Integrate External Objects that Update Dynamically Using Salesforce Connect


Salesforce Connect, generally available in Winter ‘15, gives access to data from external sources with point and click simplicity. Now you can incorporate data from systems such as SAP and Microsoft SharePoint in real-time as External Objects, dramatically reducing integration time to unlock and modernize back-office systems.

Learn how External Objects provide a live connection to external data sources so your data is always up to date, how you can access them the same way as Standard and Custom Objects in list views, detail pages, record feeds, Apex and Visualforce, and create relationships between External Objects and Standard or Custom Objects to seamlessly integrate legacy data.


External Object data is always up to date, since Salesforce Connect provides a live connection to external data sources, rather than a copy that consumes storage and must be regularly synchronized. External Objects are accessible in the same way as Standard and Custom Objects: in list views, detail pages, record feeds, Apex and Visualforce. You can create relationships between External Objects and Standard or Custom Objects to seamlessly integrate legacy data, and even enable Chatter feeds on External Object pages for collaboration.


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Salesforce Connect uses the Open Data Protocol (OData) standard, a modern, REST-based integration protocol. Vendors such as SAP and Microsoft have already implemented OData support, so products such as NetWeaver and SharePoint are directly accessible. Integration products from Salesforce partners extend the reach of Salesforce Connect to a huge range of back-office systems.

You can discover Salesforce Connect today via Salesforce Developer Edition, and purchase it as an add-on to Enterprise, Performance, and Unlimited Editions.

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