Chief Revenue Officer
Many of our customers ask whether they need Prodly Sandbox Seeding vs. Sandbox Management. The answer is that each tool offers significant advantages for the DevOps stages of the Salesforce ALM process, which is why we recommend using them in tandem.
Sandbox seeding (or data seeding) lets you quickly populate dev environments with data that you replicate from production. Sandbox management, on the other hand, allows you to sync the metadata and data in your environments whenever you like. Both have additional capabilities, as well as a host of benefits, which we discuss more in depth below.
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To explain the difference between sandbox seeding and sandbox management, we first need to take a closer look at each concept.
Sandbox seeding is the process of instantly reproducing your production data in a sandbox or scratch org for development use. With Prodly’s sandbox seeding tool, you replicate actual real-life data and move it into a test environment—in just a few clicks.
There are several distinct advantages to Prodly Sandbox Seeding:
Sandbox management encompasses a range of processes and tools you can use to optimize development, testing, and training by performing these activities in non-production environments. Think of sandbox management like creating and maintaining a safe playground where you can experiment, learn, and grow—without causing disruptions in the real-world production environment.
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Prodly Sandbox Seeding and Prodly Sandbox Management are two distinct yet powerful tools that each play a critical role in Salesforce application lifecycle management. Sandbox seeding lets you create accurate, real-world testing scenarios, which contributes to higher-quality changes. Sandbox management facilitates a synchronized pipeline, which minimizes risk and optimizes efficiency.
By combining both these tools, you can create a robust, resilient, and efficient ALM process. This in turn enhances velocity, making your business more agile and enabling your sales team to respond quickly to each opportunity that arises.
In what kind of scenarios do I need sandbox seeding and sandbox management?
Both tools are beneficial in a broad range of situations. That said, sandbox seeding is especially useful for testing in real-world scenarios and when you want to enhance the quality of your changes. Sandbox management really shines in complex projects where it’s critical to keep your environments in sync and be able to quickly identify metadata differences between orgs.
Which types of businesses benefit most from sandbox seeding and sandbox management?
All businesses that use Salesforce can benefit from sandbox seeding and sandbox management. For larger enterprises with complex systems or that undergo frequent changes, these tools streamline and de-risk the development and testing process. Medium-sized businesses, SMBs, and startups can use them to improve the efficiency of their change management process, enhance the quality of their changes, and increase their velocity.
Are there any prerequisites for implementing sandbox seeding and sandbox management automation?
In general, to implement these types of automation, you need a production environment from which you can replicate data and metadata. In addition, your team should possess the skills to use the tools effectively. Fortunately, Prodly’s tools are specifically designed as low-code/no-code tools that require a minimal learning curve for admins and business users. At the same time, they’re still robust enough for developers.