Salesforce Mobile

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Rapidly build native, web and hybrid mobile apps for iOS and Android using the open source Salesforce Platform Mobile SDKs.

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Salesforce Mobile review by <span>kapil y.</span>
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Powerful SDK and CRM Platform for creating apps

What do you like best?

Salesforce Mobile SDK is one of the best tools I have used as I like its features which helps in creating stand-alone mobile apps. It is really fast as the data is accessed via the mobile device’s OS instead of the browser used. This provides a satisfying user experience to the customers and app can be easily moved between offline and online modes.

The push notification feature is helpful to target your preferred audience and send them notifications pretty quickly.

What do you dislike?

The thing I dislike about Salesforce SDK is that you simply one can't start working on it on his own. You need to understand it thoroughly instead of directly jumping on it to work. You have to learn on your own and there are lots of features which you might even not need in your app. SO, you can jut skip them over if you don't find them useful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend it for sure to other developers looking to build a mobile app

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Salesforce Mobile SDK has provided 3 different development approaches to the developers for creating mobile apps which include Native, HTML5 and Hybrid. I can decide which one to use based on the factors like my targeted audience, resources in my organization, and the type of app I am trying to build.

It is very simple to get a free Salesforce Developer Edition and create a connected app in no time. It has fabulous documentation and support from a large community with experts to solve any issue in creating the apps.

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Salesforce Mobile review by <span>Shweta K.</span>
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Salesforce SDK has got excellent features for building apps with ease

What do you like best?

What I like best about Salesforce Mobile SDK is that since it’s an open source technology for building mobile apps it can be used by anyone to connect to their platform and develop a variety of apps written in Java language. One of the best features of Salesforce is the Cordova support for building hybrid applications using the Cordova’s workflows combined with the latest plugin from Salesforce.

It also provides a variety of libraries and APIs for developing enterprise apps including 2 factor authentication and offline data storage making your app an effective enterprise application.

What do you dislike?

One of the basic drawback of Salesforce Mobile SDK is its very lengthy User guide which provides the walkthrough for building new mobile apps. Besides that, it also has a lot of dependency on code and a new version comes out on a quarterly basis providing new bug fixes and updates. But if you are stuck with an unknown issue which is yet to be identified, you have to dig in deep yourself to fix that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Since it is a well established platform all over the world, it is definitely a recommended SDK for mobile development.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main benefits of using Salesforce SDK is that there is no effort required to build the apps and just a few lines of code followed by a few clicks from backend are required for crating the app. Also the Offline data can be implemented in your own way or by using custom methods provided by Salesforce for the same.

Push notifications is also inbuilt and implemented in the platform.

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Salesforce Mobile review by <span>Neha B.</span>
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Salesforce Mobile SDK is open-source technology for creating mobile apps

What do you like best?

Salesforce Mobile SDK allows me to build mobile apps using technologies such as RESET API and HTML5. It includes a complete set of its app policies which makes sure that data can be accessed by every user in a safe and secure manner.

It supports a variety of services like App Cloud, Analytics, Business Logic, Push notifications, and Geographic location which helps in making my app development even more simpler and less time consuming.

It has basically got 3 mobile app development approaches for all its users which are native, HTML and Hybrid to support versatility of mobile apps among developers.

I can also create a Cordova project using Salesforce Mobile SDK and it will automatically create the config file.

What do you dislike?

Because of its large number of functionalities and features, the first time users have to dig in deep in order to utilize the maximum potential Salesforce has for its users. It is not that easy to start the development from the scratch if you using it for the first time. Also, the user guide has lots of content in it and it has not been categorized by the experience of the developer i.e. Beginner, Intermediate or Expert.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Since it supports high level authentication workflow for the administrators so that they have full control on the data, this is truly a value worth money and is highly recommended.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When it comes to Security, Salesforce mobile SDK can’t be matched with any other competitor in the market as it offers an additional security for its users via PIN protection for their application. For using this PIN, developer has to decide the Screen lock pattern while creating the app itself and it will be only valid for the mobile app. Also the app administrators will have the access to enforce the PIN protection or choose the timeout duration.

Salesforce Mobile review by <span>Chinasa D.</span>
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Salesforce Mobile is okay, but not optimal for full Salesforce functionality.

What do you like best?

Allows me to work remotely as a sales/contract specialist. I can quickly use SF to look/upload/download relevant client documentation. Great for team collaboration too.

What do you dislike?

The mobile version is not the best for uploading documentation, which is understandable.

However, I was very frustrated that it took so long to upload a signed client contract while traveling (away from my work computer. It worked eventually, but I had to re-upload the documents when I got back to the office.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Huge benefits- allows for remote work since SF is an web based CRM tool. Working with this really mitigates my need to be tethered to my work station. A lot more internal accountability (crucial in any role that deals with New Business sales) since all client notes are internally logged via Salesforce.

No major business problems, since our company is pretty strict on logging all client activity within the software.

Salesforce Mobile review by <span>Lokesh Y.</span>
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Excellent tool for creating mobile apps

What do you like best?

The best thing I like about it is that it will access all the Salesforce data through the Operating System present in the smartphone instead of using the browser.This makes the security more efficient and difficult to break. It has the capability to create both iOS and Android mobile apps including native, hybrid and web apps.

Key requirements like Authentication and offline storage are well defined in this SDK with its rich set of own APIs and libraries.

What do you dislike?

It is not recommended to use directly if you are a beginner at creating mobile apps and you are not familiar with technical terms associated with mobile apps such as Segmentation, GeoLocation, Traces, Hybrid Apps, Authentication modes and more.

You need to first go through the documentation for a couple of weeks at least before actually starting building an app.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recommended for mid size and large organizaitions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it to create enterprise applications in our organization. Since we have a large workforce of more than 2Lakh employees, maintaining data of each user is very difficult. But due to the large community support of Salesforce, we are not facing any issues till yet. It has helped app administrator in our organization to work more easily and efficiently.

Salesforce Mobile review by User in Design
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Great Development Kit!

What do you like best?

I like how user friendly it is. I think Salesforce is a great CRM platform and it just helps its case by having this development kit. It allows you to really develop anything you need to personalize your Salesforce user experience.

What do you dislike?

I think Salesforce Mobile SDK needs to allow for more abilities to be customized by the user using it. For first time users, I think the help fields can be worked on. Some people may be using it to develop something for the first time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Talk sometime at first to explore the development kit and learn about the platform. It will allow you to make sure you are getting the best use of the product and using it to its best of ability. If you have any questions, do not be afraid to contact their technical support as for the most part they are very helpful!

I recommend this product as it has helped our business!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Salesforce Mobile SDK is a little pricey in my opinion. This is especially true if you wanted to ever buy more licenses and have more users using it at the same time. The technical support sometimes has used different words to describe something of the platform which I think can get confusing. All in all, this platform have helped our business and we are very please to be using this this platform as our development kit!

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