Leveraging the Power of Salesforce External Objects

Here at M&S we are working on a ground-breaking new project containing multiple data sources being brought into one Salesforce org and displayed using Visualforce with Bootstrap CSS. A crucial and challenging area of our client request involved not replicating data from external enterprise systems by storing it in a Salesforce Object (neither Standard nor Custom). This led us to the use of Salesforce External Objects. External objects are similar to custom objects, except that they map to data that’s stored outside your Salesforce organization. Each external object relies on an external data source definition to connect with the external … Read More

Excited for Dreamforce 2015

excited for Dreamforce

We had a chance to catch up with M&S Consulting Managing Partner, Ashok Aggarwal, for a few minutes to ask about Dreamforce 2015. M&S has been growing our Salesforce practice significantly over the past few years working on multiple Salesforce implementations. As someone who has been implementing CRM solutions with Salesforce since 2000 (over 15 years!), Ashok has been excited about enterprise adoption of Salesforce.com and the Force.com platform for two big reasons: Enterprises stand to gain huge ROI from implementing Salesforce, especially as a development platform of choice for critical business processes M&S is uniquely positioned to help enterprises … Read More

Migrating from Oracle Portal 10g to Oracle APEX

Migrating from Oracle Portal 10g to Oracle Application Express (APEX)

There are several enterprises that are currently running the Oracle 10g middleware platform for their front-end applications. They have Oracle Portal 10g or prior versions delivering content for their Oracle Forms, Oracle Reports, and Oracle Discoverer based applications, all running on Oracle Application Server (OAS) 10g. Many of these OAS 10g environments also run Oracle Internet Directory (OID) 10g and Oracle Single Sign-On (OSSO) 10g. Oracle provides a supported and easily repeatable upgrade path for Oracle Database 11g, however, the upgrade of components running on OAS 10g moving to Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) 11g is not quite as straightforward. Oracle … Read More

Salesforce.com Gets A New User Experience and New Features in Winter ’16 Release

How salesforce will look with it's new UI on different devices

Despite being such a highly used platform, Salesforce.com’s user interface has been lacking for quite some time. So, we were excited to hear that they are getting a whole new UI starting October 17, 2015 that is a more modern user experience. This update will also have new features designed to help you sell faster, be more productive, and make better decisions.There will be more than 55 re-imagined Sales Cloud pages and 25 completely new features launching with the Winter ’16 release. The Lightning Framework allows developers to build slick UI’s using the Lightning Design System, the Lightning App Builder and … Read More

Automatically install software to your new AWS EC2 instances

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When creating an AWS EC2 instance, you can configure a startup script or list of commands to be automatically executed. The commands are performed immediately following initialization and the process allows you to start multiple configured instances. This saves time by having programs install themselves before you have ever even needed to log in. The Advanced Details section in Step 6 of creating a new EC2 instance in the AWS dashboard provides a text area to enter all commands. The example in the photo shows some commands to update and install MySQL Database on an enterprise Linux instance. This allows a user to have access to an … Read More

Integrate IBM Cognos with Oracle Single Sign-On

Integrate IBM Cognos with Oracle Single Sign On

There are a lot of enterprise applications available in today’s computer-driven world, and many businesses implement several different applications at once. With each application comes a new username and password that employees have to remember, and each password forgotten increases the number of IT tickets that has to be handled. Oracle Single Sign-On (SSO) is part of Oracle Access Management (OAM)  and allows a unified user experience that allows users to only have to remember one password. SSO can be configured to work with not only Oracle products but other enterprise applications as well. One of these other applications that we have recently … Read More

Salesforce Identity

Salesforce Identity

Many businesses have come to integrate SSO (Single Sign-On) services into their organization allowing their employees to have a single point of login for company products. Traditionally this requires an Identity management service, like Active Directory, hosted on a server within the organization. Now there is another option, Salesforce Identity. Salesforce Identity acts like a traditional service or identity driven SSO, allowing employees to use their Salesforce login credentials to access different services offered by their organization. The best part about Salesforce Identity is that if you already have an Enterprise addition of Salesforce, you already have the ability to … Read More