Streamline Change and Release Management with DevOps Center

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Admins, you’re being asked to do a lot these days in this period of consistently evolving data, artificial intelligence (AI), and technology. As the backbone of your organization’s realm of technical infrastructure, ensuring seamless application delivery, managing complex systems, and navigating the maze of application lifecycle management is a heavy load. In this landscape, where agility and efficiency reign supreme, your role becomes even more crucial, and so do the operational tools you choose to use.

Central to the admin experience, DevOps Center plays a pivotal role in empowering you to elevate your workflow by enabling streamlined and efficient processes, fostering cross-functional team collaboration, and facilitating rapid and secure implementation of innovative solutions. Today, you face the challenge of staying competitive by optimizing your application development cycle.

The Salesforce Platform, combined with the power of a DevOps strategy managed by DevOps Center, offers a robust solution to meet these demands and help you achieve your goals. In this blog post, we’ll explore the value DevOps Center brings, recap our most impactful releases, and dive into the enhancements for your current Application Lifecycle Management (ALM).

What is DevOps Center?

DevOps Center serves as the central point for developers (devs) and admins to manage change and release management efficiently. This powerful, free tool is designed to empower teams throughout the ALM process, providing them with the necessary insights and capabilities to excel at each stage. It allows declarative and programmatic devs to adopt modern DevOps best practices, and provides seamless git-based source control integrated with GitHub and CI/CD tooling for the team. Whether you’re planning, creating, testing, releasing, or observing, the Salesforce Platform equips teams with comprehensive tools to help admins and devs in each stage—and DevOps Center is a prime example of that.

An infinity loop distributed into labeled stages of Application Lifecycle Management, which are Plan, Create, Test, Release, and Observe; each stage has the respective Salesforce product that is best used in that particular stage.

Unveiling the core benefits of DevOps Center through the lens of ALM

  1. Plan: With DevOps Center, teams gain an integrated view of their sandboxes in a modern user interface (UI) to effortlessly visualize their Work Items (or tickets of items to be completed) and their stages at a glance in a custom pipeline for development, testing, or production.
  2. Create: DevOps Center gives devs the ability to manage changes in applications, including source control via GitHub, and seamlessly collaborate with admins who can manage and track work items in DevOps Center based on the changes devs make programmatically. Devs can worry less about tooling and more about code quality while being able to use the tools of their choice, like VS Code with Salesforce Extensions.
  3. Test: Naturally, friends don’t let friends test in production. So they test in sandbox environments, all of which are compatible with DevOps Center. Our less code-savvy folks can move changes across environments with clicks and confidence, thanks to DevOps Center’s built-in branch and merge management and conflict detection.
  4. Release and Observe: Orchestrate seamless releases and closely monitor status of work with activity history view for increased visibility, audibility, and error tracking.

The Salesforce Platform, combined with DevOps Center, not only facilitates a more collaborative, hybrid team approach to ALM but also helps teams adopt best practices along the way. This provides increased productivity and the ability to deliver high-quality applications that meet evolving business needs.

Where can I learn more?

To tap into the full potential of DevOps Center, we invite you to explore our newest DevOps Guide to the Salesforce Platform. This free resource provides a deep dive into the world of DevOps for Salesforce and its potentially transformative impact when applied with appropriate tooling and strategy. Discover how DevOps Center can streamline your change and release management processes, enhance collaboration between admins and devs, and promote seamless integration across teams. Gain insights into best practices, explore real-world use cases, and unlock the full potential of the Salesforce Platform. This guide is your gateway to unleashing the power of DevOps and driving efficiency, agility, and success in your organization.

The front cover of a whitepaper named “A DevOps Guide to the Salesforce Platform - Build, test, and release quickly and cost effectively.” In the background is DevOps Center’s UI and Astro holding a lightning bolt (platform’s logo).

Join our Trailblazer Community Group today

As we continue to develop this product, your feedback and insights are incredibly valuable to us. We invite you to join our Trailblazer Community Group and share your experiences, questions, challenges, and suggestions. With over 7,500 members and counting in the DevOps Center community group, you’ll find a helpful ecosystem of individuals who are trailblazing their way across various industries and technologies.

Your insights will not only help us understand your needs better but also shape our roadmap. Additionally, we have exciting announcements lined up at Dreamforce that you won’t want to miss. Swing by to get a firsthand look at our latest enhancements and discover how they can further empower your application development journey.

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