TrailblazerDX is a flagship event in the Salesforce calendar that brings together the “builders” – Salesforce Admins, Developers, and others – to be inspired to innovate within their own businesses using the Salesforce platform.
Formerly TrailheadDX, TrailblazerDX ‘22 returns in person and will be streamed via Salesforce+. Trust me, having seen the line-up and upcoming announcements, you won’t be disappointed.
There are two central themes to TrailblazerDX (TDX) ‘22:
- Bringing together four platforms: Salesforce, MuleSoft, Tableau, and Slack. You’ll likely know that three of those were the result of high-value acquisitions. TDX updates will focus on how Salesforce have worked to unify each of the developer experiences, and leverage Flow automation across all these pillars in what’s being touted as a “new era of automation”.
- The role of developers in digital transformation: With the rise in developer burnout, Salesforce recognizes that empowering low-code individuals is how their customers can truly scale up their usage of Salesforce as the backbone of their tech stacks. After all, we can all “be developers”, i.e. we can do what previously only developers could achieve, with the support of Salesforce’s low-code capabilities.
Parker Harris, co-founder and CTO at Salesforce, shared his vision:
“At Salesforce, we see a world where enterprise software isn’t going to be something that you need to proactively log into, or go activate – it’s something that’s going to come to you, through the power of automation. That’s what’s so exciting – that’s what we’re going to be talking about at TrailblazerDX”.
Parker also highlighted the global context that TDX is happening in – skill shortages, the “Great Resignation”, rising inflation, supply chain disruption, and global energy crisis. In short, we’re being asked to do more with less.
1. Salesforce Flow Integrated with Slack, MuleSoft, Tableau, and RPA
There is huge momentum around Salesforce Flow. Salesforce have been channeling a huge amount of resources into developing Flow innovations which will unify products across their portfolio.
And there are some impressive numbers to date. Salesforce powers 1 trillion+ automations every month – that’s approximately 44 million every day.
Using Flow, Salesforce builders will be able to tap into Slack, MuleSoft, and Tableau – as well as leverage Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology.
2. The New Salesforce Platform for Slack
Salesforce are announcing that they have integrated Salesforce and Slack even more closely – in other words, anything that you’ve built in Salesforce is now ready to trigger from or interact with Slack. Developers and admins can leverage existing authentications, UI definitions, automation, Apex, and more. This is the new Salesforce Platform for Slack.
The Salesforce Platform for Slack release comprises two sets of capabilities:
- Flow in Slack (clicks/low-code)
- Apex SDK for Slack (pro-code)
Interestingly, the Slack engineering team used the Salesforce Platform for Slack development capabilities to build three enhanced applications for Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, and Marketing Cloud (also being announced).
3. Salesforce DevOps Center
In the long term, DevOps Center won’t just be an alternative to change sets. That’s because DevOps itself is such an enormous improvement on old workflows using change sets.
DevOps Center was featured in many sessions across TDX, and a public beta has been confirmed for June.
4. MuleSoft: Anypoint Code Builder and Universal API Management
Anypoint Code Builder is a new integrated development environment (IDE) to create APIs and integrations. Salesforce’s aim is for this to become the #1 IDE – and that’s not unrealistic! Anypoint Code Builder uses modern, open-source VS Code that is familiar to almost all Salesforce Developers. Built-in recommendations and access to a library of building blocks for common API and integration patterns will boost developer productivity.
Building APIs effectively is one part of the challenge – sharing APIs is the other part. This is where Universal API Management, MuleSoft’s pioneering new approach, comes into play. Sharing APIs is key to empowering more individuals across the business to integrate, themselves, and alleviate pressures from development teams – with the peace of mind of governance.
There are now 16 million Trailblazers, and an estimated 22 million developers globally. With almost as many Trailblazers as there are developers in the entire world, we can unlock a tremendous amount of value if we can work together using APIs (for example, bringing governed APIs into Flow).
5. Tableau Embedded Analytics
Developers will be empowered to take data visualizations to new horizons, thanks to the new tools for embedding Tableau analytical experiences into their own products and applications.
Tableau wants to unleash the creativity of developers to connect to any, and all, data. The Web Data Connector 3.0 is a toolkit that comprises reusable libraries to build new connectors.
Finally, Tableau will be integrated with Salesforce Flow to “close the loop” between insight and action. With Salesforce Flow driving automation from Tableau insights – it’s a huge leap to unify these two products.
6. Trailblazer.me Profile
Trailblazer.me profiles will become your trusted resume for the Salesforce ecosystem. The enhanced profile will enable you to not only showcase your Salesforce credentials, but also across MuleSoft, Tableau, and Slack.
As you can see, there are some very exciting announcements expected to land during TrailblazerDX ‘22, with unifying innovations taking Salesforce, MuleSoft, Tableau, and Slack to the next level – for admins and developers alike.
You can check out the schedule here and join the free event stream.