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MemberMarch 1, 2017 at 5:40 am
Salesforce Connect lets your Salesforce org access data from a wide variety of external systems. You can integrate tables from SAP® NetWeaver Gateway, Microsoft Dynamics® NAV, and many other data sources in real time without writing a single line of code. Previously, the only way to integrate external data with Salesforce was to use extract, transform, and load (ETL) tools. That process is time consuming and requires you to copy data into your org that you might never use or quickly becomes stale. In contrast, Salesforce Connect maps data tables in external systems to external objects in your org.
External objects are similar to custom objects, except that they map to data located outside your Salesforce org. External object data is always up to date. Salesforce Connect provides a live connection to external data rather than a copy that consumes storage and must be regularly synced. Accessing an external object fetches the data from the external system in real time.