• How to deploy Flows in Salesforce

    David Runciman on March 22nd 2023

    Most businesses want automated processes and workflows in their Salesforce orgs, and Flows are the go-to way for Salesforce teams to deliver on these requirements. Executing business logic is rarely simple and so Flows can be pretty complicated to build. But deploying a Flow from sandbox to production, perhaps via source control, without the right tools can be even harder. If you’ve had countless change sets fail because of Flows or just want to get to grips with deploying Flows, this guide is for you. Read the rest of this post

  • How to improve collaboration: the key to success with Salesforce DevOps

    Holly Bracewell on March 21st 2023

    A key benefit that drives Salesforce teams to adopt DevOps is improving collaboration; making the transition from in-org development to a source-driven DevOps process empowers teams with a quick and reliable way to move new work down the release pipeline. But introducing a DevOps process on its own isn’t enough to achieve a high level of collaboration. In this post we’ll take a look at why a collaborative culture is the vital foundation for successful DevOps adoption, and how you can set your team up for success. Read the rest of this post

  • Guarantee ROI with Salesforce DevOps automation

    David Runciman on March 21st 2023

    Teams are increasingly more aware of the substantial time-savings that DevOps can bring — and these time-savings translate into real DevOps cost-savings right across the organisation. With DevOps in place, the bottom line of your IT budget is healthier because devs and admins are freed up to work on building features that add value, rather than toiling away unnecessarily on manual, error-prone deployments. But savings on deployment times are just the beginning of a substantial return on investment in DevOps tooling and automated processes. Read the rest of this post

  • How to create an agile CI/CD pipeline with a release branch strategy

    Eliza Pepper on March 17th 2023

    Many teams working towards an agile development process feel blocked by an internal demand for a specific release cadence. Businesses may want to work according to a specific release frequency for any number of legitimate reasons — the compliance team may ask to look over new development work before it’s released, your QA team may want time to test new work before it’s released, or any releases may have to pass through a Change Advisory Board before they can be deployed to production. And because these reasons are legitimate, they should be seen as harmonious with, not a hindrance to, agile development. Read the rest of this post

  • Meet the new Gearset DevOps Leaders

    Nicola Scott-Dodd on March 15th 2023

    The Gearset DevOps Leaders Program is a brand new initiative for a group of passionate advocates committed to shaping the future of DevOps on the Salesforce platform. Their mission is to continue to educate and champion for DevOps best practices on Salesforce and inspire release teams to build better. This program lays out a framework enabling the DevOps Leaders to achieve more with the support of each other and Gearset. Read the rest of this post

  • Shifting left with Apex static code analysis using VSCode PMD

    Sam Crossland on February 22nd 2023

    Static code analysis (SCA) can help your team identify trends and issues throughout your codebase and get plans in place to tackle them. When it comes to testing, it’s always good to try taking a ‘shift left’ approach — carrying out tests to find and quash any issues earlier on in the development process. In this article we’ll run through how you can shift Apex SCA testing left into your local development environments using PMD for Visual Studio Code (VSCode). Read the rest of this post

  • How to overcome common Salesforce DevOps Center error messages

    Eliza Pepper on February 21st 2023

    The release of DevOps Center has prompted a rich stage of feedback, with Salesforce actively encouraging users to raise any problems they run into. While the Salesforce roadmap carries hope for a comprehensive set of fixes to reported errors, this will inevitably take some time. In the meantime, we’ve tried to solve some of the more common issues you might come up against. Read the rest of this post

  • DevOps and the transition from Profiles to Permission Sets

    Eric Kintzer on February 20th 2023

    This blog post is written by Eric Kintzer, Salesforce Architect at Helix, and Gearset Community Advisor. For several years, Salesforce has signalled that orgs should move away from profiles and towards permission sets. Following their recent announcement that permissions on profiles will be retired in Spring ‘26, moving away from profiles has become even more pressing. This article looks into some of the implications of making that transition, as well as a step-by-step migration strategy. Read the rest of this post

  • How to deploy Salesforce Communities (Digital Experiences) via the Metadata API

    Claudia McPhail & Ahtif Anwar on February 13th 2023

    Many teams use Digital Experiences — formerly known as Communities — to build sites, apps and portals on Salesforce’s Experience Cloud. While creating and customizing sites has never been easier, deploying Digital Experiences can be difficult. Some teams even resort to building sites directly in their production org. But help is on hand! Gearset provides an easy way to deploy your site, and is the only solution that lets you publish individual components of your Digital Experience, such as single pages or branding updates. Read the rest of this post

  • A better way to deploy permission sets in Salesforce

    Andrew Hunter on February 9th 2023

    Profiles and permission sets are renowned for being difficult to deploy, so getting ready for permissions on profiles to be retired is striking fear into the heart of change sets users throughout the ecosystem. What makes deploying these types of changes so challenging? And is there a better way to get your permission sets in order before the transition? Read the rest of this post

  • Automatic PR validation for Salesforce: how to keep your branches deployable

    Holly Bracewell on December 22nd 2022

    Keeping the main branch ‘deployable’ is a common concern for Salesforce teams using source control. In other words, teams want to avoid merging changes to main — or any other long-lived branch — that won’t successfully validate or deploy to the next org in their workflow. With Gearset’s automatic pull request validation, you can merge branches knowing that your changes will validate successfully, and can be seamlessly deployed downstream. Read the rest of this post

  • Does a well-managed Salesforce instance make your business recession-proof?

    Jack McCurdy on December 19th 2022

    Depending on who you ask, either we’re entering a recession or we’re already in it. The ‘R’ word is a scary one: it brings uncertainty, a squeeze on our finances, and stress. The reality of where we are right now is that layoffs are happening and hiring freezes are in full effect. Businesses are looking to lower their operating costs while maintaining or growing customer numbers and profit — no mean feat in the middle of a recession. Because of this, it’s okay to feel unsure about what direction to take, or what you should do for the best. Which brings me to the big question: can a well managed Salesforce implementation and DevOps process make you recession-proof? In part, yes. Read the rest of this post

  • CI/CD for Salesforce that just works out of the box

    Eliza Pepper on December 5th 2022

    CI/CD is a real game-changer for the Salesforce ecosystem. In fact, it’s at the heart of DevOps, encouraging more reliable development and faster release cycles. While most of the Salesforce ecosystem agrees that investing in CI/CD is worthwhile, many teams struggle when looking for the right CI/CD solution. Some opt for generic automation tooling, while others search for something that’s tailored to the Salesforce platform. With so many conflicting opinions and solutions available, how do you weigh up which is the best choice for automating your Salesforce pipeline? Read the rest of this post

  • The latest on Salesforce’s DevOps Center

    Eliza Pepper on November 4th 2022

    Over the last 5 years, DevOps has increasingly become the standard for Salesforce development and release management. From December 2022, the General Availability (GA) of Salesforce’s DevOps Center marks a move away from the burdens of change sets and brings Salesforce development more in line with the practices used on other platforms. If you’re wondering what it includes and what’s possible, we have you covered — here’s everything you need to know about DevOps Center! Read the rest of this post

  • How to use DevOps metrics to improve your Salesforce releases

    Nia Owen on October 21st 2022

    When looking for a way to measure their DevOps performance, most teams reach for Google’s DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) metrics. These metrics will help you assess your team’s progress so far and benchmark against other teams. But once you understand how your team is performing right now, what next? This blog post outlines what ‘good’ results are, and how you can use your metrics to plan improvements to your process. Read the rest of this post

  • Dreamforce download 2022

    Jack McCurdy on September 27th 2022

    What a week that was! With all the anticipation and excitement in the run up, it never fails to blow my mind how fast Dreamforce flashes by when you’re there — 2022 was no exception. With 40,000 in-person attendees, and 120,000 more tuning in via Salesforce+, Salesforce once again showed their ability to execute events to a meticulous standard. The three-year break only seemed to ignite the community’s excitement to get back to meeting in-person, and it was so worth the wait. Read the rest of this post

  • Top 10 business benefits of Salesforce DevOps

    Holly White on September 23rd 2022

    Salesforce DevOps is increasingly being seen as a smart business investment. By adopting the tools needed to increase the speed, frequency and quality of their releases, teams are able to deliver more value to the business. But there are many reasons why companies that rely on the Salesforce platform seek out powerful DevOps tools and adopt agile DevOps practices. The benefits of Salesforce DevOps are enterprise-wide, spanning many technical and operational areas. This article draws on key findings of The State of Salesforce DevOps 2022 industry report to give you a list of the top ten benefits to businesses. Read the rest of this post

  • Deploy Salesforce Layouts with precision

    Piotr Zuralski on September 15th 2022

    Deploying Page Layouts on Salesforce causes headaches for many teams. In fact, the hurdles associated with deploying changes to a Layout make many teams resort to manual workarounds, editing the files in code editors or source control. Many teams tell us that they’ve resorted to skipping Layouts altogether from their deployments, because of the effort required to deploy even one single Layout change. Instead, they’ve been making manual changes directly in orgs, leaving out Layouts entirely from their DevOps process. Read the rest of this post

  • Salesforce DevOps—what is it, and why's everyone talking about it?

    Rachel Maton on September 13th 2022

    As businesses rely more heavily on Salesforce, teams developing on the platform are faced with higher demand. Many Salesforce teams are turning to DevOps practices to meet business requirements, because DevOps helps them deliver work quickly, efficiently and safely. DevOps is growing in popularity in the Salesforce ecosystem, but for many teams it’s still a new concept. Read on for a quick overview of DevOps, and some guidance on how you can get started. Read the rest of this post

  • Speed up your response to Salesforce data loss

    Eliza Pepper on September 2nd 2022

    When you lose Salesforce data you want to recover as much as possible, as quickly as possible. Though teams have begun to implement so-called ‘incident response plans’ to chart out how they can do this, many are missing a key component: how to spot the data loss in the first place. Most companies don’t actively monitor for data loss and will only notice once it starts causing problems for their end users, which could take months. Regardless of how well-planned and rehearsed your data loss incident response plan is, your team will only be able to respond quickly if they can spot the loss ASAP. Read the rest of this post

  • The state of Salesforce backup in 2022

    Holly White on August 24th 2022

    As your business depends on Salesforce to hold business data and streamline operations, protecting your data and metadata is more important than ever. How would your business cope if you suffered significant metadata corruption or an integration scrambled a load of production data? How long would it take you and your team to get up and running again? Gearset’s State of Salesforce DevOps 2022 report found that too few companies are fully protected with a backup solution—although teams are waking up to the vulnerability of their data and metadata. Read the rest of this post

  • DevSecOps: How Salesforce DevOps embraces security

    David Runciman on August 24th 2022

    More and more Salesforce teams are adopting DevOps and reaping the rewards. Salesforce developers and admins are increasingly familiar with DevOps concepts. But what about DevSecOps—a term that’s been doing the rounds for a little while? What does it mean for your Salesforce team? DevSecOps is about breaking down silos between development, security and operations—with security consciously placed at the center. Essentially, DevSecOps is DevOps done well; security should be baked in at the beginning, not left as an afterthought. Read the rest of this post

  • Why financial firms bank on Salesforce DevOps

    Nia Owen on August 11th 2022

    Financial firms are often at the forefront of integrating business operations via innovative solutions built on top of the Salesforce platform. At the same time, these companies are required to operate in highly regulated environments with no margin for error. We’ve analyzed the data from our State of Salesforce DevOps 2022 survey to gather more insights into how the financial sector is able to deliver Salesforce-driven innovation at speed. This post assesses the development and release processes of financial firms to see how they stack up against performances by companies in other industries. Read the rest of this post

  • Rolling back unwanted changes in a Salesforce deployment

    Nia Owen on July 14th 2022

    We can all think of an occasion when having an ‘undo’ button has saved our skin. For Salesforce developers, hitting deploy can often feel like the moment of truth. What if something goes wrong? How will I revert my changes if they’re not right? Trying to roll back a Salesforce org to an earlier state is normally a difficult, slow and frustrating process in which developers and admins must revert changes one at a time — manually. But with Gearset, you can easily roll back any changes with just a few clicks, whether that’s reverting an entire package or removing just a few specific items. If you’re using Gearset’s full toolkit, you can roll back any metadata changes in your org — no matter how they got there. Not bad, eh? Read the rest of this post

  • 5 ways for Salesforce teams to avoid merge conflicts

    Matt Dickens on July 4th 2022

    For teams using version control, merge conflicts are just a fact of life. They can never be entirely avoided when you have groups of developers working on a number of shared projects. It’s not that adopting version control creates a new problem. Merge conflicts just highlight where work would have been overwritten when deploying between orgs. Read the rest of this post

  • How does continuous integration work in Salesforce DevOps?

