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Salesforce Platform is designed for building and deploying scalable cloud applications with managed hardware provisioning and app stacks. It provides out-of-the-box tools and services to automate business processes, integrate with external apps, and provide responsive layouts and more.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/D6/M8/717TM6VBFMVG.pngSFAC is WonderfulSalesforce and the app functionality is being used by our developers, SE, and sales ops organizations extensively. The creation of integrations, dashboards, and more have been used to create more accountability and transparency within our organization. Aside from those pain points being resolved, it also helps our executive and management teams stay on the same page in regards to progress in various areas.,The creation of integrations, dashboards, and more have been used to create more accountability and transparency within our organization. It also helps our executive and management teams stay on the same page in regards to progress in quota attainment and more. Having the flexibility to create and customize our instance internally and externally is a huge win here.,Training and access to non-admins seems very limited and hard to find. Resources are hard to locate at times. Escalation paths when problems arise are unclear to lower-level users and others receiving the finished products.,8,Time savings would be a large positive ROI for us. Visibility and ease of use is also a huge win for our teams. Unifying development and the end-user is a priceless advantage of using SFAC.,,Lucidchart, LinkedIn Sales Navigator, DiscoverOrgSalesforce App Cloud as seen from SalesSalesforce App Cloud is used primarily to allow our developers the ability to build a solution easily when primary application users find a need. It's primarily used by in-house development/product teams in synergy with certain members of sales in order to roll out new applications. The primary issue it addresses is providing the base framework needed for developers to do just that...develop.,Opens communication/Transparency Provides framework for development Connects dots between mobile and web based application,Some features are quite difficult to use. Need additional resources to manage. Very pricey, as are all things Salesforce. Hard for startups/emerging companies to justify. Playing off the first con, support can be hard to come by from Salesforce.,7,Improved transparency while developing Allows for excellent efficiencies to be created within Salesforce.,5,7,Slenke, Slack, TrelloSalesForce as a PaaSMy organization utilizes SalesForce in tandem with FinancialForce to manage multiple verticals: Sales, Vendor Management, and Financial Management (AP, AR).,User-friendly out of the box. Easy to manage users and user access. Trailblazer is a great resource for both new users and experienced users wanting to try/add new functionality.,Every console requires a new license. SF licenses are expensive. Trying to convert Skuid to Lightning is dangerously complex.,8,ROI is difficult to judge. As a company grows or adds different functionality (or add-on SF native apps) the amount of licenses needed to run efficiently is enormous and expensive.,9,7,,FinancialForce Accounting, FinancialForce BillingA great app solution for SalesforceWe are using it for some of our custom development and deployment of code to our Salesforce organizations. As we are moving from the Ant Migration tool, this has allowed us to move some of our code solutions to a app based model and allows us to modularize our customization.,Works like an app environment Allows us to use third-party apps alongside our custom apps Allows us to share our apps with other organizations that we work with,There are limits to how the apps can be developed that require some creative thinking/workarounds You are still constrained with standard Salesforce features It can be slow to correct if you have issues with a release, as you have to wait and go through the SFDC lifecycle,6,Allows us to start modularizing and scaling out some of our business processes. Required additional time for moving workloads to production. It requires additional development to properly cover code.,6,7,Heroku,Azure API Management, Apigee Edge, AkamaiSalesforce Lightning a top CRM productWe provide the support for Salesforce Lightning and build lightning application according to business needs. It has been used across the organisation, overriding the existing salesforce functionality using lightning components.,Its component based framework. It support for rapid application development. It is a very light weight application.,Most of the features are supported in classic view but not in lightning view, so Salesforce should look into this. It is very user friendly so I don't think is much to improve, as Salesforce is continuously adding features and more functionality.,10,There is not much impact on business except for the Salesforce Lightning licensing cost, which is dependent on the company revenue. If the organisation is strong in terms of financial condition, there is always the better choice of choosing Salesforce Lightning. If you have more customer interaction and strong financial growth, I would recommend to go with Salesforce. Salesforce Lightning