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The 2016 Heroku Retrospectivee

We want to thank you for supporting Heroku! Your creativity and innovation continues to inspire us, and pushed us to deliver even more new products and features in 2016. We especially want to thank everyone who helped us by beta testing, sharing Heroku with others, and providing feedback. Here are the highlights of what became generally available in 2016.


A new way to structure, manage, and visualize continuous delivery.

Heroku Review Apps

Test code at a shareable URL using disposable Heroku apps that spin up with each GitHub pull request.

Free SSL for Apps on Paid Dynos

Get SSL encryption on custom domains for free on apps that use paid dynos.

The New Heroku CLI

Take advantage of the CLI’s faster performance and new usability features.

Heroku Teams

Powerful collaboration, administration and centralized billing capabilities to build and run more effective development teams.

Flexible Dyno Hours

Run a free app 24/7, or many apps on an occasional basis, using a pool of account-based free dyno hours.

Threshold Alerting

Let the platform keep your apps healthy: get proactive alerts based on app responsiveness and error rates.

Session Affinity

Route requests from a given browser to the same dyno, so apps with ‘sticky sessions’ can take advantage of Heroku’s flexible scaling.

Apache Kafka on Heroku

Build data-intensive apps with ease using the leading open source solution for managing event streams.

PostgreSQL 9.6

Speed up sequential scans for faster analytics applications, create indexes without blocking writes on tables in production apps, and more.

Heroku External Objects

Read and write Postgres data from Salesforce, so you can integrate application data in Heroku with business processes inside Salesforce.

Heroku Connect APIs

Build repeatable automation for configuring Heroku Connect environments, managing connections across Salesforce orgs, and integrating with existing operational systems.


Have your own private Heroku as a service, with configurable network boundaries, global regions, and private data services for your most demanding enterprise apps.

SSO for

Use SAML 2.0 identity providers like Salesforce Identity, Ping and Okta for single sign-on to Heroku Enterprise.

Add-on Controls

Standardize the add-ons your team uses by whitelisting them within your Heroku Enterprise organization.

Log in today, give the new features a try, and let us know what you think.


Happy Coding!

The Heroku Team


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