Version control is a critical aspect of software development, and it’s becoming increasingly important in Salesforce change management. In this blog, we discuss what version control is and how it can benefit Salesforce admins.
What Is Version Control?
Version control, sometimes called source control, involves tracking and managing changes to software code to ensure developers are always working on the latest version.
If you only have one software developer writing code, it’s easy for them to keep track of the changes they’re making and how they impact the existing code. However, when multiple developers are working on different parts of the code, it requires much more effort and communication to keep the changes straight.
A version control system or VCS is a tool that makes tracking and managing changes to the code easier for teams.
Teams maintaining Salesforce encounter the same challenges as software developers. There are lots of people working on different parts of the Salesforce instance. Some are pro-code developers working in Apex, while others are admins and citizen developers.
With all these different people working in the same environment, sometimes work is lost or overwritten, and it can be difficult to fix mistakes.
Clearly, for admins following an agile release management methodology, version control is essential.
How Can Admins Benefit from Version Control?
The most important advantage to using a VCS is that it becomes the source of truth—instead of the production org.
This eliminates questions about which version is correct and provides several additional benefits for admins.
Identify Conflicts as They Occur
When you’re working with multiple versions of your project, a VCS lets you make changes without worrying you’ll overwrite work another member of your team is doing. By enabling source control, you remove the anxiety of creating conflict when you implement changes.
Track the Revision History of Changes Over Time
Sometimes, when you’re making changes, you need to refer back to a specific change you scrapped previously. A version control system stores a history of all changes made to the code, so you can easily look them up.
With Prodly, you can effectively “move backward in time.” Then you can pluck out the configurations you need and reconfigure your changes as simply as pointing and clicking.
Work in a Truly Agile Environment
Agile release methodology is based on close collaboration and continuous improvement that you achieve by means of tight feedback cycles. For this methodology to be effective, both developers and admins need to work from the same source code and follow the same process for introducing change.
To achieve this collaborative efficiency, you must reconfigure your workflow. It should be easy for pro-code developers to follow—plus, it should be easily consumable for admins and other no-code team members.
Prodly Makes Version Control Simple
Prodly DevOps is designed to work in conjunction with your Salesforce deployment system, so you don’t have to load up on multiple tools to get the benefits of version control. If you’re an admin, you can simply point and click to complete versioning tasks—as well as version both your data and code.
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