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Hi Folks as you know i am not a big fan of SFDC. But i had a chance to do a bit of research on Integration Options available in SFDC and come up with my findings as below. I thought it would be a good source of reference for all of you.
10+ Salesforce.com Integration Options
1. UI Layer Integrations:
a. URL Formula Fields
c. Mashups – S-control, Visualforce
d. Web Tabs
i. Greasemonkey User Scripts – Setup Enhancer
2. Data Layer:
a. Dataloader – UI and CLI
b. Excel Connector
c. Eclipse Anonymous Block Query Runner
3. Application Layer:
a. Salesforce 2 Salesforce (Possibly using SOAP)
i. Self Service
ii. Customer Portal
iii. Partner Portal
iv. Force.com Sites
c. REST Based Bulk API – Used for high volume data imports
d. SOAP Based API
1. Custom – .Net (C#, VisualBasic), JAVA, ASP, PERL, Python, PHP
4. Workflow – Outbound Calls
5. Developer Toolkits / SDK
a. Amazon Web Services
c. Google AppEngine
e. Ruby on Rails – ActiveSalesforce
h. Google Visualization
6. Application Frameworks
a. Adobe Flash Builder for Force.com
b. Adobe Flex for Force.com
c. Adobe AIR for Force.com
8. PreBuilt Integrations
a. Google AdWords
ii. Email Services
1. Custom Email Services – Apex Trigger on InboundEmail
2. Out of Box
a. Email-to-Case – On Demand Email to Case
b. Email-to-Case – Email to Case Agent
3. My Email to Salesforce
iii. Outbound Emails
1. Mass email Users/Contacts
2. Emails using Apex/Workflow email alerts
e. ERP Native Connectors – Oracle and SAP
f. Integration Middleware / Cloud Connectors – Appexchange/3rd Party
g. Client/Desktop Connectors
i. Salesforce.com Provided
1. Force.com Connect for Microsoft Outlook
2. Force.com Connect for Lotus Notes
3. Force.com Connect for Microsoft Word
4. Force.com Connect for Microsoft Excel
5. Demo CTI Adapter
ii. 3rd Party Desktop Connectors
4. Industry Data Integration (Leads/Account/Contact Information)
a. Salesforce.com Offline Edition 2.0
b. Custom/3rd Party eg: Model Metrics – Pharma2Go
a. Single Sign On – SAML or Delegated
7. Metadata API Layer
c. SOQL Explorer
d. Apex Explorer
e. 3rd Party Apps like SnapShot
* – Everything above is technically Not an integration per se, but I figured it would make sense to list them as long as they were some kind of an “interaction” with Salesforce.com/Force.com
As you can see, Salesforce.com provides a host of options to integrate your existing and future applications. New toolkits and better API support are introduced with each release.
If you are evaluating a CRM or custom application/platform, consider the integration options available to you as part of the new application/platform.
The Below stat shows how my Blog did last year. Thanks a lot for all your continuing support and this encourages me to do much better this year and share all my knowledge with you all.
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,800 times in 2010. That’s about 14 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 2 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 77 posts. There was 1 picture uploaded, taking a total of 19kb.
The busiest day of the year was June 9th with 55 views. The most popular post that day was Creating a Custom Workflow in CRM 4.0.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were google.co.in, google.com, google.co.uk, social.microsoft.com, and google.com.au.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for crm ui, crm 4.0 retrieve saved queries, creating a workflow for dynamics crm, ganpati bappa, and ms crm 4 test if opportunity is closed via sdk.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Creating a Custom Workflow in CRM 4.0 September 2009
Creating A Sub-Lookup in MSCRM 4.0 August 2009
About February 2009
How to Send and Receive Hotmail from Your Gmail Account March 2009
Contact Me October 2009
Thanks for all your support to my blog. I came out of my exile now and you can expect few more posts from me on Microsoft Dynamics CRM now.
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This will probably be old news to most of you, but for those who are just starting with CRM, you should have a methodology in place to test your customizations as a normal user.
How to Test
What to Test
This week we discovered a requirement to allow the user to perform a Quick Search on both active and close Opportunity records. We did an unsupported customization to acheive this. This is how we did it!
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Microsoft INDIA is conducting a contest for developing a custom xRM solution and all are welcome to participate.
You can visit here to find the details.
Ever thought of using CRM to manage relationship other than customers? If so you already using xRM to manage your relations.
At xrm.com and Streamline Solutions we want to understand every aspect of your business. Doing so will allow us to offer you the best products and strategy. Every business has its unique set of challenges and strengths that we seek to build on. We work with clients in a broad range of industries—from entertainment and government to finance and manufacturing. Below are some “snapshots” which detail our expertise in a variety of settings.
Entertainment—From post-production to television distribution, this industry is rife with complex tracking and operational needs that are best served by a unified solution. Streamline Solutions has created a number of high-profile, very effective implementations that have dramatically increased the efficiency and operational method of some major corporations.
Manufacturing—This industry has a unique set of problems relating to efficiency and profitability. Streamline Solutions has been able to change the way companies do business by deploying highly efficient, customized dashboards presenting data contained in Microsoft Dynamics CRM. As in all industries, the relationship between customer and company is important, but so is the relationship between product and sales. Effectively managing those very relationships is what it’s all about.
Finance—As we enter uncharted territory in the way our financial sector is run and managed, the need for a full-featured, reliable platform that can provide the highest levels of accountability, performance, and intelligent data mining becomes greater. For those companies that need a true understanding of the data they possess, no solution is better than Microsoft’s .NET platform in combination with Microsoft CRM. At xrm.com and Streamline Solutions, we believe that tethering a business to this fully-integrated and developed platform in uncertain times is a smart business move.
Government—Companies that win large contracts from federal and state governments often face having to fulfill complex and demanding reporting requirements that sometimes resemble mountains of minutiae. To address this, Streamline Solutions has provided completely customized solutions which are underpinned by the Microsoft platform. They offer ease-of-use and scalability, and most importantly, help companies meet those difficult conditions.
Cheers and happy xRM’ing.