Improved Apps Sponsors Community Football Team

By Peter McManus – VP Sales @ Improved Apps

Castle Donington FC Sponsored by Improved Apps

The Importance of Giving Back

 

Improved Apps has recently sponsored a community football team which is a club that is close to my heart, and with which I share a great deal of history.

 

Castle Donington FC play in the North West Leicestershire League and has a total of twenty-three senior, junior, male and female football teams. The senior male team pre dates the First World War, playing competitive fixtures in a variety of leagues in the Midlands.

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Get the Most out of Salesforce1 Mobile

By Paul Field – C.O.O. @ Improved Apps

onion sellers

 Working on the move or out in the field?  Make Salesforce1 Mobile work for you…

 

Business systems users have not been hard-wired into a local mainframe for many years now but at the same time the metaphorical chains that bind them to their systems have become stronger. The world is on the move in every sense, and it is imperative that our systems move with us – literally – so that wherever we are and whatever we are doing, we can call upon the same support and information, or provide back to the enterprise the same updates and progressions that we could do if we were still sitting at a terminal hard-wired into the data processing world.

 

Our data has moved into the cloud; business people spend less and less time in an office, whilst the new generation of users has expectations and ways of working that are determined more by Google, Amazon and Twitter, than by SAP, Oracle and IBM.

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Dreamforce ’15…Living the Dream

By Sophie Wyard – Marketing Manager @ Improved Apps

dreamforce 15

Improved Apps at Dreamforce 15 – A Winning Combination

 

Members of our team have just returned from a fantastic week in San Francisco, sponsoring Dreamforce 15.

 

And what a week it was!  Busy…Busy…Busy…

 

…Hearing how organisations are using Salesforce

…Discussing their challenges and opportunities for improvement

…Demonstrating how easily progress can be made

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Salesforce Winter-16 Implications

Salesforce Winter-16 – Managing a Successful Transition

Salesforce.com is continually driving innovation in cloud computing and customers enjoy the benefits of new features. However, the price of progress is keeping up with the pace of change – and the latest casualty is the forced obsolescence of standard ‘Classic’ pages.

 

Winter-16 is a watershed release for Salesforce user interface innovation. Salesforce needs old models to be dropped, to reduce legacy maintenance and compatibility issues. But can customers be persuaded to migrate from the Classic pages in which they are heavily invested – to embrace the new Salesforce1 mobile, Visualforce and emerging Lightning interfaces?

Will Winter-16 force mass-migration?

Will Salesforce Winter-16 force mass-migration?

Until recently, as Salesforce releases introduced new and improved features, the legacy approaches that they superseded were frozen so that their use couldn’t be extended. However, critically, these obsolescent features didn’t actually stop working. This has changed with Winter-16, which starts a forced migration of customers requiring any kind of enhanced user-experience away from the Classic user interface.

 

Announced in the Summer-15 release, Winter-16 disables the means to inject Javascript into Classic pages, thereby preventing the automatic launching of solutions that enhance the user experience. Furthermore, Salesforce has announced that scripts run from buttons will soon disappear.

 

This time-frame has provided little opportunity for Salesforce customers with modified Classic pages to migrate to alternative approaches – and Lightning doesn’t yet provide a direct replacement for a modified Classic UI. The result is that a significant number of customers are caught in no man’s land – with many of their Classic user interface ‘mods’ disabled but with limited alternatives other than migrating from Classic pages.

Improved Apps support for Winter-16 and beyond

The Improved Apps vision is to drive Salesforce adoption, whilst striving to enhance the overall user-experience and usability. A major factor here is the way that we enable our customers to buffer their end-users from the complexities of raw constant change. The priority for Improved Apps is to ensure that the path forward, for all our customers to reach the latest developments from Salesforce, is also a bridge that allows them to travel safely from the old to the new at a manageable pace.

 

This Salesforce Winter-16 change would appear to render obsolete any investments customers have made in bought or built solutions that rely on Javascript injection. However, the situation is not quite so simple:

  • Console and Salesforce1 Mobile user interfaces have never supported the capability to inject scripts. So, our recipes for delivering Improved Apps into these more modern user interfaces remain unaffected;
  • Visualforce pages: Automated scripting has always been supported in Visualforce pages – and our recipes for supporting these pages reflect this. Furthermore, as a Visualforce replica of a Classic record-view page can be created with two lines of Apex markup – and our solutions added with two more – many customers have already replaced key Classic pages with Visualforce versions;
  • Browser Extensions: Many Salesforce partners use browser extensions to manage injection of Javascript on page load – and some Salesforce customers have also deployed this technique to safeguard their own customisations, ready for Winter-16. We have introduced Chrome and Firefox browser extensions (IE coming soon) and customers who have implemented these are able to continue as if this Winter-16 change didn’t happen.

 

So, the real impact of this change is limited to script automation, on page load, in Classic pages, for Salesforce customers unable to either move away from Classic pages or deploy browser extensions. Even here, we support a variety of deployment options for Improved Help and Improved NoticeBoard:

  • Improved NoticeBoard: Visualforce components:
    • Sidebar Notification Banner: in small ‘watch’ form-factor;
    • Embedded Notification Banner: in wide, ‘news-ticker’ form-factor.
  • Improved Help:
    • Show Improved Help’ Custom buttons or links, with scripts launched by user’s click.
    • Visualforce components (due in our Winter-15 release, ETA 16 October):
      • Embedded Help Panel: delivering user, page and context-sensitive help & training content for the current page;
      • Pop-out Help Panel: using a sidebar launcher to pop-out the Help Panel as a stand-alone reference window that can optionally be synchronised with page navigation between Salesforce records.

Please see this FAQ entry that summarises Improved Apps deployment options by Salesforce User Interface.

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