Monday, September 14, 2015

What I’m Looking Forward to at Dreamforce 15, Part II: Lightning

Dreamforce, Salesforce

Written by Juel Hood Juel Hood

As I mentioned in the last post, I’m really looking forward to Dreamforce this year, especially so I can learn more about Lightning. The consulting team at Luxent is well on their way to being Lightning ready to fully support our customers as they decide if or when Lightning is right for them.

We are in the process of finalizing tools to use with our customers to partner with them on a Lightning-ready strategy.  This includes gap analysis, test plan, roll-out/communication strategy, and identifying which features currently are being used in a Salesforce org that are Lightning-compatible.

What is Lightning? 
Lightning is the new desktop, Salesforce User Interface (UI) that was globally announced on August 25th, 2015. The new UI is a fresh, modern look for Salesforce that includes 25 new features and 50 redesigned pages (including reporting graphics–many oohs and aahs as this was demonstrated). The current Salesforce is now being referred to as Salesforce Classic.

Salesforce is launching the first Lightning release, which does not include all Salesforce features. If your Salesforce instance is using features not yet supported by Lightning, you don’t need to wait because users will be able to switch back to Salesforce Classic. Caution! It doesn’t mean you should dive right in, either. It is important to have a roll-out strategy testing your process and identifying any development that may need to be updated.  For example, custom buttons calling either a URL or JavaScript are not supported, but can be reproduced to be Lightning-compatible.  Also, some of the Apps or Visual Force pages deployed may need to be updated.

Here’s a quick side-by-side comparison of Salesforce Classic and Lightning:

Salesforce Lightning Features

As you can see, there’s a lot to understand with Lightning, but I hope to see you in San Francisco at Dreamforce to learn more about Lightning!

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