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What are the differences between SF DevOps Classic vs. Lightning?

Written by: Kelly Wilson

The hype about Salesforce Lightning is real, and many organizations are trying to switch from Classic to Lightening lately. It is believed that Lightning offers enterprises a wide range of new features, including a better dashboard, detailed insights, and also a very intelligent and functional homepage. So, like any existing Salesforce customers, you even maybe thinking about whether a switch from Classic to Lightning is worth or not.


This is not such an easy question to answer. Each enterprise uses Salesforce in a differently unique manner, ranging from custom application development with SF DevOps tools to managing workflows. With this in mind, the first step to deciding over a switch is to understand the significant differences between these two and why Lightning at the end is the ideal platform to be on.


As an enterprise user of Salesforce, let us explore which factors one should consider while deciding whether to switch to Salesforce Lightning from Classic.


Advantages of Lightning


  1. Offering a better experience to end-users


Above everything else, Salesforce Lightning is made to offer a better end-user experience. Salesforce admins can now enjoy an easy to use drag and drop feature which minimizes or eradicates the need for custom coding. So, rather than collaborating with the developers to build or modify a Salesforce page, the admins can now easily rearrange the page’s components as the like by incorporating their advance needs.


The lightning components can now easily replace the need for any Visualforce in Salesforce operations. Above all, coding is only the first step in any development process. The code must be further QA’ed and tested before deployment. If there are any bugs or unforeseen challenges in the code, it goes back to developers, and the cycle starts again. We can see that Salesforce Lightning now removes all these hassles from the development process and offers a better approach.


With this, enterprises may no longer need the Visualforce developers to handle their coding. However, for those who require custom coding, Lightning also can help the developers by pushing the minor customizations to the users. Developers can also focus on their time more effectively for larger application development and critical customization projects.


Einstein Analytics


You can see User Interface (UI) upgrade itself is mostly praiseworthy when comparing the Classic with Lightning version, above which Lightning now also gives the users access to the Einstein Analytics reporting tool. Previously, Classic relied on most standard reporting protocols by creating static charts, lists, minimal graphics, etc. The dashboards were a snapshot of the most relevant metric based on the time when the data go refreshed last.


On the other hand, Einstein Analytics is a different beast. Einstein has its database, which pulls real-time data from Salesforce and automatically updates it each hour. When anyone opens the dashboard to see the metrics, the most recent data gets pulled, and up-to-date reports are shown.


Also, considering the dashboards, Einstein has dashboards that can be further explored by drilling down through it. If you find a sales manager has some metrics showing the close account category numbers in the given quarter, they can also see the data behind it to see how each of them is produced. You may get any related metrics like the type of accounts to tend to close quicker what degree of involvement sales reps had in closing the same etc.


Einstein also has many other innovative features like:


  • Edit the widgets on the dashboard for better display and access
  • Explore the dashboard as pictures.
  • Advanced formula calculation and better analytical capabilities


If you can compare the Classic reporting to a 2D painting, Einstein Analytics with Lightening can be compared to a 3D experience. So, rather than simply being observant, you can participate in the process more actively and get your answers quickly. You can say one thing about Classic is that the look and feel of the same was so classic when the look is more modern and click with Einstein.


Even though the native analytics on Salesforce Classic remains excellent for the SF DevOps users, Einstein Analytics can take the business intelligence and decision making to the next level. The top benefits as pointed out by the experts with Lightening based analytics and decision making, including but not limited to:

  • Processing performance
  • Data integration
  • Relationship modeling, and also being
  • An awesomeness all-rounder.


Comparing Security


Another significant advantage pointed out of SalesforceLightning is that it comes with better security features. We can see LockerService, for example, which is a modern security feature to help isolate the Lightning components so that they cannot interact with each other. These lightning components which act as the basic building blocks of Lightening pages. This approach will ensure optimum security by blocking the possibility of any malicious input while building.


Compared to the Classic, Permissions also work differently in the case of Salesforce Lightning. The users cannot raise the in-session assurance levels from the standard too high. To do so, they have to first log out of the Lightning and then sign in again with authentication, which has a higher assurance level. This is so important for organizations that require a higher degree of assurance for reports and dashboard access to various types of users.


Even though this is the case, we may have heard already that Lightning does not have a high reputation in terms of compatibility and transitioning. This is primarily because Lightning was not compatible with custom coding, apps, and objects during its release. It was further corrected, and now all the custom metadata objects are supported by Lightning, making it much easier for the companies to convert their existing workflows and applications without the need to build the same from scratch.


In fact, as in case of any significant product update or latest versions, developers and users have to make some sacrifices with Lightening too, but step by step, these shortfalls are getting corrected, and Lightening is proving to be a compelling and reliable platform for enterprise users.

Author Bio:

Kelly Wilson is an experienced and skilled Business Consultant and Financial advisor in the USA.  She helps clients both personal and professional in long-term wealth building plans. During her spare time, she loves to write on FLOSUM. She loves to share her knowledge and Experts tips with her readers.


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