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Adding it Up: Understanding Roll-Up Summary Fields

Roll-up summaries are a powerful tool within Salesforce to help you analyze your data without running a summary report. They can give you data specific to the contact or household you are viewing, providing a snapshot of related donations so you can get a sense of the donor’s engagement with your organization at a glance. Standard roll-up summary fields summarize all or some related records into a calculated field on a master object. The field can display a count, sum, maximum, or minimum value from the related records, operating on numeric, currency, or date fields. You can create roll-up summaries of Opportunities on Account records, or on any master object summarizing a field from its detail records.

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Best Practices: Salesforce Fields

Salesforce fields are so important to a successful implementation, yet you may completely forget to really think critically about these “building blocks” of your CRM. A good analogy is this awesome lego model of the University of Colorado (your entire Salesforce instance) and an individual lego piece (one field). Miss a few fields? The history building may fall to pieces if you’re not careful. Fields organize and display your data and prompt your users to input the right data in the right spot.

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Invest in Your Salesforce Administrator

It took 11 years, but salesforce.com finally created an “Admin Zone” at their annual Dreamforce conference. They have a Developer Zone for the coders, a Foundation Zone dedicated to their nonprofit customers, a Small and Medium Business Zone and now one for Admins. Don’t get me wrong, salesforce.com wasn’t ignoring System Administrators in previous years. There have always been plenty of sessions dedicated to administrators of all skill levels. But having an Admin Zone and an Admin Keynote dedicated to administrators was recognition that Admins are a key resource for any organization, nonprofit or otherwise.

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Get Connected, Lightning Fast

What if I told you that Lightning Connect enables you to create a real-time integration in an amount of time best measured by hours not days? Not only that, what if I told you it could be done with just clicks not code?

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Your Organization Needs a Salesforce Administrator – Could It Be You?

At many nonprofits, and in particular at smaller organizations, staff members tend to wear many hats. There may not be someone who has “administer Salesforce” written into their job description, just as there may not be someone on staff who is responsible for maintaining the website, putting antivirus software on the computers, or fixing the printer when it jams. Nonetheless, those are all important tasks, and when it comes to Salesforce, it’s crucial to have a designated administrator.

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Let it Flow: Salesforce Visual Flows

A simple, streamlined process can improve data quality and reduce user frustration. Visual Flows are a powerful tool for streamlining and simplifying data entry. After you build and implement a flow, you only have to enter the data once– and the flow powers the rest of your business process. But, what if the data already exists somewhere in your Salesforce database? How can a Flow leverage the data that you already have to create or update other records? With a little bit of Visualforce, you can extend your flow into an even better tool for managing and maintaining your data.

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The Evils of Multi-Select Picklists in Salesforce

None of us likes to limit our choices if we don’t have to, so on its surface Salesforce’s multi-select picklist (MSP) seems like a great field type. Users can select multiple options while you can still enjoy the standardization that picklists bring, right? In my rookie Salesforce administrator days, I thought MSPs were awesome. Then my nightmares began.

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