’s Workbench Tool Is Not Just For Developers

WorkbenchWorkbench is a free tool from that benefits Developers and System Administrators alike.  Beyond its API and developer related utilities, it offers data tools that resemble and exceed those of the Data Loader.  Best of all it is browser-based- you can access it via  It’s official description from the tools page on is:

This powerful, web-based suite of tools designed for administrators and developers to interact with organizations via the APIs. Workbench includes robust support for the Partner, Bulk, Rest, Streaming, Metadata, and Apex APIs that allows users to describe, query, manipulate, and migrate both data and metadata in organizations directly in their web browser with a simple and intuitive user interface.

We like suggesting Workbench for System Administrators because:

  • Query Results can display Record Counts, Lists, Matrices, and allow you to download Bulk XML and .csv files.  You can play with and analyze your queries before committing to an export.
  • Those on a Mac can use it without additional software- just open a browser!
  • There are more data load options than Data Loader (Insert, Update, Upsert, Delete, Undelete, and Purge).
  • It gives us access to data and structural info from all Objects in the system (like the Data Loader).
  • We can include or exclude Deleted and Archived Records.
  • It works with Professional Edition when API is enabled.
  • It allows easy access to Production, Sandbox, and Pre-release orgs.

Some drawbacks to Workbench include:

  • An inability to save and reuse data load mappings, as we can do with the Data Loader.
  • No ability to do command line or scheduled actions, as with the Data Loader (not that we’ve ever seen anyone do either).
  • It is not a supported tool.

David Carnes - Founder & CEO

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David Carnes

David’s role as Chairman & Chief Digital Evangelist is centered around driving meaningful client engagement and business development. The key to this is serving as an advisor to OpFocus’ SaaS clients as they scale their revenue operations and embrace digital transformation.

In his early career, David worked in IT and operations for software companies, developing an interest in CRM, marketing automation, and analytics while building out systems, processes, data, and reporting for the business teams he supported. He earned a Masters in Software Engineering and credits a Harvard summer class in database management for opening his eyes to what systems could do to support operations. In founding OpFocus in 2006 David took another step toward focusing on business operations, seizing on Salesforce’s vision and never looking back.

David is a frequent speaker at Salesforce and Salesforce community events around the world, mentors through the Trailblazer Mentorship Program hosts Dashboard Dōjō, and serves as a Platform Champion and a Pi-TaP board member. Due to his involvement in the trailblazer community, David’s recently been awarded the position of Salesforce MVP!