In certain instances, businesses may require multiple Salesforce orgs and cross-org data sharing. Many companies currently utilize Salesforce to Salesforce to perform this task. However, a recent announcement indicates that the Salesforce to Salesforce product is reaching its end of life. Below, we discuss various alternatives and argue that App4API is a top contender to replace Salesforce to Salesforce in most situations.
Why companies use Salesforce to Salesforce
Salesforce to Salesforce makes it possible to easily share records across various Salesforce orgs. Some companies actually maintain many Salesforce orgs and need an easy way to share data between them. Salesforce to Salesforce is a popular tool for partner companies that work closely together – for example, on joint products. One common use case is when a company creates a parent Salesforce org to show specific information from child Salesforce orgs.
For example, a global company might have unique Salesforce orgs for various countries where they do business. In this instance, an administrator can utilize a parent org to show an overview of all existing opportunities and stages from various child orgs. In order for this scenario to be most effective, users need real-time data synchronization across all orgs. This syncing capability is not supported by the soon to be retired Salesforce to Salesforce or its potential replacement Salesforce Connect with the cross-org adapter.
Limitations of Salesforce Connect with the cross-org adapter
As the Salesforce to Salesforce product nears its end of life, it is necessary to consider alternative solutions. Salesforce recommends that users instead utilize Salesforce Connect with the cross-org adapter. However, Salesforce Connect with the cross-org adapter is not a real integration on the data level. In fact, this solution is only integrated on the UI level. As a result, users can see the data of the other org in an external object, but the data is not stored.
Therefore, if users need to bring together key account data from different orgs, an external object must be created for every individual org. This is an incredibly tedious scenario and does not cover important use cases. Referencing our previous example, we see that an administrator cannot in this case create a synchronized overview of aggregated values for opportunities in all orgs.
App4API connects your Salesforce orgs
App4API is our native Salesforce tool that can connect different Salesforce orgs in real time. With App4API, administrators can perform a true sync of opportunities and stages from various child Salesforce orgs into a parent org. In fact, App4API can specifically sync only the most necessary fields. What’s more, App4API is no-code, easy to use and has Big Object functionality.
App4API also makes it possible to bring synchronized data from Salesforce to a partial Sandbox. As a result, administrators can test data in the partial Sandbox in real-time. This has important implications for projects that require testing before implementation.
App4API has Big Object functionality
App4API supports Big Objects – a Salesforce object that stores huge amounts of data. Big Objects archive important data essential for auditing purposes or further analysis. Furthermore, if a company is working with millions of records in a Big Object, it can be helpful to consolidate some information from child Salesforce orgs into a parent Salesforce org.
Take for example a global company with many subsidiary companies based in various countries. Each subsidiary company sells products online, and every online order becomes an order line item. This could easily translate to millions of rows of data! But in order to make that data useful, we need to extract and analyze certain facets of this data.
With App4API, administrators can easily move specific data from a child org to a Big Object in a parent Salesforce org in real-time. This parent Salesforce org then functions as a helpful, up-to-date overview of its child orgs. For example, with App4API an administrator could create conditions to aggregate certain child order line items by year.
App4API is a no-code solution that eliminates the need to create Apex code or use an ETL tool. Consequently, App4API eliminates any kind of middleware between your Salesforce orgs and a Big Object. With ease and accessibility, App4API loads data quickly in one transaction, similar to the GraphQL idea and does away with a complicated multi-step process.