I spoke to quite a few Salesforce customers and partners at Dreamforce ’09 who didn’t realize that the Data Loader Service is free. Yes, you do also get a 30 day trial of the Data Synchronization Service, Data Profiling Service, and Data Replication Service when you get started, but once it’s clearly understood that yes, the Data Loader Service is in fact FREE, I typically get asked the following question:
“How is it different than the Force.com Data Loader?”
Here’s my answer:
- The Data Loader Service (DLS) is designed for non-technical users. (Easy to set up. Easy to Use.)
- DLS provides daily scheduling capabilities. (Get started with automated data integration.)
- DLS is the first step towards true bi-directional data integration as a service. (Easily move up to more complex, bi-directional cloud services.)
Here’s a quick Data Loader Service demo recorded by a partner. And if you’re a Salesforce CRM or Force.com customer and/or partner and like the tool, please take a few minutes to share your feedback on the AppExchange.