A New Hybrid Model
Today's digital-first economy has sparked massive adoption of agile, low-code cloud platforms. An estimated 70% of new enterprise software development efforts will be based on low code by 2025. Low-code platforms are optimized for the speed of making changes. But much of those benefits can only be recovered if teams coordinate well. To support this development speed, a new kind of hybrid delivery team is emerging that blends professional coders and non-technical business users (+ robots!). Coordinating fast-paced development depends on practices such as version control, automated testing, and continuous delivery. But those practices must be made accessible to every team member if they work in unison and ensure speed, quality, security and governance.
Copado is at the center of this new hybrid model that democratizes development and speeds the delivery of value to users. We're empowering teams to master every step of DevOps success by supporting the growth of their people, process and technology. Development teams who embrace this new approach can deliver value to their customers twice as fast with half the risk. Read on to learn more about how the latest release of the Copado DevOps Platform helps teams improve release velocity and proactively identify software quality issues long before they reach production. We provide end-to-end visibility and consistent quality-driven automation that enables impactful business innovation.
What's New in Fall '22
In the Fall 2022 Release, Copado is launching the 2nd generation of our DevOps Platform for Salesforce. For the first time, Copado is democratizing DevOps for low-code and pro-code delivery teams on a single CI/CD and testing platform for Salesforce. Now development teams can deliver unbreakable digital experiences even for the most complex enterprise IT environments where an end-to-end business process may span multiple clouds (e.g. Sales, Service, MuleSoft, etc).
Copado's Quality Driven Pipelines enable development teams to embed, orchestrate and enforce continuous testing, security and compliance within the CI/CD process to achieve never-before-seen levels of quality.
Copado Robotic Testing empowers testers of all skill levels to work collaboratively. Business testers can leverage a new drag-and-drop Flow Editor to build tests quickly. Technical testers can extend the same tests to tackle the most advanced scenarios such as testing mobile apps. In addition, tests now integrate with Jira for robust defect management.
Key Innovation Highlights in Fall '22:
Embed Quality in your Salesforce Pipelines with Copado
Unbalanced demands from the business to release software fast can pressure teams to put testing and quality on the back burner - perpetuating a tradeoff between speed and quality. Most dev teams simply can't keep up with testing fast enough to match the pace of change. The result? 92% experience production issues each year due to inadequate testing.
This leads to poor quality code making its way into production. Unsatisfactory end-user experience and vulnerabilities can cause reputational damage and downtime. Instead of getting fast and effective feedback from internal testing, dev teams are forced into tedious rework and rollbacks.
With the Fall '22 release of Copado's 2nd generation DevOps Platform for Salesforce, you can increase the speed, efficiency and quality of the Salesforce changes you deliver to the business. The new Copado Quality Integration Framework gives Salesforce Dev teams a user-story-centric view of test management, quality gates, policies, security and compliance rules in the same place CI/CD pipelines are managed. Customers can now integrate any testing, security or compliance tool in the wider DevOps ecosystem into their Copado pipelines to enable continuous testing. This unique ability to centrally manage quality from the pipeline perspective gives Salesforce development teams unmatched visibility and control and more importantly, eliminates the tradeoff between quality and speed.
The Quality Integration Framework establishes test processes by building feedback into the development process to improve quality. In this release, Our team has partnered with DigitSec to help our customers shift security left to deploy more safely, empowering users to find and fix vulnerabilities in Salesforce custom code. Copado is now integrated with DigitSec S4, a comprehensive Salesforce security scanner that performs four targeted and integrated scans. This includes pen testing that's designed to work with software composition analysis (SCA), interactive runtime testing (IAST), cloud security configuration review and static source code analysis (SAST).
Copado CI/CD for Salesforce 2nd Generation
Salesforce DX was introduced in 2017 and marked a significant shift in Salesforce Development, including the move from the Org Development Model to the Package Development Model. DX offers an array of new tools to make version control the source of truth for their work, such as a powerful CLI, scratch orgs, and 2nd generation packages. These are powerful tools for maturing Salesforce Dev Teams. But while DX opens up many new possibilities, it is not a fully integrated DevOps solution for Salesforce.
The vast majority of Salesforce teams continue to use the Org Development Model - including using change sets and making changes directly in production. These unsophisticated approaches are familiar, albeit slow, risky and hard to track should a change create problems. Why the lack of adoption? The DX suite of tools are geared towards traditional developers. The use of such techniques is still at an early stage in the Salesforce ecosystem since it doesn't match the user experience expectations of low code developers.
Salesforce teams need a DevOps solution that can take advantage of all that DX has to offer while supporting the needs of low code developers. Copado CI/CD for Salesforce 2nd Generation does just that. In the Fall '22 Release, Copado continues to enhance capabilities for both org-based and package-based development. We enhance, manage and support however you choose to work with the Salesforce Platform. Copado applies sophisticated Metadata Intelligence that makes Salesforce deployments easy to manage. And we help teams switch to using Source Format to reduce merge conflicts and deploy faster than ever.
Bottom-line, you can orchestrate every Salesforce release with Copado - no matter which development model you choose.
Copado Robotic Testing
A Salesforce business process involves different applications to fulfill the digital experience. Therefore, testing is a critical state that ensures the process is working as expected without any defects. However, due to the lack of resources and time, testing often becomes a bottleneck. At Copado, we recognize that quality is everyone's responsibility but traditional methods require technical knowledge. Copado Robotic Testing enables teams to test Salesforce with a single low-code solution to achieve continuous quality through a collaborative and extensible solution to drive better customer experiences.
We put special emphasis on enabling business users to use Robotic Testing. Business users know the process to be tested best, so empowering them to be active contributors in creating automated tests is essential. With the Fall '22 Release, Copado Robotic Testing introduces the Copado Flow Editor. This drag-and-drop interface allows business users to build tests quickly without a single line of code. In addition, the Flow Editor lets business users get acquainted with existing test scripts and contribute to test automation.
A developer or technical user can take that same test (and toggle to a familiar script view through an IDE) and extend it for more complex use cases. With omnichannel testing across apps and systems, Copado enables users to leverage our latest mobile browser support to test from one system to another. Whether it's testing a business process like Service Cloud that goes from the web to mobile, regardless of your skill level, you have a happy path forward to improve quality with Copado Robotic Testing.
Lastly, what's testing without proper reporting? We released our integration with Jira so you can create defect reports for your automated tests. The defect gets auto-created and auto-filled with relevant information for a developer to debug and fix the issue. With this integration, we are making defect reporting much more efficient so users can ensure that bugs do not leak into production.
Final Thoughts - The Business Impact
In today's innovation economy, Salesforce provides the easiest way to build a digital-first business. The new innovations in the Copado Fall '22 Release are redefining Salesforce development to be quality-driven so that business and technical hybrid teams can work together in one DevOps Value Stream that operates with unmatched speed, quality and value. The impact includes 20X faster releases, 95% less downtime and 20% productivity savings. But digital transformation isn't just about technology — it's also about your people and your process. Copado's customer success teams will meet you where you are in your DevOps maturity journey so together we can build a roadmap that embraces continuous improvement for your people, processes and technology.
To learn more visit the Copado Fall '22 Release page at www.copado.com/fall-22-release.