Coveo for Salesforce FAQ
This section contains the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Coveo for Salesforce.
What Is Coveo for Salesforce?
Coveo for Salesforce is an application available on the Salesforce AppExchange that integrates search interfaces and machine-learning powered search into your Salesforce organization to show search results from a Coveo organization (see Coveo for Salesforce Overview).
Do I Need to Be a Salesforce Administrator to Install Coveo for Salesforce?
Yes. To install the Coveo for Salesforce application from the AppExchange, you must be the Salesforce administrator of your organization.
What Are the Different Coveo for Salesforce Editions?
There are currently three different editions of Coveo for Salesforce (see Coveo for Salesforce Edition Comparison):
Coveo for Salesforce Free edition directly queries your Salesforce index, while Coveo for Salesforce Pro and Enterprise editions index your Salesforce content in a Coveo index, inside of your Coveo organization. You can also add content from other sources, if needed.
What Is a Coveo Organization?
A Coveo organization is a private and secured environment in the Coveo Cloud platform.
For Coveo for Salesforce Pro and Enterprise editions, the organization hosts a unified index of your content from one or more sources (such as CRM [Salesforce], websites, emails [Microsoft Exchange, Gmail], files [Dropbox, Google Drive], Intranet [SharePoint, Confluence], or community [Lithium]) to make this content searchable (see Coveo Cloud V2).
Coveo for Salesforce Free edition rather directly queries the Salesforce index. Consequently, the organization is index-less.
For all editions of Coveo for Salesforce, a Coveo organization hosts usage analytics data allowing you to track how end users take advantage of the search solution (see Coveo Cloud Usage Analytics). The Coveo organization also offers Coveo Machine Learning and Search Optimization/Search features.
How Can I Access my Coveo Organization?
A Coveo organization administrator accesses the administration console from a browser (see Coveo Cloud V1 and V2 Compared):
End users do not need any access to the Coveo organization administration console. They only see search results from the Coveo organization in search applications such as Coveo for Salesforce (see Coveo for Salesforce Overview).
What Is a Coveo Insight Panel?
A Coveo Insight Panel is the part of the Coveo for Salesforce application that you see in Salesforce page layouts. It automatically displays content relevant to the context of the currently viewed Salesforce page.
The Coveo Insight Panel is only available in the Coveo for Salesforce Pro and Enterprise editions.
What Type of Content Can Be Indexed?
Many different types of content can be indexed through sources such as Salesforce, Exchange, Gmail, Dropbox, and Lithium:
- Microsoft Office items (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Salesforce system objects and fields (standard and custom)
- Community forum posts
This functionality is only available in the Coveo for Salesforce Pro and Enterprise editions.
How Often Is Content Refreshed or Updated?
A refresh, called incremental refresh in Coveo Cloud V1, is typically performed at 15-minute intervals, but your administrator can configure the refresh rate for each source.
This functionality is only available in the Coveo for Salesforce Pro and Enterprise editions.
Can Coveo Have an Impact on the Performance of My Salesforce Organization?
Coveo for Salesforce is engineered to have only minimal impact on the performance of your Salesforce organization and will not affect performance for users.
Coveo for Salesforce Pro and Enterprise editions:
The most resource intensive operation occurs when your Coveo organization initially indexes the whole content of your Salesforce organization, but the Salesforce API throttles call to prevent performance issues. The search results from your Salesforce source are then maintained up-to-date thanks to incremental refreshes, which only fetch the changes that have been made since the last indexing, thus further minimizing the impact on the organization performance. Indexing content sources other than Salesforce has no impact on your Salesforce organization performance.
User interface display
The Coveo for Salesforce application consumes minimal Salesforce organization resources. For a given user, the application initially performs an HTTP request to get a security token that is reused for all page loads. Search requests are sent directly to your Coveo organization, which returns search results without consuming Salesforce organization resources.
Coveo for Salesforce Free edition:
Since the Free edition of Coveo for Salesforce does not index your content, the Salesforce API is called only when accessing a search page (see Understanding the Coveo for Salesforce Free Edition Architecture). Due to the differences between the Salesforce and the Coveo query languages, a single Coveo query may result in several Salesforce queries.
If I Add a Source, Will Everyone Be Able to Search the Content?
This functionality is only available in the Coveo for Salesforce Pro and Enterprise edition.
Can Coveo Include Search for Content Tagged with Salesforce Topics?
In the Coveo for Salesforce configuration page, use the advanced source configuration parameters to include content tagged with Salesforce topics in your search. This option is however only available in the Pro and Enterprise edition.
What is the Main Difference Between the Salesforce Index and the Coveo Index?
All Coveo for Salesforce editions give you access to Machine Learning, Usage Analytics, and Search Optimization features in your Coveo Cloud administration console. The main difference between the Free and the Pro and Enterprise editions is the index used.
