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The Developer’s Guide to the Force.com Platform by Phil Choi, Andrew Fawcett, Glen Martin, Rick Greenwald

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What is Cloud Computing?

Information systems are essential to virtually every organization in the world; however, the traditional model of creating and running business applications has grown into a cumbersome process. There are too many moving parts to buy, install, configure, and maintain, including hardware and software. The entire infrastructure must be able to work together, and this type of seamless interaction requires the oil of constant maintenance to run smoothly.

This overhead burden creates barriers to productivity in creating and deploying applications. The complex computing environment means that every little change can trigger repercussions throughout the entire organization. The overall responsiveness of the IT function seems ...

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