Ideas Delivered in Salesforce Releases

The IdeaExchange and it’s importance with every Salesforce releases.
Ideas Delivered in Salesforce Releases

Ideas Delivered in Salesforce Releases

The IdeaExchange is a big part of the Salesforce Success Community.  For those who don’t know what it is, this is a place where customers, partners, and even Salesforce employees can log feature requests for the Salesforce platform. These ideas are then crowd-sourced, voted on, and commented on.  But most importantly, Salesforce is seeking, acknowledging, and responding to the ways in which the community feels Salesforce should evolve as a platform.  The result is an ever growing number of ideas that are delivered with each Salesforce release. As an example, approximately 199 ideas have been delivered in just the last 3 releases.

Let’s take a look at not only the enhancements Salesforce is working on building into the IdeaExchange but also a few great ideas deployed in the latest release; Winter ‘15.

Enhancements coming from Salesforce on the IdeaExchange

  • Point Thresholds and Statuses  - Salesforce built this into the voting points system.  Once an Idea hits a certain point threshold, the idea is sent to the Salesforce product team for review.  The nice things is that they’ve revised and made the status more descriptive and are visually showing the progression of these statuses on the idea.  All Ideas will now have a status which will look like these: 

An Idea under the threshold:

Idea Exchange Under Threshold

 

An Idea above the threshold:

IdeaExchange - Over Threshold

 

  • Link to the Release Notes - For all Ideas that have been delivered in a release, they will be linked to the release notes. For the latest release you can find these in the IdeaExchange under the ‘Just Delivered’ menu option.
  • Fewer Idea Categories - This sounds like it’s still a work in progress, but, they are working on reducing the amount of categories you select when entering a new idea.  These will be more consistent with, say, a case you may enter. 
  • Idea Innovator Badges - Salesforce wants to recognize the great ideas the community creates.  It’s a work in progress but eventually they are going to give this badge to anyone who has created a badge that has been delivered in a release. I imagine this will grow in the future to provide additional accolades to these people.

Ideas Delivered in Winter ‘15

With 69 Ideas delivered just in the Winter ‘15 release, there’s no way I can go through all of them so here’s a few worth mentioning:

The IdeaExchange is not a vast but ignored ‘wish list’ depository as it is for some product companies, it’s a success community feature Salesforce takes very seriously, and, continue to improve upon on a regular basis. Have a great idea on new or enhancing features for Salesforce? Do you want to get an Idea Innovator Badge? I highly recommend you add your ideas to the IdeaExchange.

Do you have other favorite ideas delivered in the last release I didn’t mention? Please feel free to comment below, on our Facebook page, or directly at me on Twitter @LeiferAshley or in the Success Community.

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