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Improve Your Salesforce Hotfix Strategy With Prodly

Many devs and admins who follow governance and release best practices find making a Salesforce hotfix challenging.  If you struggle to configure and deploy hotfixes in a timely manner, you’re not alone. And when it comes to creating a hotfix environment in Salesforce, traditional data set building is slow, laborious, and prone to error—even with Data Loader.

But as Victoria Livschitz said, “It’s not the prevention of bugs but the recovery—the ability to gracefully exterminate them—that counts.” 

And that’s exactly what Prodly AppOps allows you to do. 

Prodly AppOps lets you automate your hotfix strategy and rapidly fix, test, and promote essential changes to production. In this blog post, we’ll examine what hotfixes are, how not to handle them, and four ways AppOps improves your hotfix strategy.

What Is a Salesforce Hotfix?

In Salesforce, a hotfix is a simple configuration change that addresses a key issue impacting day to day business. Oftentimes, a hotfix is required due to a bug a user reports—so you need to fix it immediately.

Although a hotfix may not involve a major change to your production environment, it’s business critical and therefore urgent. Because it addresses a bug that’s adversely affecting your business operations, it can’t be postponed until your next major release.

That’s why you need the ability to implement a hotfix as efficiently as possible without getting bogged down in error-prone manual processes.

Salesforce Hotfix Workflow: Inefficient and Costly

If you’re implementing a hotfix in Salesforce, the process probably looks something like this:

  1. Purchase a Partial Copy sandbox or Full Copy sandbox to use as a hotfix environment—at 20 percent or 30 percent of net spend.
  2. In the hotfix environment, determine what’s causing the issue. Then fix the issue and test it.
  3. Use change sets to promote the approved change to your production org. That involves creating an outbound change set in the hotfix environment and an inbound change set in the prod org. Then you have to validate the inbound change set and deploy the change set. 
  4. Migrate (either manually or with Data Loader) any configuration data required for the hotfix.
  5. Use change sets to promote the change to your Developer sandboxes and the Full sandbox you use for training.

Unfortunately, this strategy can be cost-prohibitive due to the expense of purchasing a sandbox to use as a dedicated hotfix environment. Moreover, the multiple manual steps required for each change set deployment make this process highly labor intensive and time consuming. 

Never Make a Patch Directly in Production!

Knowing how expensive and inefficient it is to implement a hotfix in Salesforce, you might be tempted to rush things and make the hotfix directly in production. 

A word to the wise, however:

Never, ever, make a hotfix directly in your prod org!

Why? Because if the hotfix introduces any new issues, you’ll be stuck with a much bigger headache. And that could affect your CX even more!

Create a Prod Hotfix Strategy Before the Next Bug

To be prepared to make a mission-critical change in a timely manner, don’t wait until a serious issue arises to design a hotfix workflow. Instead, get ahead of things and establish a production hotfix strategy before the next bug occurs. Your strategy should:

  • Appoint team members to configure the hotfix
  • Designate an environment where you’ll make the change and test the fix
  • Specify how you’ll promote the fix into production
  • Determine which other orgs will need the fix and how you’ll back promote the fix
  • Include a post mortem to analyze the event and prevent future issues

4 Ways AppOps Can Improve Your Hotfix Strategy

Now you have a basic game plan for dealing with hotfixes, let’s take a look at how Prodly can improve your strategy.

1. Use a Free Environment for Dedicated Production Support

With Prodly AppOps, you don’t need to purchase a new Partial Copy or Full Copy sandbox as a dedicated hotfix environment. You can simply use a free Developer sandbox or Scratch org, because AppOps lets you easily and quickly move data into it. This saves your Partial Copy and Full Copy sandboxes for higher value projects in Salesforce.

2. Seed the Impacted Configuration to Your Hotfix Environment 

Your hotfix environment needs to be a reproduction of your production org. However, you don’t have time to recreate all the data from the prod org in the sandbox. 

In Prodly AppOps, you can compare your orgs to see any metadata differences between your prod org and your hotfix environment. If there are differences that will impact the patch, you can easily review and sync them to your hotfix environment. 

You can use sandbox seeding to automatically migrate the affected data to the hotfix environment. The sandbox seeding wizard allows you to quickly select data and upsert it to your hotfix environment.

