How does Gearset compare with Change Sets?

Kevin Boyle on May 18th 2016


One of the first ways that people move changes from one Salesforce org to another is Change Sets. For developers and admins that are new to Salesforce, or have simple orgs that don’t change often, Change Sets is often enough for them to manage their deployments. However, for people dealing with more complex or frequent changes to migrate, or who work in teams, Change Sets can be too limiting. The inability to reliably migrate changes to standard objects and deploying Profiles are two common situations where Change Sets come up lacking.

Many developers, admins and release managers have asked us how exactly Gearset differs from using Change Sets. This post compares the strengths and weaknesses of using Gearset versus Changes Sets when it comes to deploying changes to your Salesforce orgs.

Gearset versus Changes Sets: a comparison

Feature Gearset Change Sets
Easy to use Yes

Unlike Change Sets, we make it easy to filter, select and slice your metadata. No more clicking through page after page!
No




Support for common Salesforce metadata Yes Yes
Support for standard objects and standard fields - Idea Exchange
Yes

Gearset has support for deploying changes to Standard Objects and Standard Fields (including picklist values) easily.
No




Support for granular changes
Yes

We’ve built Gearset to have a deep understanding of your metadata so we can make more granular changes than the coarse level that Change Sets operates at.
No





Easily compare two orgs and see the metadata differences
Yes

Gearset shows a visual diff of the metadata between any two orgs. With automatic change highlighting it’s easy to see exactly what changes exist.
No




Support for deploying deletions and destructive changes
Yes

Gearset treats deletions and other destructive changes just like any other change type.
No



Works with any combination of Salesforce orgs
Yes

Gearset uses the Salesforce Metadata API and allows you to move changes between any two orgs without needing to link them first.
No




Pre-deployment problem analysis
Yes

Gearset is designed to check for common reasons for deployment failures, and fix them for you. You can read about how it works in this blog post.
No




Simple scheduled deployments
Yes

Create a deployment, schedule it, and have it automatically deployed at a later date with just a few clicks.
No




Source control support - Idea Exchange
Yes

Gearset makes it easy to deploy changes from source control including GitLab and GitHub.

No




Clone Inbound Change Set - Idea Exchange Yes

A common scenario when using a Change Set is to move from Development to UAT, but then find yourself recreating that same Change Set in the move from UAT to Production. Gearset does that deployment with three clicks.
No






Deployment tracking Yes
Yes
Detailed deployment reports Yes

View and share PDF reports from your full deployment history for easy activity tracking and audit
No




Compared to the limited functionality of Change Sets, Gearset delivers a more efficient, powerful, and error free experience for Salesforce deployments.

Read our case study of how Sutter Health replaced Change Sets with Gearset and reduced their average deployment time from 8 hours down to less than an hour.

Gearset users experience much more than just having a better deployment process. With the ability to automate test runs, automatic monitoring of changes to the state of your orgs, and rich reporting, Gearset gives individuals and teams the insight and tools required to manage releases across all of their Salesforce orgs.

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