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Does anyone know a workaround of the 5000 character limit on a formula field without having to create a trigger?

I am trying to get the country ISO codes using a case statement but I'm hitting the 5000 character limit. I could quickly write a trigger and utilize custom settings for this but I don't know if there a quick hack I could utilize.

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    Not that I know of, even if you miss the bullet today you will end up dead sooner or later when there is more to add. – Rao Feb 28 '14 at 21:27
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    Note you can get ISO Country codes for free if you use the optional State and Country picklists - e.g. for Leads and Accounts; – cropredy Mar 1 '14 at 2:36
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Instead of using a formula field, you can switch to a workflow and field update, which is not subject to this same 5,000 character limit.

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    Oh nice, awesome! I think this will work. What's the character limit to the formula on a field update? – Kenn K Feb 28 '14 at 21:48
  • I'm not sure, this site claims "The formula field for Field Updates has a much larger limit. There is actually no documentation on what the limit is.". – Phil Rymek Feb 28 '14 at 22:07
  • Current character limit on formula for workflow is 3900 – jaw999 Nov 18 '14 at 22:03

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