does not have much negative impact on any of the business objectives which are very flexible and pay as per your users.,SAP CRM and Zoho CRM,SAP CRM, Zoho CRMDon't Take a Nap on This AppWe used the App Cloud to access the AppExchange and download and install many apps that connected to our Sales and Service Cloud instances. We also used the Force.com platform to build some custom visual force pages as well as code some Apex triggers and classes to meet our desired results.,Always available Easy to use Scalability,Could be less expensive More training material Salesforce account managers could suggest different apps,8,Increased sales call Allowed for credit card capture Turned our CRM into ERP,Salesforce Community Cloud, Salesforce Lightning, Salesforce Service Cloud and Salesforce.com,Salesforce Community Cloud, Salesforce Service Cloud, Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email StudioYour own personal developer team to help you do your job!We utilize Salesforce App cloud to manage our direct and programmatic business, as well as manage lead generation for direct and self-service business. It is flexible enough to support all of our lines of business. It addresses the needs to manage all the lines of business, and yet be able to effectively report on them combined and separately for Finance and Executive Management.,Flexibility to expand Salesforce in any way that you want, specifically for your business purposes Lots of free and low cost items to try out. simple integration with all aspects of salesforce, no need to research if this App will play well with the rest of your org,There is so much, sometimes it's hard to find what you're looking for Also, it's hard to know what else could help that is out there Sometimes it's hard to get ahold of the developers for particular apps,9,Helped me determine what data I needed or didn't in my set-up, saved my team time and annoyance Ability to upload data directly into fields in salesforce saved my team hours of manual work Feels like I have my own personal team of developers to help with any small problem I might have (makes me feel more confident in my work),Social Studio, Azuqua, JIRA Software, Google AnalyticsPowerful enterprise solution - Not for everyoneWe evaluated Salesforce App Cloud when beginning development of several mobile applications ~1 year ago. In the end, we decided not to use Salesforce although it was quite powerful. Our needs were not "enterprise" enough to justify the cost and overhead of Salesforce, so we moved on.,Integration with other Salesforce products Powerful enterprise development platform for mobile and desktop PaaS solution for deployment,Expensive Hard to use Overkill for non-enterprise use cases,5,We decided not to go live with Salesforce App Cloud, but we were happy with the time we spent evaluating it,Heroku and IntelliJ IDEAApp Cloud Pros and ConsWe are using it to create customized solutions inside the Salesforce CRM to address business processes that were being handled poorly, through emails back and forth. The platform is very easy and intuitive, so it doesn't take weeks to create an app. As a matter of fact, a simple app can be built and deployed in a few minutes.,No coding experience required Intuitive Salesforce "look and feel" Easy to deploy,For the creation of simple apps the number of fields that can be created is limited No possibility to create text-free fields with unlimite characters Layout necessarily has to be according the Salesforce standards,10,It allowed our firm to automatize a business process that involved three departments (Sales, Design Team and Engineer). Before using the app, Sales people used to send proposal requests to Design team without passing through a validation system with the Engineers. Using the platform, an app was build, with all the fields necessary for Design team to have enough info to build a proposal. A validation field that can only be checked by Engineers was created in order to avoid Sales people to ask for proposal to Design team without prior authorization from Engineers. This decreased the "time to proposal" in several weeks and avoided lots of emails back an forth, with the risk of loss of informations.,,HubSpot Sales, LinkedIn Sales NavigatorBest of both worlds-Salesforce1 and Mobile SDK!!!Mobile App Development.,Powerful Low-Code Platform with metadata Less expensive All the mobile resource integration for easy development,Too many features on one platform Less flexibility in terms of UI Very limited with Salesforce1,7,The impact has been overall positive. As the budget was considerably low, we remained with this as the only choice and it paid off indeed.,Salesforce1 PaaS dominates the marketWe are an ISV on the Salesforce1 platform, providing a native AppExchange solution focusing on the Mid-Market and Enterprise.,Rapid Development and Implementation Flexible infrastructure, access to data via APIs Secure, Scalable, inherently Social Vibrant community,Improved scale in reporting,10,Facilitates Agile Development/Business Process Management Better visibility through the organization via dashboards, reporting, consolidated view of vital data Great app ecosystem for plug and play capabilities on the platform,Sage, SugarCRM and Oracle CRM
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July 05, 2019

