Lightning Experience: Ask the guy in charge!

Join us for a special bonus April meetup, where we will be joined by Mike Rosenbaum, Salesforce’s Executive Vice President of CRM Applications.

Mike is the EVP owning all teams responsible for Lightning Experience – a huge topic of interest in the Salesforce world – so we wanted to give you the opportunity to put your LEX questions forward for Mike to tackle.

As well as RSVPing to the event here on Meetup, please also visit https://radnip.typeform.com/to/gaFvVd and tell us everything you want to ask about LEX. In the interests of sourcing the best questions to get the most insight from Mike, your submission will be anonymous – so don’t be shy!

 

Development, General

Salesforce Spring 14 highlights & talking at the Not-for-profit usergroup

I’m speaking all about the Spring 14 Release at the Non Profit Salesforce User Group on 27th March. At the last time of checking there are only 5 tickets left, so if you want to come, book now.

So I’ve digested the Salesforce Spring 14 release notes and I was going to give a list of my highlights; being able to mass update permission sets, file usage being increased to 2GB per user, having contact email addresses changed when you refresh a sandbox to stop apps accidentally emailing your customers. But for me the biggest changes are in Visual Workflow. Ok, most of the features are pilot features, but it really shows that Salesforce is serious about visual process development. I can’t tell you how hugely MASSIVE this really is.

Step-7-Flow-ImageWhy so massive? One thing and one thing only: “More clicks, Less Code”. Its pushing the code away and replacing with declarative logic! giving more power to the users not developers and Visual Workflow is where it’s all happening. I used to work for Ciboodle, a process driven CRM so having the ability to create processes into Salesforce without the need for code BRILLIANT! 🙂

For those who don’t know Salesforce Flow checkout Salesforce Visual Workflow getting started on ButtonClickAdmin.

Up to now Visual Workflow has needed user interaction to progress through a Visual Workflow. For example asking the user to type something in, searching Salesforce, showing the results and then maybe updating something else. But now you don’t need this user interaction. A Visual Workflow can be fired directly off a standard Salesforce Workflow rule. This means that you could design a Workflow to update records previously inaccessible by a regular field update workflow rule and more complex business logic can be developed in clicks in Visual Workflow rather than resorting to Apex development. I’m looking forward to seeing how this matures over the coming releases.

General

January Salesforce Developer User group

Wednesday we had the first London Salesforce developer meet up for the new year. It was great to catch up with some old timers but also great to see so many newcomers! This was the second time Make Positive have hosted us, and thanks for all the beer and pizza!!

John Stevenson (@jr0cket) kicked off the evening, well after the pizza and beer anyway, giving an overview of developer user group and the Meetup.com group (slides here). But the key takeaways from him were:

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Development, News

Salesforce Lumin, the new mobile framework from Salesforce

Last night I was at the Salesforce London user group, it was one of the most organised LUGs I’ve been to!

Firstly there was a keynote from Jim Steele (Chief Customer Officer at Salesforce) with two other customer talks, one from Grant Williams, Sales Director of Blackboard and fascinating talk from Ashly Jones from RSA about their Customer Adoption Story. We then broke into a number of breakout sessions and I went to the mobile breakout session. Read more