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Integration

A typical enterprise uses many applications, many or most of which are not designed to work with one another out of the box. Integrating separate but related apps helps organizations achieve greater levels of operational consistency, efficiency, and quality.

Each application can have data, business logic, presentation, and security layers, all of which are possible targets for integration. This page is an overall launch point for exploring the various integration options related to Force.com and other Salesforce platform technologies.

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Security Integration
Integrate authentication mechanisms across applications to improve the user experience and minimize user administration.
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User Interface Integration
Combine the UIs of two or more apps to create composite apps with little or no rework on the UI of each individual app.
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Business Logic Integration
Business logic often spans multiple application systems. Extending related business logic from one app to another helps to implement complete end to end business processes.
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Data Integration
Integrating applications at the data layer is a common scenario. For example, multiple apps written in different programming languages can all use an open API and manage related data in one shared database.
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Integration Primers

For a broad overview of integration before heading down one of the above paths, you might want explore the following resources:

Integration Languages