We are excited to announce our latest low-code app development tool on the Salesforce Lightning Platform, the new Lightning Object Creator. Lightning Object Creator is a new platform service that boosts productivity by allowing any employee to quickly turn spreadsheets — such as Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, Quip Spreadsheets, and comma-separated value (.csv) files — into modern, cloud-based apps with just a few clicks. Lightning Object Creator is currently in pilot and will be made generally available in the first half of 2019.
Lightning Object Creator opens up a broad set of use cases for offline processes currently built on spreadsheets that can be transformed into modern cloud applications. For example:
The Value of a Custom Object
If Lightning Object Creator is all about building apps, why do we call it an “object creator”? What exactly is a Custom Object on the Salesforce Lightning Platform?
To get started, it's easy to think of a Custom Object as a very special kind of spreadsheet that helps customize applications to fit the needs of a business. It has rows (records) and columns (fields) just like a traditional spreadsheet. But there is so much more to a Custom Object than just a spreadsheet.
First of all, it is a cloud-hosted application, which means that Salesforce handles all of the underlying infrastructure. This includes things such as a focus on customer success and trust, and a secure, multi-tenant infrastructure that scales for every single customer around the world.
At the same time, Lighting Platform is a full low-code platform that empowers everyone to build apps fast, with each object supporting:
The Low Code Revolution
At Salesforce, we believe that building apps is everyone's business. By empowering business users to participate in the app building process, we increase the pool of talent, bring problem-solving closer to the lines of business that need support, and reduce time to market.
A recent IDC white paper reported a 545% ROI over five years for customers doing development on the Lightning Platform, with a six month payback period. By leveraging low-code capabilities, customers reported a 5.8X increase in features developed by business users and a 63% faster app lifecycle. One customer reported, “The democratization of development is the most significant benefit of using the Lightning Platform.”
When spreadsheets are converted into custom objects on the Lightning Platform, they can instantly be configured, connected, and deployed via a powerful set of builder tools, including:
To make it even easier to build apps fast with clicks, there is a tight integration between Lightning App Builder and Lighting Object Creator, so that citizen developers can instantly configure their new custom apps off of imported spreadsheets.
Salesforce + Google Cloud
With Lightning Object Creator, we are expanding our integrations with Google Cloud, building on our partnership announced last year.
Google Sheets will be one of the primary applications supported by the new Lightning Object Creator, allowing G Suite customers to easily build strategic business applications on the Salesforce Lightning Platform combining data from Sheets with Salesforce CRM data.
This new capability complements the new Data Connector for Salesforce, built by Google and announced at Google Cloud Next 2018. The Data Connector for Salesforce allows business users to easily create Google Sheets based off of records and reports coming from Salesforce or make changes to Salesforce directly from Sheets.
The third integration in this area, Google Sheets for Salesforce, will allow you to connect your Salesforce List Views instantly to Google Sheets, work fluidly across our products, and gather data insights quickly. Look for more exciting updates about this feature in the coming months.
If you have already registered, we look forward to seeing you at Dreamforce '18, September 25-28 in San Francisco, CA, where you can learn more about this new capability and see it in action. Or you can join us online at Salesforce Live to watch our product keynotes, including the “Lightning Platform Keynote” on Tuesday, September 25 at 1 p.m. PDT and the “Salesforce for Admins Keynote” on Tuesday at 11 a.m. PDT.