Gearset is partnering with a growing number of SIs and Salesforce consultancies across the ecosystem. These Salesforce partners are experts at building business solutions for companies using Salesforce, and they rely on Gearset to handle the challenges of release management on the platform.
Businesses are using Salesforce to run more and more of their processes, streamlining the work they do and bringing as much as possible onto one platform. For these businesses to get the most out of Salesforce, they need bespoke solutions that capitalize on Salesforce’s adaptability.
Many businesses turn to consultants for help, and our partners are on hand to build powerful and effective solutions for Salesforce, whether it’s an initial implementation of Salesforce or developing new features for an existing org. Here are just some of the ways Gearset helps our partners deliver more for their clients.
Develop once, deploy anywhere
Gearset helps our partners to implement a streamlined release model that they can standardize across all projects. By taking the pain out of releases, Gearset lets our partners focus on building brilliant solutions, so they can take full advantage of the ‘develop once, deploy anywhere’ model. All this gives our partners a competitive edge. With the Salesforce ecosystem’s most comprehensive DevOps toolkit in their back pocket, they can release better solutions in less time and more safely - no matter how challenging the project.
Delivering work quickly and easily
For anyone building on Salesforce, deploying new features and improvements from dev environments to production is a key challenge. Our partners have to make a whole lot of deployments to clients’ orgs, each with its own unique challenges. Over time, Salesforce teams can accrue lots of technical debt, with orgs that have become bloated and unnecessarily complex. As a result, teams that use change sets often find that their deployments fail because of missing dependencies, or any number of deployment issues, all of which absorb a lot of their time and effort.
Gearset makes Salesforce deployments up to 12x faster and much more likely to succeed first time, thanks to our intelligent deployment engine that finds and fixes common causes of deployment failure. Gearset saves our partners thousands of hours, reducing costs both for them and their clients.
Understanding client orgs
Working with unfamiliar orgs is an additional challenge for our partners, but Gearset gives them invaluable visibility into the metadata changes they’re making. One of the most appreciated aspects of Gearset is the way it shows the impact of a deployment package before it’s deployed. Gearset’s semantic diff shows the exact difference between source and target environments for a deployment, with a comparison view that shows what will be added, changed or deleted in the target.
Gearset then automatically analyzes deployment packages, suggests fixes for any issues identified, and provides the option of validating the package before deployment. All this means our partners can deploy changes with confidence, knowing that they haven’t overlooked anything and shouldn’t be caught off guard by deployment errors from Salesforce.
Gearset’s change monitoring tool also allows our partners to see if anyone is making changes directly in production. This is useful because unexpected changes made by the client in production can cause solutions to break. Without Gearset, it would be much more difficult for our partners to work out what went wrong and explain what happened to clients.
Protecting client orgs and data
Increasingly, companies are aware that Salesforce data needs to be backed up. Even so, many orgs are still at risk, as Gearset recently found out in our industry survey. Our partners can help their clients to set up backup jobs in Gearset. Many companies are unaware of the risks of data loss from Salesforce, and incorrectly assume that they could restore easily from manual backups or even that Salesforce’s recovery service will be a viable option.
In fact, backups of both data and metadata are needed to protect orgs from any data loss or disasters during development. This ensures business continuity for our partners’ clients in the event of a worst-case scenario, and gives peace of mind to everyone involved in the development and release of new features.
Setting up clients for future success
As well as implementing solutions, our partners often introduce significantly improved release management processes to their clients. Developers and admins watch our partners deploying with Gearset, see the benefits, and want to keep using Gearset for themselves! Some companies are first introduced to Salesforce DevOps by their consultants. In this way, our partners are setting up clients for future success, with a faster, safer release process.
Partner with us!
If you’re interested in partnering with Gearset, drop me an email to find out more about supercharging your own release process and bringing DevOps best practices to the ecosystem. If you have any questions about the product, pop them in the live chat and we’ll be happy to help.