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Demystifying Version Control: What Salesforce Admins Need to Know

Zoe Burris

September 7, 2021

Are you looking to upgrade your team’s efficiency while boosting the reliability and security in your new DevOps tool? AppOps is supported by end-to-end version control to support Salesforce admins in better managing testing and production changes.

Let’s dig into why you as a Salesforce administrator should be using a DevOps tool with a version control system (VCS).

What is version control?

Version control, sometimes called source control, simply means tracking and managing changes to software code to ensure developers are always working on the latest version. If you only have one developer writing code, it’s easy for her to keep track of the changes she’s making and how they impact previous code. But with multiple developers working on different parts of the code, it requires much more effort and communication to keep the changes straight. A VCS is a tool that makes tracking and managing change easier for teams. 

Teams maintaining Salesforce encounter the same challenges—lots of people working on different parts of Salesforce, lost work, and difficulty fixing mistakes. For admins trying to follow  an agile release management methodology, version control is essential.

How Can Admins Benefit from Version Control?

We commonly think of the production org as the source of truth, but with version control that changes. The VCS becomes the source of truth, putting an end to questions about the correct version, and providing several big benefits for admins.

Identify conflicts as they occur

When you’re working with multiple versions of your project, you can make those changes less the stress of affecting work being done by another member of your team. By enabling version control you remove the anxiety of creating conflict while implementing changes. 

Track revision history of changes over time 

Sometimes, while working with changes, you need to refer back to a specific change you scrapped previously. AppOps is equipped to support moving backward in time and being able to pluck and reconfigure your changes as simply as pointing and clicking. 

Work in a true agile environment

Agile release methodology is based on close collaboration and continuous improvement achieved via tight feedback cycles. For this to be effective both developers and admins need to work from the same source of truth and follow the same process for introducing change. The point here is to reconfigure workflows for teams to make them more easily consumable for admins and other team members. 

AppOps is designed to work in conjunction with your Salesforce deployment system for ease of implementation. Which means you don’t have to load up on multiple tools to get the benefits of version control. Prodly is designed for admins to simply point-and-click to complete versioning control tasks as well as version both your data and code. 

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