The Complete Salesforce Summer ’15 Release Guide

Salesforce has nicely reminded us this past week that summer – and the Summer ’15 Release – are right around the corner.

summer 15For those who are new to the community, Salesforce has three releases each year that bring with them a host of new features and upgrades. Each release ignites considerable buzz around the industry, as people start talking about what solutions they can implement and upgrades they can bring to their associated organization. The releases include features, dates to mark, preview videos and pages of release notes. To make it easier for everyone to keep track of all of these documents and links, here is my complete guide (thus far) to the Salesforce Summer ’15 Release.

Key Dates
The helpful folks at Salesforce have again released their 8 Key Dates for the Summer ’15 Release. Everyone should mark these dates in their calendars to ensure nothing is missed. They are:

  • April 23: Release notes available and release website updated. (already released here).
  • April 24: Which “Ideas” made it into the release (already released here).
  • May 8-9 -Sandboxes are upgraded (preview instructions here).
  • May 22: NA1 Instance is upgraded (Salesforce’s own instance).
  • June 5: Second Release weekend (NA6, NA7, NA8, NA9, NA17, NA18, NA22).
  • June 12-13: Final Release weekend (see when you will be upgraded here).
  • Mid-June: Release training available.

Release Notes and Features

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The Summer ’15 Release is going to promise us more than 225 new features to look forward to; in the past this has been both a blessing and a challenge(due to the amount of documentation to look through). But Salesforce, ever focused on its customers, listened to our feedback and made it easier to find the features that affect you the most, with various helpful documents and videos:

  • Officlal release notesSalesforce has provided a filter option with their release notes, which means you can filter down to the exact features you are interested in.
  • Offical release notes PDFIf you prefer the longer, traditional documentation, you can find the full 269-page release document here.
  • Developers release siteYou can find the hub for all things developer here.
  • Features overviewA great looking PDF which includes a sample of some of the best features across each product range, including Analytics, Sales, Service, Salesforce1, Marketing and Community.
  • Admin Quick WinsThis handy PDF shows admins seven features that are quick and easy to turn on from the latest read. A must read.

Did we miss anything to date? Would you add any quick call-outs to these lists? Let us know in the comments below.

Ben McCarthy is a certified Salesforce admin and developer. He writes the popular Salesforce Blog, Salesforce Ben. Ben has a wealth of experience in the Salesforce ecosystem as a Business Analyst, Head of CRM and Certified Sales Cloud consultant.

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