Learn how to use IBM App Connect to create an event-driven flow such that when a new lead is created in Salesforce, a contact record is automatically created in the Oracle contact table. This tutorial demonstrates how you can easily create a flow by specifying information in a simple manner.
An Oracle database is a collection of data treated as a unit. The purpose of a database is to store and retrieve related information. A database server is the key to solving the problems of information management.
Say you are using Salesforce to manage customer relationship management and Oracle database as enterprise resource planning.
You want to sync your Salesforce leads with your Oracle contact table.
First, find or create everything you need:
- An IBM App Connect subscription.
- Obtain account details for connecting IBM App Connect to your applications:
- For Salesforce, you need user ID and password credentials to connect. If you want to create a free Salesforce account to test IBM App Connect, make sure that you create a Developer account rather than a Trial account. For more information, see How to use IBM App Connect with Salesforce
- For Oracle Database, you need the Oracle database server host name, port, user ID, password, database name, and schema name. If you are not the owner or administrator of your Oracle instance, you can obtain this information from your Oracle administrator.
Note: Only Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Database 12c are supported for use with App Connect.
- If the Oracle database server is in a private network (for example, behind a firewall in your on-premises data center), you’ll need to set up a gateway that App Connect will use to securely access the Oracle database server. You can use the IBM Secure Gateway Client to set up the required network connection for accessing protected data.
If you’ve previously used the Secure Gateway Client to set up a network connection for an App Connect application that is on the same private network as the Db2 server, you can use this network connection with Db2.
For detailed information about configuring a network connection by using the IBM Secure Gateway Client, see Configuring a private network for IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud
Next, create your flow:
- Log in to IBM App Connect Designer; for example, launch IBM App Connect through your IBM Cloud dashboard.
- From the Dashboard, click New > Event-driven flow.
- Enter a name that identifies the purpose of your flow; for example: Create Contact in Oracle table for each Salesforce Lead
- Select Salesforce > New lead as the event that is to trigger the flow.
- Click the (+) and then scroll down to Oracle Database.
- Select Oracle Database > Show More > Create CONTACT Record as the action.
- Map the Create CONTACT Record fields with the response from Salesforce lead object
- From the banner, open the options menu [⋮] and click Start flow. Then click Dashboard to exit the flow. Your flow is displayed on your Dashboard and is listening for your event – the addition of a new contact in Salesforce.
Complete the following steps. As you progress, IBM App Connect automatically saves your changes. If you navigate away from the flow at any stage, the flow is saved as a draft flow that you can complete at another time.
Finally,test your flow:
- Log in to Salesforce using the account that you configured in IBM App Connect.
- Create a new Salesforce lead, and save the lead.
- After a short while, check your Oracle Contact Table.
- Examine the IBM App Connect Dashboard. If the flow ran successfully, the flow tile shows a green tick
Congratulations, you have created a flow that is triggered when a new lead is added to Salesforce, and it creates a contact record in Oracle Database table.