Analytics for the rest of us

The past few weeks have been very busy but also very exciting for those of us in the Salesforce community. Early in March Salesforce hosted the Salesforce World Tour at the Melbourne exhibition centre and the Salesforce #LighningDevWeek across the globe which stopped in Sydney and Melbourne the following week.

During the developer meetup, as part of the lightning dev week, we learnt about and got to have hands on experience with Lightning Connect (currently available), Lightning Components (currently in beta), and the Lightning Application Builder (currently in pilot).

This got me really excited, just imagine, soon you'll be able to access the data stored in your ERP and visualise it on your mobile phone from within the context of your salesforce records using the Salesforce1 platform. You will be able to do this using the power of Lightning Connect, which allows you to access data stored in your ERP which may be in your own data centre. As well as building Lightning Components to visualise that data which can then be dragged and dropped onto your customised mobile app using the Lightning Application Builder.

The future looks bright for both Salesforce Developers and Administrators with interesting and innovative mobile solutions to tackle business problems. Developers will be able to create dynamic web apps for mobile and desktop devices using the Lightning Component framework, a modern framework for building single-page applications engineered for growth. The framework supports partitioned multi-tier component development that bridges the client and server. It uses JavaScript on the client side and Apex on the server side. Administrators will then be able to drag and drop these components onto an application, set the view based on the device type and then make that application available to users within (or even outside of) the organisation.

During the Salesforce1 Tour we were shown some great case studies of Salesforce Wave, also known as the analytics cloud, both within our region and around the globe. What really caught my attention was the Harmoney use case for the analytics cloud, which has been able to provide insights into sales data across the bank. I later found out that implementation was put together in a few weeks, what an impressive, agile, data analytics platform.

It has been great to have a feel for what the analytics cloud looks like and gain an understanding of some of the features that are available. You can also experience what Wave can do by having a go at the analytics playground.

Some of the most impressive features of the Analytics Cloud is that you can visualise your business data, allowing you to measure, group, filter and share those insights with others in your team via a marked up image in Chatter. You can also upload an excel spreadsheet into the same big data repository to then visualise the data that it contains. The best part is that you can do all of this from your mobile phone.

Salesforce Wave will provide Analytics for the rest of us, the ability for those who are on the front line, who aren't data analysts, to be able to visualise the data, drill into specifics and gain insights into how we can improve our business outcomes based on near real time data.

If you have the skills to implement the above technology and are interested in joining our team and want to know more about what sets us apart - then let's catch up for a chat. Click I'm interested below and we will be in touch.

Harry Bohosian (LinkedIn|Twitter) is a Lead Consultant with System Partners, he heads up the Sydney consulting team. You can contact him directly: harry.bohosian@systempartners.com