IBM Cloud Functions vs. Salesforce Lightning Platform

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM Cloud Functions
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
IBM Cloud Functions is a PaaS platform based on Apache OpenWhisk. With it, developers write code (“actions”) that respond to external events. Actions are hosted, executed, and scaled on demand based on the number of events coming in. No servers or infrastructure to provision and manage.
$0
per second of execution
Salesforce Lightning Platform
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Salesforce Platform is designed for building and deploying scalable cloud applications with managed hardware provisioning and app stacks. It provides out-of-the-box tools and services to automate business processes, integrate with external apps, and provide responsive layouts and more.
$25
Per User Per Month
Pricing
IBM Cloud FunctionsSalesforce Lightning Platform
Editions & Modules
Basic Cloud Functions Rate
$0.00017
per second of execution
API Gateway Rate
Free
Starter
$25.00
Per User Per Month
Plus
$100.00
Per User Per Month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
IBM Cloud FunctionsSalesforce Lightning Platform
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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IBM Cloud FunctionsSalesforce Lightning Platform
Top Pros
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Features
IBM Cloud FunctionsSalesforce Lightning Platform
Platform-as-a-Service
Comparison of Platform-as-a-Service features of Product A and Product B
IBM Cloud Functions
-
Ratings
Salesforce Lightning Platform
8.9
36 Ratings
8% above category average
Ease of building user interfaces00 Ratings7.836 Ratings
Scalability00 Ratings9.734 Ratings
Platform management overhead00 Ratings8.230 Ratings
Workflow engine capability00 Ratings9.332 Ratings
Platform access control00 Ratings9.733 Ratings
Services-enabled integration00 Ratings9.333 Ratings
Development environment creation00 Ratings9.230 Ratings
Development environment replication00 Ratings9.328 Ratings
Issue monitoring and notification00 Ratings7.831 Ratings
Issue recovery00 Ratings7.829 Ratings
Upgrades and platform fixes00 Ratings9.633 Ratings
Best Alternatives
IBM Cloud FunctionsSalesforce Lightning Platform
Small Businesses
AWS Lambda
AWS Lambda
Score 8.8 out of 10
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
AWS Lambda
AWS Lambda
Score 8.8 out of 10
IBM Cloud Private
IBM Cloud Private
Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
AWS Lambda
AWS Lambda
Score 8.8 out of 10
IBM Cloud Private
IBM Cloud Private
Score 9.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
IBM Cloud FunctionsSalesforce Lightning Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
3.0
(7 ratings)
9.3
(36 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
5.5
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(15 ratings)
User Testimonials
IBM Cloud FunctionsSalesforce Lightning Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
IBM Cloud Functions [is] not the worse product on the IBM cloud. I decided to write this review as I thought it would be balanced. I would still use functions to set up a serverless architecture where execution time is pretty quick and the code is relatively simple. I wouldn't use IBM Cloud Functions for async calls obviously, as costs could be higher. The functions documentation is lacking in terms of CI/CD, and there are unexplainable errors occurring - like the network connection that I mentioned. So I wouldn't just rely on IBM Cloud Functions too much for the entire system, but make sure it's diversified.
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Salesforce
We use Salesforce Lightning Platform in everyday business as sales coordinators. By using this tool, we are able to send new requests to clients and communicate regarding pending proposals in real-time. This also tool holds many of our client accounts where we are able to monitor their sales and revenue.
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Pros
IBM
  • Great substitute for a simple API calls to run non-complicated code.
  • Easy way to run Python/Java/Javascript to get something done.
  • File validation.
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Salesforce
  • Reporting and Dashboards are thorough and can show a wealth of important data to inform and scale processes. It's helpful in a high volume sales cycle to be able to quickly identify weak points in performance and productivity so that adjustments can be made.
  • Highly customizable. We are able to customize just about everything which allows us to track very specific things and in theory create better efficiency.
  • Parent/Child account hierarchy exists which is helpful.
  • Contact records can be associated with multiple accounts and opportunities. This, in theory, should minimize duplicates and mismanagement of contacts.
  • Console helps a lot with data nesting. Having a fairly comprehensive look at an account without searching through various tabs and sections speeds up an otherwise cumbersome platform.
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Cons
IBM
  • Billing can be a hassle, not the most responsive customer service/support team
  • Handles & executes most functionalities, but other platforms offer more scalability if you're seeking consistent and stable growth
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Salesforce
  • Can be cumbersome: takes multiple clicks to get where you need to go
  • Lightning is slower than original Salesforce, and it is very noticeable
  • The UI change means sometimes I can't find what I need, so I have to switch back to the Classic version to find it
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Usability
IBM
No answers on this topic
Salesforce
This builds off a number of things I have already mentioned. This question completely depends on the competence of the developer. This makes the user friendliness of the UI 50/50. However if you have the ability I would say it is quite UI friendly.
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Support Rating
IBM
No answers on this topic
Salesforce
Salesforce's support is top-notch. They have subject-matter experts that are accessible at all times to address needs as they come up. They let you know in advance when there are system updates and enhancements so that you are prepared for upcoming changes. I've never had an issue that wasn't addressed immediately when reaching out for support.
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Alternatives Considered
IBM
  • ICF is a lightweight service and does not require runtime configurations
  • Scalable on demand and hence there is no need to pay for runtime costs
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Salesforce
We were previously using an older version prior to it becoming Salesforce Lightning Platform so we were well adverse on the advantages of using a CRM, to begin with. It made sense to convert to Salesforce Lightning Platform after we were given a free trial of the platform. Certain reps were chosen to experiment with it and from there a decision was made to move forward. We've been customers ever since.
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Return on Investment
IBM
  • It directly affected our expenses since we do not need to deploy and maintain a set of separate applications.
  • It allowed us to pay for only the amount of time cloud functions run.
  • It saved on maintenance and monitoring of the applications it replaced.
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Salesforce
  • Better visibility of Accounts and Contacts interactions makes it easier to maintain during employee transitions.
  • Tracking of current jobs and relating them to past jobs is very useful.
  • More efficient use of Sales Reps time.
  • Sales Managers have good visibility into how their people are working.
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