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Keep Your Salesforce Running Smoothly with API Updates

When your business runs on Salesforce, staying current is crucial. If you haven’t yet considered updating your Salesforce APIs, this blog post will explain why it’s essential to do so—and why it’s more important now than ever before.

In this post, we’ll explore the implications of deprecated API versions, the benefits of updating your Salesforce APIs, and how to start the process. This guide is tailored specifically for Salesforce Administrators and IT Managers who need to ensure their environments are secure, efficient, and future-proof.

Keep Your Salesforce Running Smoothly with API Updates

The Importance of Updating Salesforce APIs 

Why update APIs 

Salesforce APIs are critical for communication between your Salesforce instance and external applications. However, SOAP, REST, and Bulk API versions 21.0-30.0 have been deprecated and are no longer supported. These versions will be fully retired in the Summer ’25 release, meaning any applications using these versions will experience disruptions—calls will fail, and endpoint requests will not be processed.

This deprecation affects any code, package, application, or integration that executes requests with these outdated versions. Salesforce has shifted focus to enhancing the latest API versions to improve overall custom functionality, making it essential for administrators and IT managers to make timely updates.

Why Take Action Now 

Updating your Salesforce APIs is not just a recommendation; it’s a necessity. If you encounter issues and require Salesforce Support, you will need to be on the latest API version. Updating ensures the integrity of the platform and user experience, allowing you to take advantage of new capabilities within the current APIs.

Additionally, updating improves security and performance, both critical aspects for any organization. Early action helps quantify the scope for planning purposes, ensuring you have adequate resources and time to complete the transition smoothly.

Who Should Start Now

Certain Salesforce environments are more impacted by these changes than others. If you have a highly customized environment, an older and mature setup (originating around Spring 2014), or an implementation with integrated platforms, you should prioritize updating your APIs.

The complexity of these environments means they are more likely to be using deprecated API versions, making them vulnerable to disruptions when the old versions are retired.

Benefits of Updating Salesforce APIs 

Improved Security 

With cyber threats becoming increasingly sophisticated, improving your system’s security is paramount. Updating your APIs ensures you are protected by the latest security enhancements, reducing the risk of vulnerabilities and breaches.

Enhanced Performance

Newer API versions are optimized for better performance, resulting in faster response times and more efficient processing. This can significantly enhance the overall user experience and operational efficiency.

Access to New Features 

Salesforce continually adds new capabilities and features to its APIs. By updating, you can take full advantage of these enhancements, providing your users with more functionality and improving your system’s overall capabilities.

Planning for your API Update 

Planning ahead for your API update is critical to avoid potential disruptions to your business operations. Early preparation allows you to allocate the necessary resources and budget to ensure a smooth transition. It also provides adequate time for testing and validation, ensuring that all integrations and customizations continue to function seamlessly after the update. Here are three major considerations:

  • Scope of the Update: Determine the full scope of your update, including all affected systems and integrations.
  • Timeline for Implementation: Develop a detailed timeline for the update process. This should include key milestones, testing phases, and a final rollout plan.
  • Cost Considerations: Updating your APIs may incur costs, particularly if you need to engage external consultants or extend existing support contracts.

Choosing the Right Partner

Choosing a partner like Apps Associates to help carry out your API update project can significantly streamline the transition process. With extensive expertise in Salesforce implementations and updates, we have dedicated solution packages to address this update, and handle complex environments effectively, minimizing potential disruptions and maximizing the benefits for your organization.


Updating your Salesforce APIs is not just about staying current; it’s about maintaining the integrity, security, and efficiency of your system. By taking proactive steps to update your APIs, you can ensure your organization is well-prepared for the future, taking full advantage of the latest features and capabilities.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Work with Apps Associates for your API update today and ensure your Salesforce environment remains robust and reliable. For more personalized assistance, consider booking a consultation with one of our experts. Together, we can create a seamless transition plan that meets your organization’s unique needs.