5 Extensions to Optimize Google Chrome for Salesforce Admins and Developers
5 EXTENSIONS TO OPTIMIZE GOOGLE CHROMEFOR SALESFORCE ADMINS AND DEVELOPERSBACKUPIFY – JUNE 2012
5 EXTENSIONS TO OPTIMIZE GOOGLE CHROME FOR SALESFORCE ADMINS AND DEVELOPERSBackupify, Inc. 2INTRODUCTIONSalesforce.com offers the indisputably most popular Customer RelationshipManagement (CRM) product on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market, but thatdoesnt mean using Salesforce is always straightforward. Salesforce is capable of somany tasks its easy to get lost in the quirks of its feature set. These five Chromeextensions make the life of a Salesforce user appreciably simpler and moreproductive.Salesforce.com ID ClipperEvery record in Salesforce has a unique 15- or 18-digit alphanumeric ID; copy thatID number into a search box within Salesforce and youll be taken to theassociated customer record. Sounds simple, right? Not usually, as the record ID isoften buried in a complicated URL with lots of additional, extraneous parameters.You cant always copy the full URL of a customer record and share it, as the extradata in URL could produce some strange or broken results when you navigate to itlater, so you must selectively copy the ID out of the URL. (Also, the 15-digit ID iscase-sensitive, whereas the 18-digit ID is not.) Thats where Salesforce ID Clippercomes in, as this Chrome extension will copy just the customer ID (15- or 18-digit),or just the cleaned-up customer record URL, to your clipboard for pasting intospreadsheets, emails or chats. It sounds rather basic, but its a real timesaver.Salesforce.com Quick Login AsSalesforce allows admins (and in some cases developers) the option to log in asanother user, both for sales and technical support tasks. The trick to making thisfunctionality work is remembering which user youre logged in as at any giventime (a task that gets doubly confusing if youre using Chrome Incognito tabs tolog into multiple Salesforce sessions at once). The Salesforce Quick LoginAs extension simplifies this task by keeping a running tally of every Salesforce userthat has granted you delegated login permissions — and it lets you log into anyindividual Salesforce page as any of those users. Just pull up a menu of youreligible user IDs and instantly view a Salesforce page as that user. You can togglebetween user views quickly and keep support overhead to a minimum.
5 EXTENSIONS TO OPTIMIZE GOOGLE CHROME FOR SALESFORCE ADMINS AND DEVELOPERSBackupify, Inc. 3Salesforce Sandbox Favicon ExtensionIt sounds simple, but for anyone running a Salesforce Sandbox (a non-productiontest copy of your Salesforce application, where you can play with custom code) inone tab and the real Salesforce in another, its easy to forget which is the realSalesforce and which is the fake. The Salesforce Sandbox Favicon extensionchanges the icon of any Sandbox instance to include a handy little S-imprintedversion of Salesforce logo, so you always know if youre playing with test data, orthe real production environment. Embarrassingly useful.Salesforce.com Enhanced Formula EditorSalesforce formulas are like spreadsheet formulas — only more complicated,because they can execute actions that change customer records or cause theSalesforce platform to advance workflows in one direction or another. In otherwords, getting formulas right is serious business; too bad the Salesforce formulaeditor is ultra-minimalist in its formatting and features. Thankfully the EnhancedFormula Editor extension adds such vital features as color-coding formulafunctions, data fields and mathematical operators; matches sets of parentheses;adds a find-replace function, and enables fullscreen editing. If you build Salesforceformulas on a regular basis — or are ready to dip your toe into Salesforceformulas by adding formula fields to a couple of Salesforce objects — you needthis Chrome extension.Force.com Utility BeltForce.com is where developers go to build custom Salesforce applications; its boththe platform that runs advanced custom Salesforce apps and the knowledgebasethat developers use to guide their Salesforce coding efforts. Unfortunately,Force.com documentation and the Force.com dev environment are very separate,even though you often need access to one while youre working in the other.There is no simple way to access Force.coms reference materials while in thedevelopment environment, nor can you easily grab code samples from within theeditor. The Force.com Utility Belt extension breaks down that wall by adding linksto Quick Reference Topics at the top of any Force.com page, and by adding a
5 EXTENSIONS TO OPTIMIZE GOOGLE CHROME FOR SALESFORCE ADMINS AND DEVELOPERSBackupify, Inc. 4search box to scour the full set of Force.com reference materials to help you whileyou code. And, just for a little extra help, the Utility Belt comes with a converterthat translates 15-digit Salesforce record IDs into 18-digit case-safe IDs — becausethe need comes up more often than youd expect.ABOUT BACKUPIFYBackupify is the leading provider of backup and restore solutions for SaaSapplications including Google Apps, Salesforce, Facebook, Twitter, and more.Backupify was founded in 2008 and is based in Cambridge, MA. Backupify has over200,000 users trusting us with more than 500 million documents, two billion emailmessages and 350 terabytes of data.WHY BACKUP CLOUD DATA?Your data is one of the most critical assets of your business. Like any importantasset, it should be insured. While most SaaS providers, including Google andSalesforce, offer state-of-the-art disaster recovery capabilities that protect youfrom some forms of data loss, you are still at risk for data loss due to user error,hacked accounts and third-party application bugs. To fully replicate your on-premise backup capabilities in the cloud, you need the ability to perform granularrestores, and to retain the control that comes from having your own securesecond copy of the data in your SaaS applications.FIND OUT MOREIf youre interested in the peace of mind you get from an automated Google Appsor Salesforce backup solution, feel free to contact us directly firstname.lastname@example.org. Web http://www.backupify.com Phone 1.800.571.4984 Twitter http://twitter.com/backupify