Create a Salesforce Service Cloud source connection using the Flow Service API

A base connection represents the authenticated connection between a source and Adobe Experience Platform.

This tutorial walks you through the steps to create a base connection for Salesforce Service Cloud using the Flow Service API.

Getting started

This guide requires a working understanding of the following components of Adobe Experience Platform:

  • Sources: Experience Platform allows data to be ingested from various sources while providing you with the ability to structure, label, and enhance incoming data using Platform services.
  • Sandboxes: Experience Platform provides virtual sandboxes which partition a single Platform instance into separate virtual environments to help develop and evolve digital experience applications.

The following sections provide additional information that you will need to know in order to successfully connect to Salesforce Service Cloud using the Flow Service API.

Gather required credentials

In order for Flow Service to connect with Salesforce Service Cloud, you must provide values for the following connection properties:

Credential Description
username The username for your Salesforce Service Cloud user account.
password The password for your Salesforce Service Cloud account.
securityToken The security token for your Salesforce Service Cloud account.
connectionSpec.id The connection specification returns a source’s connector properties, including authentication specifications related to creating the base and source connections. The connection specification ID for Salesforce Service Cloud is: b66ab34-8619-49cb-96d1-39b37ede86ea.

For more information about getting started refer to this Salesforce Service Cloud document.

Using Platform APIs

For information on how to successfully make calls to Platform APIs, see the guide on getting started with Platform APIs.

Create a base connection

A base connection retains information between your source and Platform, including your source’s authentication credentials, the current state of the connection, and your unique base connection ID. The base connection ID allows you to explore and navigate files from within your source and identify the specific items that you want to ingest, including information regarding their data types and formats.

To create a base connection ID, make a POST request to the /connections endpoint while providing your Salesforce Service Cloud authentication credentials as part of the request parameters.

API format

POST /connections

Request

The following request creates a base connection for Salesforce Service Cloud:

curl -X POST \
    'https://platform.adobe.io/data/foundation/flowservice/connections' \
    -H 'Authorization: Bearer {ACCESS_TOKEN}' \
    -H 'x-api-key: {API_KEY}' \
    -H 'x-gw-ims-org-id: {IMS_ORG}' \
    -H 'x-sandbox-name: {SANDBOX_NAME}' \
    -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
    -d '{
        "name": "Base connection for salesforce service cloud",
        "description": "Base connection for salesforce service cloud",
        "auth": {
            "specName": "Basic Authentication",
            "params": {
                "username": "{USERNAME}",
                "password": "{PASSWORD}",
                "securityToken": "{SECURITY_TOKEN}"
            }
        },
        "connectionSpec": {
            "id": "b66ab34-8619-49cb-96d1-39b37ede86ea",
            "version": "1.0"
        }
    }'
Parameter Description
auth.params.username The username associated with your Salesforce Service Cloud account.
auth.params.password The password associated with your Salesforce Service Cloud account.
auth.params.securityToken The security token associated with your Salesforce Service Cloud account.
connectionSpec.id The Salesforce Service Cloud connection specification ID: b66ab34-8619-49cb-96d1-39b37ede86ea

Response

A successful response returns the newly created connection, including its unique identifier (id). This ID is required to explore your CRM system in the next step.

{
    "id": "4267c2ab-2104-474f-a7c2-ab2104d74f86",
    "etag": "\"0200f1c5-0000-0200-0000-5e4352bf0000\""
}

Next steps

By following this tutorial, you have created an Salesforce Service Cloud connection using the Flow Service API, and have obtained the connection’s unique ID value. You can use this connection ID in the next tutorial as you learn how to explore customer success systems using the Flow Service API.

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