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Connect Clouds and Customers with Salesforce Heroku Connect

Rajat Kesarwani

By Rajat Kesarwani| Monday, June 24, 2019 11:08 AM | 4 min read


  • The Heroku Salesforce acquisition was closed at $250 M. Heroku originally only raised $13 M in funding.
  • Heroku Salesforce Connect is a synchronization service. It brings together data layers of Force.com and Heroku platforms.
  • Heroku launches new features every week to build complex and large scale aps.

Heroku is a leading platform-as-a-service for Ruby application development. The PaaS powers over 100,000 next-gen mobile apps. The Heroku Salesforce acquisition that closed at a whopping $250 M was the only topic of discussion for months that followed the event. Now Salesforce.com cloud platform supports Java and Ruby as the two major languages.

Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce said, “The next era of cloud computing is social, mobile and real-time. I call it Cloud 2.”

Byron Sebastian, CEO of Heroku said, “We have a service that developers really love, and Salesforce.com has the trust and credibility the most demanding customers expect.”

As both parties agreed to the acquisition, Heroku and Salesforce together transformed into Heroku Salesforce connect.

The Features of Heroku Salesforce Integration

Heroku Connect can be used for data replication and proxies. The service is used with the Heroku Postgres database. All the features of the standard database is made available with the replicated data. The service is commonly used for B2C app development and the interface to the data with Heroku Salesforce Connect is standard SQL.

The feature of Heroku and Salesforce are;

  • Access your data on Salesforce via SQL: Experience the true power of SQL for data management and development. The language is a denominator used with most of the application development.
  • The excellent interaction with Force.com: Heroku Connect picks the most effective API strategy, automatically. It uses the best practices for interacting, and chooses the strategy keeping in mind the condition of the system and the amount of data to be moved.
  • Postgres works as an API cache: This feature is to boost performance. The service responds to read requests. The features of Postgres include special data types, extensions and more.
  • Synch into Postgres without hassles: This is a set and forget feature. You do not need programming, scheduling or creating workflow, Heroku Salesforce Connect doesn’t need any software to be installed or managed. It is a multi-tenant service and it can run without administration.

Heroku Connect offers a two-way syncing service. You can take advantage of the poll frequency feature. It regulates the frequency of your Postgres database sync to update with Saleforce updates. Then there is the Accelerate Polling box to speed up most of the operations. You may also push data from the Postgres database to sync with Salesforce database.

There is a protection layer that keeps you from creating duplicate objects by mistake.

  • Developers who work with Heroku Connect can create a schema in a local Postgres database.
  • You can run queries against Postgres as many times as you need. Heroku Postgres runs closes with the Heroku app. There is little to no latency during reads.

So, if you’re planning to get started with Heroku Salesforce Connect, you must know that Connect is an add-on to Heroku. You will need to authenticate to a Salesforce instance to configure the service. You will need to use OAuth and allow the service to make calls.

Heroku Salesforce Connect is the language the next generation is going to speak with confidence. We encourage you to try the service and experience the speed, ease and efficiency of the service.

Rajat Kesarwani
About the Author Rajat Kesarwani is the CEO of Dreamstel Technologies. With over 15 years of experience in maintaining business relations with esteemed companies across the US and Australia, Mr. Kesarwani has earned an excellent reputation in the IT industry. He has been offering advanced technology services to businesses that require any kind of IT solution. His expert services at Dreamstel includes developing and introducing next-generation apps and spreading awareness about Salesforce. His objective is to reach out to companies in need of advanced technology solutions, and he has been successfully moving ahead in the right direction to do so, through Dreamstel Technologies.