During our fifth Informatica Cloud #TechTuesdays session, "SOAP Web Services Made Simple" on August 20, we focused on the fact that there are several legacy on-premise systems that need to communicate with modern SaaS applications such as Salesforce. The easiest way to establish such a communication path is to put a SOAP web service wrapper around the legacy system, along with a WSDL that appropriately describes all the desired methods and operations.


We also discussed the fact that SOAP web services can be of two different kinds - procedural, or document style. A document-style web service is a bit more complicated than a procedural web service because they are not self-describing through the WSDL alone – you would need the WSDL as well as the XSD schema to use the service.


During the demo component we showcased the following aspects of using Informatica Cloud for SOAP web services:

  • Connecting to the main WSDL URL
  • Looking through the WSDL URL's binding information to put the appropriate service into the endpoint URL
  • Using the 5-step wizard to map each web service to the appropriate fields within a Salesforce object
  • Applying filters to a web service to extract only relevant information
  • Using task flows to execute consecutive web service calls


Here are the slides and entire recording featuring Bryan Plaster from our Cloud Labs team. Next week's  session on September 10 will focus on using integration templates, and will feature an actual customer taking us through a template use case.