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Salesforce Spring 19 Release – Coming to an org near you!

Author – Izaaz Gaffar, Cludo

For those of you who have logged into their sandboxes recently, you may have noticed Einstein floating around on his little bicycle. What does this mean for you? Only one of the three most exciting times of the year, Salesforce Spring 19 Release.

Want to know more about the exciting features Salesforce is bringing to you? Make sure you read on! Before we take a dive into the new goodies though, I encourage you all to review the below key dates.

  • January 7 onwards – Looking to add another cool badge to your collection? Make sure you complete the Spring 19 Release Trailhead here!
  • January 25 – Check out the release webinars for admins and developers here – this will ensure you stay ahead of the curve!
  • JANUARY 11 | FEBRUARY 1 | FEBRUARY 8 – Spring 19 Release over 3 weekends, make sure you check out Salesforce Trust to verify when your org will be switching over.
  • April 22 – For those Salesforce connoisseurs out there that have certifications, the Spring 19 Release exams will be available by April 22 – Don’t forget, these release exams have been moved to Trailhead.

Now that the logistics are complete, let’s dive into the goodies that Salesforce has brought in this release! The article has been broken into the top 3 updates for End Users, Admins and Developers.

End Users

1. Pinned Lists are no longer a feature of the past!

Tired of hitting the “Recently Viewed” list view every time you jump into an object? Or perhaps you have a go-to list view that you’d like to see. Easy, introducing Pinned List Views – simply select the list view that you would like as your default, click the pin icon and off you go! I know a LOT of my users will be happy to see this, personally I am too!

Reference – Jump Right into Your Most Important List View with Pinned Lists

2. Attention Sales Managers – Boost your Inside Sales Reps productivity through the roof with Salesforce High Velocity Sales.

Salesforce High-Velocity Sales is a streamlined solution targeted for sales reps speeding up their sales process. Part of the Sales Cloud family, this tool consists of multiple productivity and automation features:

Reference – Empower Sales Reps with the High Velocity Sales Workspace and Work Queue
  1. Work Queues – Reps are guided through a prioritised list of activities ensuring they make the next correct phone call, email, text message or task.
  2. Lightning Dial-er – Get to your prospects faster with Salesforce native click-to-call.
  3. Lightning Sales Console – unified, intuitive user experience which ensures reps are spending less time on administration and more time on selling.
  4. Einstein – Einstein leverages your sales history to provide scoring on which leads to focus on and how to convert them faster.
  5. Sales Cadences – Remember the Work Queues we spoke about earlier? The list of prioritised, scheduled activities that appear in Work Queues are driven from Sales Cadences. Sales Cadences allows companies to implement best practices, standardise processes and boost efficiency when it comes to selling. With a clicks, not code interface, Sales Cadences can be built to guide both novices and veterans for when to call, when to email or when to wait during the prospecting process.

3. Did I read increased Data Storage?

This is probably one of the most exciting updates to this release. Data storage is now increasing from 1GB to 10GB for selected additions. As an example, prior to Spring 19 – A professional edition org with 10 users would be granted 20MB each, which would equate to 200MB (rounded up to 1GB). Now, a professional edition with 10 users will receive 10GB + 200MB for the 10 users, equalling 10.2GB.

Admins

1. Goodbye Cloud Flow Designer, Hello Flow Builder

Another one for you flow-natics out there, gone are the days of adobe flash crashing in your browser when opening a flow, introducing the new Salesforce Flow Builder. The new Flow Builder features a simplified user interface, consolidated elements, and a seamless migration experience – old flows when opened will display in the new Flow Builder.

2. Organise your email templates back into structured, secured folders.

No more Private and Public Folders, custom email template folders can now be created to put back some structure into your org – oh and did I mention nested folders?

In addition to custom email template folders, folder based sharing has been introduced to ensure users only have access to the templates they need.

3. Create Objects from Spreadsheets

Have a new object with hundreds of fields you need to create? Don’t want to use the schema builder or go through the interface field by field? Now objects and its data can be created by importing either a Google sheet, a Quip spreadsheet, an .xls file, or a .csv file directly into the navigational items tab in a Lightning App.

Developers

1. Create big Objects via the User Interface

Big objects allow you to store and manage large amounts of data natively on the Salesforce platform. Previously, big objects could only be created via the Metadata API, now – big objects can built within the user interface, fields can be defined and index built for how the object will be queried.

Reference – Create Custom Big Objects from Setup

2. Clone Sandboxes (Generally Available)

Simplify your release management process by utilising the ability to clone sandboxes. As you move through the development life cycle, you can now clone an existing sandbox rather than using production as the source.

Reference – Save Time by Cloning Sandboxes (Generally Available)

3. Lightning Web Components

Lightning Web Components and the original Aura Components programming models can now coexist and interoperate on the same page when building Lightning Components. Lightning Web Components are custom HTML elements built using HTML and modern JavaScript.

Reference – Lightning Web Components (Generally Available)

And that’s a wrap! What are your top new features in Spring 19? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. For a full list of features, please visit Salesforce Spring 19 Release Notes.

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