Simply select a root object in your prod org, along with any related objects. Next, temporarily deactivate all events for the duration of the deployment to avoid complications. Finally, implement the deployment.

Note that AppOps provides prebuilt templates for common data seeding needs that can save you even more time.

3. Promote the Hotfix Back to Production

With your hotfix environment set up, you can determine what the problem is, configure the required change, and test the change without any risk to your prod org. Once you’re satisfied the change works, AppOps makes it easy to seamlessly move the change back into your production org—regardless of whether the fix involves metadata or data.

You also don’t have to use change sets and Data Loader to manually push the change to your prod org. You can leverage Prodly AppOps to automatically migrate the metadata and data while still maintaining complex object relationships. Simply select the configurations you want to deploy, and then deploy all the metadata and data changes at once.

4. Sync the Salesforce Hotfix to the Rest of the Orgs in Your Stack

While you’ve been rushing to fix the bug, your teammates may have been working on the next release. It’s essential to sync the rest of the orgs in the release path with your production org and training environment so they don’t reintroduce the bug or cause new ones. 

Prodly AppOps allows you to sync data to up to five orgs simultaneously. So once you’ve promoted the patch back to production, you can quickly and easily sync the metadata and data changes from production to the other orgs in the stack. The benefit is that by doing this, you’ll bring your other sandboxes up to date without having to wait to refresh them

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Salesforce Hotfixes Are Easy With Prodly AppOps

Let’s face it: Bugs happen. 

And when they impact your day-to-day business operations, you need to fix them—fast. With a robust hotfix strategy and Prodly AppOps, you can quickly, efficiently, and easily create a hotfix environment, fix the issue, and promote the change to your production environment and other orgs. And you can do all this without the high costs of purchasing an additional Partial Copy or Full Copy sandbox in Salesforce.

 

To learn more about Prodly AppOps, contact us today.

Salesforce Devops

Why is Salesforce so Late to the DevOps Game?

More IT teams are turning to DevOps as a solution to help them to solve incessant silos in their workflows. However, the question of why Salesforce has been so slow to adopt still remains on the minds of developers. The DevOps movement began to grow in 2007, spawned by development teams desperate for tools that solved their biggest pains. DevOps served to break down the brick wall between engineering teams and their operations counterparts so companies could keep up with demand for more frequent software releases. 

The Salesforce ecosystem’s slow adoption of DevOps can be attributed to the following key principles:

1. Salesforce is not a code first environment

Salesforce is a low-code platform that is declaratively configured as much as it’s programmatically configured. The declarative environment provided by Salesforce goes beyond the developer empowering a people with no coding experience to be citizen developers in control of their business processes. Often, Salesforce Administrators, Business Analysts and Project Managers have great ideas, but are excluded from conversations, due to their inability to work with code-heavy DevOps tools.

Successful adoption of DevOps for any team low-code, no-code citizen developers must be first class citizens from the very beginning. This is why AppOps is designed with the lowest technical user in mind. 

2. The production org has historically been the source of truth

In DevOps the code is the source of truth, not the software. The code is versioned and every change is stored in a repository, like track changes to a document, so it’s easy to roll back changes if there’s an error. Within Salesforce we think of production as the source of truth. The problem is production is always moving and changing, and there’s no real history of changes. 

For Salesforce DevOps to be successful we need to be able to version not just the code in Salesforce but the declarative configurations too. This is why AppOps helps you version your Salesforce data.

3. Creating reproducible environments has been challenging 

This principle is all about having a safe place to play around and test new ideas. You need to be able to create them quickly and toss them. Salesforce has sandboxes, but not truly reproductions of production because they don’t have all of your data. Even Full Copies get out of sync with production quickly and can only be refreshed every 30 days. Since Salesforce data is highly relational and those relationships are hard to maintain org to org, most companies fall into one of two buckets:

  • Everyone shares the Full or Partial Copy sandbox. All the work happens here and people stepping on each other’s toes, which results in restricting access to the 
  • They work in DevPro without data, meaning they can’t efficiently build new stuff or test it very well 

To be successful, you need to be able to create true copies of production and really fast. That’s why AppOps Sandbox seeding allows you to select, filter and seed data into any org in minutes. 

Schedule a demo to discover how AppOps can improve how your team manages data  Salesforce.