    Jason Mann on July 1st 2022

    Continuous integration (CI) is an essential aspect of DevOps. By implementing a highly automated Salesforce release process with CI, you’ll reduce manual effort and dramatically accelerate your release cycle. You’ll also make sure that your team is always in a position to release on demand — a key DevOps objective. Given the benefits of automation, it’s no surprise that most Salesforce teams want to implement CI for their release pipeline. But success can be frustratingly elusive. Read the rest of this post

  • Gearset’s Automation API

    Julian Wreford on June 24th 2022

    Having spoken to thousands of Salesforce teams and helped them to achieve DevOps maturity, we know that there’s no one workflow that suits everyone. Each team has its own requirements that lead them to make different choices and take different approaches to Salesforce DevOps. It’s important to us that Gearset accommodates this range of workflows. Read the rest of this post

  • The secret to Salesforce success: DevOps culture

    David Runciman on June 13th 2022

    In recent years, most DevOps reports have highlighted the importance of culture for achieving elite-level performance. Gearset’s report, The State of Salesforce DevOps 2022, is no exception. Time and again, the data shows that it’s a mistake to expect DevOps success without changes in attitudes, values, and ways of working. People make DevOps work: they need the right tools, but it’s how they use them that makes the difference. Our full report contains the latest figures for DevOps adoption and performance in the Salesforce ecosystem, along with our analysis. In this post, we’ll unpack the key theme of culture in a little more detail. Read the rest of this post

  • Deploy Salesforce metadata faster than ever with live comparisons

    Dan Yates on May 23rd 2022

    Comparisons are an essential part of the process when you use Gearset to deploy Salesforce metadata. Our unique compare and deploy workflow helps you achieve the highest deployment success rates in the ecosystem. And that workflow just got seriously streamlined. Having to wait for your comparison to finish is a thing of the past. Welcome to live comparisons – our newest product update that’s supercharged our intelligent comparison engine. Read the rest of this post

  • Pipelines: A new way to view and manage your Salesforce release pipeline

    Holly White on May 10th 2022

    How can your Salesforce team release faster and collaborate more efficiently with total visibility of your workflow? With our brand new, much-awaited feature: Pipelines. To reach full DevOps success teams need to feel empowered, gain greater clarity and integrate automation into their release processes. Pipelines promotes this way of working and removes a lot of the friction that will inevitably stop teams maturing their DevOps processes and ultimately from reaching their business goals. Read the rest of this post

  • Report: The State of Salesforce DevOps 2022

    David Runciman on April 11th 2022

    The State of Salesforce DevOps 2022 is hot off the press! Jam-packed with the latest data, informative charts and expert analysis, this report will help you and your Salesforce team make a success of DevOps this year. Thanks to the 1,062 Salesforce professionals from around the world who took our survey and made this report possible, you can delve into our findings and discover what’s driving the entire Salesforce ecosystem to adopt DevOps. Read the rest of this post

  • Automated unit testing for Salesforce

    Jason Mann on March 22nd 2022

    Testing that your Apex classes work as expected is an important part of Salesforce development. But it’s also essential to keep testing the code in your production org. In this post, we’ll look at why automated unit testing for Salesforce really matters, and how you can set it up for your Salesforce org in next to no time at all. Read the rest of this post

  • Keep track of your Salesforce orgs’ metadata with automated change monitoring

    Holly White on February 28th 2022

    Imagine being confident that everything is in order across your production org, and no changes can be made without your knowing about it. You and your team spend a long time building and customizing your Salesforce metadata so ideally you want to be the first to know when there’s a change that you weren’t expecting. This is where Gearset’s unique change monitoring tool comes in very handy. Read the rest of this post

  • How to restore data corrupted by a Salesforce integration

    Holly White on February 11th 2022

    Data integrations are powerful tools that can speed up very time-consuming processes and allow you to migrate or sync your data between multiple environments. But if you’re familiar with the benefits of running Salesforce integrations, you might also be familiar with their flaws. Even the smallest issue or entry error can run amok with your data sets and corrupt thousands of records. Read the rest of this post

  • Polish week: how our engineering team make Gearset sparkle

    Julian Wreford, Dan Yates on January 14th 2022

    As 2021 drew to a close, we decided to try something at Gearset we haven’t done for a while: a polish week. What is a polish week you may ask? It’s not a Poland-themed week, in case that’s how you read it at first - which some of us did! The idea is that for one whole week our developer team pauses their long-term development work and makes lots and lots of small changes to make the lives of our customers better. Read the rest of this post

  • 5 ways to improve your DevOps strategy

    Rachel Maton on January 7th 2022

    Teams are increasingly prioritizing DevOps practices as they build plans for Salesforce. With a DevOps-focused strategy, teams can ship improvements faster and incorporate stakeholder feedback more easily. If you want to make a success of Salesforce, there are 5 fundamental areas that you and your team should be aware of. Whatever stage you’re at, this post should give you some inspiration for planning your next steps. Read the rest of this post

  • What the Women in Salesforce DevOps aim to achieve in 2022

    Ellis Toms on December 8th 2021

    On December 2nd, the Women in Salesforce DevOps community gathered again to catch up ahead of Christmas and share their plans for 2022. The virtual meet-up allowed for a global gathering, with women joining from right across the US and Europe. This event comes just a couple of months after the new Women in Salesforce DevOps community got off to a flying start with our first event in London. Read on to find out more about the plans we shared for 2022 and how you can get involved! Read the rest of this post

  • Why Salesforce backup and restore tools belong with DevOps

    David Runciman on December 2nd 2021

    Over the last few years, Salesforce teams have become increasingly aware of their need for a backup solution. Now that Salesforce has unveiled Backup & Restore, it’s clear just how seriously users should take disaster recovery on the platform. While the announcement of Salesforce Backup & Restore has prompted many teams to think again about their vulnerability to data loss, in this post we’ll explain why adopting a platform-native, standalone backup solution runs counter to basic backup principles and DevOps best practices. Read the rest of this post

  • Smarter Salesforce comparisons that hide reordered XML

    David Runciman on November 26th 2021

    When is a change not a change? Don’t worry - that’s not the beginning of a bad joke. But it’s a riddle that Salesforce devs and admins sometimes find themselves puzzling out. Confusingly, a comparison of two orgs can throw up apparent differences that turn out to be nothing more than reordered XML. Gearset’s intelligent comparison engine recognizes and hides these immaterial differences for you, so you can focus on the actual changes you want to deploy. Read the rest of this post

  • Restore a Salesforce record with its child records in one deployment

    Alex Walter on November 12th 2021

    Data loss comes in different forms, and some situations need a slightly different approach for restoring records quickly. Losing a hierarchy of Salesforce records when the parent record has been deleted is a common scenario. For example, when an Account record is accidentally deleted all the associated Opportunity records are also lost. Gearset’s backup solution has a dedicated workflow for this kind of incident so you can restore everything in just one deployment. Read the rest of this post

  • Gearset Summit: The key drivers of Salesforce DevOps success

    Ellis Toms on October 29th 2021

    On October 14th, hundreds of Salesforce professionals from around the globe gathered together for another Gearset DevOps Summit. The key drivers of DevOps success was a fantastic half-day event that saw presentations from a series of industry experts and plenty of lively discussion between attendees. If you missed out on the action, don’t worry! All of the talks were recorded so you can catch up on the highlights. Read the rest of this post

  • Salesforce DevOps at Dreamforce 2021

    David Runciman on September 28th 2021

    Dreamforce is always a whirlwind of exciting announcements, inspiring stories and fascinating presentations, and this year was no exception. Now that the dust has settled, you might be wondering about the key takeaways for you and your team, so here are some of the announcements that have the potential to be game-changing for admins, developers and IT leaders. With new and improved tools for both low-code and pro-code developers on their way, plus DevOps Center and the imminent arrival of Backup and Restore, there’s plenty to explore! Read the rest of this post

  • Partnering with Supermums to launch a CPD program for women in tech

    Ellis Toms on September 6th 2021

    We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with Supermums, to help launch its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program. Supermums is a social enterprise and a registered Salesforce Partner on a mission to upskill and empower women with the latest technology skills. With a focus on Salesforce and complementary ISV products, Supermums is tackling gender inequality in the tech industry by increasing the number of women joining the ecosystem with the skills and knowledge to increase their salary potential and enter leadership positions. Read the rest of this post

  • Guarantee access to your Salesforce data at all times

    David Runciman on September 2nd 2021

    Data is the lifeblood of your Salesforce org. While Salesforce metadata is valuable and powerful because it describes the shape and behavior of your org, all of the customizations your team makes are ultimately intended to improve data handling processes. That being the case, it’s essential that you have data and metadata backups so you can keep access to your data at all times - even during a Salesforce outage. Read the rest of this post

  • How to set up a CI job and use GitHub with Vlocity in Gearset

    Tom Smith on August 31st 2021

    As we announced in a previous post, Gearset now allows you to deploy Vlocity DataPacks alongside Salesforce metadata. The benefits over the Vlocity Build tools are clear: you can run all deployments using a single tool so your deployment history and audit trail are in one place. While you can deploy your Vlocity DataPacks with the Vlocity Build and IDX Workbench tools, managing all of your deployments using the same Salesforce DevOps solution gives you a truly agile process. Now, you can also use Gearset to include Vlocity DataPacks in your DevOps process, with version control and continuous integration. Read the rest of this post

  • Women in Salesforce DevOps: a new global community initiative

    Ellis Toms on August 24th 2021

    Women in Salesforce DevOps is a brand new community initiative that aims to inspire and empower women who are passionate about building on Salesforce. This friendly and inclusive new initiative will connect women from all over the world and give them a space where they can help and support one another along their Salesforce DevOps journeys. The community’s first meetup is happening on the 8th of September at the Madison Rooftop Bar in London, and we want to see you there! Make sure to RSVP now to reserve your space. Read on for more details below! Read the rest of this post

  • The safe way to declutter your org and make destructive changes

    Mareya Saba on August 17th 2021

    Salesforce makes it easy for you to add fields, objects and customizations. Salesforce teams don’t always anticipate the problem of redundant metadata, which can quickly clutter up your org as processes evolve and plans change. Obsolete features in your org are a problem, and the solution must be carefully chosen. In this post we’ll explore the reasons for deleting metadata, and how to do it safely. Read the rest of this post

  • What is a Bot User error and how does Gearset fix it?

    Jan Letovanec on August 13th 2021

    Gearset helps make sure your deployments succeed on your first attempt. We do this by running the deployment through more than 60 problem analyzers that check for and resolve common deployment issues for you. Our problem analyzers do a lot of useful work to make sure the average deployment success rate for our users remains above 90% by fixing these issues. One such issue the problem analyzers look for is the Bot User error. This error relates to deploying Einstein bots, and was flagged up to us by a user. Read the rest of this post

  • Don't use Data Export for Salesforce backups and disaster recovery

    David Runciman on August 12th 2021

    Despite Salesforce’s clear recommendation to invest in a third-party backup solution, many businesses still use Data Export to create backups of their Salesforce data. Gearset’s State of Salesforce DevOps 2023 report reveals that while 86% of businesses have a backup solution, 11% back up their orgs using Data Export or a similar tool. But Data Export falls short in several ways as a tool for any backup and restore operation, let alone for disaster recovery. Read the rest of this post

  • Automatic unit test selection for Salesforce deployments

    Calvin Childs on July 29th 2021

    Salesforce deployments with Gearset can be up to 12x faster than with first-party tools, and we’re constantly making even more improvements to streamline your deployments and save even more of your time and effort. Currently, we’re piloting new functionality that automatically suggests which unit tests you should run when you manually deploy or validate a package in Gearset. This improvement will make test selection and testing quicker and easier. It should also save lots of teams from needing to track their unit tests outside of Gearset. Read the rest of this post

  • Our users love Gearset because of simplicity, support and speed

    Mareya Saba on July 16th 2021

    Here at Gearset we value useful feedback from our users above everything else. We love hearing about all the ways Gearset has made people’s lives easier, and we also listen carefully to suggestions our customers have. Last year we partnered with G2, the biggest platform for peer-to-peer reviews of software. G2 is the place to go for reviews, ratings and comparisons of competing software and services, so you can make the best decision for your needs. Read the rest of this post

  • Salesforce deployments that just work

    Simon Breslaw on July 13th 2021

    Without the right tooling, Salesforce deployments can absorb an enormous amount of your Salesforce team’s time. How do you make sure your deployments are successful on an everyday, regular and reliable basis? With its deep understanding of Salesforce metadata, Gearset is the most powerful comparison and deployment engine in the ecosystem. This post highlights the intelligent ways Gearset boosts deployment success and takes the pain and risk out of deploying on Salesforce. Read the rest of this post

  • Easily deploy Vlocity items alongside Salesforce metadata

    Tom Smith on July 8th 2021

    Gearset now supports Vlocity deployments with new purpose-built tooling! Vlocity packages are becoming increasingly popular as a way to extend Salesforce quickly with sector-specific solutions. Before our new release, deploying Vlocity meant you had to use a dedicated deployment tool and a separate workflow to your normal Salesforce deployments - not an ideal solution. The beauty of Gearset’s new Vlocity deployment tool is that you can deploy your Vlocity items alongside Salesforce metadata. Read the rest of this post

  • What's the real ROI of Salesforce DevOps?

    Simon Breslaw on June 14th 2021

    Measuring a return on investment in Salesforce DevOps is a difficult undertaking, but a task that’s well worth the effort. An ROI evaluation is sometimes required by teams who need to convince their senior management of the financial benefits of implementing a new process, especially when purchasing new DevOps tools. There are also good business arguments for continually measuring your performance and assessing the value added by your Salesforce team. Read the rest of this post

  • The healthcare sector needs DevOps to cure sluggish Salesforce releases

    David Runciman on June 4th 2021

    Organizations in the healthcare and pharma sector lag slightly behind average performances for Salesforce development and release management, across a number of key metrics. Gearset’s State of Salesforce DevOps survey revealed that a lower prioritization of Salesforce DevOps in the sector correlates with slower releases and higher change failure rates. Teams of Salesforce professionals in healthcare need to adopt DevOps if they are to keep pace with rising demand for new customizations, continue to enhance resilience, and ensure compliance with stringent regulations. Read the rest of this post

  • A guide to building a Center of Excellence for Salesforce DevOps

    Vernon Keenan on April 29th 2021

    This guest post is contributed by Vernon Keenan, Senior Industry Analyst at Salesforce DevOps solutions like Gearset deliver proven, measurable success for Salesforce teams around the world. The demand for solutions has picked up worldwide, and the IT industry now sees Salesforce DevOps competency as a concern that requires management and focus. To see evidence of widespread DevOps adoption across the ecosystem for yourself, be sure to check out Gearset’s State of Salesforce DevOps 2021 report. Read the rest of this post

  • Salesforce DevOps approaches maturity

    Simon Breslaw on April 16th 2021

    Across the Salesforce ecosystem, teams are adopting DevOps tools and practices. Our recent survey report, The State of Salesforce DevOps 2021, shines a light on what’s driving companies to make the transition to modern application lifecycle management (ALM). This article explores the current DevOps adoption trends highlighted by the report, sets out key challenges faced by Salesforce teams, and discusses a few of the many reasons why DevOps is fast becoming the standard way of managing development pipelines on the platform. Read the rest of this post

  • Looking ahead with Gearset's product roadmap

    Ben Assirati on March 26th 2021

    Over the years, Gearset has grown alongside our users, matching ambition with precision to provide the best possible DevOps solution for Salesforce. We’ve navigated our way to become the leading DevOps solution by holding firm to two of our core values: listening to our community, and bringing DevOps best practices to Salesforce. Gearset thrives at the intersection of these values; always listening to our users and always sharing the progress we’re making together. This is why we provide a platform for feature requests and suggestions, publish our roadmap, and even share the stats about how Gearset is being used around the world. Read the rest of this post

  • Salesforce is bringing back its Data Recovery Service - but does that change anything?

