Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Field Footprint

You probably heard about Field Trip, one of the most famous free app available in AppExchange, this tool able to analyze fields population, this is very useful when you are doing field clean-up or to get data completeness. However, Field Trip has not updated since Jun 2015.

Field Footprint is kind of similar to Field Trip, but with additional features, such as checking record type, field usage in Validation rules, Workflow rules, Workflow Field Updates, and Reports.

On top of that, one thing I notice from this tool compare to Field Trip, when running a Field Trip to analyze an object with 134K of data, Field Trip required 75 minutes, while running Field Footprint analyze to the same of dataset, Field Footprint only need 25 minutes, so the performance is 3x better.

Once complete, you will see the result in the Footprint Detail page, or open Footprint results in a report.

With this tool, you also can check fields usage per record type, click the record type name in the main analysis page, it will tell you how many records for that record type and the population for each field.

Type: Managed Package; AppExchange; Private Listing

Paid/Free: free

Publisher: Salesforce Labs


Version: 2.8.33

Blog last update: 13 September 2018

Etherios EasyDescribe - Free MetaData Viewer/Extractor

EasyDescribe is a free tool to view and extract object metadata details. Don't waste time clicking through multiple screens to lookup record types, field types, picklists, and other metadata. EasyDescribe it and get everything at once!

Once the app installed, select EasyDescribe tab, select object you would like to extract, you can turn on or off items you would like to extract, from fields, child relationship, and record type.

Type: Managed Package; AppExchange; Private Listing

Paid/Free: free

Publisher: West Monroe Partners


Version: 1.91

Blog last update: 12 September 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Salesforce Config Workbook

If you need more than just export Salesforce fields to Excel, such as Field Level Security, Page Layout, Profile, Flow, Field usage and many many more features that help admin life easier - Config Workbook by ConfigWorkbook would be your choice.

Once installed, you will be presented with a dashboard showing metadata breakup, code breakup, user login, and much more at a glance.

Then, you will also find a bunch of metadata reports defined, from object, profile, flow, user, permission set, layout and so on.

You can try this tool for free for up to 8 reports, get it from AppExchange.

Sample page layout report for Lead object

Type: Managed Package; AppExchange

Paid/Free: free for up to 8 reports

Publisher: ConfigWorkbook


Version: 2.99

Blog last updated: 13 February 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Field Dumper: Easily export your Salesforce fields to Excel

Salesforce allowed us to view all fields from an object in a glance, including Field Label, Field Name (API Name), Data Type, Controlling Field, and Indexed. However, sometimes we just need to extract it for different purposes:
- Documentation
- Audit
- To compare all formula
- To get help text for each field
- To export from many objects
- etc.

With Field Dumper, a free tool available in AppExchange, admin can easily export Salesforce Data Model to Excel. Produce an Excel document that lists out your data model - showing field level information for your Salesforce objects. Supports extract of multiple custom and standard objects to one workbook.

This tool works for both Classic and Lightning Experience UI.

The excel file produces may contain multiple tabs, one tab for one object, each tab will have following info:
- API Name
- Label
- Type
- Is Custom
- Is External ID
- Is Unique
- Is Formula
- Is Required
- Dependent Picklist
- Length
- Formula Text
- Help Text
- Picklist Values

Type: Managed Package; AppExchange

Paid/Free: free

Publisher: POP


Version: 1.2.0

Blog last updated: 10 February 2018

Friday, November 17, 2017

Show Password

Chrome definitely is the most famous web browser at this moment, and if you are a Salesforce admin, consultant, or developer like me, you probably have many Salesforce login credential. Chrome is smart and makes our life easier by cache the password, so we do not need to remember it or using 3rd party tool to store it. But somehow, we can't see the password directly in the browser, example if we need to login using Data Loader or Salesforce mobile app.

1. From Setting Menu
As Chrome setting menu is keep changing by the versions, rather than to memory which menu should I go, just search with "password" from the settings menu, go to Settings and type "password", it would filter just menu related to password, then select "Manage passwords".

This will list down all username and the password (in masked) stored in Chrome, click Show password (eye icon) to see the password, Chrome will ask your Google password for security.

2. ShowPassword Chrome extension
As you may aware that Chrome has so many extension develop by people around the world, and most of them are free. There is an extension called ShowPassword built for the purpose to reveal the masked password in Google Chrome.

When this extension added to your Chrome, by default, you just need to hover your mouse over the masked password text for 0.5 seconds to reveal the password, or you also can change the way to reveal the masked password.

Type: Google Chrome extension

Paid/Free: Free




Version: 1.1.5

Blog last updated: 17 Nov 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Approval Process Reminders

The main reason for approval processes to get stuck is because users forget they need to approve them. This app gives your users a daily summary email of any pending approval processes assigned to them.

Easiest possible way to get started and automatically emails all users blocking approval processes
- Emails include links to the records to approve with oldest approvals first
- Supported in Lightning & Classic
- Daily reminder emails for pending approvals

This app is pretty simple to configure, once installed, you just need to enable the scheduler from "Approval Process Reminders" tab, you also can run it manually for testing by click "Run Batch Now" button.

All the users that need to approve/reject pending approvals will get one email daily, with links to the object page, and it also show days it has been stuck, sample email as below:

User need to looks for Approval History to approve or reject

Limitation: we can't configure the email template, including signature by the publisher "Sent from CloudAnswers Approval Process Reminders", also we can't easily configure the schedule time.

Type: Managed Package; AppExchange

Paid/Free: free

Publisher: CloudAnswers


Version: 1.5.0

Blog last updated: 11 September  2017