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Revolutionizing Salesforce Development: Our CICD Strategy for Overcoming DevOps Challenges

Updated: Mar 13

What is Expert Services?

"Expert Services" generally refer to specialized and highly skilled assistance provided by professionals or companies with extensive knowledge and experience in a particular field. 

Stratus Carta specializes in providing expert services for Salesforce Industries projects. We deploy knowledgeable and experienced professionals who offer specialized assistance, guidance, and support to elevate and optimize Salesforce Industries projects.

Through the fusion of our skilled professionals with a distinctive array of tools, we have curated a set of service offerings exclusively ours. In this blog will delve into a detailed exploration of our DevOps offering.

Salesforce DevOps CICD

CICD - DevOps for Salesforce Industries  

Salesforce DevOps is critical to managing the platform's development lifecycle efficiently. In working with many large Salesforce Industries customers, you should only start the development phase of your Salesforce Industries project once you have a solid and proven DevOps process in place.  

Implementing Salesforce CICD - DevOps, particularly for Salesforce Industries, can present challenges due to the unique characteristics of the Salesforce platform and the intricacies of managing its development lifecycle. Here are some reasons why Salesforce DevOps can be challenging:

  • Metadata Complexity: Navigating the intricacies of metadata configurations is integral to the development of Salesforce Industries. As of the current state, the Salesforce Industries solution encompasses two distinct types of metadata. The initial set comprises standard Salesforce Metadata encompassing core components like Accounts, Opportunities, Quotes, Orders, and associated Vlocity additions to the data model. The second set, the Vlocity managed package components, includes OmniScript, Integration Procedures, Enterprise Product Catalog, etc. Effectively managing both sets of metadata and their dependencies introduces complexity. Adding into the mix running multiple development sprints simultaneously poses unique challenges in merging, tracking, and deploying changes.

  • Governor Limits: Salesforce has governor limits, which are constraints on the resources and actions a single transaction can perform. These limits can impact the deployment process, especially around the deployment of a large Enterprise Product Catalog.  

  • Release Management: Coordinating and managing releases across multiple environments (sandbox, testing, production) can be challenging. Ensuring that the correct changes are deployed in the proper sequence while considering dependencies requires careful planning.

  • Skills Gap: Salesforce DevOps requires a unique set of skills that combines knowledge of Salesforce development, version control, CI/CD practices, and deployment strategies. Finding individuals with this skill set can be a challenge.

  • Limited Tooling: There are several Salesforce DevOps tools in the marketplace today. Many of these tools may work for Salesforce Core but do not support the Salesforce Industries managed packages.  

  • DevOps Tools Costs: The tool sets that do offer support for the managed package can come with substantial licensing costs. As the purchasing phase of these tools is outside the Salesforce purchasing process, the timeline to procure and deploy these tools can impact the project timeline.

Embracing a Unique Approach

At Stratus Carta, our mission is to assist businesses in executing a high-performing, scalable digital transformation program on Salesforce Industries Cloud. Adopting a proven DevOps - CICD solution right from the project's inception is critical for project success. We tackle inherent challenges by offering DevOps as a Service.

Our approach is rooted in People, Process, and Technology.

People: Our dedicated team of seasoned DevOps architects and consultants is at the forefront of innovation, bringing a wealth of experience to the table in the Salesforce Industries CI/CD realm. Their collective proficiency is not just a claim but a proven track record, having successfully navigated and implemented intricate solutions for some of the most prominent players within the Salesforce Industries worldwide. 

With a deep understanding of the nuances of CI/CD within Salesforce, our team stands poised to drive efficiency and excellence in your projects, drawing from a rich reservoir of hands-on experience and a commitment to staying abreast of the latest industry advancements. 

Process: Our Salesforce Industries Release Strategy goes beyond the technical aspects of development; it's a comprehensive approach that aligns technology with your project goals. By establishing well-defined Salesforce environment strategies and Git repositories, we pave the way for a streamlined, efficient, and controlled release management process tailored to the unique needs of your Salesforce Industries project.

