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A large see-saw with a plus on one side and a minus on the other representing the pros and cons of Salesforce DevOps

Pros and Cons of Salesforce DevOps

It’s critical to understand the pros and cons of Salesforce DevOps before implementing it in your organization. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the development philosophy’s advantages, including improved collaboration and creativity, faster delivery of changes, reduced risk, and increased ROI.

We’ll also examine the disadvantages, such as the time and cost investment, added complexity, and potential disruptions and delays during the transition.

Advantages of Salesforce DevOps

A large see-saw with a plus on one side and a minus on the other representing the pros and cons of Salesforce DevOps

There’s one overarching benefit of Salesforce DevOps. It enables you to deliver higher-quality changes and applications much faster than you could using traditional release methods like change sets and Data Loader. Let’s take a closer look at these key advantages.

Improved Collaboration and Creativity

Implementing Salesforce DevOps eliminates silos and improves collaboration between development and operations teams. Salesforce admins, developers and business operation teams must work together to deliver process optimization for the business. This improved collaboration between the teams can lead to greater creativity and innovation.

Faster Delivery of Changes

Salesforce DevOps involves delivering incremental changes on a continuous basis. You can get updates and new apps to your sales team much faster than with traditional models. This in turn empowers them to do their job better.

Reduced Risk

Salesforce DevOps reduces risk because it allows you to be agile and respond immediately to the demands of the market. In the worst-case scenario, with conventional big bang releases, an app can be obsolete by the time it’s market ready. With Salesforce DevOps, you can prioritize bug fixes and change direction without too much disruption because you deliver work iteratively.

Increased ROI

Arguably the most important benefit of Salesforce DevOps is that it delivers an increased ROI. Automation—a key aspect of Salesforce DevOps—and risk reduction contribute significantly to keeping costs low and maximizing returns.

Disadvantages of Salesforce DevOps

While these advantages are significant, there are potential drawbacks, as well.

Time and Cost Investment

Implementing DevOps in Salesforce may require a certain financial investment if you need to purchase new automation tools and work management apps. At the same time, moving from a traditional development model to DevOps doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll need to dedicate time and resources to getting the framework and processes set up—all while ensuring business continuity.

Added Complexity

To make DevOps work in Salesforce, your teams need to communicate, collaborate, and adopt new processes and tools. Depending on the flexibility of your team, this can be easy or challenging. In some cases, already established processes are so ingrained that they’re almost impossible to overcome.

Potential Disruptions and Delays During the Transition

Salesforce DevOps involves a different way of working. No matter how enthusiastic the team is, this can potentially have an impact on change management during the transition period. It’s advisable to delay any major updates or deliveries until everyone is comfortable with the new development philosophy.

Measure the Potential of Salesforce DevOps for Your Business

Salesforce DevOps can provide efficiency gains and deliver a significant ROI for your business. However, there are many ways to implement DevOps best practices within Salesforce, and you don’t have to implement every best practice to start seeing results. 

When you’ve decided on one or more best practices to implement, conduct a proof of concept trial on a smaller project, and use metrics to evaluate the results. This will allow you to make a data-driven decision as to whether Salesforce DevOps is right for your business or not.


What are the four most important DevOps principles?

To implement DevOps, you need to incorporate the following four principles into your development process: automation, iteration, continuous monitoring and improvement, and collaboration. Learn more about DevOps principles.

How can Salesforce DevOps help my organization be more innovative?

Implementing DevOps principles in Salesforce involves fostering communication and collaboration between development and operations teams. The resulting combination of different points of view can lead to heightened creativity that you can then harness for innovation.

This post is republished with permission from Salesforce DevOps HQ.

Skyrocket salesforce data deployment with Prodly AppOps

Skyrocket Salesforce Data Deployment With Prodly

Discover a Better Alternative to the Salesforce Status Quo

Skyrocket salesforce data deployment with Prodly AppOps

Salesforce is a comprehensive platform to manage your marketing, sales, and customer support processes. But when it comes to change management, traditional Salesforce data deployment tools have their drawbacks. And those drawbacks can threaten your business progress. 

Perhaps you’re thinking, “But we’ve always done it this way. Why should we change?” The answer is simple: To streamline and ramp up your change management process.

Current Salesforce Data Deployment Tools Are Problematic

Just think about it: How many times have you had to delay adding a new feature or flow due to issues with Data Loader or change sets? These tools might be free, but they’re also labor intensive, error prone, and time consuming. So if you want to use them for a time-sensitive project, you’ll need to add headcount to meet your deadline. 

Of course, developers are known for their ingenuity, and many write their own scripts for promoting data through the release chain. This can certainly save them hours on an individual data migration project. 

But the time investment needed to initially write the script and subsequently maintain it can be considerable—and take them away from their core work. Not to mention, every script is unique. That can create problems when syncing all the changes in a shared sandbox, leading to hours of troubleshooting. Is this really the best use of developers’ time?

Alternatively, you can use a Full Copy sandbox to recreate your production org. However, that’s often cost prohibitive. Plus, a Full Copy sandbox doesn’t refresh frequently enough to be an actual reproduction of your production environment. The resulting data degradation can even have a negative effect on the project.

The final option is to outsource your projects—but that’s expensive. Moreover, contractors don’t have the knowledge of your business that your own team has. This can result in errors and delays. On top of that, if you need to change or fix something after the contractor has delivered the work, it can rack up additional costs. 

Accelerate Salesforce Data Deployment With Prodly

Fortunately, there’s a better way to do things. Our low-code Prodly DevOps suite automates Salesforce data deployment while maintaining complex relationships. Thanks to its top-notch automation, it offers significant time savings.

In fact, it reduces data migration time by 85 percent and is 12 times faster than change sets. On top of that, it eliminates the need to write and maintain custom scripts. This results in significantly faster, 100% accurate release processes that can be managed by both declarative and programmatic users. 

Our solution lets you rapidly move data up and down the pipeline, as well as to parallel orgs. You can use either the production environment or a VCS as the source of truth. 

For metadata deployments, Prodly provides automatic duplicate prevention. It also provides versioning and conflict resolution with a rollback feature.  

When it comes to metadata migration and deployments, the Prodly DevOps suite allows you to visually compare orgs. You can also leverage the subcomponent drill-down point-and-click feature.

Check out this table to see how Prodly outperforms Data Loader, change sets, and custom scripts.

Prodly AppOps vs change sets, dataloader, and custom scripts

Drive Your Business Forward with Prodly DevOps

With the powerful Salesforce data deployment tools Prodly provides, you can keep your projects on track and significantly ramp up velocity. 

You can save literally hundreds of employee hours on frustrating, headache-inducing manual labor—and let your team get right down to what they do best. As a value add, you can unburden your employees and increase their job satisfaction, which in turn improves retention. 

Combined, these factors will make your organization more agile—and help propel your business forward.  

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