What happened to Force.com Licenses?
One of the reasons Salesforce is a such a successful tool is its market and customer-driven attitude. Its capabilities move with the industry, and the Salesforce team strives to make sure their users can keep up. Unfortunately, sometimes things move so quickly that users are left wondering what happened and how to move onto the next step.
My team and I have been getting some questions about Force.com licenses – where they went, what their replacements are, and how much they cost.
Force.com allowed Salesforce users to build custom apps that could integrate into the platform using point and click development, eliminating users’ need for a full programming background. In its heyday, it was a wonderful tool to enhance the Salesforce platform further. However, as users’ application needs evolved with the rest of the technology world, they found themselves needing something more robust. Salesforce capitalized on this opportunity by building up its capabilities through a Force.com to deliver the App Cloud. As a result, users can drive their application development to the next level.
Should You Upgrade?
However, if you’re a Force.com customer who has been hanging on to your licenses for a few years, you’re probably wondering if or when you should upgrade to the App Cloud and if the benefit would be worth the investment.
And trust us, we’re proponents of strategic license purchases – if you only need read-only access to accounts and contacts, you don’t need a $1,800 per year Sales Cloud license. Buy only what you need for each team member.
But we also urge you to make the best decision for your organization. If you think you’re going to need to enhance your Salesforce apps with more customization than your grandfathered Force.com license can handle, consider exploring the App Cloud.
Here’s the pricing breakdown for the two App Cloud options:
1. Employee Apps Starter
The least expensive way to go is with the Employee Apps Start license, which costs $25 per month per user. It provides access to 10 objects per user, so this is perfect for users building small, straightforward apps.
2. Employee Apps Plus
Your second option costs a bit more, at $100 per month per user, but it gives developers the ability to build truly customized apps. The license provides for access to 110 objects per user, which empowers users to create unique
Basic Functionality and Support Included
Both App Cloud licenses provide the following:
- Full access to accounts, contacts, calendar, activities, custom objects, content, Documents, employee cases (not customer cases) and chatter
- Workflows and approvals
- Customizable reports and dashboards
- Role-based sharing
- Salesforce1 App access
- API calls
- Create and read access for ideas
- Read only access for knowledge
Your company has the option of one license or the other for your Salesforce org as well as an Enterprise or Unlimited edition. This allows you to truly customize your investment for your business and pay for only what you truly need.
Salesforce has the best information on the minute nuances between the two options and their Enterprise and Unlimited counterparts, but here’s what we think is the most important differences between the Employees Apps Starter and Employees Apps Basic:
|Org Edition||Employee Apps Starter||Employee Apps Plus|
|Data Storage||20MB||20MB (Enterprise) 120MB (Unlimited)|
|API Calls (per day)||200||1000 (Enterprise) 5000 (Unlimited)|
Your Next Steps with App Cloud
As I pointed out, I don’t recommend getting rid of your Force.com license if it’s serving its purpose and meets your organization's needs.
However, if you’d like to enhance your apps further, upgrading to App Cloud is a sound investment. I encourage you to sit down with your users and developers and discuss what you actually need for each before choosing between the Employee Apps Starter and Employee Apps Plus.
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below. If you’re looking for more guidance on your best path forward, you can reach out to us here.