SFAC is Wonderful

Score 8 out of 10
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Salesforce and the app functionality is being used by our developers, SE, and sales ops organizations extensively. The creation of integrations, dashboards, and more have been used to create more accountability and transparency within our organization. Aside from those pain points being resolved, it also helps our executive and management teams stay on the same page in regards to progress in various areas.
  • The creation of integrations, dashboards, and more have been used to create more accountability and transparency within our organization.
  • It also helps our executive and management teams stay on the same page in regards to progress in quota attainment and more.
  • Having the flexibility to create and customize our instance internally and externally is a huge win here.
  • Training and access to non-admins seems very limited and hard to find.
  • Resources are hard to locate at times.
  • Escalation paths when problems arise are unclear to lower-level users and others receiving the finished products.
It helps bring mobile, social, and other cloud platforms together into one place. This enhances the CRM experience enormously. It is especially helpful for developers and product owners working with SFDC and Salesforce Lightning/Heroku.
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Score 7 out of 10
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Salesforce App Cloud is used primarily to allow our developers the ability to build a solution easily when primary application users find a need. It's primarily used by in-house development/product teams in synergy with certain members of sales in order to roll out new applications. The primary issue it addresses is providing the base framework needed for developers to do just that...develop.
  • Opens communication/Transparency
  • Provides framework for development
  • Connects dots between mobile and web based application
  • Some features are quite difficult to use. Need additional resources to manage.
  • Very pricey, as are all things Salesforce. Hard for startups/emerging companies to justify.
  • Playing off the first con, support can be hard to come by from Salesforce.
Salesforce App Cloud is well suited to larger companies with a solid development team. If you are a smaller company with less skilled developers the learning curve or potential that can be realized from using this product may be wasted. Innovation. If this word describes your business and the above points are not an issue this is for you.
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August 17, 2019

SalesForce as a PaaS

Score 8 out of 10
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My organization utilizes SalesForce in tandem with FinancialForce to manage multiple verticals: Sales, Vendor Management, and Financial Management (AP, AR).
  • User-friendly out of the box.
  • Easy to manage users and user access.
  • Trailblazer is a great resource for both new users and experienced users wanting to try/add new functionality.
  • Every console requires a new license.
  • SF licenses are expensive.
  • Trying to convert Skuid to Lightning is dangerously complex.
Salesforce is a great PaaS for start-ups or smaller firms as it's easy to stand-up and has multiple basic applications needed for every business.
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Score 6 out of 10
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We are using it for some of our custom development and deployment of code to our Salesforce organizations. As we are moving from the Ant Migration tool, this has allowed us to move some of our code solutions to a app based model and allows us to modularize our customization.
  • Works like an app environment
  • Allows us to use third-party apps alongside our custom apps
  • Allows us to share our apps with other organizations that we work with
  • There are limits to how the apps can be developed that require some creative thinking/workarounds
  • You are still constrained with standard Salesforce features
  • It can be slow to correct if you have issues with a release, as you have to wait and go through the SFDC lifecycle
If you are familiar with Salesforce then App Cloud is a great solution for you to install solutions that fit your needs or to build a custom solution. Salesforce App Cloud excels in the variety and the ease of installation of the apps that it has available to the majority of users.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We provide the support for Salesforce Lightning and build lightning application according to business needs. It has been used across the organisation, overriding the existing salesforce functionality using lightning components.
  • Its component based framework.
  • It support for rapid application development.
  • It is a very light weight application.
  • Most of the features are supported in classic view but not in lightning view, so Salesforce should look into this.
  • It is very user friendly so I don't think is much to improve, as Salesforce is continuously adding features and more functionality.
Salesforce Lightning has light weight applications so the performance is very high, also the customer interaction is on a more timely basis, so it is very well suited for business usages.

I guess when the organisation is financially strong they should go for Salesforce Lightning as the licensing cost is much higher compared to the other CRM applications.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We used the App Cloud to access the AppExchange and download and install many apps that connected to our Sales and Service Cloud instances. We also used the Force.com platform to build some custom visual force pages as well as code some Apex triggers and classes to meet our desired results.
  • Always available
  • Easy to use
  • Scalability
  • Could be less expensive
  • More training material
  • Salesforce account managers could suggest different apps
The Salesforce App Cloud was well suited when it came to installing new packages (apps) to help our environment accomplish things that traditional Salesforce Sales and Service Cloud couldn't accomplish. There are so many apps though, it's less appropriate to install everything a user sees. It's important to vet what modules from the App Cloud you can use.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We utilize Salesforce App cloud to manage our direct and programmatic business, as well as manage lead generation for direct and self-service business. It is flexible enough to support all of our lines of business. It addresses the needs to manage all the lines of business, and yet be able to effectively report on them combined and separately for Finance and Executive Management.
  • Flexibility to expand Salesforce in any way that you want, specifically for your business purposes
  • Lots of free and low cost items to try out.
  • simple integration with all aspects of salesforce, no need to research if this App will play well with the rest of your org
  • There is so much, sometimes it's hard to find what you're looking for
  • Also, it's hard to know what else could help that is out there
  • Sometimes it's hard to get ahold of the developers for particular apps
Salesforce App Cloud is well suited for an Admin or Principal users who need more functionality in their Salesforce set-up, but don't want to spend a lot of money. It also has good tool just to review or assess the effectiveness of your Salesforce set up.

