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About two years ago, introduced its offering, through which the software-as-a-service giant invited developers to create cloud-based applications that would run on’s own infrastructure.

I must say that when I first heard about’s efforts to allow development for the cloud through its own site, I was a bit skeptical about the initiative. However, as I started to use the tools and feel my way around, my doubts gave way to intrigue.

For solution providers that have an ISV component to their business or develop custom applications, offers a solid on-ramp to build applications in the cloud and move to a software-as-a-service model.

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