About Salesforce Platform

Salesforce Platform is an enterprise platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution that allows developers to build, test and resolve defects in cloud applications before deployment. The platform provides tools and services to automate business processes, integrate with external applications and provide a responsive layout to users. Users can run and manage apps written in open languages like Ruby, Java and PHP using Salesforce and Heroku. Heroku Enterprise provides collaboration functionality, enterprise-grade support and control features for users. Salesforce Lightning Design System provides guides and code to developers for building apps. Users can deliver apps by using reusable building blocks including maps, calendars, buttons and number-entry forms. The platform allows users to build enterprise applications by dragging and dropping components into the Lightning App Builder. Users can also modify data-object relationships with a schema builder. Users can connect their apps with external data sources by using Lighting Connect while support is provided via video tutorials, an online forum and over the phone.
Salesforce Platform Software - Lightning App Builder

Salesforce Platform pricing

Salesforce Platform has a free version and offers a free trial. Salesforce Platform paid version starts at US$25.00/month.

Starting Price:
US$25.00/month
Free Version:
Yes
Free trial:
Yes

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Salesforce Platform Reviews

Feature rating

Value for Money
4
Functionality
4
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
4
5 reviews of 177 View all reviews
Naveen G.
  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
5
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
4

5
Reviewed on 16/05/2018

Flexible development platform on the cloud

The Product is very powerful. It provides flexibility to build almost any kind of applications. Business users can build useful apps without taking help from developers. Extensive set of resources are available to build expertise on the platform. Also customers/partners are always available to answer to queries.

Pros

Force.com platform (Lightning) is very powerful development platform on the browser. It can be used to build applications for any industry. The pricing is on per user per month basis.

Many tools like Validation rules, Workflows, process builder are available for business users. These tools allow business users to build apps on the platform with fairly complex logic. For additional functionality, developers are needed. Developers can build more advanced features using Apex, Visualforce and Lightning Communities.

Trailhead and developer account are free resources available to build expertise on the product.

Excellent community of customers/partners is available to support queries.

Cons

Like any complex software there is a steep learning curve. Hiring developers in the US on the platform can be expensive. The license pricing may also be expensive for small businesses.

Jorge m. S.
  • Industry: Computer Hardware
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source
Value for Money
0
Features
5
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
0

4
Reviewed on 13/10/2019

Everything in one place

Before lightning, we had 2 software, one for chat and email, another one where we create the cases and logs, now everything is in one place.

Pros

Email, chat and logs platform in one place, you can chat with your customer, sent emails and reply, attach files in the logs (cases), this software have embedded the ScreenMeet software and works great, you can have remote connection.

Cons

In the start some bugs and errors, they were fixed couple months after.
Chat: no timer added yet, you don't know how long is the current chat.
If you have 2 chats, they are open in 2 tabs, if one customer close the chat, you don't know it until open the tab, should be great if there is an alarm or sound.

Erik V.
  • Industry: Pharmaceuticals
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
5
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
5

5
Reviewed on 15/05/2021

Salesforce keeps your Account and Sales teams up-to-speed, organized, and ready to report on...

Overall I think Salesforece is a great platform. It is the #1 CRM in the world for a reason. I love it's customizability, the app exchange, and the Salesforce Community. The app exchange is great for free (or sometimes paid) solutions to add to your Salesforce instance and its capabilities. The Salesfore community is great because you can pretty much find an answer to any question you may have.

Pros

Salesforce is a blank slate. But that's a good thing! It can be completely customizable to your unique business requirements. Aside from customization, Salesforce out-of-the-box has great standard fields and functionality to manage and track leads, contacts, opportunities and accounts.

Cons

Salesforce is almost too smart. There is so much you can do with it, and if not implemented correctly, you may run into some hiccups. For example, my company grew and continued to grow but we did not scale our Salesforce platform to meet our ever-changing needs. This left us with some issues that are now being smoothed out.

Michael J.
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
2
Features
4
Ease of Use
3
Customer Support
2

3
Reviewed on 02/02/2018

Powerful Once You Learn How to Use It (But Expensive)

Pros

Salesforce is the backbone of our company. It is tied into everything and used by every team. It is incredibly customizable and it seems they have a way to do almost anything you need. We use it for Sales, Support, Marketing, and product feature usage. We have it hooked into other apps and other saas products. This is the product that will scale with your business and can support a company at any stage of growth. There are a ton of integrations out of the box (on their salesforce exchange) and their APIs allow savvy developers to build custom integrations that aren't available.

Cons

When the company initially implemented it, they tried to "wing it" and it was a complete mess. You really need someone who knows what they are doing to setup, administer, and maintain the software. It is also expensive. We got grandfathered into some great pricing, but if we weren't, we're not sure we would be able to continue to use SFDC as we grow. SFDC also loves to gobble up other apps and brand them with the SFDC name. So they have become a jack of all trades - however, some of the things you can't do are surprising (just go check out their community page for all of the list of enhancements that haven't been implemented). For example, we use cases for our help desk, but there is a lot of functionality missing compared to a best in breed help desk software like ZenDesk. Support is terrible here by the way. They really push you toward self-service or community based service. You're lucky if you ever get a response.

Troy W.
  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Other for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
0
Features
5
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
0

5
Reviewed on 18/05/2021

Good Customizable Tools

Overall experience was good, learning and writing Apex code came fairly easily as it's very Java-like, and SOQL was fairly easy to learn as well. The need for >80% of our Apex code to be covered by unit tests is also nice, as it forces the development team to write unit tests for the custom code.

Pros

Salesforce has a vast array of tools to use. Some of what my team uses is the e-mail to ticket functionality (very nice, a user can just send an e-mail and a ticket gets created), workflows, and we have a lot of custom Apex code for the workflows.

Cons

As with any large software, there's a learning curve there, and some organizations use Salesforce for only a few things, while others use most of its features. The main issues are ones that you'll encounter on any Web Application, it's just the give and take of having it be a web application versus a desktop application (less maintenance as a web app, but at times slower or more restrictions).

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