Using the Smart Description Feature with Events, Contacts, Tasks, and Custom objects¶
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Smart Description is an additional feature that can be enabled at a request sent to RG Support team. A related feature readily available in standard RG Email Sidebar configuration - adding a quick memo
RG Email Sidebar can fetch the content of any target field of a Salesforce object, including custom ones, and automatically insert it into a chosen text field of a Meeting, Contact, or Task MS Exchange / Office 365 or Gmail item; the Description field, for example.
This mechanism makes retrieval of needed data from standard as well as custom added fields convenient and flexible, thus unlocking implementation of various custom solutions for smart target Salesforce data displaying or appending to items’ fields shown in MS Outlook.
Retrieval of smart description fields values works only one-way, from Salesforce to MS Exchange / Office 365 or Gmail, thus any changes you may make in a text field containing smart description data in your email client will not be up-synced to Salesforce and will be overwritten on the following sync session, replaced by the field’s content fetched from Salesforce afresh
An example of the Smart Description feature application is automatic appending a Contact’s phone number, position, organization’s address, or any details contained in a Contact’s standard or custom fields, to the Description of a Meeting scheduled with this Contact, to make it more informative and thus faster to process.
The following delimiter is used to separate appended Smart Description data from the field’s original content: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
A sample MS Outlook meeting with appended Smart Description data from Salesforce:
Please note that when some informative Smart Description details are appended to a meeting’s Description, they may also be seen by the corresponding Meeting’s attendees, including the external ones, e.g. the customers. So be considerate about what sensitive information can be included in an Event’s Smart Description. See this article for more details
Similarly, a Task’s or Contact’s fields filling in MS Outlook or Gmail can be enhanced by automatic addition of extra details contained in any relevant objects’ standard or custom fields. Their Notes field can be used by RG Sync for target Salesforce data displaying according to end users’ preferences, in addition to what is displayed in the Add-In (Sidebar).
Request enabling Smart Description¶
To enable the Smart Description feature for your company or specific Profile, contact us with a corresponding request specifying:
- object fields which you want to retrieve data from
- target text fields to which it should be added
Combining Smart Description and Safe Description¶
Currently, combining Smart Description and Safe Description is supported only for MS Graph users.
For EWS, combining is not supported yet.
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