Lightning Connect is, like much of the lightning suite, actually a group of closely related tools used to accomplish a singular goal. In the case of Lightning Connect, the goal is to surface data residing in external data stores inside Salesforce. This is accomplished by securely exposing data through the
oData protocol. The
oData protocol is an OASIS standard for REST APIs and data interchange. Through
oData endpoints, data can be exposed from common database systems, data science tools, and software libraries. Implementations exist for Microsoft SQL server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, SAP and many other common business systems. Additionally, many common development platforms can also act as
oData providers with libraries existing for ...