Salesforce Development Myth 0.1

Dakota VanOs – January 6, 2021

Development Myth 0.1 

Salesforce development is slow and cumbersome. 

Salesforce development has a few bad stigmas following it around from the Classic days: slow, clunky, bad UI, unintuitive, and hard deployments... just to name a few. 

But those days are long gone and we can all agree this is one of the best times to be a Salesforce developer. 

Since the launch of Lightning in 2017, Salesforce has made huge investments in its platform beyond just the UI. Making it easy and fun to build in and on. With the right people and process working within your Salesforce instance, changes can be deployed just like any modern web app.

Lightning is slick, but any well-oiled machine needs to be optimized from time to time. Three key areas we like to focus on to make our implementations better are the people, process and platform. 

People

Historically, there have been two sides to each engagement- business and technology. 

Because Salesforce serves as a jack-of-all-trades, people who understand both sides of the table are winning. It’s equally as important that the development team understands the business strategy behind updates as it is for the product team to understand why the development team has chosen a particular solution.

Process

The process that’s used on an engagement should work to deliver. In our experience, utilizing a lean and agile process that has flexibility built-in is the best option. Delivery should be done how and when you want it to be.

Platform

Salesforce helps enterprise,and small, businesses solve their critical business challenges by being reliable and scalable. As your business grows, Salesforce can grow with you. On top of the great UX that Salesforce provides, they’ve made deployments easier for developers which is a huge win for the community. When Salesforce transitioned to Lightning they gave developers the opportunity to build intuitive CI/CD pipelines and practice modern delivery within the platform.

Summary 

In short, big tech (Salesforce) does not have to mean big time (wasted).

Salesforce caught some flak in the past for problems that users had with the platform, but over time they’ve addressed and fixed them. With the right people, process, and tools your Salesforce implementation and product team can run like a modern tech shop.