Since Visualforce was introduced eight years ago, developers have written a staggering amount of custom Visualforce code. While support for Visualforce will not go away anytime soon, Salesforce has turned its attention to the new Lightning framework.
The shift to Lightning will be clearly evident at Dreamforce this week. Lightning has struck, marking the beginning of the end for Visualforce code. In fact, even the Visualforce “page” metaphor will disappear like the dodo, replaced by “panels,” each intricately folded together like a fantastic origami.
As input devices like the mouse and keyboard get out of the way, our hands and voice will soon be able to unfold and refold the origami. Like it or not, your Visualforce pages can now be classified as “legacy” code, presenting a number of challenges:
- What do we do with all this legacy Visualforce code?
- How do we rethink and rebuild for the world of touch and panels?
- Is there a better way than rewriting all of that code in Lightning?
Be careful what you wish for.
We saw these changes coming, and we decided to harness Lightning’s gigawatt power on your behalf, creating a future-proof bridge from Visualforce to Lightning. Future-proof means five things:
- Your applications “float” now and in a safe-harbor future.
- Your applications are backwards compatible, without sacrificing what’s coming.
- You get a simple, logical, painless migration from legacy to next-gen.
- You get infinite adaptability of your user experience at very low cost.
- You have permission to focus on business problems, not technology.
Those are bullet points I can get behind.
“Floats” now and in a safe-harbor future.
In Chattanooga, we have an annual startup competition called, “Will it float?” Entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to angel investors in hopes of getting funds to turn their ideas into reality.
What’s so interesting about this competition (and others like it) is that the company that typically wins is the company that demonstrates a working product.It makes sense.
If I’m going to bet my money on any technology, I want to make sure it’s real. It has to float now.Available now, the Skuid Banzai release has been tested by customers so large the government won’t let me tell you who they are.
We have App Partners building their apps with Skuid and selling them on the AppExchange. We have Consulting Partners building custom solutions with Skuid for massive Fortune 50 customers.
With over 400 customers, 5 million users and 5-star reviews, Skuid floats. Even better, Skuid’s Banzai release runs your apps in either Visualforce or Lightning. Skuid is future-ready now.
Backwards compatible, without sacrificing what’s coming.
Considering the benefits of working in the Lightning framework, it doesn’t make sense to spend another dollar on Visualforce code. Still, the costs of rewriting all your user interfaces in Lightning could be prohibitive.
Did you know that a user interface built three years ago with Skuid will run in Lightning today? Your apps, portals and pages assembled with Skuid will look exactly the same in Lightning.
Skuid is committed to backwards compatibility without sacrificing future innovation. So you can assemble and run your Skuid UX today, run it inside Visualforce, then flip the switch to run your Skuid UX inside Lightning tomorrow.
Simple, logical, painless migration from legacy to next-gen.
As a customer recently told us, “By the time we write the requirements, our business needs will change again.” Beyond requirements, what will it cost to rebuild, retest, retrain and redeploy? Again, any UX you build today with Skuid will run in either Visualforce or Lightning.
So with Skuid, enterprises can transition from Visualforce to Lightning with ease. Skuid apps and portals will look identical running in either Visualforce or Lightning. The shift can be entirely hidden from users, causing no disruption.
There is no need to rewrite any code in Lightning to achieve your UX goals. Just drag, drop, point, and click to create apps with Skuid today, and you can migrate to Lightning quickly and easily whenever you wish.
Infinitely adaptable user experiences at very low cost.
Custom code may be infinitely adaptable, but it is an extraordinarily expensive path to take. The initial development costs are high, and the ongoing maintenance costs even higher. But if you can get infinite adaptability without writing code, you can continue to iterate your UX quickly and cost effectively.
The adaptability point should not be taken lightly. User expectations of apps have soared, and IT professionals must listen and adapt immediately. This is nearly impossible to do with custom code.
But with Skuid, you can iterate in minutes.We’ve seen major companies move from month-long sprints to sprints of just a few days. They can turn rollout change requests so fast their users have been stunned.
So in addition to initial deployment savings of up to 90%, Skuid customers see massive adaptation and maintenance cost savings versus custom code. Read some of our case studies to learn more.
Permission to focus on business problems, not technology.
While Skuid functions as a code-free, pain-free bridge from Visualforce to Lightning, it can take you much further by extending the power of Lightning. For example, after moving to Skuid on Lightning, you will be able to:
- Use any Skuid page or app as a Lightning Component, without code
- Use any free or paid Lightning Component within Skuid, without code
- Run Skuid inside Lightning Experience or Salesforce1 Mobile, without code
- Connect Lightning Components to data using Skuid Models, without code
- Energize Lightning Components with the Skuid Action Framework, without code
Is it any wonder we are so excited about the new capabilities in Lightning? The combination of Skuid and Lightning is simply phenomenal. Early testers call it “freaking amazing,” and “truly revolutionary.”
Skuid on Lightning delivers a code-free way to assemble apps and portals, iterate quickly, and migrate painlessly. So instead of worrying about the technology, going back to redo what has already been done, you can now quickly deliver apps and portals that can significantly grow your business.
If you want a fully branded, made-to-order user interface that fits your business perfectly, and you don’t want to write code to get there, Skuid is the answer. Want to learn more about what Skuid can do for you? Read our customer success stories!