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Keeping SFDC Contact Owner Updated - Assignment Rules?

Question asked by 9279 on Dec 18, 2013
Latest reply on Dec 19, 2013 by 600627fc64a6d68ee5543f5908014825c5b88e31
Preface: This is more of a general data/ issue, but my SFDC admin has exhausted their community and all of his other SFDC resources, so I thought I'd take this to the brilliant minds of the Marketo Community - I hope that's ok!

I'd like to use the Lead Owner token more often, but my data on that field is less than perfect. This imperfection usually occurs for Contacts (so it's actually Contact Owner) in one of these scenarios: (A) an intern/support person/anyone other than sales adds a new Contact into an Account, and that non-sales person becomes the person's "Contact Owner" or (B) a sales person leaves the company, and they were listed as the Contact Owner. 

I proposed to my SFDC admin that we create a script to run that auto-updates the Contact Owner field based on a set of defined “Contact Assignment Rules” – a similar function to Lead Assignment Rules - but creating them is making the script pretty complicated.

How do you guys handle the challenge of keeping “Contact Owner” updated, and if you have a similar script running, how were you able to create your Contact Assignment Rules?