Salesforce is the world’s fastest-growing CRM ecosystem, for one simple reason: It works! It’s no surprise, then, that Salesforce is speeding its solution delivery up even more, with the introduction of Salesforce Industries.
Focused primarily on web components, this new solution places a high emphasis on reusability and quick deployment. With Salesforce Industries, Developers don’t have to start a project from scratch but can use pre-existing, industry-specific solutions to build things much quicker.
In fact, early reports from a presentation at Salesforce’s Vlocity Success Community suggest that companies using Salesforce Industries will see development costs reduce by ~48% and time between development cycles reduce by over 60%.
But of course, any great Salesforce product is only as good as the people trained to wield it. And, as the demand for Salesforce Industries Developers grows, so will the number of people looking to train in it.
So why might Developers want to specialise in Salesforce Industries? We took a look under the hood of this new solution to find out. Here are 4 reasons to become a Salesforce Industries Developer.
1. The Salesforce Industries skillset looks set to be in very high demand
With the potential to double developer resources while halving development cost, companies are chomping at the bit to gain a competitive advantage with Salesforce Industries.
Available across financial services, health, energy & utilities, communication, manufacturing, consumer goods and media & entertainment, there’s a wealth of different specialities within the industry that will all need filling.
And, right now, Salesforce partners and end-users are still trying to overcome the first hurdle of any solution; finding the talent to use it.
That means, presently, Salesforce Industries is an incredibly rare skillset that is likely to command a high salary and will definitely make you an attractive candidate for any organisation with a drive for digital transformation.
Salesforce skills are already in high demand and, as organisations look to supercharge their operations with the power of Salesforce Industries, this is only set to increase. At the moment, the only thing that’s missing is the power to wield it. The talent simply isn’t there, yet.
2. You’ll be at the forefront of a new way of working in Salesforce
Historically, Salesforce has always relied on tactical solutions, where they focus on the features of a specific software tool and sell its suite of capabilities to a broad group.
For example, a business would purchase Service Cloud to streamline their customer support operations and their sales and marketing efforts would follow suit.
But this was not a particularly cohesive experience for customers, especially when an organisation needed multiple tools across different departments. Dealing with the ever-increasing list of internal and external stakeholders needed to manage different tools was, put simply, messy.
By pivoting towards industry-specific solutions, Salesforce is able to offer a more holistic view that spans across all available software tools. This means, rather than having a Service Cloud expert who knows all use cases across all industries, an organisation can utilise a single manufacturing expert who knows how to handle all of the use cases across the industry-specific software suite.
While it is early days, industry-specific solutions such as those available through Salesforce Industries are saving companies’ time and simplifying many processes.
This is why many experts in the Salesforce ecosystem believe this is just the start of a wider shift, by Salesforce, towards more streamlined, industry-based solutions. For those who start training in Salesforce Industries now, there is a strong chance that they’ll be ‘ahead of the curve’ of Salesforce technology.
3. Your workload will improve, which can translate to a higher flexibility in your solution development
Often, as a Salesforce Developer, you’ll be faced with a choice. Should I do this declaratively, or should I create new code? Typically, if you can do something declaratively, you should. It’s simpler and quicker, for a number of reasons:
- Declarative solutions are low code. As any Salesforce Developer knows, having tons of code to maintain can be a nightmare, no matter how good you are. Declarative solutions require much less code than their counterparts, dramatically decreasing your workload.
- Declarative development is native, meaning you’ll have far less issues when new versions are released with each cycle.
- Declarative work is easier to understand and document for your peers. Creating a solution that can easily be picked up and run with by another Developer makes everyone’s life easier, including your own.
With Salesforce Industries, Developers have a much greater range of declarative solutions at their disposal. This will free up your valuable time and allow you to save your coding skills for more advanced, intensive projects. In short: you’ll be able to focus on the stuff that really matters.
4. You’ll see the impact of your work on a daily basis
Salesforce Industries is highly consumer-focused and you’ll be able to see (and use) many of the solutions you’ve created.
From customers choosing between phone packages, to entering your gas reading online, or weighing up insurance packages, there’s one thing in common. A Salesforce Industries Developer is likely behind it.
Many people on our Salesforce Industries training program tell us that they love how fast-growing and consumer-focused Salesforce Industries itself really is. I think people enjoy it so much because they’re building things that actually get used by the public and can be seen all on various websites around the Internet.
Seeing your work in action is a guaranteed way to experience the all-important impact of your work, the absence of which can sometimes be felt in other areas of Salesforce.
As one of the most promising new areas in the Salesforce ecosystem, Salesforce Industries is set to be a prized skillset for any Developer and a valuable asset to many organisations.
For those interested in training to become a Salesforce Industries Developer, I’d recommend the following few steps:
- Learn more about the solution itself. The Salesforce website outlines the theory behind this product fantastically, on their website.
- Take a look at the free courses and resources out there to help you upskill in Salesforce Industries, we recommend this amazing collection of SFI Trailhead Academy Classes, collated by Amy Regan Morehouse.
- Finally, take a look at the different training providers out there. Courses like this one we provide at Revolent are a great way to learn and get started in Salesforce Industries.