Types of Clouds in Salesforce: Key Differences and Insights

15 min 23.11.2023 Updated: 16.07.2024

Salesforce offers a wide range of Cloud-based tools and services, known as Salesforce Сlouds. These Сlouds provide customized solutions for sales, marketing, e-commerce, analytics, and more.   

In this article, our Salesforce experts will share their implementation experience across the Salesforce Сlouds ecosystem. With over 4 years of hands-on expertise, we’ll explore the key capabilities of major Clouds like Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, and Marketing Cloud as well as specialized offerings.   

Read on for an insider’s overview of the diverse range of Salesforce Clouds so you can determine which solutions can optimize your business workflows and drive better customer engagement.   

What is a Salesforce Cloud?

A Salesforce Cloud refers to a set of services and capabilities that are delivered via Cloud computing technology. Salesforce offers different Clouds tailored to specific business functions like sales, service, marketing, commerce, and more.   

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These Cloud-based tools provide users with on-demand access to Salesforce applications that can be accessed from anywhere on any device with an internet connection. Key benefits of Salesforce Clouds include flexibility, scalability, integrated data and workflows, collaboration, and mobility

Salesforce Clouds List 

Salesforce offers a diverse ecosystem of Clouds and tools. The major types of Salesforce Clouds include:   

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Sales Cloud

Sales Cloud is Salesforce’s flagship sales automation solution. It enables organizations to manage their entire sales lifecycle from lead to close. Key features include:   

  • Contact Management: Organize, track, and share customer contact details from one unified platform.
  • Lead Management: Identify, capture, and nurture leads until they convert into sales.
  • Opportunity Management: Track opportunities through the sales funnel to accelerate deals.
  • Sales Forecasting: Predict future sales based on pipeline trends.
  • Sales Analytics: Gain data-driven insights into sales performance.
  • Sales Productivity Tools: Email integration, calendar syncing, data enrichment, and more to boost sales efficiency.
  • Mobile Access: Manage sales activities on the go.

Sales Cloud supercharges your sales teams with tools to find new customers, build relationships, close deals faster, and ultimately boost revenue. It’s an ideal CRM solution for sales-driven organizations.   

The Sales Cloud brings immense value, but realizing its full potential requires thoughtful configuration and customization. Our experienced Salesforce consultants can ensure Sales Cloud is optimized for your unique sales processes and objectives. We help you configure sales workflows, customize the opportunity pipeline, create insightful reports and dashboards, integrate complementary apps, and train your sales team to maximize adoption. With our guidance, you can unlock the sales productivity gains and revenue growth Sales Cloud delivers.   

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Service Cloud

Service Cloud enables businesses to provide top-notch customer service and support across multiple channels. Key capabilities include:   

  • Omnichannel Support: Support customers via phone, email, live chat, social media, and more from one platform.   
  • Knowledge Base: Empower customers with self-service options and assist agents with accurate information.  
  • Case Management: Efficiently track and resolve customer inquiries.
  • Field Service: Schedule and dispatch field technicians and manage work orders.
  • Service Analytics: Gain insights into service metrics like case volume, resolution times, agent productivity, and more. 
  • Automation: Leverage pre-built automation tools like workflow, entitlements, escalation rules, and assignment rules to streamline service processes.

With Service Cloud, you can deliver personalized, efficient customer experiences that drive satisfaction and loyalty.   

Delivering exceptional service requires the right Service Cloud implementation. Our team of Salesforce experts can help you align Service Cloud capabilities to your support organization’s structure and objectives. We assist with design and implementation including omnichannel setup, knowledge base creation, entitlement configuration, automation tools, field service deployment, app integration, data reporting, and training. With our hands-on help, you can provide seamless, efficient customer service experiences.   

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Marketing Cloud

Marketing Cloud offers an integrated suite of applications to help marketing and advertising teams execute impactful campaigns across every channel. Key features include:   

  • Email Marketing: Create, send, and track email campaigns. 
  • Mobile Marketing: Execute campaigns via SMS, MMS, and push notifications. 
  • Social Media Marketing: Manage social advertising and publishing.  
  • Digital Advertising: Run and optimize paid ad campaigns.  
  • Journey Builder: Automate personalized omnichannel customer journeys. 
  • Marketing Analytics: Collect data and measure campaign ROI across channels. 
  • Predictive Intelligence: Leverage data and AI to predict customer behavior and optimize engagement.

With Marketing Cloud, you can drive more relevant, timely, and measurable engagements that boost brand awareness, leads, and sales.   

The Marketing Cloud platform offers immense capabilities, but realizing its potential requires an effective strategy. Our Salesforce marketing experts help you design and deploy Marketing Cloud tailored to your campaigns, audiences, and goals. We assist with email studio setup, journey creation, CRM integration, campaign analytics, predictive tools configuration, and training your team to get maximum value. With our expertise, you can execute highly targeted and measurable marketing campaigns.  

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Commerce Cloud

Commerce Cloud provides a flexible, scalable platform for B2B and B2C e-commerce. Key capabilities include:   

  • Customizable Storefronts: Build immersive online storefronts optimized for any device.   
  • Order Management: Manage orders from all channels in one place.
  • Catalog and Inventory Management: Centralize product catalog and track inventory.   
  • AI-Driven Recommendations: Increase average order value through personalized recommendations.
  • Flexible Promotions: Create tailored discounts and coupons to incentivize purchases. 
  • Accelerated Checkout: Enable one-page checkout and accepting payments.   
  • Search Optimization: Improve site search and navigation with merchandising tools.

