover also highlighted the value of Heroku's Add-on program, noting the "extra features made available by Heroku and third-party vendors span the gamut of utilities…with more than 60 such add-ons, some of which are available at no additional cost, Heroku makes building integrated applications all the easier."

For more information

To learn more about Heroku, go here: http://www.heroku.com/

For more information on Heroku's selection for the 2012 InfoWorld Technology of the Year Award, go to: http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/24605/infoworlds-2012-technology-the-year-award-winners-183313?source=fssr#slide14

To view the entire 2012 InfoWorld Technology of the Year Awards slideshow: http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/24605/infoworlds-2012-technology-the-year-award-winners-183313?source=fssrLink

To read Andrew Glover's review of Heroku's cloud PaaS at InfoWorld: http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/infoworld-review-heroku-cloud-application-platform-180342

Facebook developers can get more information on using Heroku for Facebook here: http://www.heroku.com/facebook

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San Francisco-based Heroku is the leading cloud application platform provider, offering a cloud PaaS service focused on ease of use, automation, and reliability. Heroku is a passionate and active supporter of modern computer languages and introduced the Polyglot Platform, currently supporting Ruby, Node.js, Scala, Clojure, Python, and Java technologies and cloud architectures. Hundreds of thousands of developers worldwide have deployed hundreds of thousands web applications to Heroku. Heroku was recently named #1 in Read Write Web's List of Enterprise Cloud Apps and Services of 2011, following recognition by RWW as a 'Best Products of 2009' and 'Best Platform of 2010. Heroku was named a Gartner 'Cool Vendor in Application Platforms as a Service,' recognized as an AlwaysOn Top 100 Private Companies, and selected by Dow Jones as a 'Fast 50 Company.' In 2011 San Francisco Business Times named Heroku #2 on its list of 'Best Places to Work' in the Bay Area. 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.

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