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In February 2020, Salesforce announced its acquisition of Vlocity. Now known as Salesforce Industries, the tool comes with industry-specific features and processes, plus the bonus of reducing both the costs of development and development cycle time. The benefits of the platform are huge, if companies can overcome one major obstacle – finding and developing the talent.

In this blog, we look into how Salesforce customers are benefiting from Salesforce Industries and how they’re building their talent pipelines.

“The acquisition of Vlocity by Salesforce came as no surprise to those who worked within the industries that Vlocity covered,” said Nabila Salem, President of Revolent Group. “Vlocity was one of most widely adopted ISV’s within the Salesforce ecosystem. It had experienced considerable growth since its inception and had started to dominate the market. Plus, Vlocity had been committed to building its solutions in a way that closely aligned with the Salesforce platform. So much so, in fact, that Salesforce and Vlocity reportedly started planning their product roadmaps together.”

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The creation of Salesforce Industries marks an exciting time for Salesforce clients and the ecosystem as a whole. Salesforce has already made a name for itself as the world-leading CRM provider, enabling businesses to run smarter, faster, and more cost effectively. However, Salesforce Industries will take this to a whole new level.

Salesforce Industries becoming a competitive advantage

With Salesforce Industries, users will have access to custom CRM setups that are pre-configured to their industry-specific needs, including:

  • Pre-built data models.
  • On-demand industry processes.
  • Declarative tools.
  • Data tools.

Salesforce Industries will provide industry-specific solutions at the click of a button, eliminating the need for custom development, as would be required with traditional Salesforce options.

Moving to a ‘click rather than code’ model, means that companies using Salesforce Industries could see development costs reduce by ~48%, with the time between development cycles reducing by over 60% (Vlocity Success Community, 2020).

With the potential to double developer resource while halving development cost, many companies are keen to be the first to adopt this new technology, especially Salesforce customers working in financial services, health, energy and utilities, communication, manufacturing, consumer goods, and media and entertainment.

Still, overcoming the first hurdle of acquiring trained Salesforce Industries and OmniStudio talent will be crucial for companies wishing to gain a competitive edge in their market.

“Salesforce skills are already in high demand. What Salesforce Industries brings is a powerful new tool for Salesforce customers, but what’s missing is the talent to implement this,” says Jack Hilburn, Salesforce Instructor at Revolent. “That’s where we come in. As one of the few Trailhead Accredited training providers, we’re partnering with our clients to build out their new pipeline of Salesforce Industries talent.”

Revolent was created to address Salesforce skills crises just like these. The need for talent in the Salesforce ecosystem is constantly on the rise, with some estimates suggesting that 4.2 million jobs in Salesforce will need to be filled by 2024. We plug these skills gaps by cross-training and creating net new talent, increasing the supply into the ecosystem.

“Because Salesforce Industries is a specific skillset within the Salesforce ecosystem, traditional Salesforce Developers will require extra training to get up to speed with this new way of working as well as experience working within the industry they serve. We operate a two year career program, funding certifications and training for our Revols while they work with our clients, who then have the option of transferring permanently to the client’s team to build their in-house resource. And we’re also currently the only Trailhead Certified partner who can offer the OmniStudio Developer Certification.” Jack continues.

Clearly, Salesforce Industries is an exciting prospect for both Salesforce customers and its users. With the potential to double developer resource while halving costs, and the offering of a new Salesforce skillset set to be highly sought after by many businesses. The next step? Overcoming, the skills-gap, will be the first crucial action for companies wishing to gain a competitive edge with Salesforce Industries.

“Salesforce skills are already in high demand. What Salesforce Industries brings is a powerful new tool for Salesforce customers, but what’s missing is the talent to implement this,” says Jack Hilburn, Salesforce Instructor at Revolent. “That’s where we come in. As one of the few Trailhead Accredited training providers, we’re partnering with our clients to build out their new pipeline of Salesforce Industries talent.”

 

Revolent was created to address Salesforce skills crises just like these. The need for talent in the Salesforce ecosystem is constantly on the rise, with some estimates suggesting that 4.2 million jobs in Salesforce will need to be filled by 2024. We plug these skills gaps by cross-training and creating net new talent, increasing the supply into the ecosystem.

“Because Salesforce Industries is a specific skillset within the Salesforce ecosystem, traditional Salesforce Developers will require extra training to get up to speed with this new way of working as well as experience working within the industry they serve. We operate a two year career program, funding certifications and training for our Revols while they work with our clients, who then have the option of transferring permanently to the client’s team to build their in-house resource,” Jack continues.

Clearly, Salesforce Industries is an exciting prospect for both Salesforce customers and its users. With the potential to double developer resource while halving costs, and the offering of a new Salesforce skillset set to be highly sought after by many businesses. The next step? Overcoming, the skills-gap, will be the first crucial action for companies wishing to gain a competitive edge with Salesforce Industries.

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