    Ben Assirati on March 15th 2021

    Salesforce recently announced that it’s reversing its decision to take away its Data Recovery Service. The tool was provided as a last resort for companies on Salesforce in the event of data loss, and was retired in the summer of 2020. Salesforce gave several reasons for its initial decision: notably the small number of customers using it, and the existence of third-party tools in the ecosystem providing the same service. The revival of this tool may be significant news to some companies, but it should make little difference to teams on Salesforce. Here’s why: Read the rest of this post

  • The hidden cost of change sets

    David Runciman on March 12th 2021

    Does your company still use change sets for Salesforce deployments? The cost of third-party deployment tools can hold companies back from moving on. After all, using change sets is free. Right? It’s true that there’s no upfront fee for change sets. But if you’re watching the bottom line of your budget, let me show you why carrying on with change sets actually comes at a substantial cost. Read the rest of this post

  • Gearset's metadata filter just got even better

    Ben Scabbia on March 4th 2021

    In a recent release, we introduced more granularity to Gearset’s metadata filter - as eagle-eyed users might have noticed in our change log. Many of the improvements we make to Gearset start out as user requests on our feedback forum, and several users had asked us for the ability to select subcomponents in the metadata filter. In this post I’ll explain the use case for filtering out subcomponents from a comparison, so you can get the most out of Gearset’s metadata filter. Read the rest of this post

  • The Future of Salesforce DevOps: a brand new live event

    Ellis Toms on February 25th 2021

    Save the date! On March 25th we’ll be hosting a brand new and exciting live event: The Future of Salesforce DevOps. Join us for the latest insights and expertise - you’ll get to hear talks from an awesome lineup of Salesforce leaders, and we’ll explore the key findings from our State of Salesforce DevOps 2021 survey. All attendees will also be in the running for a prize that’s not to be missed! Register now! Read the rest of this post

  • How to set a retention policy for Salesforce backups

    Catherine Bacon & David Runciman on February 17th 2021

    When you’re setting up a backup job in Gearset, you can select a retention policy. If you’re not sure exactly how long you should keep backup data for, don’t worry - this is quite common. In this post, we’ll explain how retention policies work and what you normally need to think about when setting a retention period. Make sure you also talk to your company’s compliance and data protection officers - retention policies usually fall within their remit. Read the rest of this post

  • View your Apex code coverage line by line in Gearset

    Sam Williams on February 12th 2021

    An important principle of software development is making sure your tests dig into all the deepest recesses of your code. After all, a mistake could creep into any line - and if a bug only gets triggered by an edge case, it won’t surface for a long time. When it finally does emerge, it’ll be harder to fix because you won’t remember that part of your codebase. We’ve recently released a new feature that lets you view your code coverage not just class by class, but also line by line. Read the rest of this post

  • How to perfect your Salesforce data backup and recovery strategy

    Ben Assirati on February 12th 2021

    Data is the lynchpin for the success of every business on Salesforce. Without it processes can’t function, teams can’t operate, and businesses can’t succeed. The loss or corruption of data on Salesforce can cause a major disruption, so ensuring the integrity and retrievability of that data is crucial. To guarantee success, data needs to be secure. It must be backed up sufficiently, with a reliable restore process in place to retrieve any data that may be lost. Here’s why: Read the rest of this post

  • Your Salesforce org gets corrupted - who you gonna call?

    Alex Walter on February 10th 2021

    Imagine this nightmare scenario. It’s late Friday afternoon when you get an urgent message from the team: your company’s data has been corrupted by a rogue Apex class. It’s scramble time! You need to use your backups to restore your Salesforce accounts - and you need them restored by the start of play on Monday. But the team member responsible for setting up and managing your backups is on a week-long vacation. Everyone’s counting on you. Read the rest of this post

  • What's the state of Salesforce DevOps in 2021?

    David Runciman on January 21st 2021

    The Salesforce ecosystem is embracing DevOps like never before. Over the last six years, more and more teams have been adopting DevOps tools and processes. And now that Salesforce itself promotes DevOps, that trend is set to accelerate. But what’s the state of Salesforce DevOps right now? We want to know - and you can help us by taking part in our survey! As an extra incentive (as if you needed one 😉 ), you can enter our prize draw for a MacBook! Start the survey! Read the rest of this post

  • DevOps Launchpad: A new platform for mastering Salesforce DevOps 🚀

    Simon Breslaw on December 14th 2020

    We recently built DevOps Launchpad to help Salesforce professionals looking to level up their skill set and develop their knowledge of Salesforce DevOps. The new training platform offers everyone in the community an enjoyable way of learning key DevOps concepts and implementation strategies from in-depth courses written by experienced experts. Whether you’re new to DevOps or looking to broaden your understanding of current best practice, our DevOps Launchpad gives you the chance to complete industry-relevant courses, test your knowledge and earn certificates. Read the rest of this post

  • Bringing Dreamforce 2020 to you

    Simon Breslaw on November 11th 2020

    Dreamforce 2020 is coming to you. As part of the event, DreamTX promises four days of learning, demos, inspiring talks and community fun from December 14th to 17th. Although we can’t be together in person this year, we’re very much looking forward to connecting virtually with all our old and new friends. Over the next month, Gearset is embracing the Dreamforce spirit and will keep you up to date on the best Dreamforce news and highlights. You’ll have opportunities to chat about all things DevOps with our co-founders, grab yourself some great Gearset swag, and make a difference to the wider community by giving back. Read the rest of this post

  • Instant rollbacks without interruption: how we ship new versions of Gearset every day

    Gwilym Inzani on October 12th 2020

    Releasing changes to production is scary. All sorts of things can go wrong. What if that new feature you just implemented contains a bug that you didn’t spot in testing? Or maybe that bug you fixed causes an issue in an unrelated area? Maybe there’s a performance issue that doesn’t show up until you hit production workloads? At least you know you have a version of the product that works: the previous version. With an instant rollback, you can switch to the old version immediately, and if you’re lucky your customers won’t even notice. Once you’ve got instant rollbacks in place, you can release more often and with confidence - knowing that if something goes wrong, there’s a safety net in place. Read the rest of this post

  • Managing Salesforce teams in Gearset

    Simon Breslaw on September 21st 2020

    To get the most out of your Salesforce investment, it helps to give everyone on your Salesforce team the freedom to get on with their work by allowing them to continually build, test and ship to production. Giving everyone access to the DevOps tools and resources they need to collaborate effectively breaks down silos and makes it possible for administrators and developers to get added value into the hands of your end users regularly, reliably and as quickly as possible without the risk of breaking something. As Salesforce is at the heart of your business, you’ll want to safeguard your production orgs while, at the same time, empowering every member of your team to the greatest extent possible. Gearset simplifies, streamlines and hugely speeds up the development and release process for everyone, regardless of their job role and responsibilities. This post gives you a high-level overview of the flexible team management options across all of Gearset’s features. Read the rest of this post

  • Women in tech: the evolving landscape of workplace diversity and equality

    Ellie Dyer-Brown on September 9th 2020

    When asked to name so-called ‘tech giants’ - those in the industry whose influence has been profound and enduring - most people would think for a moment, see a whirlwind of male company founders and CEOs appearing in their minds, then produce a name like Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. Answers mentioning female leaders like Virginia Rometty, the first woman to lead IBM as chairwoman and CEO, or Marissa Mayer, who was Google’s first female engineer and now works as the President and CEO of Yahoo!, would likely be few and far between. This imbalance is symptomatic of the tech industry’s status as an overwhelmingly male-dominated sector, something that hasn’t gone unnoticed over the past decade or so. There certainly has been a trend towards encouraging women into STEM - in fact, encouraging everyone into STEM. But is this approach the right one, and is it enough? Read the rest of this post

  • How Gearset can help ISVs with first-generation packages

    Eric Kintzer on August 27th 2020

    This how-to guide for ISVs is contributed by the awesome Eric Kintzer, Salesforce Architect at Helix, and Gearset Community Advisor. If you’re an ISV with a first-generation managed package, you can use Gearset to improve your DevOps flow. This is true whether or not you use version control. In this post, I’ll describe what the developer workflow usually looks like without Gearset, and then explain how to set up a better workflow with Gearset. Read the rest of this post

  • Upcoming webinar: The ultimate guide to Salesforce backups

    Ellie Dyer-Brown on August 25th 2020

    Data loss disasters can strike at any time. Planning for the worst-case scenario is essential, and it’s no longer possible to fall back on Salesforce’s now retired data recovery service. That’s why we’re hosting a webinar that’s jam-packed with vital information about backups, so we can help teams to implement a successful backup strategy - which we believe is the missing piece of the DevOps puzzle. Read the rest of this post

  • Introducing high-frequency backups (pilot)

    David Emmerson on August 21st 2020

    We recognize that some of your Salesforce objects get modified frequently because they’re affected by a large number of changes every day. For these circumstances, we’re extending Gearset’s current backup offering with an option for high-frequency backups. This new feature is now available to all backup users for free during our pilot phase, so that everyone can try it out and determine if it fits their use cases. We’d love you to give high-frequency backups a try and let us know what you think! Read the rest of this post

  • Webinar recording: How to set up a Salesforce DevOps process with Gearset

    Ellie Dyer-Brown on August 18th 2020

    All Salesforce teams are different and have slightly different needs. But one thing that unites developers and operators alike is the desire for a better way to manage their deployment and release process. That’s where DevOps comes in. Whether you’re just getting started on your DevOps journey or you’re already on the way, our latest webinar can help you reach the next level using Gearset. Read the rest of this post

  • Improve your disaster recovery planning with the complete backup solution for Salesforce

    David Runciman on August 11th 2020

    The loss or corruption of your Salesforce data can cause a major disruption to your business, or worse. Every such incident calls for a backup solution that lets you restore both data and metadata quickly and reliably; most will also call for the implementation of an incident response plan, a disaster recovery plan, or both. Previously, we’ve looked at the best way to approach restoring your org after data loss, and we’ve explored what Salesforce teams need from an incident response plan. In this post, we’ll turn to disaster recovery planning. Read the rest of this post

  • Webinar recording: Fixing common Metadata API errors for more successful Salesforce deployments

    Ellie Dyer-Brown on July 30th 2020

    At Gearset, we know how frustrating deployment errors can be. Not only are they time-consuming, they’re often difficult to fix without a third-party solution. In this webinar, we cover some of the most common causes of Salesforce deployment failures, and we discuss how you can take your deployment success rate from 50% to 90% thanks to Gearset’s intelligent problem analyzers. Read the rest of this post

  • Making Salesforce data deployments more successful

    Tom Smith on July 20th 2020

    Gearset is always looking into different ways we can improve our users’ deployment success rate. We noticed recently that some of our users were hitting particular Salesforce errors when deploying large numbers of records, so we tuned up Gearset to make your data deployments more likely to succeed first time. In this post, we’ll look at what causes those errors and explain how we’ve gone about solving the problem for you. Read the rest of this post

  • Backups for Salesforce: download the complete guide now!

    Ellie Dyer-Brown on July 17th 2020

    With the upcoming retirement of Salesforce’s Data Recovery service on July 31, lots of Salesforce teams will have questions about the best way to build a backup strategy. That’s why we’ve created a handy guide to backing up your Salesforce org and restoring lost data. Our ebook, free to download now, tackles all of the topics you need to know, with helpful tips and advice from our DevOps experts. Read the rest of this post

  • What Salesforce teams need from an incident response plan

    David Runciman on July 3rd 2020

    In the morning, one of your sales team tells you she can’t find the records on her deals. As you start to investigate, similar reports trickle in from others across the company. By lunchtime it’s clear that your org has seen significant data loss, and the metadata shaping your org has also been affected. Not only are records missing, the fields that hold those records aren’t there either. What would you do next? A scenario like this is a real risk for Salesforce orgs, and your company needs to have a response prepared. Having a backup solution in place with backups of both data and metadata is absolutely essential. It’s also well worth creating or reviewing your own incident response plan. This post sets out the things that plan should contain for your Salesforce team. Read the rest of this post

  • Data protection for Salesforce made easy

    Simon Breslaw on June 30th 2020

    Company data stored in Salesforce orgs must be protected - whether you’re dealing with sales records, sensitive business information or customers’ credit card and social security numbers. In our recent series of blog posts on data backups for Salesforce, we explained some of the many technical reasons why backing up Salesforce data and putting a robust data recovery process in place is both essential and an important DevOps tool for Salesforce teams. But particularly when it comes to customers’ personal data, a backup solution is not only necessary as a technical precaution for many companies, but effectively a requirement under data protection regulations too. In this post, we set out some implications of the GDPR and CCPA for your Salesforce backups, and give you a brief outline of how a backup tool like Gearset can make it easier for you to comply with data protection requirements. Read the rest of this post

  • Gearset - free to use with orgs!

    Kevin Boyle on June 25th 2020

    2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. As a company, Gearset has tried to help where we can, and we’ve often wondered what more we could be doing. Making Gearset free to use with orgs until the end of this year is another way that we’re happy to be able to help. Salesforce developed to provide companies with the tools and information they need to bring their workforce back to the workplace safely, despite Covid-19. Gearset will help companies to implement faster, so they’re back up and running in the office as quickly as possible. Read the rest of this post

  • Faster metadata comparisons for large Salesforce orgs

    Gwilym Inzani on June 18th 2020

    One of Gearset’s core functions (that our users love 🤩 ) is to give you full insight into all of the changes you and your team have made to your Salesforce environments. With its line-by-line diff viewer showing granular detail, Gearset’s comparison tooling helps you to understand exactly what’s changed in your source environment compared to your deployment target. Gearset is able to show you the exact differences and current status of your orgs by retrieving your metadata from the Salesforce Metadata API. To boost retrieval times from the API, particularly for larger orgs, we’ve developed a smart new workflow under Gearset’s hood that makes use of cached comparisons you’ve run against the same org in the past. If you’re comparing new changes against a big old Salesforce org, our metadata retrievals based on cached comparisons should now save you lots of time. Read the rest of this post

  • How to restore Salesforce data from backups

    David Runciman on June 15th 2020

    How would you go about restoring your org after a data loss incident? You don’t have any viable options without backups of your data and metadata, so the first thing is to start backing up your org. But even once you have backups in place, you still need to think about your restore process ahead of any data incident. Read the rest of this post

  • What is 'flowAccesses' and why's it suddenly showing up in my Salesforce metadata?

    Valerio Chang on June 9th 2020

    Recently, a new item of Salesforce metadata started showing up unexpectedly in Gearset org comparisons and monitoring jobs. Some of Gearset’s users spotted flowAccesses in their Profile metadata, and asked us about this mystery metadata. We help users to solve their problems every day, so we’re good at getting to the bottom of these kinds of puzzles. But this was an especially interesting puzzle because flowAccesses isn’t listed among the other items of Profile metadata in Salesforce’s metadata API developer guide. In fact, as of yet, there’s no Salesforce documentation anywhere on flowAccesses. Read the rest of this post

  • Backing up your Salesforce org in a DevOps world

    Simon Breslaw on June 5th 2020

    For a long time now, Salesforce has actively encouraged teams to have third-party backup solutions in place. We’ve explored some of the many reasons for this in our recent series of blog posts: why you need backup for Salesforce, why you need backups of both your metadata and data, and what data you need to back up. But when it comes to choosing the right backup tool for your team, there are other things also worth considering. This post sets out the benefits of going for a seamless and automated solution that integrates your backup and restore processes into your existing DevOps workflow and tooling. Read the rest of this post

  • What Salesforce data do I need to back up?

    David Runciman on June 2nd 2020

    If you’ve been following our posts on backup for Salesforce, you’ll appreciate how important it is to back up both your data and metadata. But does that mean you should back up absolutely everything in your org? Although this might seem a good idea, it’s not necessary. In fact, backing up the data from every object in your org can have a negative impact on your backup and restore process. In this post, we’ll explore how to choose which objects you should back up. Read the rest of this post

  • Trouble understanding your Salesforce deployment packages?

