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While Salesforce Lightning offers some exciting new features, many organizations still rely on the trusted Salesforce Classic. Understanding this, Salesforce has done an excellent job providing upgrades and enhancements to Salesforce Classic throughout its frequent releases.

Salesforce Classic performance improvements to expect in Winter ‘16Salesforce Classic Updates

As we wait for the Salesforce Winter ‘16 release, there is some insight into what the latest release could have in store for Salesforce Classic users. Here are some updates to expect:

  1. Faster, Better Support for Wave Analytics. Within Communities, you can now share Wave visualizations. You can also clone lenses and create open-ended date filters. Salesforce is also speeding up Wave, with new custom menus and more detailed lists to help speed up access to Wave assets. Some back end enhancements will let dataflow run faster, provides new SAQL options and provides control options for Wave dashboards via the REST API.
  2. More Customizable Templates in Communities. Salesforce has committed resources to making templates more customizable. Also, users can now create moderation criteria and act on community reports directly from Community Management.
  3. More Tools for Sales Reps in Data.com. In addition to better performance from its API, Data.com will now offer more information and visual representations of company hierarchies on sales prospects/companies for user sales team to get a better picture of customers and cross selling opportunities.
  4. Better-Performing Sales- and Service-Management Tools. Enhanced Feedback and Enhanced Performance Summaries will now be available to everyone in Work.com. In addition, users can enable manager groups for goals and coaching spaces to automatically share related records up the management hierarchy.

ICYMI: Added functionality in the Salesforce Summer ‘16 Release

While updates to Salesforce in the Winter ‘16 Release are promising, there were several important updates to Salesforce Classic in the Summer ‘16 release. Here’s a quick recap of the highlights:

  1. Sandbox-to-Sandbox Cloning. Users are now able to create a sandbox by cloning an existing sandbox rather than using their production org as the source. As an enhanced time saver, users can now populate any type of sandbox with a previously chosen set of data and metadata.
  2. CMT Updates. Custom Metadata Types can now support relationship fields that reference other CMT, custom objects or any of the core CRM standard objects.
  3. More Investment in Process Builder. Previously, a process execution or Flow interview behind the scenes applied the logic of a single action group and stopped. Now, action groups can be configured with finish behavior that continues to evaluate the next action group in sequence.

While these are some of the key changes affecting Salesforce Classic users, there are a range of updates coming to both Lightning and Classic (as well as Salesforce1). As you gear up for the latest changes, contact us to help augment your Salesforce staff. With a wide network of Salesforce developers and admins across the US, we can provide professionals with exactly the skills you need. Contact me now to talk more about how we can help your organization reach its goals.

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