  • Salesforce Environment Architecture: Our first step is creating the Salesforce sandbox structure tailored to the specific needs of your project. This involves creating sandboxes, development environments, testing environments, and the production org. Each environment serves a distinct purpose, allowing for controlled development, thorough testing, and seamless production deployments.

  • Git Repository Configuration: With the Salesforce Orgs in place, our next focus is establishing Git repositories that seamlessly integrate with your Salesforce development lifecycle. We configure repositories to align with your project's structure, ensuring that branches, commits, and merges are logically organized, designed to promote collaboration and version control, and facilitate an efficient development workflow.

  • Release Strategy Development: A key element of our approach is the meticulous development of a release strategy that considers the unique aspects of your Salesforce Industries project. This includes defining release cycles, identifying feature branches, and establishing release branches for production deployments. The agile strategy enables your team to adapt to evolving project requirements.

  • Environment-Specific Configurations: Our team ensures that Salesforce Org configurations are appropriately tailored to each environment, including configuration settings and any environment-specific customization required for accurate testing and development.

  • Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CICD): Leveraging CICD principles, we automate the build and deployment processes. This automation ensures that changes are systematically validated, tested, and deployed across environments. The CICD pipeline is designed to catch issues early, promoting a consistent and reliable release process.

  • Version Control Best Practices: Adhering to version control best practices, we implement a streamlined workflow within Git repositories. This includes proper branching strategies, commit message conventions, and regular code reviews to maintain code quality and traceability.

  • Documentation and Knowledge Transfer: We emphasize documentation to ensure clarity and knowledge transfer throughout the process. Release notes, deployment instructions, and environment setup guides are meticulously crafted to facilitate seamless collaboration and knowledge continuity within your team.

Technology: ITAS DevOps is not a generic solution retrofitted for Salesforce; it's purpose-built to cater specifically to the challenges the Salesforce Industries platform poses. Recognizing the unique requirements and complexities of Salesforce development, ITAS is finely tuned to streamline processes and enhance the overall efficiency of CICD workflows.

  • Tailored Features for Salesforce Industries: ITAS DevOps comes adorned with features meticulously tailored for the Salesforce Industries ecosystem. Whether addressing specific deployment challenges or optimizing release management processes, the tool is equipped with functionalities that resonate with the unique demands of Salesforce development. This tailored approach ensures a more seamless and effective integration into the Salesforce environment.

  • Simplicity Over Complexity: The ITAS platform emphasizes simplicity in stark contrast to tools that demand intricate installations and extensive configurations. Its user-friendly design and intuitive interface enable our experts to focus on optimizing CICD pipelines rather than grappling with setup complexities. This simplicity promotes a more efficient and user-friendly experience for our team.

  • Streamlined Deployment and Usage: The ITAS platform is adept in its functionalities and is also hosted as a service in the cloud. This cloud-based nature facilitates a simplified deployment process, allowing for swift setup and immediate utilization by our team. The accessibility and agility afforded by the cloud hosting contribute to an environment of collaborative efficiency.

  • Built upon standard Git Methodology: The ITAS platform DevOps Tool adheres to a universal Git branching strategy, providing a structured and standardized framework for managing code changes. This strategy ensures clarity and consistency across projects, making collaboration more efficient. By following this universally recognized branching model, our team maintains a well-organized development workflow, facilitating seamless integration and collaboration.

In Summary

By offering DevOps as a service, there's no need to invest in software purchases, installations, or the recruitment and training of a DevOps team. Instead, you can concentrate on developing your application to meet your requirements while we manage the intricacies of the DevOps process.

Ready to revolutionize your Salesforce DevOps journey? Partner with Status Carta and experience a seamless, efficient, and tailored approach to DevOps. Whether you're embarking on a new Salesforce Industries project or seeking to optimize existing processes, our expert team is here to guide you.

Take the first step towards maximizing your Salesforce potential. Contact us today to explore how our DevOps as a Service can elevate your digital transformation initiatives, ensuring agility, compliance, and success in the ever-evolving Salesforce ecosystem. 

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