Salesforce Classic vs Lightning – What you need to know

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Salesforce Classic vs Lightning – What you need to know

Salesforce Classic vs Lightning – What you need to know

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It’s more than just a modern-looking skin….Lightning is a completely new user-interface (UI) that was specifically designed to be mobile responsive so you can now work across the wide array of device screen sizes. So it will work on everything from phones, mini & large tablets as well as desktops.

Salesforce developers went to great lengths to try and unify navigation as well as take advantage of newer web technology to speed things up for users.

So faster loading and works across all devices? So what’s not to love?

How to decide when its right to move to Salesforce Lightning

Well, if you are a Greenfield implementation with no customization or 3rd party plugins you can most likely move from Classic to Lightning with no issues.

However, if you created customization using the Classic UI or using a combination of 3rd Party plugins, you may want to step carefully through the decision to migrate.

The first thing to check would if your 3rd party plugins support Lightning and if they do not are their plugins that do that you can migrate to. All the latest features are only on the Lightning side so all current developers will eventually have to transition to Lightning. However, be very careful that all the features you are currently using are in fact already transitioned by your 3rd party plugin developers. Some plugin developers are may have changed their products in the transition.

What is not supported in Salesforce Lightning?

First, what you see

Salesforce is releasing new features into Lightning each week, but there are subtle details that make not make them one-to-one just yet. Although there is always a work around, you may need to do customization to match things you have grown accustom to in the Classic UI. For example, have lots of columns on your list displays.

Second, what IT team will experience

Lightning represents a significant change to how the platform is constructed. The coding approach is completely new and has a very steep learning curve. This may even result in some 3rd party developers or IT personnel throwing their hands up since it will be a significant investment to learn the code to make any changes now. For example, the new Aero/Lightning environment is Javascript heavy and built using a more modern MVC (Model-View-Controller). These two changes alone typically call for a more advanced developer to handle customization.

Since there are not much documentation out there yet, your IT team may be trying to understand this for months. Yes, months. This is a very complicated structural change to the way the Salesforce runs. The most important thing to consider here is that Salesforce will need to operate in 3-end-user modes:

  • Classic
  • Lightning Browser
  • Lightning Mobile

And each one of those views will have to be configured for each page layout. Then that get’s doubled for the administrative interface. Unfortunately, admins will have to be comfortable in both setupUIs because there are still several items that can only be controlled from the Classic side.

Salesforce Lightning migration guide

For all the above reasons, it should be obvious that the last thing you want to plan for is to transition your entire organization to Lightning at once. You should plan on running both Classic and Lightning for a while.

To prioritize, look where there is a real business case for moving to Lightning other than a sales manager saying “it’s prettier” There may be key Lightning features that would pay for themselves in weeks when you able to leverage more key peoples’ mobile devices for example.

We are offering a free one-on-one review through where you can share your screen with one of our Salesforce experts and we can give you free, no-obligation consultation about your migration to Lightning. Schedule your free consultation below and we’ll set up a conference call at your convenience.

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