    Ben Roberts on April 30th 2020

    Whenever you deploy with Gearset, more than fifty problem analyzers automatically check your deployment package, catching common causes of deployment failure and suggesting how you can fix them before you deploy. This saves you from having to work out what went wrong with your deployment after it failed, or deploying changes to source control that won’t be deployable to a Salesforce environment. Read the rest of this post

  • Track your team's progress with release management reporting for Salesforce

    Matt Guy on March 9th 2020

    No team of Salesforce developers and admins wants to waste unnecessary time and effort on releases. Less time spent on deployments means more time building new features. Fewer deployment failures mean more frequent releases. If you’re already using Gearset, then you know from experience how much time and effort you’ve saved. But by how much has your release cadence increased? Are your deployments getting more reliable? Is your team still improving? We’ve added a new Reporting page to Gearset, so that you can track your team’s progress. Read the rest of this post

  • Helping Salesforce developers create readable and maintainable Apex code

    Gwilym Inzani on March 2nd 2020

    Good code quality is hard to define and even more difficult to measure. At the same time, a clean code culture - or rather the lack of one - can have significant cost and maintenance implications. At Gearset, we’ve gone a very long way towards helping teams integrate automated code quality checks into their development pipelines. At the heart of this effort is PMD, an awesome code analysis tool used in Gearset’s static code analysis. Our PMD-based code analyzer checks your codebase for issues in areas such as style, design, security, performance and best practice. Gearset, and our users, have benefitted hugely from PMD for Apex - we run static code analysis a few hundred thousand times a month, which catches an average of 60 violations per deployment. This wouldn’t be possible without the work of the PMD maintainers. So when Robert Sösemann, one of the maintainers of the open source PMD Source Code Analyzer Project, reached out to the Salesforce community for help and expertise, we were naturally more than happy to give something back to this fantastic project. Read the rest of this post

  • Gearset's repo dependency cleaner - keep your metadata deployable

    Jonathan Plumridge on February 14th 2020

    Gearset has always championed the use of source control within Salesforce DevOps. We make it easy for teams to build a release process around source control, and it’s been great to see more and more teams reaping the rewards of doing just that. What’s more, we also help you to overcome potential difficulties that come from using a version control system (VCS). Gearset’s repo dependency cleaner fixes one such difficulty: metadata in a Git repo becoming undeployable. Read the rest of this post

  • Troubleshooting Salesforce deployments with Shield Platform Encryption settings

    Eric Kintzer on January 27th 2020

    Today’s troubleshooting guide is written by the awesome Eric Kintzer, Salesforce Architect at Helix, and Gearset Community Advisor. To protect your Salesforce data with an added layer of security, you may have opted for Shield Platform Encryption; the next step up from Salesforce’s Classic Encryption. This option allows you to encrypt a much wider subset of standard and custom fields, as well as person accounts, cases, search, approval processes, and other key Salesforce features. However, orgs that adopt Shield Platform Encryption will face certain subtleties when deploying encryption settings. This article exposes some of these common quirks and how to work around them. Read the rest of this post

  • 'Duplicate picklist value' deployment error for 'AddressStateCode'

    Valerio Chang on January 7th 2020

    At Gearset, our dedicated Customer Success team is always on hand to help you out if you ever get stuck. Just alert us to the problem in our live chat, and we’ll take a look. More often than not, we’ll have come across the issue before, or else our friendly developers will jump in with their wealth of experience to sort the difficulty out with you. But every now and then, one of our users will stumble upon an error in the Salesforce Metadata API that we’re powerless to fix. A good example is the bug that causes Salesforce to raise the Duplicate picklist value specified:AG deployment error. Read the rest of this post

  • Package-based workflows for devs and admins

    Tom Smith on December 2nd 2019

    Packages are designed to take the complexity (or ‘dependency hell’) out of developing, updating and releasing new software features. Salesforce’s unlocked packages, also referred to as second-generation packaging (2GP), make it possible for teams to develop and deploy self-contained units of code. As part of Salesforce DX, unlocked packages support a modern, modular and iterative development process on the platform. At Gearset, we help teams who use unlocked packages get the most out of streamlined workflows that work for both devs and admins. Recently, we’ve added some useful alerts to our metadata deployment and continuous integration processes. Whenever a user attempts to deploy changes to components within an unlocked package, we make sure they’re made aware of what they’re doing. We might not be able to prevent folks from altering packages directly in production (however much we’d like to sometimes 😉), but at least we can alert you when they do. That way, you can prevent changes made in your production org from being overwritten when the packages get updated later on. Read the rest of this post

  • Understanding your Salesforce org comparison in Gearset - an Architect's perspective

    Marc Behr on November 11th 2019

    Today’s post is brought to you by Marc Behr, Salesforce Solutions Architect, Dreamforce speaker and one of Gearset’s Community Advisors. Before deploying changes between Salesforce environments, it’s really important you understand the shape of your source and target. By being able to see how they compare, and how they differ, you’re in a much stronger position to build deployment packages that will keep your orgs in sync. This is why a comparison is always the first step in your deployment process with Gearset. Read the rest of this post

  • Redeploy packages to a new target with Gearset

    Jess Wilkinson on October 29th 2019

    As those of you familiar with Gearset are likely aware, most things in Gearset start with a comparison. Gearset takes the metadata for two orgs and runs a comparison between them, which has lots of benefits. Comparisons underpin many of Gearset’s useful features, like the ability to decompose and recompose complex metadata types to avoid conflicts, perform sophisticated dependency analysis and highlight when you might be about to overwrite something by mistake. Comparisons let you build deployments in Gearset painlessly. But what if you need to ship the same changes to multiple environments? If you’re running a lot of comparisons, waiting for them to finish can slow your process down. Combine this with the need to monitor subsequent stages of Gearset’s workflow, such as manually selecting components to deploy and running problem analysers, and it quickly gets time-consuming to rebuild deployment packages. Fortunately, there’s good news: Gearset now lets you deploy the same package to a new target org without initiating a new comparison or repeating the analysis steps. Read the rest of this post

  • Live webinar: Getting hands-on with Git for Salesforce

    Tina Budhrani on August 27th 2019

    When it comes to setting up a Git-based workflow for Salesforce, everyone wants to get it just right. All teams have their own ways of working when deploying changes from version control to Salesforce environments and automating releases to staging and production orgs. But regardless of the exact model you follow, there are patterns, commands and tools that any team using Git should be familiar with. It’s time to get hands-on with Git. Read the rest of this post

  • A guide to diagnosing CI job failures

    Eric Kintzer on August 26th 2019

    Today’s post is brought to you by the wonderful Eric Kintzer, Salesforce Architect and one of Gearset’s Community Advisors. A common use of Gearset is to run Continuous Integration (CI) jobs between your source control and a reference org (let’s say, the CI org) to check that your changes: Are deployable (with no missing components) Don’t break regression tests Gearset runs a comparison between the source branch and the CI org (no different than any other comparison) and then deploys the changed metadata and runs the tests specified in the CI job setup. CI jobs can be validation-only or full-on deploys. If you get errors, the View History button on the CI job run lets you see what went wrong to help you fix any issues just like any normal deployment. Read the rest of this post

  • Webinar recording: Git for Salesforce Admins

    Tina Budhrani on August 15th 2019

    Gearset’s webinar on Git for Salesforce Admins gives you a sweeping overview of all things Git and puts you on the right track for setting up a Git-based workflow. It focuses on some of the key things that you need to know about adopting Git specifically for Salesforce. Git holds the key to modern release management and is definitely not just something for developers! Read the rest of this post

  • Track Apex code quality with informative visuals

    Matt Guy on August 15th 2019

    Static code analysis (SCA) is a method developers use to detect errors and issues with their code - in our case, Apex. While nobody’s opposed to improving the quality of their code, too often SCA tools generate long lists of code violation warnings that make it difficult for teams to focus on areas to improve, or even know what to start with! Gearset’s SCA feature already helps users to focus on specific problem areas in their codebase by allowing them to customize the rulesets that determine how code violations are displayed. We think it’s much easier to start with the ruleset that matters most to you, and to track violations of important rules before expanding your ruleset once you get those violations under control. So we’ve added some user-friendly visualization to help you get a better overview of the quality of your code and track trends over time. Read the rest of this post

  • Create pull requests in Bitbucket from Gearset's UI

    Catherine Bacon on August 7th 2019

    Back in January this year, we made it possible for users with GitHub accounts to create pull requests in GitHub without leaving Gearset’s user interface. Now we know plenty of folks who prefer Bitbucket for version control - often it’s because of the platform’s tight integration with Jira. But, whatever your preference, Gearset plays nice with all major Git platforms! So, really, it was just a matter of time before the requests for the same functionality for Bitbucket were coming in thick and fast, too. Read the rest of this post

  • Live webinar: Git for Salesforce Admins - why, how and when?

    Tina Budhrani on July 12th 2019

    Have you ever had changes to your org overwritten by a colleague? When Salesforce teams collaborate - making changes to developer orgs, deploying to sandboxes and releasing to production - all sorts of things can go horribly wrong. You’re about to deploy, but your workflow stalls because of a code conflict. What’s more, there’s a bug somewhere and you don’t know who introduced it or when. And to cap it all off, you can’t even remember which set of changes were deployed to UAT. Maybe it’s time to think about using source control. Read the rest of this post

  • Updates on Jira integration

    Gabriel Cowley on June 26th 2019

    Gearset’s integration with Jira has been around for a while now and has made it easier for users to automatically track the progress of user stories. Since its initial release, it has evolved in response to the helpful user feedback we’ve received. This article outlines some of the improvements that we’ve made over the past several months to Gearset’s Jira integration. Read the rest of this post

  • Introducing Salesforce data masking in Gearset

    Tom Smith on June 25th 2019

    Using realistic data for testing is a great way to find bugs earlier in your CI pipeline. The best data that you’ll ever be able to use for testing is your production data. It contains the intricacies that your code needs to deal with. However, regulations and controls restrict access to sensitive information stored in production. In the past, this might have prevented you from using production data for testing. The good news is that Gearset now supports data masking during data deployments. Data masking obfuscates sensitive information while maintaining the complex relationships within your data. Read the rest of this post

  • What's new with Lightning Web Components?

    Oli Lane on June 21st 2019

    In the Spring ‘19 release, Salesforce introduced a new way of creating Lightning components - Lightning Web Components (LWC). In a blog post at the time, we explained what LWC are and what benefits they offer Salesforce developers - but in the months since, there’s been lots of exciting news. Read the rest of this post

  • Good Salesforce data practices

    Tom Smith on May 20th 2019

    The process of deploying data between Salesforce orgs can be a difficult and fraught affair. There’s so much to consider and remember, especially when deploying critical data to production. Complex data relationships with all manner of references between record types mean that you have to consider dependencies, relationship handling and field mapping before deploying records to your target. All of this can be a time-consuming and error-prone process to say the least. Read the rest of this post

  • How to restore your Profiles and PermissionSets after Salesforce outage

    Kevin Boyle on May 18th 2019

    On the 17th May 2019, an incident occurred where a significant portion of Salesforce customers had their orgs modified unexpectedly, and their permission model corrupted. The permissions and profiles of those affected orgs were all granted the Modify All Data permission. The impact of that change was that all users on the org could access and modify all data in the org, regardless of their profile level. This is an ongoing incident, so refer to for the latest updates and the root cause analysis. In this blog post, I’ll walk through how Gearset users can get their profiles and permission sets back to the state they were in before the incident occurred. Read the rest of this post

  • SSH support for custom git connections

    Gabriel Cowley on April 26th 2019

    For quite a while now, Gearset has supported integration with source control platforms via OAuth or via a custom git connection that uses a username and password to authenticate via HTTPS. You can find more details on this feature here. While the existing feature covered most of the required scenarios for integrating your git repositories with Gearset, some of our users requested SSH support for custom git connections. We’re therefore pleased to announce that the latest release of Gearset supports SSH for custom git connections. Below are a few simple instructions on how to set up an SSH-based custom git connection. Read the rest of this post

  • GitHub build statuses for your Gearset CI jobs

    Gabriel Cowley on April 24th 2019

    As an admin or developer, when you’re making changes to a Salesforce environment and pushing them to a branch in GitHub, you’ll want to regularly check that these changes are actually building and deployable. Until recently, the best way to do that would be setting up a CI job to monitor your branch and push any changes to a sandbox environment, where you’d be able to see whether they’re deployable and working as expected. While this technique works well, it means you have to actively keep a close eye on the CI jobs page, which could be easy to forget about in our busy schedules. One of our latest features ties your CI job back to your branch in GitHub: with each commit you’ll be able to see a build status in GitHub, so you can see on the branch itself whether the job is succeeding, and whether your changes are deployable. Commit-by-commit build statuses means that if your CI job does start to fail, you’ll notice much quicker and be able to see exactly which commit caused the problem. This helps you get to the root of the issue faster, and fix it right away. Read the rest of this post

  • Smart data deployment filters

    Alex Walter on April 23rd 2019

    Gearset’s data loader is an incredibly effective way to deploy data from one org to another, whether for sandbox seeding, debugging, or just general day-to-day feature development. That said, until recently, its ability to narrow down to a specific subset of interesting records was fairly limited. In a recent release, we’ve made some changes to make it much easier to define the specific set of records you want to deploy. By applying logical operators, such as a multi-value OR, an is empty or an is not empty operator, you can include all the records you need in a single deployment, rather than having to do multiple deployments between the same two orgs. Similarly, you might want to use a greater than or a less than operator to include all the records created or modified before or after a particular date and time. Read the rest of this post

  • Why is my CI deployment taking longer than expected?

    Eric Kintzer on April 1st 2019

    Today’s post is brought to you by our good friend Eric Kintzer, Salesforce Architect and one of Gearset’s Community Advisors. Assumption: you’ve configured an automatic deployment from source control to your continuous integration (CI) org. When deploying in this situation, the developer wants the deployment to run as quickly as possible. When it does not, the developer’s workflow is interrupted and, if not addressed, results in repeated frustration every time one commits to master (such as after a code review of a pull request). Read the rest of this post

  • Attach Azure DevOps work items to your Salesforce deployments

    Calvin Childs on April 1st 2019

    At Gearset, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to build the release process that works best for you. This means making sure you have everything you need in one place - integrating with your favourite tools to ensure your process is streamlined and simple. Continuing on this mission, we’ve added a new work tracking feature for anyone that uses Azure DevOps (formerly known as VSTS) instead of Jira. Our new integration with Azure DevOps boards within your Gearset deployment process lets you attach and automatically update your Azure work items when you deploy, without having to leave the app. Read the rest of this post

  • An introduction to deploying changes to Salesforce CPQ

    Tom Smith on February 11th 2019

    Salesforce CPQ & Billing (CPQ) is a popular package from the AppExchange that helps your sales team create fast, accurate and professional quotes. CPQ stands for Configure Price Quote. Using CPQ a sales rep can: Configure the combination of products and services which suit the customer. Adjust the price to handle volume pricing or special discounts. Create and send a quote to the customer. Read the rest of this post

  • GitHub users can now create a pull request from a feature branch, without having to leave Gearset

    Calvin Childs on January 29th 2019

    When working with source control orgs in Gearset, it’s common to adopt a typical Git workflow for feature development and bug fixes. When work starts on a new work item, a developer or admin would create a feature branch, then iteratively make their changes and test until the feature or fix is ready, at which point the feature branch would be merged into the release version of the app via a pull request. In the latest release of Gearset, GitHub users can now create a pull request from a feature branch in just a few clicks, without having to use the GitHub UI. Read the rest of this post

  • What are Lightning Web Components, and how will they make my life better?

