Spring is coming!
In Chicago, we are lucky to experience this season. However, in the world of Salesforce, we are guaranteed that the Spring release is around the corner, bringing new feature functionality and enhancements to all orgs within the next few weeks. To help you learn what’s new and to prepare, I’ve included some of the highlights of this release below.
Each release you see more functionality becoming available in the Lightning Experience. The challenge for existing customers to make the move to Lightning was difficult because there were too many feature holes based on what we’re used to in Classic/Aloha, well, that gap is narrowing with each release, here are a few examples:
- Spring is also offering Professional Edition Customers the ability to use Person Accounts for the first time.
- Account Hierarchy will become available in Lightning this release
- Add multiple Products to your Opportunity
- Ability to use Orders
- Email customers Quotes and other documents
- Subscribe to reports in Lighting
- Inline editing in list views
New features in Lightning include
Lightning Bolt is a new AppExchange category that will allow customers to seek out ready to use templates and components for their Community needs. We first heard of Lightning Bolt before Dreamforce ‘16, at the conference, there was not much information to gather expect that this is a new area of the AppExchange ecosystem. The Lightning Bolt solutions will be made available shortly after this release is live.
Lightning App Builder
With Lightning App Builder you will have the ability to assign record pages by app, record type and profile. We first saw this demonstrated at Dreamforce during the Admin Keynote. It’s a powerful way to design and customize your user’s experience.
In this release, you can use a new attribute on the Related Lists component on your custom Lightning Page to choose how you would like related lists to be displayed, they can be in a list or tiles.
Salesforce Core – Web-to-Lead
This enhancement is related to a feature that has been available in the core application for years. The ability to add the reCAPTCHA widget on your Web-to-Lead forms is finally coming. The reCAPTCHA widget would require the interested party to select a checkbox before they can submit an inquiry about your product. This feature is meant to prevent spam from entering your system, filtering out bad data.
Spring ‘17 – Event Viewing Parties
This was just announced, that on Tuesday, March 7th, Salesforce will be broadcasting a LIVE event from San Francisco presenting the Spring ‘17 release highlights. This first of its kind event will feature a personalized address from CEO Marc Benioff along with an overview of the technology from top executives and product managers, customers and fellow trailblazers!
The Chicago Salesforce User and Developer Groups will be coming together to host a viewing party. Check with your local Salesforce User Group Community leaders to see if they will be hosting a watch party.
Spring ‘17 Resources: