Last week I wrote that while some companies still cannot make it past the starting line, a number of early cloud adopters are pacing themselves towards 100% in the cloud.
Now, let's be realistic - you cannot get there with a completely packaged application portfolio. There has to be a healthy dose of custom development.
Enter VMForce being announced today - courtesy of salesforce and VMWare (via its SpringSource division)
"VMforce provides out-of-the-box Java deployment in the cloud that is pre-integrated with a relational database, full-text search engine, reporting and analytics, user and identity management, as well as all the services that are needed to build, run, and manage an enterprise-grade business application."
BTW, I also posted excerpts from my upcoming book on the case study on salesforce.com on the New Florence blog.