    Oli Lane on December 19th 2018

    It’s almost that time of the year again - the Spring ‘19 release is upon us! There’s loads of goodies coming our way, but one of the most exciting for developers is the release of Lightning Web Components. It’s a new programming model for Lightning component development, built on top of cutting-edge web technologies - and we think it’s going to bring a wealth of benefits to Salesforce developers. Read the rest of this post

  • Repeatable data deployments with data deployment templates in Gearset

    Tom Smith on December 4th 2018

    With Gearset’s data loader you can deploy test data between your orgs. That testing becomes much more effective when you’re confident about what data you’re using for your tests. Our new data deployment templates let you save and re-use the configuration after a data deployment. Re-using a configuration lets you perform repeatable data deployments, so you can be sure of the data that you’re testing with. Read the rest of this post

  • Our new whitepaper - Adopting Salesforce DX: get your team ready for the future of DevOps

    Matt Dickens on November 27th 2018

    At Dreamforce in late 2016, we were asked a lot of questions about what we thought of Salesforce DX, following its public announcement. It feels like a lifetime ago, but way back then, we put together a post documenting our thoughts on SFDX - what it was, who it was for, and what it means for the future of ALM on the platform. We also talked about what it means for third-parties like Gearset building DevOps tools for Salesforce. Read the rest of this post

  • Updates to the problem analysis results page

    Catherine Bacon on November 20th 2018

    One of Gearset’s core strengths is its understanding of your metadata. If you’ve used Gearset before, you’ll have no doubt encountered one of our problem analyzers when deploying changes, offering to fix up a deployment package to help your deployment run successfully first time. In the latest release, we’ve made some changes to the problem analysis results to reduce clutter and improve the wording, making it more clear what changes each problem analyzer will make to your deployment package. Read the rest of this post

  • Managed packages, v43, and activateRSS

    Alex Walter on November 13th 2018

    With summer ’18, Salesforce introduced a potential bug with the way managed packages are retrieved and deployed via the metadata API. If you’ve seen the error Required field is missing: activateRSS when deploying the InstalledPackage type via the metadata API, then this article is for you. Read the rest of this post

  • Deploy your data to Salesforce production orgs

    Tom Smith on November 7th 2018

    When we first launched our Salesforce data loader, you could migrate records between Salesforce environments for testing purposes only. We didn’t allow you to deploy data to production orgs so as to help you avoid overwriting your production data by mistake. This being said, as a Salesforce admin there are a number of cases where you’ll need to deploy data to your production orgs, like when you’re implementing Salesforce CPQ. To help our customers in these use cases, we’ve now added the ability to deploy data to your production environments. But to help you avoid mistakes and ensure you deploy cautiously, we’ve added additional warnings as there is no deployment rollback for data deployments - we won’t be able to recover any data lost! Read the rest of this post

  • Dreamforce 2018 highlights

    Ellis Toms on October 12th 2018

    Another Dreamforce has come and gone in a crazy blur, and what a fantastic week it was! With the beautiful San Francisco as our backdrop, we joined the other 170,000 Salesforce professionals for an electric week of innovation, excitement, and inspiration at Dreamforce 2018. Gearset had an amazing time throughout the conference, soaking up the Salesforce Ohana spirit, talking to inspiring trailblazers, and of course, showcasing our leading DevOps solution for Salesforce. Take a look at some of our highlights from Dreamforce 18, and carry on reading to find out what else we got up to. Read the rest of this post

  • Deployment notes are now automatically copied across when cloning or combining packages

    Ellis Toms on September 19th 2018

    Deployment notes, alongside your deployment report, make it simple to see not only what changes were made to your Salesforce orgs, but why changes were made. Either compulsory or optional, deployment notes are essential for tracking every deployment your team makes, as well as ensuring your team can understand the reason behind them. To make sure your team can easily keep providing the essential context of their Salesforce deployments, Gearset now copies across any deployment notes when you clone or combine deployment packages, so you don’t have to! Read the rest of this post

  • Writing an open source Apex syntax highlighter for the Monaco editor

    Oli Lane on September 3rd 2018

    Microsoft’s VSCode has come along leaps and bounds in the last couple of years, both in functionality and popularity. One of my favourite things about it is that it’s open source, which means that not only can you check out the source code for yourself, you can contribute, too! At its core, VSCode is powered by the Monaco editor, which handles all of the code editing functionality. Since it’s all built on top of browser technology, it’s actually possible to use the Monaco editor by itself inside a browser - and in fact, that’s exactly what we do to render most of our code and XML diffs within Gearset. Monaco handles things like diff rendering, quick navigation and syntax highlighting for you, but when it came to displaying Apex diffs, there was no Apex syntax highlighter available. Since Java and Apex are syntactically pretty similar, we got away with using the inbuilt Java syntax highlighting for a little while, but we wanted to both improve our product and give back to the open source community that helps build this fantastic editor. So, I decided to take a stab at writing an Apex syntax highlighter and contributing it back to the project. Read the rest of this post

  • Combine multiple deployments into one single deployment package

    Ellis Toms on August 16th 2018

    Long ago, we waved goodbye to the pain of converting inbound change sets to outbound change sets with Gearset’s clone package feature. With a click of a button, you could promote successful changes to the next environment in your release pipeline. While this was, and still is, a huge time-saver, if you wanted to migrate changes from multiple deployments, you’d have to clone each in turn, or start from scratch with a fresh comparison. To do away with this repetition and speed up your release cycle, Gearset now lets you combine multiple deployments into a single package. Read the rest of this post

  • Create fully configured SFDX scratch orgs from existing definition files

    Ellis Toms on July 31st 2018

    In the age of Salesforce DX, the way we build on the Salesforce platform is changing. Part of that change includes the welcoming of scratch orgs into our development process. Scratch orgs are one of the most exciting features to come out of SFDX; they’re clean, ephemeral environments that you can spin up to build packages and test deployments ahead of time, without the worry of maintaining the environment. Dedicated to bringing the benefits of DX to admins as well as developers, back in November we added the ability to create a scratch org in Gearset with just one click. Then more recently we released an update that allows you to choose the expiry period of your scratch orgs too, all with the ease of clicks-not-code. But there’s always room for improvement. Creating scratch orgs and setting their expiry period is a great starting point, but there are lots more configuration options when creating a scratch org. To make this feature useful to DevOps teams, we need to support the full breadth of configuration options from Gearset’s UI, without having to touch the command line. Gearset’s latest beta does just that, letting you create scratch orgs from any existing definition files and configure general settings, without having to resort to using the CLI. This means you can create highly tailored scratch orgs in a matter of clicks and integrate them seamlessly with Gearset’s existing comparison and deployment features. Read the rest of this post

  • With great power comes great responsibility: team owners can now manage team members' automation jobs

    Ellis Toms on July 26th 2018

    Until recently only the person who created a CI, change monitor or test monitor job could edit, disable or delete it. This was fine most of the time but what if that person was on vacation for two weeks and their CI job needed to be paused or edited? Or you want to add your team’s email address to the notification settings of every change monitoring job? As a team owner you wouldn’t be able to do these things, instead you’d have to reach out to us to help you make these changes. But now, to help with these types of scenario we’ve added extra powers to team owners, giving them greater control and flexibility over managing their team’s automation jobs. Read the rest of this post

  • Gearset’s static code analysis now runs on PMD 6.3.0

    Ellis Toms on July 12th 2018

    Gearset’s PMD-based static code analysis has been running on users’ deployments and backups since the start of 2018, helping improve Apex code standards across Salesforce development teams. We’ve recently upgraded the version of PMD our static code analysis is built on, from 5.8.1 to 6.3.0. In this upgrade PMD fixed a few bugs but also added some useful and exciting functionality that you can take advantage of with Gearset. The new version brings the ability to suppress Apex code warnings, as well as 16 new rules, giving you more power to tailor your rule set to your needs. Read the rest of this post

  • Adding regex patterns to object-level metadata filters

    Ellis Toms on June 28th 2018

    Every deployment in Gearset starts with a comparison between two environments, whether they’re Salesforce organisations or metadata stored in a git repo. Being able to compare the metadata between two environments has lots of advantages, one of the most important being the ability to quickly get an overview of all the ways in which they differ, and selectively deploy changes. That said, we’ve all had the dubious pleasure of working with environments that have diverged more significantly than we’d like, whether it’s due to teams working on features for the same org, a sandbox that hasn’t been refreshed in a long while or inheriting less-than-perfect legacy orgs. This can result in comparisons between orgs with thousands of differences, making it difficult to discern the changes you’re interested in deploying. It can also result in longer comparison times, as all of that metadata needs to be retrieved from Salesforce before it can be compared. We want to make configuring your comparisons and deployments as fast and easy as possible. So to help mitigate this problem, we’ve expanded on the ways you pick which metadata Gearset compares for you. Until today, the granularity of Gearset’s filtering was limited to either a whole metadata type, e.g. CustomObject, or specific named items within that type, e.g. Account. With the latest release, we’ve added the ability for users to add regex patterns to object-level filters and the option to specify items that they want to exclude from the comparison, speeding up deployment configuration and making it easier to ensure you’re only seeing the metadata you’re interested in. Read the rest of this post

  • Get prepared for Salesforce DX with our guide to version control for Salesforce

    Jason Mann on June 14th 2018

    Source-driven development is at the heart of modern Salesforce release management. Shifting the source of truth from the org to version control is the foundation on which DX is built, vital for letting developers build collaboratively and deliver continuously. If you or your team are looking to harness the full power of Salesforce DX, make sure you have your version control strategy in place before you get started. We can help you do just that with our practical guide to implementing git-based release management. In our whitepaper we examine how version control works, the benefits of version control over in-org development, and introduce a best-practice model for adopting version control in your business. Read the rest of this post

  • Guest posting with Gearset: share your experience with the Salesforce community

    Ellis Toms on May 30th 2018

    One of the best things about Salesforce is the community. I really believe it’s what makes Salesforce much more than just a business. Before joining Gearset and the world of Salesforce I’d never been involved with such an engaging community, full of vibrant, intelligent people who are genuinely passionate about what they do, and keen to share their hard-earned knowledge. This community spirit rings out across the whole Salesforce ecosystem, evident through the thousands of meetups held all over the world, at conferences, in stack overflow threads, and in numerous blog posts across the web. By attending Salesforce events and meetups, as well as talking to our customers and members of the community, Gearset knows first-hand how valuable it is hearing about other people’s experiences. It’s because of this that we’re inviting anyone who has a great idea, tip, trick or Salesforce hack to come and share their ideas and become a guest poster with Gearset. Read the rest of this post

  • Automatically identify dependencies in Apex classes and triggers

    Ellis Toms on May 30th 2018

    Missing dependencies are one of the greatest pain points for Salesforce admins and developers - they block deployments, take hours to track down, and can involve a lot of manual XML editing. Gearset’s problem analyzers scan your metadata and automatically identify and resolve these missing dependencies for you, making deployments a breeze. With our latest update, Gearset now understands and resolves dependencies within Apex classes and triggers. Referencing a new object in your Apex class? We’ll spot it and make sure it gets included in your release. Does that new object have related profile and field level security changes? You can include those with just a click. The result is faster, smoother deployments and happier end users. Read the rest of this post

  • Add outgoing webhooks to a CI job and Gearset will automatically post to any third party app

    Ellis Toms on May 16th 2018

    Gearset’s built-in continuous integration (CI) is already a powerful tool, allowing you to automate large parts of your release management process. But what if you need to trigger third-party services as part of your release process, to run Selenium tests for example? Until now, this had been a manual process; when the CI job finished in Gearset, you had to remember to kick off those Selenium tests. With the latest release of Gearset, we’ve introduced the ability to add outgoing webhooks to your CI jobs. Any service with an API can now be triggered directly from within Gearset, letting you build a deployment pipeline tailored to the needs of your business. Read the rest of this post

  • Gearset now uses API version 42 as default for Git repositories

    Ellis Toms on April 26th 2018

    As we’ve discussed in previous posts, choosing which metadata API version to use when storing your metadata in git requires some thought. If you’ve ever seen errors like: Property 'valueSet' not valid in version 37.0 or Not available for deploy for this API version, then you know what we’re talking about. With Gearset, you can avoid the pain of deployment failures and fixing version mismatches through our intelligent handling of API versioning. When using source control as the source or target of a comparison, behind the scenes Gearset is taking the contents of that repository and running checks to determine the version of the metadata inside. Gearset has recently improved this handling, running even better checks to determine which API was used to generate the existing repository, and when an API version is not detected, Gearset will now default to version 42 rather than version 37. With this new default, anybody creating a new repository with Gearset will always have the latest and greatest metadata. Read the rest of this post

  • TrailheaDX ‘18 highlights

    Ellis Toms on April 5th 2018

    After a whirlwind few days, the Gearset team is back from the epic-ness that was TrailheaDX ‘18, the biggest Salesforce developer conference in the world. Between the 11,000 miles travelled, hundreds of product demos and two hugely popular presentations, the team had a very tiring, but rewarding few days! Read the rest of this post

  • You can now create validation-only CI jobs in Gearset

    Ellis Toms on March 20th 2018

    Gearset’s easy end-to-end continuous integration (CI) process already ensures our users all the benefits of reliable continuous delivery, without the need for external software like Jenkins. With Gearset’s automation tier, you can set up validation-only CI jobs between any of your Salesforce orgs, so you can catch any problematic changes early and make sure that when the time comes to deploy, you’ll be able to release successfully. Read the rest of this post

  • Data deployment update: Pick which dependencies to deploy and what field to use for upserting records

    Ellis Toms on March 15th 2018

    With a customisable test data set, automatic relationship handling and control over field mapping and upserting, Gearset makes it easy to execute complex data deployments. All you have to do is pick the records you want to deploy and Gearset will handle the rest. Gearset’s latest updates to our data deployment (beta) feature includes a new step between configuration and the deployment plan, where you can select which dependencies to deploy and customize field mapping for upserting records. With this easy deployment configuration and our “clicks-not-code” philosophy, Gearset allows you to migrate your data between your Salesforce environments in a matter of minutes, giving you more time to focus on your actual release. Read the rest of this post

