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The Future For Analytics, Data And What It Can Do For Businesses?

Times are changing; this has been a term in use since the rapid progress of humanity since the 18th century. Today, it can be used even on a daily basis. Technology remains the cornerstone through which humanity evolves, it is now embedded in every single part of our lives today and imagining a future without it would be quite challenging. This is why going forward, there is always going to be a discussion about its impact and how it will change as time comes.

Data is something which humans have been able to collect very efficiently over the past few decades. In recent times, the collection process and speeds have ramped up significantly. This also means that, in the world of analytics, anything and everything will have correlations. Here are some ways data will impact us:

  • Transparency: With more and more amounts of data being made available to the public, it is only a matter of time before we use it for every single task in and around the house. Today the insights provided by these numbers and metrics can only be picked up by data scientists, but the future is not too far away when even the common man would be able to infer from the said data. Its widespread adoption for all spheres of industry and business will become even more rapid as time progresses.
  • Marketing: There will be an increased personalization of marketing. As data flows, it allows companies to select and narrow audiences. With an increase in the sheer numbers and information, it would be a matter of time before marketing strategies will become highly targeted and become personal. This also might seem like an invasion of privacy, and as things go about, there will be solutions which address this issue as it arises.
  • Collaborative Vertical Solutions: As we head into the imagination and digital age, there will be an increase in digital transformation. Collaborative tools will improve through the sheer insight that data can provide. Templates, workflows, and platforms such as Salesforce Service Cloud specifically created for highly regulated industries such as finance and healthcare can contribute well to the success of businesses in a world that is connected.
  • Proactive customer service or reactive: This dynamic change comes as a result of the influx of information through analytics. Things such as connected devices, AI and more; companies and businesses can respond and resolve problems at the origin. This can be done without the consumer even acknowledging the issue. The impact it can have in consumer satisfaction is simply unparalleled.
  • Responsible AI: Ethics and values are all clauses which are under intense scrutiny when it comes to artificial intelligence. There is a question of accountability when it comes to AI creation and usage. There is an onus on the current developers and data scientists to create AI which is responsible. There is forced accountability being put on developers, thus there is an assurance that systems created henceforth will be responsible.

These are just small glimpses into what the future holds for data analytics and AI.

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Salesforce for Nonprofits

Now a day the entire world is connected through technology. Salesforce for Nonprofits is one of the most powerful tools for any nonprofit organization as it helps in getting connected with the entire world. Built for the social and mobile era, Salesforce for Nonprofits will connect your entire organization— your partners, supporters, employees, and programs— so you can, deliver better programs and services, engage and strengthen your community, communicate more effectively, and raise more resources. (www.salesforce.org/nonprofit/, 2017)

To use salesforce for nonprofits, first you need to register to the “Power of us” program of salesforce. Once you are accepted in “Power of Us” program your organization will get your own salesforce instance with 10 free Enterprise Edition licenses along with the other products and services provided by salesforce. Through the “Power of us” program, qualified organization will receive the product and resources needed to effectively manage your organization and program.

Organization can purchase additional liquesces and services at a deep discounted price. All the amount received by Salesforce for these additional licenses, go right back into the foundation to allow salesforce to donate more to the nonprofit community. So, if you purchase additional licenses and invest in your own organizational success you are also investing to the overall success to the nonprofit community that uses salesforce.

As a part of the “Power of Us” Program you will get the benefits mentioned below:

    • 10 donated Enterprise Edition Sales or Service Cloud subscriptions
    • Discounts on additional subscriptions, products and/or services from Salesforce.org
    • Discounts on Salesforce training
    • Discounts on Salesforce events
    • Access to nonprofit and education specific user groups, events and webinars
    • Discounts on participating Apps and consulting partners from the AppExchange

(http://www.salesforce.org/nonprofit_product/nonprofit-editions-pricing/ , 2017)

 

Pricing of the additional Licenses:
Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP): Configured out of the box for nonprofits, NPSP sits on top of the Lightning Enterprise Edition and provides complete Salesforce Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and tools to help manage programs, donations, volunteers, and supporters all in one place.

