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.
We introduced the roadmap back in 2015 to show users how we were delivering value by continually evolving our product. Keeping the roadmap accurate and visible over the years has been a way for us to demonstrate our long-standing commitment to the community.
We're constantly delivering improvements and updates
The roadmap is grouped into current and upcoming annual quarters, so it shows what we're working on now and what we plan to develop soon. This gives our users, our community and everyone at Gearset an easy way to track our progress.
Gearset is evolving rapidly, and the roadmap reflects this. We keep it up to date, showing when projects have been completed, and sometimes adding new work we decide to pick up. It's vital that our users can also see the improvements we're making to Gearset every day, so we also maintain an in-app change log to explain the latest updates. This is something that customers leveraging Gearset for DevOps success have highlighted with glowing reviews for our response to user feedback and our customer support.
Incorporating user input into the roadmap
Gearset's roadmap is shaped by the user feedback we get. Through customer calls, surveys, individual chats and forum feedback, we collect user requests for features that are then combined with our own strategic goals to create a roadmap. This is how we make sure that our vision for Gearset aligns with what our users need to solve their problems.
The full list of additional features being developed and delivered are shown on the roadmap, but a recent example of how we put our promises into practice is Delta CI.
Gearset's CI/CD functionality has for a long time offered best-practice continuous integration by comparing all filtered metadata in an environment and automatically deploying new and changed items to a target org. Sometimes, however, a team may want to commit specific objects without deploying all differences.
The ability to only deploy the changes between commits in your Git source was requested by a user on the feedback forum. We saw there was real value in this feature for our users, so we added it to our roadmap and subsequently delivered it. See our documentation to read more about Delta CI and how to enable it.
An additional feature we're developing in the ongoing expansion of our CI/CD tools is the ability to create external triggers for CI jobs. It will allow teams to incorporate Gearset into their pre-existing DevOps infrastructure easily, as well as provide more visibility into jobs through polls and status reports. The number of user requests for this feature demonstrated to us that this would bring significant value to lots of companies using Gearset.
Another feature that's had particularly high interest from our users is the potential to automate LWC tests. One major blocker that has prevented faster and more widespread adoption of LWC tests has been the lack of tooling to enable seamless integration for them as part of a release process. The good news is that we'll be releasing LWC support for CI jobs in Gearset over the course of Q2. Keep an eye on the daily updates and our blog over the coming months for more information and how to get early access!
Got a feature you'd like to see in Gearset?
Head over to our feedback forum to submit requests for future features or to discuss ideas with other Salesforce professionals, or drop us a line on our in-app chat. Or, if you're wondering whether Gearset already has the right tools to support your process, you can start a free trial today and experience an unrivaled solution for Salesforce DevOps.