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Salesforce1 Lightning Connect from Salesforce : Salesforce1 Lightning Connect from Salesforce, is the fastest, easiest way to Integrate any Data Source with Salesforce. Lightning Connect is a real-time integration that unleashes the full power of the Salesforce1 Platform on data stored in legacy back-office systems.
Salesforce partners including Informatica, Jitterbit, MuleSoft, Progress Software, SnapLogic and SoftwareAG announce adaptors for Lightning Connect, making integration with Salesforce easy, in just a few clicks. Data integration has long been a pain point for CIOs and IT departments, yet it is essential for companies to run their business. These integrations can be complex, expensive and take up to a year to build. In fact, according to a recent survey of CIOs, 48 percent said data integration is their #1 pain point. Current approaches to data integration, such as manual file load, FTP, point-to-point or enterprise service bus, are limited in scope or overly complex to implement.
Unlike other integration tools, Lightning Connect can be configured in minutes with point-and-click tools and does not copy and store outdated data in Integration can now be completely code-free, allowing any user to quickly connect data with just a few clicks and not spend months or years on integrations. For example, sales organizations can bring order data from external apps into the Salesforce Sales Cloud1, enabling sales executives to check order status on the go from the Salesforce1 Mobile App.
Data is not copied and saved in multiple places. With Lightning Connect, business users gain access to up-to-date information, so they can get on with running their business, and IT can stop managing multiple data silos and complex integration projects. For example, with Lightning Connect, companies can process customer returns and see them in the Salesforce Service Cloud1 in real-time, enabling them to support every customer with ease.
Lightning Connect unleashes the full power of the Salesforce1 Platform and makes it easy to take data that is outside of Salesforce and treat it like it is in Salesforce. Users can search across external data, use it in Visualforce and Apex code to build custom apps, and relate it to customer data within Salesforce. For example, marketing teams can build customer loyalty apps on Heroku and make data from the app available in Salesforce.
The demand to connect legacy data to Salesforce has grown as customers use an increasing number of external data sources in the Salesforce ecosystem. Built on OData, an open data access protocol, Lightning Connect is the first Salesforce integration solution built on industry standards. Leading integration providers like Informatica, Jitterbit, MuleSoft, Progress Software, SnapLogic and SoftwareAG have expanded their solutions to include support for OData and Lightning Connect, making integration with Salesforce easier and more powerful with real-time data.
The new Heroku External Objects for Salesforce allows companies to build modern customer-facing apps, using technologies such as Node, Ruby, PHP and Java on Heroku, and connect them to Salesforce. Heroku External Objects for Salesforce makes app data, operational data, customer data—any data in Heroku Postgres—available within Salesforce. The simple point-and-click configuration makes it easy to combine the power of Lightning Connect with the scale and open standards capabilities of Heroku.
Salesforce1 Platform is included with all user licenses of Salesforce CRM. Salesforce1 Lightning Connect is priced per data source and monthly subscription pricing starts at $4,000 per month.
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