Appirio’s DevOps Innovations Create a Buzz at Salesforce TrailheaDX India

December 20, 2019 Saurabh Deep

This week, I had the great pleasure of speaking to a packed house at TrailheaDX in Bengaluru in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. 

This was the first time Salesforce had brought TrailheaDX to India and all the tickets sold out well before opening day. And no wonder! It was an event created especially for developers, architects, and admins and offered over one hundred technical sessions, learning events, and big-name keynote speakers. 

Appirio’s Saurabh Deep unveils DevOps Innovations at Salesforce TrailheaDX India in the Canyon Theatre

Saurabh Deep Speaks at TrailheaDX India 

Breaking down barriers with Appirio DX 

During my speaking session, I walked the audience through Appirio DX, Appirio’s DevOps solution that accelerates software development by giving teams the right processes and tools.

Like you, my colleagues and I recognize the powerful existing tools—not specific to Salesforce—that enable DevOps, such as GitLab, Azure, and Bitbucket. However, until recently, we could not use our favorite tools in Salesforce, but that all changed with the advent of Salesforce DX and Appirio DX. Now we can use DevOps and reap the benefits of time-saving automation. 

The three phases of integrating DevOps tools with Salesforce  

The presentation elicited lots of excitement and questions, both in the theatre area and over the next two days at our booth. Attendees liked what I call the Crawl, Walk, Run concept of introducing DevOps to the Salesforce ecosystem. That is, there are layers to adopting DevOps, and you don’t need to introduce all of them at the same time. 

Crawl indicates the minimum implementation where you adopt version control – using your existing hosting service. This gives your developers and admins a clear view of how changes are flowing in and out of your environment.   

Walk is where you layer additional functionality on top of version control. Such as continuous integration/continuous delivery (CICD) and the automatic scanning of your code as it comes into specific branches; and now moving into more scratch org-based development. 

Moving to the Run phase brings second-generation packaging that utilizes modules to layer on top of one another to enable the functionality required within your various orgs. You can now track all changes such as code, configuration, and anything that can be expressed within the metadata in your version control. 

Putting our insights into action  

I was thrilled with the feedback I received for the presentation. But more than that, I was delighted with the number of developers and senior managers I met at our Appirio DX booth who are already implementing, or who now intend to implement, many of the concepts I outlined. With the growth of our industry in India and across the region, I anticipate more TrailheaDX events coming next year. I hope to see you there. 

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About the Author

Saurabh Deep

Saurabh Deep is a principal consultant for Appirio. A graduate of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule (MJP) Rohilkhand University and of C-DAC, the Center for Development of Advanced Computing, in Chennai, Saurabh has a deep grounding in programming languages, data management, and DevOps. An early adopter of Adobe ColdFusion, Saurabh cut his teeth developing web applications and linking web pages to databases. He has held senior positions developing software for companies such as Tech Mahindra and McGraw-Hill Education. Saurabh joined Appirio in 2011 and has been central in the development of several cloud applications, including Appirio DX, the DevOps solution that complements and expands the capabilities of Salesforce DX. Saurabh is currently based in Noida, not far from New Delhi.

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