Salesforce Intranet – Employee Community Builder & Lightning Out
The Winter16 version of Salesforce has been available to clients for several weeks. It brings several major advances – particularly for the creation or development of an Intranet.
Employee Community Builder
The templates in Community enable a business to customise an intranet, extranet… and to generate a ‘responsive’ portal in the company’s colours. Two major feature advances are:
- The ability to drag & drop all Lightning components into this framework via Community Builder, opening up the potential use cases.
- The possibility to integrate tabs and components related to Force.com objets.
This is significant for partner or client portals, but equally for the ‘Employee Community’ – for a rich intranet, connected to the business.
Elsewhere, content management via Knowledge has been improved, resulting in a CMS which is ever-more efficient at managing articles, languages and versions. The ‘rich text’ editor is similarly improved, enabling the direct integration of media and the ability to access the source code.
Lightning Out enables the integration of a Lightning component into any external website. SAP portal ? Drupal intranet? Heroku application? The component is integrated in just few lines of code, authenticated (OAuth / SSO) et secured.
Incidentally, this same functionality is also available for Visualforce as means of integrating these new components into a ‘VF’ Community portal, for example. :https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.lightning.meta/lightning/components_visualforce.htm
Announcement of Lightning Out at Dreamforce :http://salesforce.vidyard.com/watch/FQo_VKxYHyYX-3eAjhcaWA
Two strategies for using Lightning:
Build in Salesforce Community Cloud or make components available to external view. New possibilities for your Salesforce intranet !
Lightning denotes the recent Salesforce evolutions which have accelerated development or improved the interface; in particular, the arrival in recent weeks of the new ‘Lightning experience’ interface. The platform enables a business to develop applications based around a collection of (Lightning) components and not exclusively on Visualforce pages.
These components are independent of each other – a Lightning application built via Lightning App Builder can unite these components to work together. What’s more, Community builder allows the use of these components in a portal, and Lightning Out allows them to be used on an external site.
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