The Coveo for Salesforce Free edition uses the Salesforce index. No sources are created. It means that the content is not crawled and stored in your Coveo Cloud like it would be in the Pro and Enterprise editions. When a query is performed, the Coveo Search API translates the query to either SOSL or SOQL (Salesforce Query Languages), depending on the query performed, and sends it to the Salesforce Index, which returns the results (see Understanding the Coveo for Salesforce Free Edition Architecture).
Pro and Enterprise Editions offer many features and customizations in the Coveo Cloud platform. You can also use a Coveo Index. This means that your Coveo Cloud organization crawls your content and makes a copy of it that can be queried much faster and in more complex ways (see Understanding the Coveo for Salesforce Pro and Enterprise Architecture).
What Are the Main Benefits of the Free Edition vs the Salesforce Native Search?
The Coveo for Salesforce Free edition offers:
- Customizable Search Layouts (see Interface Editor)
- Personalization (see Developing With Coveo for Salesforce)
- Machine Learning and Relevance Tuning (see Coveo Machine Learning)
- Advanced Analytics (see Coveo Cloud Usage Analytics)
- Content Preview (see Coveo QuickView Component (Coveo Quickview))
Can I Go Live with the Free Edition?
Yes. You can create a production organization to go live with the Free Edition.
What Are Common Use Cases for the Coveo for Salesforce Free Edition?
Typically, customers using the Coveo for Salesforce Free Edition want to:
- Scale small communities;
- Improve learning and exploration for their developers.
How Can Coveo Work Without Having Its Own Index?
Coveo applies Machine Learning features and search results ranking directly on the Salesforce index, so the content stays in your Salesforce organization.
What Components and Which Salesforce Clouds Are Supported in the Free Edition?
You can create a Full Search page with a Standalone Search box, create communities or use the Service Cloud (see Editions and Pricing).
How Often Do I Consume Salesforce APIs with Free Edition?
Since the Free edition of Coveo for Salesforce does not index your content, the Salesforce API is called only when accessing a search page and with the requested fields (see Understanding the Coveo for Salesforce Free Edition Architecture and API Request Limits and Allocations).
Is There a Time Limit or Expiry Date to a Free Edition?
No, there is no expiry date.
What Security Precautions Should I Take to Protect my Sensitive Data on the Free Edition?
All Coveo Cloud platform users benefit from an infrastructure and a platform built to satisfy the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations. Coveo is committed to preserve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of customers information assets (see How Does Coveo Secure Your Data and Services?).
Additionally, with the Free Edition, your content stays in your Salesforce organization index, where Coveo Machine Learning is applied. You do not need to configure the index content.
Can I Upgrade from Free Edition to Pro Edition
Yes. You may require some assistance from one of our recommended Coveo implementation partners, such as Solutions Integrators. Contact your sales representative to learn more.
Can I Try the Pro Edition?
Yes. When you install and configure the package, you can select the Pro Trial.
What Happens to My Data When My Pro Trial Period Is Over?
The entire Coveo organization, including all data, is securely deleted.
What Are the Main Benefits of the Pro Edition vs the Free Edition?
The Coveo for Salesforce Pro Edition offers:
- Coveo Index (faster and more complex queries)
- External Content (choice of two from more than 30 connectors)
- Contextual Insight Panels in Service and/or Sales Cloud
- Case Deflection in Community Cloud (see Integrating a Coveo Case Deflection Component)
- Search interface facets)
- Improved Usage Analytics features (more events, visibility, export, dimensions, etc.) (see Coveo Cloud Usage Analytics)
- Basic Support included
What Do I Get For $1750 per Month?
The Coveo for Salesforce Pro Edition comes with many features. You can see what is included in every edition in the Coveo for Salesforce Editions & Pricing page.
Which Content Sources Are Available to Index in the Pro Edition?
You can have Salesforce sources, plus two Cloud sources from any of the following types (see Coveo for Salesforce Edition Comparison):
- Web and Sitemap Sources
- Push API and REST API
- Amazon S3
- Microsoft SharePoint Online
- Jira Cloud
- Google Drive (Work & Personal)
- Dropbox (Personal & Business)
- Box (Personal & Business)
- Jive Cloud
- Microsoft OneDrive for Business
How Do I Estimate My Item Count?
Depending on the connector a source is based on, there are different ways to estimate its number of items.
In Salesforce, you can use the Storage Usage page (see Monitor Data and Storage Resources). You can also use SOQL to estimate the item count. Be aware that all related objects, such as Case Comments, count as additional items.
For public websites, inspect the sitemap or check how many pages external search engines have indexed using a query like
For other systems, use similar methods if available.
When Do I Consume Salesforce APIs with Pro Edition?
Mostly when indexing the Salesforce organization.
Does Pro Edition Work With Salesforce Lightning Experience and Classic Visualforce?
Yes, both are fully supported. However, new Coveo for Salesforce features are only being developed in Lightning.
What Security Precautions Should I Take to Protect My Sensitive Data on the Pro Edition?
