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Patterns for Cloud Integration:  Synchronous vs Asynchronous Application Level Integration

Posted by Mohamed Farag

Nov 20, 2015 9:11:39 AM

Recent statistics show that 90% of businesses have adopted at least one cloud application. 56% of enterprises are still identifying IT operations that are candidates for cloud hosting [1]. However, recent survey, that was conducted by IDG Enterprise across 1600 IT decision makers, reflects that 46% of survey participants consider cloud integration as one of the major disconnects that hold organizations from going to the cloud [2].

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Topics: Cloud Integration

Are You Ready for Lightning?

Posted by Kelly King

Nov 13, 2015 11:27:08 AM

Salesforce recently announced the new and exciting UI called “Lightning”. Modeled after the Salesforce1 mobile app, Lightning offers a sleeker,
more streamlined interface for end users that can be accessed from any device.

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Topics: Salesforce, Salesforce Lightning, Featured

Do You Fully Understand the Impact Becoming Agile Will Have on Your Organization?

Posted by Phil Van Sickel

Nov 4, 2015 3:48:14 PM

This agile stuff is really looking good. Sign me up, bring in the coach, let’s get going. Whoa, slow down a bit there Peppy. Love the enthusiasm; have you counted the full cost? Do you understand what this is going to do to your organization? You can be sure it will not be the same. It may not bear any semblance at all to what you have today.

Many people go into an agile transformation understanding that they will be adopting new methods and tools but not understanding the impact it will have on their entire organization, both structurally and culturally. Agile done right will touch the entire value stream from inception to delivery and post-delivery. The goal of an agile transformation is becoming agile, not doing agile.

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Topics: Agile

SalesforceIQ for Sales Cloud

Posted by Kacyn Keys

Oct 28, 2015 8:46:13 AM

Salesforce announced more than just their Lightning Experience at Dreamforce 15. They also introduced a new product called SalesforceIQ, which refers to a stand-alone product for small businesses and a new productivity tool for sales teams called SalesforceIQ for Sales Cloud. SalesforceIQ for Sales Cloud is free for current Salesforce customers and provides a streamlined workflow within email making it easier to manage your accounts, leads and opportunities, send emails, schedule meetings, and much more right within the app. 

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Topics: Salesforce

Salesforce’s Health Cloud: Can It Make a Dent in the Industry?

Posted by Prakash Rao

Oct 23, 2015 8:56:11 AM

This month, Salesforce introduced cloud solutions in two conservative and heavily regulated industries: finance and health care. Neither has a history of early technology adoption. Entry barriers are high and markets are hard to penetrate.

But Salesforce took up the challenge to disrupt the health care space and set a trend. The company saw that millennials are looking for more from their primary health care services--from providers, to payee, to 3rd party vendors who take vitals.

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Topics: Salesforce

OWASP #6 Preventing Sensitive Data Exposure in ASP.NET - Part 1

Posted by Max McCarty

Oct 21, 2015 11:10:13 AM

In 2007, Albert Gonzalez went on a hacking spree, siphoning off businesses’ credit card information. Steve Heymann, a Massachusetts assistant U.S. attorney, pointed out that Gonzales and his fellow hackers succeeded because much of the data (90+ million credit card transactions) was unprotected and unencrypted.

The concept of protecting secrets is addressed in the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP’s) #6 most critical risks for web applications - sensitivity data exposure. While these three simple words could be applied in many areas, we will be looking at proper password hashing, encryption of information at rest and securing communication in transit via HTTPS. These topics have one thing in common, keeping one’s secrets a secret.

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Topics: Security, OWASP, ASP.NET, C#

Beautiful UX Using the Lightning Design System

Posted by Bob Hartung

Oct 19, 2015 11:18:18 AM

One of the more interesting sessions I attended this year at Dreamforce was a hands on exercise using the Lightning Design System. The Lightning Design System (LDS) is a user experience framework that allows developers to create custom applications that match the look and feel of the new Salesforce Lightning Experience.

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Topics: Salesforce

Virtues of a Standard Framework: Impressions from the SAFe Partner Summit

Posted by Chris Ruch

Oct 15, 2015 11:48:17 AM

I have just returned from the inaugural Scaled Agile Partner Summit in Denver, Colorado, a gathering of thought leaders, service partners, and tooling vendors from around the world. We shared our experiences to help guide and shape the evolution of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe). It was inspiring to see the community of practice that has developed around the unique challenges of agile transformation in large scale enterprises and complex systems. The summit focused on learning from the successes and struggles of large SAFe implementations, as well as providing input on SAFe 4.0, which is the next generation of the framework that is currently under development.

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Topics: Agile

Converting a Master Detail Relationship to a Lookup Relationship in Salesforce? Check Out These Helpful Hints

Posted by Kevin Lane

Oct 14, 2015 12:00:35 PM

Recently, a client asked us to change a relationship from Master Detail to Lookup in their Salesforce environment. They did not want that field to be required to create a record, because the user didn’t always have the information at the time of data entry. As a result, the requirement created issues with data integrity as well as causing frustration.

This change was important to our client, but took more than pushing the Change Data Type button while editing a custom field. Making the change in Salesforce meant planning, precautions and a series of steps on our part. We wanted to share some tips and best practices that we learned.

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Topics: Salesforce

Show off your Salesforce with New Certifications

Posted by Jennifer Sanders

Oct 9, 2015 10:15:24 AM

If you’re serious about Salesforce, you’ll be interested to learn about the new certifications that have recently been unveiled. In addition to the Pardot exam released last year, Salesforce is adding a slew of new credentials for marketers, developers, instructors, and consultants. Certification is an indispensable way of showcasing your Salesforce expertise and boosting your career.  Read on for a complete compilation of new certification exams.

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Topics: Salesforce