Cloud platforms like Force.com abstract much of the complexity for more cost-effective and faster application development. Here are some of the best practices of application development in Force.com.
1. End user goals and stories:
Cloud application development is most successful when it begins with the identification of the application users (like Sales representatives, Managers, Executives) and their needs to do their job better. It is also necessary to identify the scope of information visibility for each type of user.
For example, executive titles should’ve visibility of the complete pipeline status whereas sales representatives for their particular region only.
Force.com allows a truly virtual team to work together on application development with more focus on business logic.I t also enables to iterate till the best design is achieved and the developed user stories can be reused to save valuable time in future projects.
2. Mobility and User Experience:
Today, users expect App store performance and ease of use from their enterprise applications. Before developing cloud applications, identify the use cases which is more valuable for mobile professionals. For example, Sales professionals might only use two or three views of an application on the go. Identification of these use cases helps to optimize the user experiences of those views. The optimization of user experience doesn’t stop with visual appeal alone. It incorporates user-centered design, interaction design, information architecture, usability, and graphic design to create an engaging, purposeful experience.
Force.com is a powerful platform for building mobile cloud applications with a high level of user experience. It enables responsive design and allows usage of predefined components (like Data and security model, workflows and dashboards).
Many business processes (like budget planning, recruitment, training) are collaborative in nature but typically constrained by systems that separate workflow from collaboration. To rectify this, it is necessary to ensure that the developed user stories include specific details like the roles involved in collaborative processes and their engagement frequency. Also, incorporation of social engagement into business applications can facilitate to build communities around specific interests (from work projects to personal hobbies) which help people in knowledge exchange and learning. It is also critical to identify the social use cases valuable for users and optimize them.
Force.com provides social features at the database level to create social business processes.Force.com enables features like following, sharing and tagging to provide information to users at work. The social features improve engagement and thereby productivity.