All Coveo Cloud platform customers benefit from an infrastructure and a platform built to satisfy the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations. Coveo is committed to preserve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of customers information assets (see How Does Coveo Secure Your Data and Services?).
You can choose not to index some of your content, if needed. There are a few different approaches available in your sources to consider, depending on the connector. You can choose to index only specific fields, use exclusion rules to restrict sections of a website, add a web scraping configuration to index only specific parts of a web page, or use conditional indexing to index only specific subsets of Salesforce objects.
Can I Try an Enterprise Edition?
Yes. During the package setup, you can select the Enterprise Trial.
What Are the Enterprise Edition Trial Limits?
The trial is limited to:
- 10 users
- 10 sources
- 30 days
- 5 GB of disk space
- 2,000,000 items
How Much Does It Cost Once the Enterprise Edition Trial Is Over?
Pricing is based on a subscription license cost per user per month. Contact us for pricing.
Can an Enterprise Edition Trial Be Extended?
Contact us to discuss the possibility of extending the trial period.
What Happens to My Data When My Enterprise Trial Period Is Over?
The entire Coveo organization, including all data, is securely deleted.
What Are the Main Benefits of Enterprise Edition vs Pro Edition?
- Your choice of any source, including on-premises sources
- Increased item limits
Can I Upgrade from Pro Edition to Enterprise Edition?
Yes. Contact us to determine your options.
How Many Content Sources Are Available in Enterprise Edition?
Coveo offers more than 30 connectors to the most common enterprise data sources. Coveo sources are typically configured in just a few clicks, directly from the Coveo Cloud administration console, and fully support incremental indexing and field mapping. Have a look at our available Cloud connectors.
Pro and Enterprise Editions
Why Does The Salesforce Source Require the Modify All Data Permission for the Coveo Index Account?
The crawling account needs the Modify All Data permission to access the security permissions within the Salesforce Metadata API. This permission allows the crawling account to read the configured security model (profiles, permission sets, sharing rules) of objects and fields, and the standard and custom objects (see Coveo Cloud V2 Management of Security Identities and Item Permissions and Metadata API Developer Guide).
Why Use the Metadata API Instead of the Sharing Object on the Records?
Since your data is kept in your Salesforce organization, only the metadata is transferred to the Coveo Index, at the field and record levels. All source links redirect to the Source System record, which is Salesforce in this case. The Coveo Index only retrieves and embeds the Salesforce security model (profiles, permission sets, sharing rules, and field level security) for each record.
When the Salesforce security model changes, the new security model is also replaced in the Coveo Index at the next source refresh, rescan, or rebuild. Coveo captures the existing Source System security model when indexing instead of replicating or creating another model version. This means that users can only search and find the Salesforce content or data that they are allowed to access according to their configured Salesforce permission models (see Refresh VS Rescan VS Rebuild).
Can I use the View All permission instead?
No. Using View All permission would set your source to Shared instead of Secured, which means that all your content would be public. The Modify All Data permission is required to crawl the security information, which is exposed by the Metadata API.
Do I need the Modify All Data permission?
The Coveo Index cannot retrieve information about private objects, such as cases or opportunities. The Modify All Data permission, associated to the Metadata API, allows you to create a secured source and to index the Salesforce security settings of your objects.
If you want to create a public community or a public console, the Modify All Data permission is not needed, since you create a shared source and you do not index private objects.
Is the Modify All Data Permission Needed to Index Salesforce Chatter?
Is the Modify All Data Permission Needed for a Shared or Public Source?
No. It is only needed for secured sources that index private Salesforce objects.
Do I Need to Enable the Modify All Data Permission to Use the Salesforce Knowledge Source?
Salesforce Knowledge is not a secured source and thus the Coveo Index account only needs Salesforce Knowledge User permission set on the account. This applies to both Classic and Lightning Knowledge data models.
Who uses the Modify All Data Permission?
All Coveo Customers who have implemented a Coveo Salesforce secured source have activated the Modify All Data permissions for the Coveo Index account.
Why is the Coveo Index using the Meta-retrieve operation on non-indexed objects?
When indexing an object, you might retrieve the lookup field of another object metadata that you do not index.
The Salesforce Connector uses various Salesforce APIs performed in READ operations, even though the Coveo Index account has the Modify All Data permission (see API Call Basics).
The Salesforce Connector makes a series of
describeSObjects() calls, which are used to retrieve the CRUD permissions and field-level security of a Salesforce object. If you select a parent or lookup field within a Salesforce object to be indexed, the
describeSObjects() call retrieves, in READ mode, metadata associated to the object and the field. It is included in the mapping file. The parent or lookup object is not indexed by the Coveo Salesforce Connector, unless it is selected to be indexed. However, the mapping file is used by the Salesforce Connector to identify the fields to index and to monitor during a refresh or rebuild process.
Is the Modify All Data Permission Required to Access the Coveo Interface Editor in Salesforce?
Yes, you must enable the Modify All Data permission to access the Interface Editor (see Accessing the Interface Editor).