  • Feature update: Static code analysis now runs during your Continuous Integration jobs

    Ellis Toms on March 14th 2018

    Gearset’s customizable static code analysis helps teams develop high quality coding standards that fit their release process. As well as running during manual deployments and in change monitoring jobs, Gearset’s static code analysis now also automatically runs as part of your Continuous Integration (CI) jobs. Configure your rule set and Gearset will automatically perform your code analysis every time a CI job runs, making it easy to manage the quality and style of your Apex and ensure problems are caught early for all of your continuous deployments. Read the rest of this post

  • Jira update: post deployment notes as comments to your Jira tickets

    Ellis Toms on February 5th 2018

    With Gearset’s Jira integration (Jira Self-hosted and Jira Cloud) you can effortlessly add Jira tickets to your deployment. Gearset automatically posts deployment updates to your tickets so you can see all the changes your team are making, keep up-to-date with the progress of tickets, and approve releases more efficiently. With the latest release, any deployment notes you attach will be included in both the deployment report and within the comments posted to your Jira tickets, allowing you to easily track every change that has been made and understand the context of why they have been made. Additionally, Gearset will now display any attached Jira tickets within your deployment reports for a clear and robust audit trail. Read the rest of this post

  • Jira update: support for Jira Self-hosted (on-prem) instance

    Ellis Toms on January 18th 2018

    Gearset’s integration with Jira lets you automatically post deployment updates to your tickets and keep up-to-date with the progress of your user stories. Gearset now supports Jira Self-hosted (on-prem) as an instance type, as well as the default Jira Cloud instance. You can now also search and select which Jira ticket you’d like to add to your validation or deployment package from a dropdown list, rather than add your ticket reference manually. Read the rest of this post

  • Gearset’s session videos for Dreamforce 2017

    Ellis Toms on December 18th 2017

    If you were able to attend Dreamforce ’17 you’d have experienced first-hand what an exhilarating week of thought-provoking sessions and inspiring keynotes it was. We had an absolutely fantastic week engaging with the Salesforce community, meeting so many enthusiastic people and demonstrating our Salesforce release management solution. On top of this, we were also thrilled to present 3 talks during the week. Read the rest of this post

  • The entity: {object} does not have feeds enabled

    Oli Lane on December 13th 2017

    Salesforce’s support for Chatter feed tracking means that your users can be notified when certain objects they follow are updated. This makes it easy to see what’s changing in those objects directly inside your Chatter feed. Unfortunately, there are a couple of pitfalls when deploying Chatter feed tracking settings between Salesforce environments, and the most common is the error message: The entity: {object} does not have feeds enabled Gearset now has the ability to work around this deployment error for you, and detect it before you even try to deploy the changes. Read the rest of this post

  • Improve the quality, performance and security of your code with Gearset’s static code analysis

    Ellis Toms on November 28th 2017

    To ensure that you are writing high quality, easily maintainable Apex code, it’s important that you follow a few best practices in terms of code structure and content. With our latest release, Gearset now automatically performs static code analysis on the Apex in your orgs, helping you write higher quality and more effective code and ultimately speed up release cycles. Read the rest of this post

  • An easier way to view failed deployments and validations with Gearset

    Ellis Toms on November 18th 2017

    Gearset has always endeavoured to increase the visibility users have into their Salesforce environments. As well as a complete history of successful deployments and validations, you can now view in-progress and failed deployments from the deployment history page as well as see which validations have failed under the validated packages page. Finding and fixing deployment issues is now faster and easier than ever. Read the rest of this post

  • Dreamforce 2017 round-up

    Ellis Toms on November 15th 2017

    Dreamforce is over for another year! With 170,000+ attendees, thousands of innovative breakout sessions and inspiring keynotes from Salesforce’s CEO Marc Benioff and ex-First Lady Michelle Obama, Dreamforce 2017 truly was an incredible experience. Read the rest of this post

  • Working around the Custom Metadata Unknown_Exception issue in Salesforce

    Catherine Bacon on October 26th 2017

    One of our users ran into an unusual issue while running a seemingly innocent comparison. When comparing two Salesforce orgs to see the difference between them, Salesforce returned a cryptic error message: Unexpected_Exception: An unexpected error occurred. Generic error messages like this can me hard to deal with as they give you very little information to work with (as anyone who uses Ant will know). Gearset is all about surfacing and solving deployment issues, so we decided to investigate and find the underlying cause of the error. Thanks to some great feedback from the user in question, we managed to narrow down the cause of this error to very specific scenarios related to Custom Metadata and managed packages. We’ve updated Gearset so it’ll suggest how to work around them more automatically. Read the rest of this post

  • See the results of your Salesforce org tests on your desktop with Gearset’s CruiseControl integration

    Ellis Toms on October 3rd 2017

    Have you ever found that your tests have been silently failing, only discovering them when you tried to deploy? Gearset’s test automation makes it easy to track test status across all your orgs and get notified when things start to go wrong. As part of Gearset’s ongoing effort to increase the visibility teams have into their Salesforce environments, we have recently extended our test automation to integrate with CruiseControl. The result? See the status of your org tests right on your desktop. Read the rest of this post

  • Deploying LeadConvertSettings with Gearset

    Ellis Toms on September 12th 2017

    Gearset makes deploying your Salesforce metadata ingeniously simple by giving you a visual comparison between your orgs before you deploy your changes. From Profiles, to Custom Objects, to LeadConvertSettings, Gearset can help speed up your deployments and automate those slow, manual tasks. Read the rest of this post

  • Feature update: custom metadata filters are now shared with your team

    Jason Mann on July 14th 2017

    Custom metadata filters are a powerful way to optimise your workflow with Gearset. With a custom filter you can choose which metadata is retrived from Salesforce, speeding up comparisons between your orgs and making it easier to find the changes you’re interested in deploying. Until now, these filters were unique to each user. With the latest release, custom filters are now shared amongst teams, making it easier for teams to collaborate and ensure they’re all using the same filters for their deployments. Read the rest of this post

  • Migrating quick fixes in Salesforce to source control

    Stephen Chambers on June 29th 2017

    Salesforce allows development teams to respond to changes in business requirements much more quickly than traditional platforms such as SQL Server or Oracle. When the need arises, the whole team, and especially admins, can make changes directly in the production org, bypassing the normal software development lifecycle. However, organisations adopt a software development lifecycle and Agile practices for a reason! Changes made directly in the org can often be overwritten at a later date by a scheduled deployment, or not get the proper scrutiny they deserve. Gearset’s change monitoring has helped thousands of organisations track changes made directly in their orgs and bring them back into the development team’s natural rhythm. With a recent release, we’ve extended this feature to make it possible to take changes that Gearset detected and move them directly to another org, such as downstream QA or development, or even push them through to your version control system. Read the rest of this post

  • New alerting features in Gearset's Salesforce metadata monitoring

    Kevin Boyle on June 22nd 2017

    The flexibility of the Salesforce platform encourages change, allowing power users, admins and developers to easily tweak things as needed. As a company that builds a release management service, we encourage people to follow good development practices and ensure that changes are properly documented and audited so you can understand later why they were made! However, forcing every change through a software development lifecycle, even an Agile one, would be sacrificing the power of the platform and the clicks-not-code culture that allows organisations to make rapid change to their orgs as the business requires. After all, adding a simple picklist value doesn’t carry the same risk as 10,000 new lines of Apex or addition of AppExchange packages. So how do you ensure that changes made directly in production by admins and power users aren’t forgotten about and are properly captured and audited? That’s where Gearset’s change monitoring comes in. This was the first feature that we added to Gearset Enterprise, and it’s now trusted by thousands of businesses to allow their Salesforce teams to properly capture every change, without compromising their ability to blaze a trail. Read the rest of this post

  • Version control and metadata API versions

    Matt Dickens on June 22nd 2017

    Back at the start of the year, we wrote a post about Gearset intelligently handling API versioning so that you don’t have to. We explained that Gearset will automatically pick the highest commonly-supported version between source and target and use that by default, while still allowing you to specify an overriding version, should you need to. As for version control repositories, Gearset treated these as containing version 37 metadata unless you applied the version override. This worked well enough, but came with the additional burden of having to pick an API version to use for each comparison when comparing to a source control repository containing anything other than version 37 metadata. In a recent change, we’ve made Gearset smarter when comparing to version control and uploaded metadata zips. Read the rest of this post

  • How to temporarily disable continuous integration jobs in Gearset

    Stephen Chambers on June 8th 2017

    Gearset’s continuous integration feature set has been evolving rapidly to better support mature application lifecycle management. This evolution has continued with our increased support for version control providers. Since we first added CI functionality to Gearset, with standard GitHub and Bitbucket version control included, we also now support GitLab, GitHub Enterprise, and more recently taken a huge leap forward to support any git-based source control repository to which Gearset has access. With our latest release, we’ve now added the ability to pause a currently active CI job. Disabling a CI job may seem a little counter intuitive, but does make sense for certain scenarios. Firstly, you may not want a CI job to start deploying changes at the same time as hotfixes or ad-hoc changes to the same target org are taking place. To help prevent potential conflicts, the CI job can now be paused, the ad-hoc changes can be safely deployed to production and the CI job can be reactivated when safe to do so. Alternatively, you may want to simply set up the CI job in advance, but not have it run until other parts of the overall process have been completed. Read the rest of this post

  • More flexible team management in Gearset

    Stephen Chambers on May 25th 2017

    We’re continually adding new features to Gearset with the goal of simplifying Salesforce release management for everyone, irrespective of job role and responsibilities. These can range from new standalone features, to the ongoing iteration and gradual enhancement of existing features driven primarily by user feedback. One of the most popular requests has been to improve the existing team management functionality in Gearset. Read the rest of this post

  • Create custom schedules for your Salesforce test jobs

    Oli Lane on April 6th 2017

    Gearset’s free test runner just got a little bit smarter. Starting today, you can select what time of day your tests should run, so that you can avoid conflicts with other scheduled jobs running in the org and make sure no development is happening while the tests run. To use the new time picker, just head to the test monitoring page and click Add new job, or edit one of your existing jobs. Read the rest of this post

  • Reduce noise when migrating Salesforce managed packages using Gearset

    Oli Lane on March 20th 2017

    Gearset is already great for migrating changes to managed packages, but one problem that customers sometimes run into is noise in the comparison viewer. If you’ve got lots of managed packages installed in your Salesforce orgs, it can be tricky to find the components you actually want to migrate, even with Gearset’s advanced filtering capabilities. To make matters worse, your comparison times can be made significantly longer because Gearset has to download all that extra metadata from Salesforce. To address this problem, last week we introduced some extra filtering options that you can apply to your Gearset comparisons. You can now specify a list of managed package namespaces to include in your comparison, rather than simply including all or none of the packages. This means that Gearset no longer needs to download metadata from packages that you’re not interested in, and your comparison is no longer cluttered up with it - leaving you free to focus in on the components you care about. Read the rest of this post

  • Migrating customizations to Salesforce Managed Packages using Gearset

    Andrew Hunter on March 17th 2017

    When a managed package is installed into a Salesforce organization, that managed package can augment the organization with new metadata such as CustomObjects or by making modifications to existing metadata such as adding a new CustomField to a standard object. These modifications can be an issue when dealing with a traditional deployment tool like Ant, as all of this extra metadata will now be mixed in with your existing metadata. It’s possible to ignore this metadata altogether, but this can be an issue as it’s possible that you will customize some of it after installation, adding new fields that model your quoting process for example. Without careful tracking, it’s very hard to tell apart the metadata that the package installed from the customisations that you made to the package’s metadata. Gearset provides a solution to both these problems. Read the rest of this post

  • How to deploy Salesforce Record Types

    Jason Mann on February 28th 2017

    We’ve recently noticed that more users are having issues deploying Record Types to Salesforce. This type of metadata has always been a bit tricky to deploy, and the introduction of Global Value Sets in Winter ‘17 has added a new variable to the mix. We’ve recently been improving Gearset’s dependency and problem analysis engine to help deal with some of the challenges of deploying record types and picklist fields. Read the rest of this post

  • Gearset's roadmap for Q1/Q2 2017

    Matt Dickens on February 14th 2017

    TL;DR: In the first half of this year we’ll be focusing on: A small number of substantial new features Lots of incremental additions, usability enhancements and polish to existing features Making your deployments successful with improvements to our dependency and problem analysis Gearset exists because migrating changes between Salesforce orgs is difficult. There are often a lot of error-prone manual steps and tedious iteration when making a deployment from one org to another. As your environments grow in number and complexity, so does the margin for error, introducing more esoteric dependencies and failure cases. By the time you add source control into the mix, you’re dealing with the idiosyncrasies of the metadata API, versioning issues and lots of raw XML. Read the rest of this post

  • Back up your Salesforce metadata on-demand with change monitoring

    Oli Lane on January 26th 2017

    Gearset’s change monitoring feature gives you confidence that any changes made directly in your production instances will be easily detected and captured, so that you can propagate those changes back to development and staging environments and make sure they don’t get lost. Even better, if you discover some unexpected changes that you’d prefer got lost, Gearset offers simple, instant rollback to reverse those changes. The change monitoring feature also doubles as a backup tool. For any change monitoring job, you can view a list of every daily snapshot Gearset has taken, and download a copy the metadata as it was on that day. Read the rest of this post

  • Property 'valueSet' not valid in version 37.0 - versioning and the mdapi

    Matt Dickens on January 3rd 2017

    If you’ve worked with the Salesforce metadata API for any period of time, you’ve probably seen a message along these lines: Property 'valueSet' not valid in version 37.0 - versioning and the mdapi This sort of error is likely fairly familiar to those teams opting to source control their metadata. The details my differ slightly, but the outcome is the same - a mismatched API version has caused a failed deployment by trying to push metadata that was retrieved using a newer version to an older version of the API. This raises the questions - what version should you use for the metadata in your repo, and at what point should you upgrade it? Read on to hear how Gearset makes this error message a thing of the past. Read the rest of this post

  • Retrieving and deploying namespaced layouts in Salesforce

    Oli Lane on December 14th 2016

    TL;DR: Retrieving namespaced layouts from Salesforce doesn’t act quite as you might expect. Gearset now works around this quirk, so that you don’t have to think about it. Recently we received a slightly odd bug report from a user who claimed that Gearset was failing to include layouts inside namespaces in comparisons, despite the fact they had selected the Include managed packages option in the comparison filter. To add to the intrigue, the user was able to retrieve a list of the layouts using ANT, via a call to listMetadata() - this is exactly what Gearset does as its first step, so it was surprising that the layouts weren’t showing up. Read the rest of this post