 

Edition Standard Pricing Pricing for Non-Profit
Lightning Enterprise Edition $150 $36
Lightning Enterprise Edition + NPSP $150 $36
Lightning Unlimited Edition $300 $72
Lightning Unlimited Edition + NPSP $300 $72

 

Eligibility Criteria:

Salesforce.org offers a powerful, enterprise level suite of products with the potential to dramatically transform your organization. Salesforce has different criteria for different Countries depending on the law of that country. Basic criteria to be eligible to apply for the Power of Us program is, your organization must be recognized as a charitable, nonprofit, or nongovernmental organization in the country where you are located. Your organization must have a certificate of Trust or society issued by the government of the country.

To get the in-depth knowledge about the eligibility criteria please visit the link mentioned below:

http://www.salesforce.org/nonprofit/power-of-us/eligibility-guidelines/

 

How to register for “Power of Us” program:

Now before you go forward to invest your money in Salesforce the big challenge in front of you is to know whether Salesforce is an excellent choice for your organization or not, whether it is fulfilling all your organizational requirements or not. Salesforce comes forward to help you out with making a correct decision.

Salesforce offers a free 30 days’ trial for all its Nonprofit Service Packs mentioned above in the Pricing section. You can register for any of the available packs and get your free trial as soon as you register. To register for your free trial please visit the below mentioned link:

http://www.salesforce.org/nonprofit/get-started/

After using that free trial Salesforce instance, if you think that this pack is best suited for your organization then you can convert this trial account to a permanent account by applying on the below mentioned link:

https://powerofus.force.com/PowerOfUsApply

Here, first you need to login with your Salesforce trial account Username and Password. If you have more than one Salesforce trial, you must log in with the username and password of the trial that you want as your production account. If you need to select a different edition, please sign up for a new trial before submitting your application. Once your application has been approved for an account you had selected, you will no longer be able to switch your licenses to another Salesforce account or instance.

Fill in all fields on the application before submitting. If approved, your organization will receive a confirmation by email stating your acceptance into the Power of Us program.

 

 

References:

http://www.salesforce.org/nonprofit_product/nonprofit-editions-pricing/

http://www.salesforce.org/nonprofit/power-of-us/

http://www.salesforce.org/nonprofit/

 

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Best Programming Practices

Any code when written in a clean, easy to understand and formatted way is easily readable and accepted by everyone.

It is essential for everyone to easily understand the code one writes as same projects can involve participation of multiple programmers. For easy identification and understanding of the code and code flow by everyone involved, it is essential that the code is structured, clean, and easily maintainable.

Explained below are some of the practices to write clean and understandable code.

 

Commenting and Documentation

For any software project reliable documentation is crucial. Commenting and documentation helps one analyze what’s happening inside the code. This is very crucial for the one who is examining the code for the very first time. Writing comments for methods or functions is good for understanding its purpose. They can quickly show what a complex function is doing.

However, don’t write unnecessary comments as it would make your code messy. Obvious commenting does more harm than good. Comment should describe only what the method is doing or why it’s written. It can also describe the purpose of writing the program in a nutshell at the beginning of a class or module.

 

Naming Conventions

Adopting a consistent naming convention in your program is always a sensible and thoughtful practice.  It’s a set of rules for picking the character flow to be used for identifier, which signify variables, functions & methods. It makes it easier to understand the purpose of using that variable / function / method. If one’s a beginner, it’s a good practice to give meaningful names to your variables, methods, functions etc. instead of vague combinations of alphabets and numbers. Using camelCase and underscores is a widely popular approach. Use of camel case is to be preferred  as this does not create confusion between salesforce api names and variable names in case of apex code.

 

Consistent Indenting

There’s nothing worse than reading a piece of code that is poorly formatted. Indenting makes your code looks neat and clean. It is easy to understand the flow of program, the link between control flow constructs such as loops and codes written inside and outside of them.

 

Keeping it simple

One should keep their code as simple as possible. Avoid writing complex code for simple logic. Try breaking down your code in multiple methods if the logic is getting too complicated for a single module.

Ideally a method or a function should not have more than 40-50 lines of code, excluding comments.

Modules like servlets, triggers and callouts should not have any logic written in them. All the logical operations should be performed in a helper lass.

