Lightning Experience Transition Planning … Take a Deep Breath You’re Going In…

Now that I have realized Lightning is not as bad as I thought it was there is still the task of transitioning to the new UI. Salesforce’s Trailhead has been instrumental in helping me to feel better prepared to roll out Lightning Experience to my users.

Now that I have realized Lightning is not as bad as I thought it was there is still the task of transitioning to the new UI. Salesforce’s Trailhead has been instrumental in helping me to feel better prepared to roll out Lightning Experience to my users. With that said there are times when one can be over prepared. I feel as if I am over-stressing about migrating to the Lightning Experience. I am reviewing the numerous modules and trails about Lightning Experience. There is a ton of content, articles, trails and modules around this topic. I think the fact that there is so much content and focus on this it is making it even more overwhelming for me.

That is not to say that the modules and trails in Trailhead are not very helpful, they are. The modules are simple and very clear. I love Trailhead and only wish that Salesforce could have come up with this new training program years earlier. This new Salesforce training concept and site is stunning. Unfortunately the trails and modules around preparing a Lightning Migration does not alleviate the stress of the change. If your company and org is anything like mine then this is not a project that can take up a large amount of your time. As a member of my company’s IT time we are constantly prioritizing projects and finding ourselves knee deep in development of one kind or another.

As much as Salesforce can give advice and preparation about including key stakeholders and having your executives on board with a Lightning rollout in the end you (Admin and possibly Developer) are doing the majority of the heavy lifting. I need to feel comfortable with what needs to change, what will and will not work in Lightning experience. We also want to improve our users’ ability to navigate to the items they themselves will use in their role. This means (for me) a revamp to profile mapping and having to lay out all new Apps that are profile and department specific.

Obviously this is something that goes hand in hand with any new transition for a UI. As an admin and an IT professional I should not be surprised and in truth I am not. Unfortunately this not the type of project that can or ever will take priority as much as I (or you) would want it to. Salesforce is good as saying that something like this is not a simple transition and should be considered a priority if it will improve your Business. I agree but transitioning your UI is not necessarily going to raise your ROI immediately especially if you have development that is ongoing that is in fact improving said ROI.

My point is do not feel discouraged as you go through all of the Content about Lightning Experience. It is overwhelming how much there is to learn about Lightning and preparing for a transition to the Experience within your org. It is not going to be a simple switch to flip and there will always be the inevitable hiccups and problems. The change may not be as quick as you would initially have hoped for but give it time. I do think Lightning Experience is constantly improving my original opinion. I like the look, the feel and the bells and whistles that are hidden gems within it. I am looking forward to the transition to Lightning Experience but pacing myself in the transition is what I have found to be the biggest necessity.

Helpful Content:

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/module/lex_migration_rollout

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/lex_migration_rollout/lex_migration_rollout_enabling

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/lex_migration_rollout/lex_migration_rollout_educating

https://releasenotes.docs.salesforce.com/en-us/winter16/release-notes/lex_rollout_strategy.htm

https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/trail/lex_admin_implementation

 

Lightning Experience isn’t as bad I thought it would be…

Change can be a good thing.

 

I have attended Dreamforce for the past two years with the Lightning theme dominating everything. When Lightning first became available it was not designed with the ability to customize it for custom objects. With this inherent flaw initially it was not something for those of us with highly customized organizations and custom objects to put into use.

Now over a year later with three additional releases of updates and changes, Lightning Experience is quickly becoming the “norm”. I have been inherently fighting the transition. There is no real reason to delay the transition to Lightning Experience now except habit. Even I admit that the reports and dashboards in Lightning Experience alone make moving over worth the hassle. Dashboards are interact and more visually stimulating in Lightning Experience.

With that said my CIO decided it was time that we transitioned our users over to Lightning Experience once we got back from this year’s Dreamforce. It has been a month since Dreamforce and I haven’t officially turned Lightning Experience on for everyone. I have been slowly forcing myself to do Trailhead modules about transitioning over to Lightning. Since the Awesome Admins have started the Lightning Challenge this past week I realize there are more tricks in Lightning that are just more useful. The Calendar option for anything is really useful for being able to pop up a calendar with color coded events showing them either weekly or monthly. This is very useful for my Company that hosts public events weekly and monthly. The Calendar enables my users to see all of the upcoming events on a Calendar within their Salesforce browser without having to leave and visit our external website event page.

The ability to add a List View Chart was also a revelation. We use Service Cloud and our service team uses List Views to control their work load and determine their work queues throughout the day. Adding Charts for their managers to get a visual representation of their work queue is a better way for them to visually manage their teams daily work queue without having to also continually refresh the management dashboards throughout a given day.

As I have been participating in the #LightningChallenge I have come to realize that the small tips and tricks in the challenge are what will boost my user adoption when I do launch Lightning Company wide. By giving these daily challenges the Awesome Admin team is showing us the small details we would’ve missed unless we read the Release Notes word for word. I have been slowly realizing that the Lightning Experience transition will not be as hard and as difficult as I initially thought. Sometimes Change can be a good thing.

Related Sites:

https://admin.salesforce.com/
https://trailhead.salesforce.com/\
https://www.salesforce.com/lightning/overview
https://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/DF16/
https://releasenotes.docs.salesforce.com/en-us/winter16/release-notes/lex_do_it_intro.htm
https://releasenotes.docs.salesforce.com/en-us/spring16/release-notes/lex_right_for_me.htm