Salesforce is the popular SaaS based CRM used by many companies to power all aspects of the sales lifecycle. With companies focused on delivering high quality software faster, many are looking to DevOps and Automation solutions which help them achieve speed at scale, while improving quality and more effectively managing the cost and risk associated with software delivery.
Traditionally, migrating Salesforce changes across environments is a manual, tedious, and error-prone process. It is difficult to tell what needs to be migrated, and there isn’t clear visibility into what has been migrated to each environment, when the changes were made, and by whom. Companies have tried various solutions, but keeping metadata in sync between sandboxes and organizations is a time consuming and error prone challenge to say the least.
FlexDeploy’s support for Salesforce changes all of that, establishing an automated and repeatable process for making changes across your test and production environments. FlexDeploy increases the speed of making changes by automating tasks which would have otherwise been performed manually or with customized scripts that need to be developed and maintained over time. Because the changes are automated, the quality increases significantly, driving down the time and cost of delivery. Visibility to what, when, where, and who improves significantly, and users can use dashboards and reports to gain insight to real-time and historical data associated with the Salesforce implementation. No more wondering what caused the issues, or having to scramble to execute audits successful. All the information you need, at your fingertips.
Before Deployment Automation
|Slow and error prone changes across all environments, leading to unhappy IT leaders, Business, and Customers.|
|Manual activities and script development/maintenance is costly, reducing the time spent on activities which directly contribute to business value.|
|Deployments into test and production environments are error-prone, negatively impacting business results and increasing the time spent troubleshooting and rectifying deployment related outages.|
|Employees satisfaction is negatively impacted because developers and other highly skilled professionals spend time on lower level activities which do not utilize their skills.|
|Lack of automation results in poor visibility to changes and too much time spent figuring out what’s deployed where, when changes were made, and who made the changes.|
After Deployment Automation
|Increased speed and agility of software delivery results in the ability to deliver consistently, more often, and reduce the feedback cycle.|
|Development, Operations, and Supporting teams can focus their talents and energy on applications and services vs lower-level tooling and manual activities.|
|Automated deployments reduce errors, time spent troubleshooting, and the negative impact of outages across test and production environments.|
|Employee satisfaction and retention improves significantly. Development and IT professionals do what they do best, and avoid the stressful nights and weekends dealing with production releases and issues.|
- Downloads metadata, settings, apex classes, and profiles from Salesforce orgs or sandboxes or loads metadata from a Source Control Management (SCM) tool such as Git or Subversion.
- Commit changes from Salesforce into SCM
- Continuous Integration from SCM to a sandbox
- Deploys metadata, settings, apex classes, and profiles to Salesforce orgs and sandboxes.