 

Portability

It is not advisable to use “hard-coded” values referring to environmental parameters, such as absolute file paths, file name, user name, host name, URLs etc. Else, the application might not run on a host with a different design. An efficient programmer should parametrize such variables and configure them as per the hosting environment outside of the application.

The best way to do it would be to maintain all the required constants in a single file which is easily configurable without making any code changes.

 

Loops and conditional statements

Beware of using loops and conditional statements in your code! Choose right loops at the right place in order to save code’s execution time.

Too many nested blocks of code can reduce code efficiency and readability drastically.

 

Omit unwanted code

It’s very common to find a block of code commented inside the program. It’s not going to do any harm to your program but bloats the code unnecessarily, so try not to keep such code. In addition, since this code is not going to be executed or compiled there is no difference between commenting out and deleting that code. Deleting commented codes makes your entire program looks cleaner.

In case of future necessity of the commented blocks, maintain additional backup along with the code repositories.

 

Do not just copy and paste code

If you have a snippet of, say, seven lines of code that do one thing, and you want to do it again for another module, don’t just copy and paste the code. Instead, make a function and to make it reusable. It’ll keep your code simple.

 

Code versioning

Code Versioning, popularly known as version control, is the management of the changes made to computer programs, documents and other collection of information.

In computer programming, it refers to the process of tracking & controlling the changes made to the source code.

Version control becomes very important especially when working in a big team as this saves additional time that one might require for code merging and also one can easily backtrack in case of errors.

 

Code versioning is to be done for every project using available resources like Gitlab, Github, Assembla, etc.

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View State

View State:  As the name suggests, is an error of View State. “Maximum view state size limit (135KB) exceeded” is the error message pertaining to “View State” error and here follows a brief detailing of the issue.

View state holds the state/size of the visual force page that includes the components, field values and controller state. This is important in the light that salesforce provides only a standard size of 135kb for any individual page. If the size of a particular page exceeds 135kb, the page will throw a view state error.

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A screenshot showing a view state error in salesforce

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jQuery tutorial for beginners

What is jQuery?

jQuery is a lightweight, “write less, do more”, JavaScript library. jQuery is a fast, small, and feature-rich JavaScript library. It makes HTML document traversal and manipulation, event handling, animation, and Ajax much simpler with an easy-to-use API that works across a multitude of browsers. jQuery is absolutely amazing. It’s cross-browser, easy to learn, and makes adding interactivity to your website a breeze.

How to setup jQuery file with html

Before we can do anything, we need to establish our file and link it to our HTML document. First, we will create our plugin file and put it in the “js” directory of our website. It is traditional to start our filename with “jQuery,” followed by the actual plugin name, so we will call this “jquery-hello.js”.
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Javascript Frameworks for Salesforce Lightning Design System

Salesforce has recently launched a new User Interface that is Salesforce Lightning Design System. It gives us very sharp and clean UI. By add JavaScript we can make our Lightning UI even more sharp.Here you can find JavaScript Frameworks  which useful to make best design.

1).Appiphony Lightning JS :

Appiphony Lightning

Appiphony Lighting JS(ALJS) gives harness with jQuery Library and Ember to deliver a rich UI experience to our Salesforce Lighting Design System.ALJS is implemented and maintained by Appiphony.

Click here to Getting Started with ALJS.

2).Lightning Dart:

Lightning Dart

The library for implementing web applications based on the CSS framework Salesforce Lighting Design System is Lighting Dart.Here we can find css,icons and fonts which are useful while implement Web Applications.

Lightning Dart gives the most complete component functionality for SLDS. Dart compiles into Javascript (“Dart – the better Javascript”), For business functionality we can write the code in Dart or in Javascript directly – or any language which can call Javascript.

Click here to Getting Started with Lightning Dart.

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Visual Flows In Salesforce

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Visual Flows in Salesforce

Hearing the word flow in salesforce we start thinking about the workflow i.e. defining criteria and firing action. So the question arise that weather flow is the amplified version of workflow or not? So the answer is a big “no”, flow is completely different form the workflow. Workflow let you automate your process letting you select the objects, defining the criteria and based on that criteria firing the immediate or a time dependent actions but this is not the case with the visual flows, visual flows structure a collaboration between you and Salesforce. They were created to be interactive and perform best in situations where system and user have something to contribute.

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