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Welcome to our blog featuring thought leadership and best practices on SaaS backup and recovery, data protection and security, DevOps, and regular product updates for Spanning Backup for Office 365, G Suite, and Salesforce.

5 Gifts for the Salesforce Admin in Your Life

The Spanning core values—Helpful, Innovative, Fun, Accountable, Driven, and Open—echo my experiences in the #SalesforceOhana, where so many of my Salesforce admin friends share not just knowledge, but their authentic selves, and have fun. This Valentine’s Day, I want to double down on the Spanning core value of “Fun” with this blog on five ways […]


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Dishing Deep in Chicago on Salesforce Data and Metadata Backup and Restore

Late January, more than 40 Salesforce admins and developers gathered in downtown Chicago for Salesforce Circles of Success, and to learn about a better way to protect their Salesforce data and metadata. In this blog, you’ll hear what was dished up by participants at the Chicago Salesforce User Group meeting on real-life data loss stories. […]


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How to Restore Metadata in Salesforce Without Using Force.com IDE

Every Salesforce administrator and developer needs a better way to restore Salesforce metadata – that’s why Spanning Backup for Salesforce now provides automated Metadata Restore for Dashboards, Reports, Email, Layouts, Objects, Permission Sets, Profiles, Roles, Triggers, and Workflows. Why does this new feature matter? It’s incredibly easy to accidentally delete a Custom Field during a […]


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[Infographic] Salesforce Community Research: New Findings, Post-Dreamforce 2017

Dreamforce wouldn’t be complete without at least one selfie, and for Spanning, Dreamforce wouldn’t be Dreamforce without supporting the annual “Salesforce Selfie” Trailblazer Community Survey. This year’s survey has been co-sponsored by Apttus, who’ve helped us expand its reach across the Salesforce Ohana—and if you’re in the Ohana, the survey is, like any good selfie, […]


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Salesforce Data Backup and Restore: One New Feature, Many Different Use Cases

Salesforce admins and developers have told us that Spanning Backup for Salesforce’s new feature, overwriting field values in bulk restore, has proven invaluable. With it, they can easily: Restore objects owned by inactive users without jumping through hoops Restore records that do not have values for newly added required fields Populate sandboxes with anonymized data […]


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Going to #Dreamforce17? 5 Tips to Build a Backup Plan for Must-See Sessions

If you’re going to Dreamforce next week, you’ve read a lot about “must-see sessions” — and you may know how hard it is to get into every session you want to attend. Since Spanning is all about a better way to backup and recover critical Salesforce data and metadata, we thought we’d share 5 tips […]


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4 Easy Steps to Bulk Restore Lost Salesforce Data for Specific Fields

If you’re a Salesforce admin or developer, there are few things scarier than accidentally overwriting massive amounts of data in specific fields due to a bad app integration or an incorrectly configured upload…especially because it’s easy to miss the error until days later, after other (good) changes have been made. Spanning Backup for Salesforce now […]


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What is the #SalesforceOhana, and Why Does It Matter?

It was a privilege to join my Salesforce admin and developer friends on Sept. 21 for the annual San Antonio Salesforce User Group MVP Super Session. I was delighted to share Spanning’s “aha! moment” on the need for third-party data backup and restore with the diverse professionals in the session, and it was an honor […]


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The “Salesforce Selfie” Community Survey: #AwesomeAdmins Give Back

If you’re a Salesforce admin or developer, whether you’re going to Dreamforce ‘17 or not, join your friends and peers in giving back to help homeless children by taking this year’s “Salesforce Selfie” Community Survey. As Spanning has done in 2014, 2015, and 2016, we’re asking all #AwesomeAdmins and amazing Salesforce developers to complete a […]


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[Videos] How To Backup and Recover Salesforce Data

In this blog, we share our Salesforce “how to” videos that show you a better way to restore lost data in use cases like the following: Recovering faster from a Salesforce mass data disaster, such as errors that massively overwrite good data with bad. Populating Salesforce Sandboxes faster, while masking sensitive data in the process […]


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