Salesforce API stands for Application Programming Interface. Salesforce provides programmatic access to the organization’s information using easy, powerful and secured application programming interfaces. APIs are a way for other applications to access data within the org, in a secured way. Today, in this blog, CloudVandana will give an overview of Salesforce APIs that allow access to Salesforce data.
Most of the time, the users need to connect the org to an internal or external system. There comes the requirement of APIs. Users can interact with the data via the user interface and API. There are various kinds of APIs, offered by Salesforce. Those APIs are- SOAP API, REST API, Apex REST API, Apex SOAP API, Bulk API, Metadata API, Chatter REST API, Streaming API, and Tooling API. Among these numerous APIs, we will discuss the two elementary APIs, SAP API, and REST API.
SOAP stands for Simple ObjectAccess Protocol and it is an XML-based messaging protocol. SOAP is an old integration methodology and many legacy applications only support SOAP integrations. Salesforce lets the user create, retrieve, and update operations to Salesforce data from an external application. The platform provides two kinds of WSDLs. Enterprise Web Services, WSDL, and Partner Web Services WSDL. Enterprise WSDLs are created for customers and their ISV for integrations specific to their Org. Partner WSDL is created for App Development partners and it can work with various orgs.
REST stands for Representational State Transfer, which is considered to be a lightweight alternative to SOAP, and preferred by modern web & mobile-based applications.
Benefits Of Salesforce APIs
After discussing an overview, let’s have a look at the benefits of Salesforce APIs. This #1CRM platform always takes an API-driven approach to develop a huge range of functionalities on the platform and offers the ability to connect and interact with the cloud platform.
- Users do not need to manually enter the same data in two different apps. The connect API transfers information between Salesforce and the desired destination, which saves time and effort for employees.
- APIs allow the user to connect to many solutions, including e-commerce, EPR, and accounting software. APIs help sales teams collect information about their clients and work within the broader organization.
- It reduces human error. Users need to input the data once, the program will do the rest.
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