Commerce Cloud helps retailers and brands deliver seamless shopping experiences that drive increased conversions and revenue growth. The Routine Automation team can answer any questions about this Cloud. 

Analytics Cloud

Analytics Cloud enables data analysis, visualization, and predictive modeling. Key features:   

  • Interactive Dashboards: Visualize important metrics and KPIs.
  • Data Integration: Bring together data from multiple sources for a complete view.
  • Data Discovery: Explore and analyze data easily.
  • Predictive Analytics: Utilize predictive modeling and machine learning to uncover insights.
  • Data Sharing: Securely distribute reports and dashboards to stakeholders. 
  • Mobile Analytics: Stay connected to data on the go. 

With Analytics Cloud, you can surface data-driven insights to inform strategic decisions and planning. Let’s discuss this Cloud solution and implement it tailored to your needs. 

Community Cloud 

Community Cloud empowers brands to create branded online communities for customers, partners, and employees. Key features include:   

  • Customizable Portals: Build branded portals with unique domains.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Foster collaboration and peer-to-peer learning.
  • Self-Service: Provide access to knowledge base articles and case submissions. 
  • Partner Relationship Management: Streamline partner collaboration and enable co-selling.
  • Integration: Connect community data with Salesforce CRM.

Community Cloud helps you strengthen customer, partner, and employee relationships by providing a shared space for engagement.   

Experience Cloud

Experience Cloud enables companies to gain a unified view of customers and orchestrate personalized engagements across all touchpoints. It provides robust tools to manage customer data, journeys, and experiences.  

Key capabilities include: 

  • Consolidating customer data into 360 profiles with complete history.
  • Leveraging AI to build enriched profiles, mapping coordinated cross-channel journeys that adapt in real-time.  
  • Delivering personalized content and offers optimized to each customer. 
  • Gaining visibility into engagement metrics through experience analytics.  

With Experience Cloud, you can understand customers deeply and deliver tailored experiences across web, mobile, email, and other channels. This drives growth through improved conversion, engagement, satisfaction, and loyalty.  

Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (Pardot)

 Pardot, part of Marketing Cloud, provides B2B marketing teams with an end-to-end solution for lead generation, nurturing, and campaign execution. Its lead management tools identify promising prospects early, score and grade leads based on behaviors, and track engagement throughout the buyer’s journey.  

Robust email marketing enables personalized, targeted campaigns to nurture and convert high-value prospects. Custom landing pages, forms, and microsites attract and capture new leads. Marketing analytics offer data-driven insights into campaign performance and pipeline trends. And seamless CRM integration aligns sales and marketing around revenue goals.  

With Pardot, B2B marketers can optimize their funnel to deliver qualified leads to sales, driving rapid growth.  

Field Service Lightning

Field Service Lightning enables efficient dispatching, scheduling, and tracking of field technicians to optimize service delivery. Scheduling is optimized based on factors like location, skills, and availability. Mobile apps empower technicians with customer details, work orders, and parts catalogs at their fingertips.  

Inventory can be tracked at the warehouse and truck stock levels to promptly meet service demands. Dispatch managers have real-time visibility to dynamically optimize work order assignments. Cases from Service Cloud automatically create associated work orders. And KPIs like SLA attainment, cycle times, and work order volume provide management visibility.  

With Field Service Lightning, you can deliver consistent, prompt on-site service experiences that drive customer satisfaction.  

Salesforce Industries (Vlocity)

Vlocity offers industry-specific cloud solutions tailored to the unique processes and data models of verticals like communications, insurance, health, and energy. The solutions are pre-configured with industry best practices to dramatically accelerate deployment vs. custom apps.  

Key capabilities include omnichannel commerce, digitally enabled portals for customers and agents, configurable product/policy catalogs, contract and subscription management, and data migration tools. Robust APIs foster integration into surrounding systems.  

With Vlocity’s purpose-built industry solutions, companies can rapidly transform omnichannel engagement and connect digital ecosystems.  

Other Types of Salesforce Clouds

Along with the major Clouds, Salesforce offers specialized Clouds targeted for different functions and verticals:   

  • App Cloud: Enables no-code development and deployment of custom apps.
  • Integration Cloud: Provides pre-built connectors and integration tools to connect Salesforce with other systems.
  • IoT Cloud: Collects and analyzes data from connected devices and sensors.   
  • Health Cloud: Manages patient records and healthcare operations.
  • Manufacturing Cloud: Optimizes production and supply chain processes.
  • Nonprofit Cloud: Tools to manage donors, volunteers, programs, and fundraising. 
  • Education Cloud: Student information system and connected campus for educational institutions. 
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Salesforce offers the most comprehensive and flexible range of enterprise Cloud solutions for organizations of any size and industry. The Salesforce Clouds ecosystem enables businesses to efficiently leverage CRM data across every department to better serve customers. With robust sales, marketing, e-commerce, service, analytics, and community capabilities, Salesforce Clouds provide an integrated platform for driving productivity and growth.   

At Routine Automation, our certified Salesforce consultants can help you determine the right combination of Salesforce Clouds to achieve your business goals. With expertise across Sales, Service, Marketing, Commerce, and more, we provide full lifecycle Salesforce implementation and managed services scaled to your needs. Contact us today to discuss how Salesforce Clouds can help transform your organization!   

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