Complete Guide to Salesforce Summer ’18

It may not feel like it, but Summer ’18 is just around the corner, and what feels more like summer than Codey the Bear in a snorkel. Over the next two months, expect to see a large amount of content being delivered to your social media channels surrounding the latest Salesforce release, Summer ’18. Salesforce has three core platform releases a year that brings new features, tools, and extend the capability of all our systems. I hope this post becomes your foundation for learning about Summer ’18, as it will be regularly updated with content as the release draws closer.

Key Dates

LiveRelease Notes

LivePre-Release Org’s

May 4th – Sandbox Upgrade

Jan 19thRelease Strategy MVP Webinar

May 18th/June 1st/June 8th – Summer ’18 Release

Release Notes

As with every release, there is a lot to digest. I would recommend reviewing the release notes for the core areas and product your business uses. YouTube videos, Salesforce content, as well as blog posts, are also fantastic ways to digest some cool features you might have skipped over. A great place to start is our First Look post where we go through some of the core themes of this release.

If you are new to Salesforce releases, there are a few ways to get started with the overwhelming amount of features packed into each release.

Interactive Release Notes (A favourite of most admins)

PDF Version (472 page document for the hardcore)

Salesforce YouTube

Quick Links

Salesforce Overall: Improved Productivity in Lightning Experience with More Ways to Discover, Adopt, and Personalize

Lightning Experience: A Modern and Intelligent User Experience

Salesforce Einstein: Forecasting, Bots, Discovery Recommendations, and Other Genius Enhancements

Sales: Intelligent Forecasting, Improved Campaign Management, and Lightning Dialer Enhancements

Service: Einstein Bots, Lightning Guided Engagement, and Field Service in Lightning Communities

Communities: Pre-Built Themes, Sharing Sets for Everyone, Pinned Posts, and Closed Threads

Marketing: Lightning Homepage, Google Analytics 360 Integration, and Other Features

Features

One of the main reasons for Admins and Developers to get so excited about each release is the addition of features. New features to play around with, implement and extend your current Salesforce functionality is one of the reasons this ecosystem is so exciting. And unlike Christmas, releases come 3 times a year!

After having a read through the release notes, I like to get other peoples opinions on their favorite features, and the best way to do this is through other community members blogs. This not only gives you a highlight of some others peoples top features, but also an insight into how they intend to use them. Check out some of the community blogs below..

Salesforce Summer ’18 Release Date + Preview Information

Salesforce Summer ’18 Release Notes – First Look

Salesforce Summer 18 features to watch out for

Summer ’18 Release: Top Sales & Service Cloud Features

 

Are you a Marketer using Salesforce, Pardot or Marketing Cloud? Check out this post on The DRIP which summarises all the Marketing updates: 

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