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External Application access

I have asked to integrate a lot of external application or databases with Salesforce. A lot of these integrations work of scheduled services to syncronise the data at certain intervals. The problem with this is that one needs the Salesforce username and password to update the data from the external source to Salesforce.
Is there any way I could call the external application from Salesforce on certain intervals and therefor one would not require to log into Salesforce.
I hope this makes sense.
Ron WildRon Wild
You could set up a cron job inside Salesforce ...

Cron jobs are not a native feature (yet), so you will have to build your own scheduling app, or you can use the app I've developed (CronKit).  It's free, but not hasn't gone live on the appexchange, so you'll have to install it from here:

CronKit:  https://www.salesforce.com/appexchange/detail_overview.jsp?id=a0330000004mbxwAAA

You will have to create your own Apex webservices classes to call from the scheduler.

Hope that helps,



Thanks for the info!