The Do's and Don'ts of Data Integrations: The Developers Speak, Episode 0.3

Dakota VanOs – March 16, 2021

The Developers Speak is a video series featuring certified Salesforce consultants at Digital Mass. They come to you twice a month to help bridge the gap between business problems and technical solutions.

On this episode of The Developers Speak, Andrew is coming at you with tips that will be helpful if you're thinking about starting a new data integration.


Hello, My name is Andrew Davis. I'm a Salesforce developer here with Digital Mass. I'm here today to talk to you guys a little bit about the importance of data integrations and a couple of the guiding considerations that sort of helped me think through how to most responsibly implement a data integration. The purpose of a data integration is sort of multifaceted, but in the context of today's discussion, we'll be talking just a little bit about how to look out for some of the pitfalls that you could encounter. First and foremost is sort of keeping constant consideration for the impact that you might have on reporting by implementing some sort of data integration. If reporting is happening on that data in any meaningful way, you have a real likelihood to end up resulting in some sort of miscommunication or some sort of confusion at sort of a managerial, director, or executive level when they're seeing different subtotals in reporting from two different departments based on each of these systems.

Reporting is definitely something that from day one, you should be thinking about and making sure that users understand where and how to access the most reliable piece of information. Next, I want to talk a little bit about how sandboxes are critical to your success in implementing some sort of integration. It's absolutely critical that when building out these integrations you're not doing anything in your production environment until it is a sealed and very well exercised and well-developed process that's been implemented. You're gonna want to make sure that they can get into that platform, that they can sort of identify potential potholes or flaws in sort of the business process logic that's being used by the developers to implement the functionality. Definitely make sure that they've had an opportunity to see everything before you start messing with production data. So that's really it for me here today. Data integrations are an incredibly deep and technical topic. I'd love to talk more about it but, I think that's going to be it for us today. Thank you.

About the developer:

Meet Andrew Davis: Andrew joined the Digital Mass team as a Senior Salesforce Developer in August 2020. He came in with a few certifications on his belt and hasn't slowed down since. Andrew currently holds Platform Developer 1, Platform Developer 2, Certified Administrator, Platform App Builder, Marketing Cloud Email Specialist, Marketing Cloud Developer, and the Javascript Developer certifications.

Outside of work, Andrew likes to spend his time playing D&D, camping, and burying himself in Youtube playlists exploring things ranging from emerging technologies to how to hand-sew your own socks - it’s pretty obvious he fits right in with the DM crew!