It is less appropriate if you have a large business issue that probably would require a custom solution.
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Score 5 out of 10
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We evaluated Salesforce App Cloud when beginning development of several mobile applications ~1 year ago. In the end, we decided not to use Salesforce although it was quite powerful. Our needs were not "enterprise" enough to justify the cost and overhead of Salesforce, so we moved on.
  • Integration with other Salesforce products
  • Powerful enterprise development platform for mobile and desktop
  • PaaS solution for deployment
  • Expensive
  • Hard to use
  • Overkill for non-enterprise use cases
For enterprise customers already using Salesforce, App Cloud is a viable solution to develop and deploy for both mobile and desktop. For non-enterprise customers with limited need for integrating multiple Salesforce solutions, App Cloud might be a bit too much. Ultimately, you can chat with a Salesforce expert to discuss your needs and you can probably evaluate App Cloud for free.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We are using it to create customized solutions inside the Salesforce CRM to address business processes that were being handled poorly, through emails back and forth. The platform is very easy and intuitive, so it doesn't take weeks to create an app. As a matter of fact, a simple app can be built and deployed in a few minutes.
  • No coding experience required
  • Intuitive
  • Salesforce "look and feel"
  • Easy to deploy
  • For the creation of simple apps the number of fields that can be created is limited
  • No possibility to create text-free fields with unlimite characters
  • Layout necessarily has to be according the Salesforce standards
It is highly appropriate to address business processes that are not being handled in an automatized way. Once the process and the necessary fields are mapped, it is very easy to build and deploy the application.

It is not appropriate for very sophisticated business needs that need a tailor made solutions. Also, keep in mind that in order to use the app, you will need to acquire a Salesforce license for each user.
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Score 7 out of 10
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Mobile App Development.
  • Powerful Low-Code Platform with metadata
  • Less expensive
  • All the mobile resource integration for easy development
  • Too many features on one platform
  • Less flexibility in terms of UI
  • Very limited with Salesforce1
First time offered, Salesforce SDK with Salesforce1 provides best of both worlds, Easy to build the application. One of the most important flexibility it provides is to choose between Salesforce1 and Salesforce SDK. If you want to build mobile applications, Everything that has been provided with Salesforce App cloud already existed. But with Salesforce App cloud everything is provided under one umbrella.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We are an ISV on the Salesforce1 platform, providing a native AppExchange solution focusing on the Mid-Market and Enterprise.
  • Rapid Development and Implementation
  • Flexible infrastructure, access to data via APIs
  • Secure, Scalable, inherently Social
  • Vibrant community
  • Improved scale in reporting
Salesforce has done a great job of providing a suite of app clouds to get the job done with the right tool. Understanding where/how to use Visualforce/Apex, Heroku, Wave, etc for the right project is important as you kick off your project.
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Salesforce Lightning Platform (formerly Salesforce App Cloud) Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Ease of building user interfaces (10)
7.5
Scalability (9)
7.9
Platform management overhead (8)
6.7
Workflow engine capability (9)
7.4
Platform access control (9)
7.4
Services-enabled integration (10)
7.8
Development environment creation (9)
7.4
Development environment replication (8)
7.6
Issue monitoring and notification (8)
7.4
Issue recovery (8)
6.2
Upgrades and platform fixes (10)
8.3

About Salesforce Lightning Platform (formerly Salesforce App Cloud)

Salesforce Platform is designed for building and deploying scalable cloud applications with managed hardware provisioning and app stacks. It provides out-of-the-box tools and services to automate business processes, integrate with external apps, and provide responsive layouts and more.

With the Salesforce Platform and Heroku users can deploy, run, and manage apps written in open languages like Ruby, Java, PHP and more. Deploy code via git and Salesforce Platform automatically builds and runs the application so developers can focus on delivering engaging apps for their own users. In addition, Heroku Enterprise provides collaboration functionality, additional control features, and enterprise grade support.

With Lightning on the Salesforce Platform, developers can also quickly deliver innovative apps with an interactive UX by using reusable building blocks including maps, calendars, buttons, and number entry forms. And, with the Salesforce Lightning Design System, every developer has a how-to guide and code for building beautiful apps.

The Salesforce AppExchange is a proven ecosystem of apps, with millions of installs and thousands of customer reviews to help Salesforce users find the best match for their business. Whether developers are looking for applications to accelerate internal implementations or looking to grow their business by selling apps or components to other customers, the AppExchange can assist with that.


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