More Function, Less Fuss

Over at TechRepublic, Alex Khizhnyak has authored an appealing invitation for developers to explore third-party integration aids for salesforce.com data. Some of his points reinforce my own arguments in my white paper on integration of on-demand resources with other IT elements: for example, "clarify the goals."

I want to call particular attention to Alex’s "Web 2.5" thinking about combining the strengths of the salesforce.com API with the raw storage capabilities of other on-demand services, such as Amazon.com’s S3.  Also useful is his emphasis on creating a sustainable process that automates ongoing operations. That’s what it takes to preserve data consistency, and thus to make the system an operational asset rather than just a neat demo.

What sums up the piece, it seemed to me, were these comments near the end:

Integration with salesforce.com may be easier than you think… With today’s data management
solutions, the business user has a powerful toolset not only to manage
data streams within the enterprise, but to join data with the Web, keep
it safely in salesforce.com, and exchange information with partners
globally.

Precisely.

Published
January 4, 2008
Topics: