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Why SF DevOps? A Beginner’s Insight to Development Best Practices

Salesforce is out there for nearly 20 years now, and over these two decades, SF has become the fastest growing and neatly updating enterprise platform and market leaders in end-to-end business aspects of sales, marketing, service, integration, and lately custom software application development. Even though there are many reasons and objectives as to whether a company may adopt Salesforce, the real value proposition for enterprises using it is that Salesforce offers an impressive set of out of the box capabilities and releases newer ones at an ambitious pace, which now allows endless innovations and customizations.


Why is Is Salesforce different?


Unlike the traditional development platforms, on Salesforce DevOps, you need not have to manage own-premise infrastructure for computing capabilities, data, security, network. Also, there is no investment in terms of generic system administration. You may add to this supportive community and learn through the Salesforce’s Trailhead for rapid skill development and onboarding.


During its initial phase, Salesforce’s primary tagline was 'just clicks and not code”. You can be a declarative developer with no or minimal knowledge of coding to do some clicks to build a data model and a user interface by dragging and dropping interfaces. Over time, this opened the door for a new set of job specializations as Salesforce developers and Salesforce. They are empowered as being eligible to customize the SF platform to meet the development needs of the enterprises.


As Salesforce further grew as a development platform, the provider introduced Salesforce DX and SF DevOps (for collaboration of development-operations). From then, they started recognizing the need for enabling custom coding also along with click to code on their platform. For this, they introduced Apex Triggers, Apex Classes, and Visualforce, etc. from time to time. Along with the SF admins who continued to build business capabilities with no code, the professional developers were also empowered to create their customized applications beyond the scope of declarative development.


At first, the Salesforce code was rudimentary with a few lines to accommodate some unusual calculations and data processing. However, over time the enterprise developers started accumulating tens of thousands of additional lines of professional codes, especially for the legacy applications they built, which were migrated on to Salesforce from other systems. As of late, the initial “No software” motto of Salesforce does not significantly apply to their platform.


Since Apex was launched to enable custom coding, about 150,000 more companies adopted Salesforce in a very shorter time itself and moved a large number of their legacy systems to Salesforce. This getting accumulated. Now billions of transactions are performed on Salesforce platforms per day. Many such transactions are considered part of the core CRM and customer service apps built on Salesforce. Among these, a significant number of applications still relate to custom applications, make Salesforce one of the biggest and most popular PaaS (Platform as a Service) provider.


Why is Are SF DevOps different?


As we discussed above, Salesforce offers both PaaS and SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions. However, the primary focus in the latest DevOps culture is mostly moving from on-premise infrastructure to using IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) solutions now.


With this paradigm shift, managing the SF DevOps development lifecycle needs a unique set of skills and standardized approaches compared to other DevOps platforms. You can find out that DevOps culture is jointly realized by developers and operators, along with the systems administrators working on different levels of development, infrastructure administration, and databases, etc. There is also a wide range of established techniques and tools in a DevOps environment for development, testing, deployment, continuous integration, and continuous delivery, etc. The same is applicable for managing and updating the infrastructure. Most of such leading tools and techniques can be directly used on Salesforce development projects too.


To understand this better, let us look at how the development teams manage the infrastructure by using Amazon Web Services or deploying an application on Heroku, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) product by Salesforce. Each aspect of AWS infrastructure could be represented by using a JSON configuration. JSON can also be used to custom define what kind of AWS services are used, and on which data centers they run, and how these are configured. AWS CLI can also be used for CI (continuous integration) tools like GitLab CI for automatic deployment to the AWS infrastructure when the configuration of JSON changes.


Similarly, Heroku also offers a platform for Salesforce DevOps developers to deploy their custom application codes in any programming language like Python, Java, PHP, or Ruby, etc. They can also specify which of the services, i.e., Postgres SQL databases or so, to be used to support their application. Nowadays, Heroku CLI can be used to automatically update the app whenever there is a change made in the codebase. Heroku also offers a custom set of tools known as Pipelines, which will let you visualize and effectively manage the end-to-end SDLC without the need for any third-party continuous integration tools. It is one of the best tools that you can use.


DevOps in Salesforce World


Fastly moving on to Salesforce cloud from on-premises CRM also eradicate the need for any servers or software upgrades manually. Consolidation of community management and customer support even to the CRM platform will also help to eliminate the need for integration of sales with community and support applications. Most importantly, smooth migration of other legacy applications on to Salesforce platform will let the modern-day applications share historical data and following procedures with the rest of their business.


As moving on to cloud can simplify many of the previous challenges in building and delivering IT functionality, many of the Salesforce customers are now able to innovate quickly by responding to the ever-changing market needs. This is done even without the hassle of managing on-premise infrastructure, servers, software application development from scratch, the overhead of manual testing, etc. Salesforce DevOps now solves may of the IT overheads and unleashed the ability for enterprises to focus more on their core competencies.


on September 14 at 12:09

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