  • Even better filtering of your Salesforce metadata

    Oli Lane on December 8th 2016

    One of Gearset’s best features is the ability to quickly see an overview of all the differences between two Salesforce orgs. However, if you’re comparing particularly big orgs, or preparing a complex deployment, the list of changes can grow quite large. Earlier this year we expanded our support for these scenarios with advanced filtering queries. For most cases that was enough, but some users still found that they needed more control. This week we’re releasing an overhauled filtering engine which provides granular, per-column filtering to make it even easier to drill down to the changes you care about. Read the rest of this post

  • Deploying standard value sets in Salesforce

    Oli Lane on November 10th 2016

    The Salesforce Winter ‘17 release has brought with it a whole raft of great new features and no-brainer improvements to the platform. Inevitably, a few of those changes have required some adjustments, not least of which have been the changes to the structure of picklists. As a brief recap, many Salesforce standard objects have picklist fields - fields that allow only a restricted set of predefined values. Before Winter 17, these predefined values were stored with the field definition, but now they’re stored separately. These new collections of values are called standard value sets. For example, the Type picklist on the Opportunity object now has its values stored in the OpportunityType standard value set. Read the rest of this post

  • The Salesforce Admin's guide to git

    Kevin Boyle on November 8th 2016

    Git has taken over the world in the past few years and for many, terms like version control, git and GitHub have become synonyms. This post digs into the jargon and sheds light on how #AwesomeAdmins that don’t currently source control their work can start to realise the benefits. Read the rest of this post

  • Salesforce DX - the new Salesforce developer experience

    Matt Dickens on October 26th 2016

    Team Gearset has returned from a fun and frenetic week at Dreamforce. As always, we had a great but exhausting time - we spoke to some of our fantastic users, we spoke to lots of people who are facing problems that Gearset might be able to help solve, we partied a lot less than we’d planned to due to aforementioned exhaustion, we tweeted some atrocious U2-related puns and we found out about all the cool new things that we can expect to see from the platform in the coming months, all to the backdrop of the world’s craziest party tech conference. One of the big talking points was Salesforce DX - Salesforce’s new developer experience. Read the rest of this post

  • Turbocharge your Salesforce continuous integration jobs with GitHub webhooks

    Oli Lane on October 16th 2016

    Last week, we were thrilled to release one of our most anticipated features yet: built in continuous integration (CI) unlocks a whole new avenue of powerful release management possibilities. We’re not fans of resting on our laurels around here at Gearset HQ, though, so this week we’re already shipping a huge improvement to the way CI works with GitHub. By default, CI jobs run at 4-hourly intervals, automatically syncing changes from your source to your chosen target org. That’s great, but we can do better! Read the rest of this post

  • The challenges of deploying metadata between Summer ’16 and Winter ’17 orgs

    Andrew Hunter on October 12th 2016

    A few weeks ago, we began to see deployment failures occurring for users using organizations on the new Winter ‘17 API. Salesforce has introduced a lot of changes in Winter ‘17, and has made it so that the older Summer ‘16 metadata API tries to return the metadata in the older format. In the past, we’ve been able to wait until a new version of Salesforce goes to general release before updating the API version used by Gearset, because the metadata changes have been minor and are usually available even when using the older API. The Winter ‘17 update has not been so smooth for us. Read the rest of this post

  • Source control your Salesforce metadata with GitHub Enterprise and Gearset

    Matt Dickens on September 29th 2016

    tl;dr: Deploy metadata directly to and from GitHub Enterprise with Gearset. Read on to find out how to get started! When making the decision to version control your metadata, one of the first things you’ll need to figure out is where to host it. There are a variety of great options out there, but one of the first that’s likely to cross your mind is GitHub. Its ubiquity in the open source community and beyond not only means that it’s an incredibly well-documented platform supporting robustly exercised collaboration workflows, but it also means that most developers you meet will have certainly heard of GitHub and probably used it; the term “pull request” has entered into everyday developer parlance. Read the rest of this post

  • Deploy metadata from a local file to a Salesforce org

    Jason Mann on September 2nd 2016

    Gearset gives you fine-grained control over what to include in your deployment packages, and our automatic dependency analysis helps spot missing components. But sometimes you just need run a deployment from metadata stored on your local machine, or make a few edits to a package before releasing. The new local file support in Gearset is here to help, giving you the flexibility to run a deployment no matter where your metadata is stored, while retaining the rollback, audit history and collaboration power of Gearset. Read the rest of this post

  • An undo button for Salesforce metadata: Rolling back production changes

    Kevin Boyle on August 8th 2016

    Much of the power of Salesforce comes from quickly being able to respond to the fast changing needs of business user needs by making small changes directly in production. #AwesomeAdmins and Trailblazers everywhere can implement user requests without waiting to go through a long development and release cycle. With Gearset’s change monitoring you can be confident that any changes made directly in production will be easily picked up and captured in your regular development and staging environments ensuring that changes aren’t lost. After all, making changes directly in production is only great if they aren’t later overwritten by another well-meaning deployment! As more and more Salesforce developers and admins have started to use Gearset’s change monitoring, we’ve received some surprising feedback - even in well managed orgs there was a lot more happening in production than the development teams or release managers knew about. Read the rest of this post

  • Unpicking Salesforce dependencies: Supporting formula dependencies in Gearset

    Matt Dickens on July 14th 2016

    We’ve spoken before about how dependencies between objects are the most common cause of failed deployments. There are a host of different dependency types, and failing to notice that one object is dependent on another when building a deployment package is likely to cause your deployment to fail. Thankfully, Gearset’s dependency tracking is here to help. Gearset checks for dependencies before pushing the deployment package up to Salesforce and warns you of any that are missing. Our goal is to eliminate the trial-and-error from deployment - when you click the “Deploy” button in Gearset, we want you to be confident that the deployment will succeed. Although we don’t currently detect all types of dependency, we’ve been steadily increasing our coverage over the past 12 months guided by our telemetry and, most importantly, feedback from you. Our most recent addition is detecting dependencies in formula fields. Read the rest of this post

  • Better filtering of your Salesforce metadata

    Matt Dickens on June 30th 2016

    One of the big advantages of Gearset is that you can see all the metadata differences between two orgs, making it easy to build a deployment package containing just the changes you need. Unfortunately, when working on a large or complex deployment, these differences can be overwhelming. For example, you might want to deploy changes specific to a particular feature while leaving others out. This could mean there are be changes you’re not interested in and even whole objects that you’d like to ignore. We’ve extended our filtering of comparison results by introducing two new prefixes, making it easier than ever to find the changes you’re interested in. Read the rest of this post

  • Sharing your Salesforce deployment history using the team features in Gearset

    Stephen Chambers on June 24th 2016

    Coordinating with team members to manage releases to your Salesforce environments can be one of the biggest challenges when attempting to create a robust deployment process. Clear communication to ensure everybody on the team knows who’s doing what can be particularly tricky. Not being able to easily see what changes have been made to production, when, and by whom can have serious consequences, the most common being accidentally overwriting a colleague’s changes. That’s where the team features of Gearset can come to your rescue. Read the rest of this post

  • Gearset at TrailheaDX 2016

    Jason Mann on May 26th 2016

    TrailheaDX is an exciting new Salesforce developer conference in San Francisco on June 7-8. With keynotes from Marc Benioff and Steve Wozniak, it’s guaranteed to be a great way to sharpen your developer skills on the platform. Read the rest of this post

  • The curious case of a stray ID

    Andrew Hunter on May 25th 2016

    One of our goals at Gearset is to turn Salesforce deployments into a single-click process, or as close as we can get to that! To this end, we check every deployment for potential problems before sending it to Salesforce and offer fixes for anything that could cause your deployment to fail. The most common is detecting missing dependencies but we also fix up issues with Master-Detail fields, history tracking, profile-mismatches and many other common problems. Our problem analyzer blog post provides more detail about the issues we can automatically check for. We’ve just added a fix for a problem that a user reported to us and it was so strange I decided to write it up so that it may help somebody in the future that comes across this problem. Read the rest of this post

  • 6 practical tips to improve your Salesforce testing

    Jason Mann on May 20th 2016

    Testing your Apex code to make sure it’s working correctly is essential for development on Salesforce. Effective testing protects your development investment, provides the confidence to make changes safely and quickly, and helps enforce business requirements. It’s easy to write tests that get you to the magic 75% code coverage requirement enforced by Salesforce. But writing great tests that really protect your work is a real skill. In our recent webinar, we discussed why and how we test in Salesforce, and demonstrated 6 practical tips to help you write great tests that don’t become a maintenance headache. Read the rest of this post

  • Salesforce testing best practice webinar

    Kevin Boyle on April 19th 2016

    Salesforce is an incredibly powerful and fast-growing platform. By pioneering the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, it has enabled thousands of businesses to improve their operational efficiency and grow their sales. Businesses all over the world are building every facet of the organization on top of Salesforce from sales and CRM through to HR and service desk. Adopting a company-wide platform is not without its challenges. Managing change and avoiding conflict in a system where end users, as well as development teams, are encouraged to edit the production environment requires discipline to prevent bugs from being introduced. Having really great tests protect developers and admins as they work, and provides the confidence to make changes safely and quickly. Read the rest of this post

  • Deploying feature branches of your Salesforce metadata

    Stephen Chambers on April 18th 2016

    Our support for GitLab and GitHub has provided flexibility for people to use their existing source control solutions to compare and easily migrate Salesforce metadata changes. There has been one additional feature that’s been missing from our initial support of the source control story, and that’s been providing the ability to compare Salesforce metadata from a specific branch within a repository, often implemented when using a feature Branch flow. The good news - branch support is now available for GitHub and GitLab, and it’s very easy to get started. Read the rest of this post

  • Automatically detecting problems in your Salesforce Change Sets and deployment packages

    Stephen Chambers on April 4th 2016

    Have you ever experienced a failed deployment to one of your Salesforce orgs? Perhaps you’ve even experienced a deployment failure despite extensive preparation. All tests have passed and the validated deployment package is just waiting to go, and it’s only after the process kicks off that it implodes and the deployment has to be rolled back while you pick apart the reasons. Read the rest of this post

  • Source controlling Salesforce Metadata with GitLab

    Kevin Boyle on March 28th 2016

    Source controlling any software project has many advantages, particularly around audit and traceability, and Salesforce is no different. Using a version control system such as git for your Apex, VisualForce, or metadata helps developers and admins collaborate and understand what everyone is working on. Gearset has supported source control via GitHub since September 2015 and based on user feedback, we’ve now released support for GitLab. Read the rest of this post

  • Cloning Inbound Change Sets for mature Salesforce ALM

    Kevin Boyle on March 9th 2016

    A common strategy in any software project is to have a pipeline of environments.You start with a development environment to make the required changes, which are then promoted to a test environment for QA. Those changes get signed-off by your business users in a UAT environment before finally being deployed to production when all stakeholders are confident in the release. Read the rest of this post

  • How to deploy a Salesforce Sales Path

    Kevin Boyle on February 18th 2016

    In the words of Salesforce itself, Sales Paths are a feature of Salesforce that “keep sales reps focused on what’s most important to close deals fast. By guiding reps to the right fields and sales content at the right time, Sales Path enforces and ensures adoption of your company’s sales process.” These sound like a great addition to any Sales Cloud, but how do you deploy them? Read the rest of this post

  • Merging Salesforce metadata: How to merge Custom Objects and other Salesforce metadata

    Kevin Boyle on February 15th 2016

    One of the issues that commonly crops up when working together on a team is merging metadata or deploying only a small part of the work you’ve done. This often happens if you have more than one developer working in a single developer sandbox, and is almost unavoidable when you work on a larger team with everybody in their own sandboxes. So what is the best way to merge complicated Salesforce metadata? Read the rest of this post

  • Using Change Sets or ANT? Simplify your Salesforce releases with Gearset

    Jason Mann on February 2nd 2016

    Salesforce is an incredibly powerful and fast-growing platform. By pioneering the Software as a Service model, it has enabled thousands of businesses to improve their operational efficiency and grow their sales. Effective as it is, adopting a company-wide platform is not without its challenges. Managing change and avoiding conflict in a system where end users, as well as development teams, are encouraged to edit the production environment requires a planned approach and effective information management. That’s where Gearset can help. Read the rest of this post

  • Webinar: register for our free talk on best-practice Salesforce release management

    Jason Mann on January 13th 2016

    Salesforce is an incredibly powerful and fast-growing platform. By pioneering the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, it has enabled thousands of businesses to improve their operational efficiency and grow their sales. Adopting a company-wide platform is not without its challenges. Managing change and avoiding conflict in a system where end users, as well as development teams, are encouraged to edit the production environment requires a planned approach and effective information management. Read the rest of this post

  • Roadmap review: Q4 delivered! Insight, deployment annotations and group notifications

    Jason Mann on December 16th 2015

    I’ll admit that when we first put our roadmap together back in early October, I was nervous. We committed to several major new features, the biggest of which being our org change monitoring service, Insight. This alone could easily have been enough to keep us busy until the end of the year. Feeling confident in our abilities, we scheduled a slew of user experience improvements and a major upgrade to the comparison engine that powers Gearset into the mix. Combined with the stress testing of a rapidly increasing user-base, it felt like an ambitious target. Read the rest of this post

  • Learn what you want, when you want, with our new support videos

    Jason Mann on December 15th 2015

    Learning something new can be challenging. Whether you’re picking up a sport or practising a new language, it’s always nice to have a helping hand to guide you. For many people, watching someone else perform a task first helps them learn faster and removes the fear of the unknown. We’ve been releasing some great new features for the app over the past few months, including org change monitoring and validated deployment packages. To ensure that everyone makes the most of these new features, we decided to create our new support videos, available on our revamped YouTube channel. They’re also categorized on our support page to make it easy to find the right video for you. Read the rest of this post

  • Give your Salesforce audit trail some context with deployment notes

    Oli Lane on December 14th 2015

    With its deployment history, Gearset Deploy already gives you a trail of what has been deployed into your Salesforce orgs and when. With the introduction of Insight, it can even do that for changes not made through Gearset. However, to get full use out of this trail of deployments you need to know the why, too. Today we’re introducing a new deployment notes feature which gives you the ability to record that context: when you make a deployment, you can now attach notes to it to document why a change was made. That context could help tremendously 6 months down the line when you’re trying to work out what happened! Read the rest of this post

  • Deploying changes between Salesforce Editions and the `Could not resolve standard field's name` error

    Kevin Boyle on December 10th 2015

    Salesforce make it easy to get started with the platform by providing Through this, you can provision a brand new Salesforce org in minutes, on which you can develop, experiment and test to your heart’s content, totally free. Best of all, these free dev orgs have all the bells and whistles turned on, with more or less every feature enabled by default. This allows you to try out features of higher editions that you might not have a license for in your own orgs. Read the rest of this post

  • Understand your Salesforce changes at a glance with Gearset

    Oli Lane on December 8th 2015

    Let’s be honest: XML object representations are an eyesore. They’re verbose, they’re hard to read, and they don’t always map intuitively to the interface you see inside Salesforce. With Gearset Deploy, our goal is to build a deployment tool that really understands your Salesforce data. That’s why this week we rolled out changes to our diff viewer which will make it possible to cut through the noise and see what you’ve actually changed, without trying to parse XML in your head. We’re starting off with picklists, but we’ve also put work into our engine to make it easier to add other object types in the future. Read the rest of this post

  • Introducing Insight for Gearset - automatic change monitoring for your Salesforce orgs

    Jason Mann on December 3rd 2015

    One of the last big roadmap releases for 2015 is our much-anticipated org monitoring service. It’s called Insight for Gearset, and we’re excited to announce it has now launched into our preview program. Here are just a few things you can do with Insight - Be notified when your Production org changes - Track all deployments, across all tools, with a complete audit trail - Download change reports for an org, providing a detailed change log - Catch undocumented or unscheduled changes directly in Production - Avoid overwriting others’ changes by always being aware of updates - See who changed what, when, and why in your orgs Read the rest of this post

  • In field: summarizedField - no CustomField named {fieldName} found

    Luke Drury on November 25th 2015

    Roll-up summary fields Salesforce allows you to create roll-up summary fields on master objects, in a master-detail relationship. These roll-up fields perform calculations on the fields that they roll up, such as summing the numbers in that field. This is useful for things such as calculating the sum of certain kinds of invoices. Why deployments can fail due to roll-up summary fields Roll-up summary fields have dependencies on a couple of other fields. They depend on the field they’re rolling up in the target object, and also the master-detail relationship field in the target object - Salesforce calls these the Read the rest of this post

  • No roadworks on this roadmap

    Jason Mann on November 24th 2015

    When we launched our roadmap in early October, we promised it would be a living document, updated as we deliver new features. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been striking a brisk pace with new feature development - so fast, in fact, that the blog is yet to fully catch up! The result of this is we’re on schedule to deliver all the promised features for this quarter, well ahead of the Christmas shutdown. Read the rest of this post

  • Processing the world's Salesforce metadata isn't easy!

