Posts by Margaret Francis

Heroku Connect APIs Now GA

Today we’re announcing that the APIs for the Heroku Connect data synchronization service are now GA. These fully supported endpoints will help our users with the tasks they most need repeatable automation for: creating consistent configuration across development, staging, and production environments; managing connections across multiple Salesforce deployments; and integrating Heroku Connect status with their existing operational systems and alerts.

When we first released Heroku Connect, users were delighted with the simple point and click UI: they could suddenly integrate Salesforce data with Heroku Postgres in one enjoyable minute! But as users’ familiarity with the service has grown...

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Customer Centered E-Commerce: Salesforce + Heroku

Today we are releasing a reference architecture and sample app for running e-commerce apps on Heroku, with a simple pattern for integrating customer, order and product data with Salesforce via Heroku Connect. The documentation and open source repo can be found on GitHub. The key: Any transaction recorded in Heroku Postgres can be seamlessly integrated with Salesforce via Heroku Connect.

Salesforce for E-Commerce

Many Salesforce customers are looking to extend their Salesforce deployments with e-commerce on Heroku. Whether running a single storefront, launching new concepts and brands, or innovating to improve core retail functions, these e-commerce experiences require orchestration...

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Heroku Connect Demo Edition Now Available via Heroku Button

Nine months ago we released Heroku Connect, the bi-directional data synchronization service that enables developers to build Heroku apps that seamlessly interact with Salesforce data. Since then, we’ve seen developers use it to build all types of interesting apps for web and mobile, especially for eCommerce, loyalty, and Internet of Things use cases. We’ve also seen an avalanche of requests from every corner of the Salesforce ecosystem for a simple and free way to try Heroku Connect, and explore new use cases.

Today we are announcing the availability of Heroku Connect Demo Edition, a free version of Heroku Connect designed for learning and experimentation but not production. With Demo...

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Heroku External Objects: Bringing Native Postgres to Salesforce

Today we are announcing a new data solution for combined users of the Heroku and Salesforce platform: Heroku External Objects. The newest feature of Heroku Connect, Heroku External Objects makes data from any Heroku Postgres database - like that from customer apps, transaction systems, or data warehouses- seamlessly available within a given Salesforce deployment. Leveraging the newly announced Salesforce1 Lightning Connect, Heroku External Objects gives Force.com developers a powerful new capability to help architect their Salesforce deployments and implement data services.

Heroku Postgres + Force.com

Every Force.com developer is familiar with the powerful database services the platform...

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Introducing Heroku CX Patterns: Building Customer Experiences on Heroku with Salesforce Services

A quick glance at most any phone shows the importance and urgency – for businesses of all kinds – of creating mobile customer apps. Our everyday activities – finding a ride, ordering a meal or turning on a light are increasingly mobile experiences.

But delivering a great omnichannel experience to customers requires more than just the work of the application developer. The larger organization is involved in following up with prospects, fielding service inquiries, and sending relevant marketing messages. Orchestrating this tapestry of touchpoints often requires developers to integrate with systems used by non-developers, including sales, service, marketing and community management systems....

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Heroku Connect: Faster Synchronization and New Event Driven Architecture

In May we released the first version of Heroku Connect, a service that makes it easy to build Heroku apps that share data with your Salesforce deployment.

Today we released our first major update to the service, bringing new speed and scale enhancements to all Heroku Connect users. Together, these enhancements lower latency on Heroku Connect synchronization, provide developers with more granular controls and improve insight into their Force.com API utilization.

Event Driven Synchronization from Force.com to Heroku Postgres

One of the top requests from the first Heroku Connect customers was to reduce the latency of synchronization between Force.com and Heroku Postgres. With this...

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Introducing Heroku Connect: Connecting Clouds and Customers

Today we are announcing the general availability of Salesforce1 Heroku Connect. This new Heroku product is a synchronization service, conceptually similar to Dropbox or iCloud, that synchronizes data between a Salesforce deployment and a Heroku Postgres database. By bringing together the data layers of the Force.com and Heroku platforms--and thus allowing the same data to be seamlessly reflected in each cloud’s native database--you can use the capabilities of each platform together in a single application, without having to translate or otherwise integrate between them.

Heroku + Force.com

Heroku and Force.com are cloud platform ‘cousins’, each with its own semantics and high-level...

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