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10 Common Engineering Mistakes Salesforce Teams Still Make

10 Common Engineering Mistakes Salesforce Teams Still Make

Lorenzo Frattini

Salesforce is the backbone that empowers many companies to streamline sales processes and elevate customer experiences to new heights.

But here's the catch: successfully implementing Salesforce requires more than just a click of a button. It demands meticulous planning, strategic thinking, and a dash of expertise.

Salesforce's fortress-like platform is fortified with an impressive array of safeguards to protect your precious data. It's a stronghold, a testament to robustness in many respects.

But here's the twist: once you dive into the world of customising your Salesforce Org with code, security problems can start to rear their mischievous heads.

And trust us, they do.

Even the most skilled teams can stumble upon common engineering mistakes that hinder efficiency, scalability, and data integrity. It's a minefield of pitfalls waiting to ensnare the unwary.

At Clayton, we've recently hit a milestone by surpassing 30 billion lines of code reviewed. It's a monumental achievement that deserves celebration. But instead of popping champagne, we'd like to take this moment to share some invaluable insights with you—insights that only our unique perspective can provide. After all, knowledge is meant to be shared.

In this blog post, I’d like to unveil the 10 most common engineering mistakes your Salesforce team will likely make from our perspective. Brace yourself for an eye-opening exploration of blunders and blips that can sabotage your success.

1) Inadequate Data Governance

One of the most critical aspects of Salesforce implementation is establishing robust data governance. Neglecting to define data ownership, access controls, and data quality standards can lead to data consistency, duplicate records, and security vulnerabilities. Ensure your team establishes clear guidelines for data management and enforces best practices throughout the organisation.

2) Overlooking Security

Salesforce manages a vast amount of sensitive customer data, and overlooking security measures can have severe consequences. Ensure your team implements proper authentication, authorisation, and data encryption mechanisms. Regularly review and update security settings to address any potential vulnerabilities.

3) Poor Code Quality

Rushed development cycles or lack of code reviews can result in poor code quality, leading to maintenance nightmares and increased technical debt. Encourage your team to follow coding best practices, and adopt code review processes to maintain a high standard of code quality.

4) Lack of Scalability Planning

Salesforce implementations should be designed with scalability in mind. Failing to anticipate future growth can result in performance issues and increased maintenance overhead. Invest time analysing your organisation's long-term goals and designing a scalable architecture that can accommodate expanding data volumes and user loads.

5) Insufficient Testing and Quality Assurance

Skipping comprehensive testing and quality assurance processes is a common mistake that can lead to undiscovered bugs, data corruption, and user dissatisfaction. Thoroughly test customisations, integrations, and workflows to identify and resolve issues before deploying changes to production. Adopting automated testing tools and following industry-standard testing methodologies can significantly enhance your team's efficiency.

6) Overly Complex Customisations

While Salesforce offers powerful customisation capabilities, balancing simplicity and complexity is crucial. Overloading your org with unnecessary customisations can introduce technical debt, increase maintenance costs, and impede performance. Prioritise simplicity and leverage Salesforce's out-of-the-box functionality whenever possible to minimise complexity.

7) Ignoring Best Practices for Apex Code

It's vital to adhere to best practices when developing custom logic using Apex code. Failing to follow coding guidelines, such as bulkification, error handling, and governor limits, can lead to suboptimal performance, inefficient code execution, and even application crashes. Promote code reviews and provide ongoing training to ensure your team produces high-quality, maintainable code.

8) Neglecting Integration Considerations

Salesforce often acts as the central hub for various business systems, making integrations a critical aspect of its implementation. Failing to consider integration requirements and design scalable integration architectures can result in data synchronisation issues, inefficient processes, and limited system visibility. Prioritise a comprehensive integration strategy and choose reliable integration tools or platforms.

9) Poor Performance Monitoring

Monitoring the performance of your Salesforce org is crucial for maintaining a responsive and reliable system. Neglecting performance monitoring can lead to slow response times, decreased productivity, and frustrated users. Implement monitoring tools, establish performance baselines, and regularly analyse system performance to identify and address bottlenecks proactively.

10) Insufficient Training and Support

Inadequate training and support for end-users can hinder user adoption and lead to underutilisation of Salesforce's capabilities. Investing in comprehensive training programs, providing ongoing support channels, and creating user-friendly documentation can empower your team to maximise Salesforce's features and drive business growth.

Avoiding these common mistakes can significantly enhance your Salesforce implementation's efficiency, scalability, and overall success.

By prioritising data governance, scalability, testing, and adherence to best practices, your Salesforce team can create a robust CRM system that aligns with your organisation's goals and maximises user adoption.

My takeaways:

Embrace continuous improvement, stay up-to-date with Salesforce's evolving features, and foster a culture of learning and collaboration to build a strong foundation for your Salesforce journey.

Stay vigilant, learn from these mistakes, and continuously refine your Salesforce engineering processes to unlock the true power of the CRM platform.

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