    Kevin Boyle on November 13th 2015

    Gearset works differently to any other deployment or release management solution for Salesforce. Other tools, like the Migration Tool (ANT), use the Salesforce Metadata API to get the metadata as text files, but have no understanding of the actual metadata within those files. Gearset processes the files downloaded from the Metadata API to have a semantic understanding of the metadata, including the relationships between objects. This allows us to do things like detect missing dependencies, detect API version mismatches on APEX, deal with differences in [history tracking] (/blog/salesforce-history-tracking-deployment-fix/), and deal with quirks in Salesforce deployments that require understanding of your org metadata to work around. Read the rest of this post

  • Validate your deployments ahead of time with Gearset

    Jason Mann on November 12th 2015

    When you’ve got a crucial deployment to make or a narrow release window, the last thing you want to spend valuable time on is picking apart why a deployment failed or rebuilding the package on the fly. One way around this is to check ahead of time that your deployment package will successfully deploy. The deployment can then be swiftly promoted on demand, safe in the knowledge that the tests have passed and you haven’t missed any crucial dependencies. We call these validated packages, and they’re a great way to reduce deployment failures and make release day that little bit less stressful. Today we launched the first stage of support for validated packages: Gearset now allows you to create and validate your deployment package without actually running a deployment. You can then come back later to kick off the deployment, knowing that everything has already been tested. Read the rest of this post

  • The entity: {object} does not have history tracking enabled

    Luke Drury on November 9th 2015

    Tracking changes to CustomObjects In Salesforce it’s possible to enable history tracking on custom and standard objects. Once you’ve done this, you can then turn on history tracking on a per field basis, and so track changes to fields you’re interested in. Why deployments can fail due to changes in history tracking In Gearset we break objects down into sub-components during the comparison, giving you control over which changes to an object you want to deploy. An example of this is standard objects and their fields. For example, you can deploy a new picklist value on a field without also deploying changes to the parent object to which it belongs, or changes to other fields in that object. Read the rest of this post

  • Salesforce deployment - From Production Hacker to Agile Guru (Video)

    Jason Mann on October 22nd 2015

    Between our booth in the dev zone, our appearance on the live podcast and Kevin’s talks on release management, we made a big splash at Dreamforce this year. If you didn’t get the opportunity to see either of Kevin’s great talks during the conference, now’s your chance. Dive into the world of release management and best practices in Salesforce and start improving your deployments today. Read the rest of this post

  • Sick of checkboxes? Saved comparison options are here!

    Oli Lane on October 16th 2015

    As the first of a series of usability enhancements that we outlined on our roadmap this week, we’re rolling out a small but significant change which we hope will really improve your day-to-day interaction with Gearset Deploy. You can now save your own custom comparison sets and retrieve them next time you want to compare the same metadata types. No more manually selecting checkboxes every time: just select your custom set from the drop-down menu. Here’s how it works. Read the rest of this post

  • Introducing the Gearset roadmap - built on your feedback

    Jason Mann on October 14th 2015

    Over the past few months we’ve spoken with hundreds of Salesforce users around the world. From dedicated developers to awesome admins, we took the time to understand their deployment pains and find out what their perfect release management solution would look like. We covered the whole spectrum of Salesforce users: large corporations with complex release management, consultants working with multiple clients, and small non-profits working directly in a product environment. The aim of all of this: to help us understand how our users approach deployments, what they find particularly difficult, and what they aspire to achieve. We collected a huge amount of incredibly valuable feedback, and to all who took the time to speak with us – thank you! Read the rest of this post

  • Dreamforce - 1 booth, 4 days, 600 demos. What a week!

    Jason Mann on September 25th 2015

    It’s over. We made it! Dreamforce was bigger than ever this year, with well over 170,000 attendees descending upon central San Francisco. It was a tough week, but I think it’s fair to say it went better than we could ever have expected. Our booth, in the heart of the DevZone, was packed from open to close every day - not surprising given we gave over 600 demos during the week! The whole team was blown away by the positive response and the level of engagement from the community. To each and everyone who came along to our booth for a chat, a demo or just to collect one of our swanky t-shirts: thank you! Read the rest of this post

  • Gearset is free for Salesforce MVPs

    Kevin Boyle on September 17th 2015

    Here at Gearset we’re quite proud of what we’ve built. We’ve been blown away by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received over the past few days at Dreamforce. It’s been hard work for sure, with plenty of sweat and tears poured into making Gearset a reality, but seeing the value real users are gaining makes all the effort worthwhile. Read the rest of this post

  • Feature preview: Supporting continuous integration (CI) with Gearset Deploy

    Stephen Chambers on September 15th 2015

    One of the key goals for creating Gearset Deploy has been to make deployments to your Salesforce orgs as simple and painless as possible. If you develop for the Salesforce platform and need to perform deployments, you’ll be well aware that it can involve a number of repeated manual steps. One way to automate this process is through the implementation of a continuous integration development process. Read the rest of this post

  • GitHub integration has arrived!

    Spencer Thang on September 10th 2015

    Supporting continuous integration (CI) has always been part of our vision for Gearset Deploy. Continuous integration allows you to merge developer working copies to a shared main repository at scheduled intervals, reducing integration bugs and keeping the main repository current. In preparation for continuous integration, we’ve added support for comparing GitHub repositories with Salesforce organizations. With this new feature, you can easily view changes between developer working copies and deploy metadata directly to your Salesforce organizations. In the near future, you’ll be able to schedule these comparisons and deployments at regular intervals, making integration a pain-free process. Here’s how to get started. Read the rest of this post

  • Destructive changes are easy with Gearset Deploy

    Jason Mann on September 3rd 2015

    In the productive world of Salesforce, deleting objects and fields can be a pain. Unsupported by change sets and difficult to master with the migration tool, the simple deletion of a few objects can bring seasoned admins to their knees. That doesn’t sound like the kind of Salesforce experience everyone hopes for. Read the rest of this post

  • Want to become an Apex expert?

    Kevin Boyle on September 2nd 2015

    In the Salesforce world of No Software, it’s no secret that we sometimes need to write code. Much less code than we need to on other platforms, but we still need to get our hands dirty from time to time. I came to Salesforce from a Java and C# background, so when I transitioned to Salesforce I naturally approached it from the code angle 1. I read as much as I could find to get up to speed on best-practice, and the single best resource I found was Advanced Apex by Dan Appleman. If you’re coming from another programming language and want to understand how to get the most from Apex and the platform, then this is the book for you. Read the rest of this post

  • Gearset will be at Dreamforce 2015!

    Jason Mann on August 4th 2015

    We’re thrilled to announce that Gearset have a stand in the Developer Zone at Dreamforce in San Francisco this September. Even more exciting, Kevin, one of our co-founders, is giving a talk on best practice deployment in Salesforce! If you’re attending, be sure to drop by our stand for a demo or come along to Kevin’s talk to learn something new about simplifying deployments. Read the rest of this post

  • Walkthrough: using Gearset to deploy changes from a production to a sandbox Salesforce organisation

    Jason Mann on July 13th 2015

    Prompted by a question on the Salesforce Stack Exchange, I wanted to demonstrate how easy it is to use Gearset Deploy to manage migrating a Salesforce app from your production org to a sandbox. Gearset Deploy is designed to allow you to quickly synchronize your Salesforce orgs, search for and select the changes you want to make. It’s all done through the UI, and it includes highlighted line-by-line differences and dependency analysis to increase your deployment success rate. This post is a short walkthrough of how you would go about moving some changes or an app from production to sandbox. Read the rest of this post

  • Designing Gearset Deploy: accessing your Salesforce deployment history

    Jason Mann on July 10th 2015

    To ensure the ongoing design and feature development of Gearset Deploy continues to meet our customers’ needs, we’re always listening to your feedback. One topic that has cropped up consistently is to provide a way to access a history of previous Salesforce deployments within the business. We’ve heard of situations where changes are being manually saved in a document, or even written down, in an attempt to keep track of what’s been updated. In this post we’ll look at why it’s important to keep a deployment history and how you can manage your deployment history in Gearset Deploy. Read the rest of this post

  • Weekly Update: No more downloads, Gearset Cloud is here!

    Kevin Boyle on July 8th 2015

    Feedback from our users has been really positive, and Gearset Deploy is helping people move changes between their Salesforce orgs with ease, but our number one request has been to provide a cloud version so that people don’t need to install anything or keep it up-to-date. In this week’s update, I walk through the cloud version of Gearset Deploy and show how easy it is to get started. If you want to try out the new cloud version, just visit to get started. Read the rest of this post

  • Weekly Update: Minimizing Salesforce deployment failures using Gearset’s new dependency analysis

    Kevin Boyle on June 26th 2015

    Salesforce developers and admins often suffer come deployment time trying to work out the correct order in which to deploy things so that the deployment succeeds. Lots of time is spent tearing apart Profiles and PermissionSets to find the smallest slice that can be deployed to meet that end-of-sprint deadline. We end up doing tedious work, instead of the valuable work we should be doing for our businesses. This video shows the latest addition to Gearset in our quest to make all your deployments simpler. We’re adding dependency analysis to metadata objects so you can automatically deploy the slices of Profiles and related objects when you make a change in your Salesforce org. If you want to try out this dependency feature on your deployments then get in touch at [email protected] Read the rest of this post

  • Secure authorization for your Salesforce orgs: implementing OAuth in Gearset Deploy

    Matt Dickens on June 11th 2015

    We’ve recently been hearing from our more security-conscious users that they’d like to use OAuth to grant permissions to their organizations – in fact, it’s right near the top of our most requested features in UserVoice. We know that for our users, their Salesforce organizations are at the heart of their businesses and the safety of these organizations is of the utmost importance. With that in mind, the latest release of Gearset Deploy offers OAuth as the default mechanism of connecting to organizations. Read the rest of this post

  • Designing Gearset Deploy: enhanced filtering of Salesforce metadata

    Stephen Chambers on June 4th 2015

    We’re constantly evolving Gearset Deploy and spending a great deal of time making sure that performing your Salesforce deployments is a simple process. We’d like to share our current ideas for future features and get your thoughts on the designs that are on our roadmap. This blog post details the feedback we’ve had about the current Gearset Deploy filtering feature, and how it could be even better in future versions. Read the rest of this post

  • Large Salesforce orgs and the 10,000-item API limit

    Chris Hurley on May 19th 2015

    Gearset Deploy is designed to retrieve metadata from Salesforce organizations in order to compare them and identify the operations required to deploy changes between them. This information is obtained through the Salesforce Metadata API, which can be queried for specific object types or names and provides a .zip file containing the requested metadata. However, when registering large organizations, it’s easy to run into its limits. Calls retrieving metadata can only request up to 10,000 files or 400MB at a time, and attempting to retrieve more than this results in failure. Tools designed primarily for Apex development, such as the IDE and MavensMate, are less likely to hit these limits because they’re geared towards working only with a subset of the objects in your organization. When comparing and deploying entire organizations, though, it becomes increasingly likely that the limits will be exceeded. If you’ve used the Migration Tool, which is a wrapper around the Metadata API, you may have come across these limitations yourself. Read the rest of this post

  • Customizing Salesforce comparisons: user-driven design in Gearset Deploy

    Stephen Chambers on April 21st 2015

    When it comes to the design, implementation, and release process, life’s been a whole lot easier working on Gearset Deploy than perhaps any previous project. There’s been no single defining moment, but if you asked me to pick the most significant of the contributing factors, I’d have to go for the involvement of users earlier in the design process. This has been facilitated – or, as it turns out, supercharged – by using Slack, a team communication platform, to create external channels where users can hang out, talk, and discuss features or challenges. We’ve also added users to our GitHub repository so that everyone can create, view, and comment on specific issues and see progress. So, how has early user involvement helped with our latest release? Read the rest of this post

  • Who made that change to my Salesforce metadata, and when?

    Kevin Boyle on April 9th 2015

    Salesforce organizations can quickly become complex: after all, they drive your entire business process and help your users succeed, so a certain degree of complexity is inevitable. This means it’s especially important that deploying changes between organizations is as simple as possible. Gearset Deploy makes it easy to see what has changed, but some of our users told us they’d also like to see who made each change and when, so that they’d have all the context to understand what should be deployed. Read the rest of this post

  • Salesforce deployment best practices

    Andrew Hunter on March 19th 2015

    In any software development project, the riskiest point is always deployment time. It’s often the first time that new features come into contact with the real production environment, and this means it’s a time when a lot of the possible failure modes are concentrated. With infrastructure deployments - such as the typical Salesforce deployment scenario - the stakes are higher still, as the users are dependent on the development team to fix all of the most critical problems that crop up before they start to interfere with their jobs. Here are some things that can be done to manage deployments and mitigate the risks. Read the rest of this post

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