Thursday, October 23, 2014

Salesforce1 Lightning: Mobile business app creation for the masses.

Last week we covered the first of two major product announcements, Wave, from Salesforce's hugely successful Dreamforce 2014. In case you missed our post about Wave, the new Salesforce Analytics Cloud, you can read it here.

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The second big announcement at Dreamforce was the unveiling of Salesforce1 Lightning, the second iteration of the Salesforce1 Platform. The Lightning framework is, in reality, a proprietary technology developed by salesforce.com in its efforts to create truly mobile applications for the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). The framework allowed Salesforce developers to create individual components that could be rearranged to fit different device layouts, but its availability was limited to internal use and outside developers had to work within the confines of the Salesforce1 Platform as it was released to the public.

Luckily, that is no longer the case. Salesforce1 Lightning is Salesforce's move to make app-creation more accessible to everyone. It harnesses the technology of the Lightning framework and allows developers to build their own Salesforce1 components as needed by their own organizations. And the benefits of Salesforce1 Lightning are not limited to developers. The goal of Lightning is to extend the capabilities to anyone. Using a simple drag-and-drop interface, Lightning users can create their own applications by arranging standard and custom components, as well as those downloaded from the AppExchange, as they see fit; quickly modifying applications for different mobile devices, including wearables. Users can also define workflow actions to automate the applications, all with minimal code (though code will still be necessary for more intensive components).  

SkyPlanner, South Florida's premier Salesforce consulting company, is very excited for Lightning and the possibilities it holds for our own customers. What do you think about Lightning? Let us know in the comments!