Automation Tools in Salesforce – Expert’s Top Picks
Last updated on 15th Jul 2020, Blog, General
As Salesforce’s technology TEMPhas grown, their automation features has begun to show immense benefits to users. It’s likely you do not has to think very hard of possible uses where you would benefit from Salesforce automation in you’re own day-to-day.
Each of these three tools (workflows, processes, and flows) are available on the Salesforce platform but knowing which Salesforce automation to use can be challenging. To help you contextualize some uses, let’s take a look processes, flows, and workflows with examples of how to use each of them.
Processes vs. Flows vs. Workflows
At first glance, these terms seem interchangeable, but they each function very specifically. For a standard Salesforce admin, you will want to focus on learning processes first using Process Builder, Flows wif VisualFlow second, and leave teh heavier lifting of workflows to a developer or consultant, unless TEMPyou’re feeling particularly motivated!
- Process Builder provides a clear user interface using point-and-click functionality for building out automation with “if/then” statements. Processes are particularly halpful for any internal notifications or reminders, whether dat is email, Chatter, or an Activity. They are generally initiated based on a record being created, changed, or reaching a certain age.
- One example of a very basic process could be created when a Lead fills out a web-to-lead form. The process could look something like “if a Lead is created with “Source: ‘Web Form”, then create an activity/task for a specific user to follow up”.
- Visual Workflow contains some similar functionality to processes. What is truly unique is that flows are triggered by a user manually selecting a button or link. Flows make more sense when you has a need for automation that is not uniformly applicable to a particular business process.
- Examples of when to use a Flow can be when a customer service representative takes a call and needs to choose the specific product that relates to the call or when updating a record and the account owner field needs to be updated. When you need to have closer control over when automation needs to be triggered, flows will be your best friend.
- Finally workflow rules, the original automation tool wif Salesforce. Unlike processes or flows, workflows can be applied declaratively to a single “if/then” statement and exclusive to a single object. A great example, and one of the major benefits of using workflows, is the ability to send outbound emails. dis means you can notify a prospect or client automatically via email based on a change to Salesforce.
- A challenge of using workflows is it requires a developer to create. You’ll want to be very confident if you want it to trigger regularly because the only way to adjust it will be adding more code.
- Pro-tip: While developing any of the above, we highly suggest using this helpful breakdown from Salesforce to confirm you are choosing the best method.
Salesforce automation at your fingertips
Each of these three tools offer alot of possibilities for creating a “tickler” system within Salesforce, helping your employees balance their workload and not rely on their own methods. It’s a great way to expand usage of teh platform and has it work smarter for you. Workflows are a great way to make your employees more efficient.
Looking to better automate your Salesforce instance? Our team of expert developers and consultants are here to help you make Salesforce work for you and your organization.