Archive for January, 2007

Timeline S-Control Is Very Cool – Too Bad I Can’t Use It.

Salesforce Labs just came out with the Timeline S-Control application that is incredibly easy to install and has some great functionality.  It allows you to place a visual timeline on any of your Accounts, Opportunities, Contacts, or Cases and quickly scroll through all of the items in a rich visual format.  The original application came out of MIT and is called Simile.  I was really excited by some of the examples and began to implement the application until I realized it is only for Enterprise editions and higher.  I really need to beg Salesforce to open up the API in some other pricing format.  It is still not practical for my company to invest thousands of dollars per year extra for EE when the only functionality I need is the API.  If you’re a professional edition user like me and want to cast your vote for API access please vote here or here
SF Timeline

January 31, 2007 at 1:28 pm 1 comment

A New Salesforce Blog Launches

I’d like to welcome http://salesforce.phollaio.com otherwise known as “Decoding Salesforce” to the blog family.  It is run by 2 friends who are experienced administrators.  The blog will focus on the technical end of Salesforce such as formulas and S-Controls as well as some of their client applications and API related features.

Check them out when you have the chance.

January 19, 2007 at 4:57 pm 1 comment

Digging Out From Winter 07′ Release

It’s been a couple of days since our account was upgraded to winter 07′ and we’ve only touched a fraction of the upgrades. The feature that jumps out immediately is the related list hovers, making it much easier to navigate to the information you need on your account and contact tabs. The upgraded calendar view is very nice, and also comes with hover pop-ups to make viewing much quicker and clearer. The task pop-ups are great – I only wish there was an easy way to go back and “enable” all of the previous tasks created in our organization. I started playing around with the console, but so far I’m not seeing how this feature will benefit our company. I’m sure this is great for call centers and other high volume applications, but for now I’ll move it towards the bottom of the list of upgrades. The validation rules should be extremely helpful, I’m wishing we had these when we implemented our custom fields but we’ll gradually go back and put them in where most needed.

There are tons of new features, all of which can be found here: http://blogs.salesforce.com/features/winter_07_release.html. I highly recommend downloading the full 215 page user manual.

It’s been rather quiet on the blog front, myself included. I’m hoping all these great new features sparks some new discussions and creative implementations.

January 17, 2007 at 1:15 pm 2 comments


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