Ever since Salesforce announced ‘Meet the New Salesforce’ event, I was quite curious to know what would it mean and contain. The event took place last night and even though it was at the most inconvenient hour of the night in my part of the world, I made sure that I don’t miss it. And I will tell you what – It was worth it. More
Salesforce introduced an integrated philanthropic approach called the 1-1-1 model. In simple terms this model means that every year Salesforce donates 1% of the company’s product, equity and time to improve communities around the world. A noble idea indeed and many organisations have started following the suit.
But you don’t have to be an organisation to be able to follow this model. As an individual Salesforce professional, you can also adopt this model by volunteering your time to help non-profits with their Salesforce requirements. More
Sometimes you would want to lock records in Salesforce so that they can no longer be edited or deleted. When a record has reached the end of its lifecycle, nobody should be allowed to modify the record any longer. For example once an opportunity record is closed (closed won or closed lost), it just needs to live in system without being touched. Same can be for “Cases” or records sitting in your custom objects. Or maybe once a record has been interfaced to a backend system, you would want to lock the record so that it can no longer be modified in Salesforce.
So, then how do you lock records in Salesforce so that it can no longer be modified? More
Salesforce has released a FREE version of its Analytics Cloud and typical to any Salesforce products or features, this looks cool too. The user interface is quite intuitive and it won’t take more than 10 minutes for you to learn the basics and figure out how to slice and dice your data.
Analytics Playground (as Salesforce is calling it) currently has three main features
- There is a tutorial that tells you how to use it
- You can upload your data (from Salesforce, CSV, Excel or Google Spreadsheet) and play with it
- Explore the dashboards that Salesforce has pre-created for you to play with
One of the best part of Analytics Playground is that you don’t have to have a Salesforce account to use it. You can upload the data from your Salesforce Org, CSV, Excel or Google Spreadsheet and use the magic of Salesforce Analytics to get the data dance to your tune.
In this free version you will not be able to save your data or the visualisations though you can export it as an image.
Take a look. You are going to like it. Navigate to https://www.salesforce.com/analytics-playground/
Here is the release overview presentation with screenshots highlighting the important features and functionalities introduced in Salesforce Summer 15