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November 14, 2014

Salesforce Introduces Lightning Connect Service

Older Data Can Be Stored to Cloud With Extensive Library of Adaptors

Older data can now be backed up to the cloud thanks to Salesforce.

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The company, Thursday, unleashed Lightning Connect, a tool that helps customers integrate their back-office data with the Salesforce cloud in real-time. It’s a major development for older companies that, until now, couldn’t get their siloed-off, older data into the Salesforce cloud.

The company called the product “the fastest, easiest way to integrate any data source with Salesforce” in a release and explained integration vendors such as Progress Software and SoftwareAG have built an extensive library of adaptors for Lightning Connect.

“Salesforce1 Lightning Connect is the fastest way to integrate any data into Salesforce,” Mike Rosenbaum, EVP and GM Salesforce1 Platform, Salesforce, said in the release.

“Now customers can extend all the benefits of the Salesforce1 Platform to all of their enterprise data—whether it’s stored in Salesforce or another system,” he said.

The service, though, doesn’t come cheap. As reported by ZDnet, the cheapest monthly subscription rate for Lightning Connect is $4,000.

Obviously, the company is not targeting start-ups with the service but, rather, hopes to appeal to older, more established companies.

Salesforce is hoping Lightning Connect will change the way companies access and connect with data stored in legacy systems. The new system does stand above its competitors as it can be configured in minutes with simple point-and-click tools and doesn’t copy or store outdated data.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.