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

Dreamforce: A People Conference Disguised as a Tech Conference

Dreamforce ‘18 is a wrap. Our friends in the Salesforce Ohana have unpacked their Astro and Appy plushies, and are digging through piles of emails after what was an amazing week. Read Salesforce MVPLori Witzel’s take on Dreamforce ’18 tied to the Salesforce values of Trust, Customer Success, Innovation and Equality that centers on people.


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Salesforce Trailblazer Community Survey Reveals Ongoing Upward Trends in Skill Growth, Minority Representation

Dreamforce ‘18 is upon us — as is our fifth year of the “Salesforce Selfie” Trailblazer Community Survey (review the surveys for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). Survey findings are shared back into the Community in the form of infographic highlights and reports that can help you benchmark your organization and your Salesforce career compared with peers. Over the past five years, we see the impact of Salesforce embracing and supporting equality in tech.


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Tips and Tricks for Salesforce Admins and Developers: What You Never Knew Spanning Could Do

At Spanning, our customers are at the heart of everything we do — from design to delivery to ensuring that our product works the way you expect, to providing enterprise-grade security and world-class support. In this blog for Salesforce admins and developers, we go deep and beyond backup, to share some useful tips and features so you can make the most of your Spanning Backup subscription.


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How Salesforce Admins and Developers Can Restore Backed Up Metadata in 3 Easy Steps

With Spanning Backup for Salesforce, you’ll be safe from metadata loss for 14 different metadata types — Dashboards, Reports, Email, Layouts, Objects, Permission Sets, Profiles, Roles, Triggers, Workflows, Classes, Pages, Flows and Flow Definitions. In this blog post, we show you how simple it is to restore.


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

Spanning’s new metadata restore functionality for Salesforce now allows your team to automatically compare and restore 14 important metadata types without manual intervention, which can free up hours — or even days — when seeding sandboxes or recovering from loss


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Restoring Salesforce Data From a Backup if You Can’t Access Your Salesforce Production Org

Salesforce Ben and Daivat Dholakia, Senior Product Manager at Spanning, discussed an interesting use case — what it would take to restore Salesforce data into an org even if your Salesforce production org is unavailable. Read this spirited Q&A to learn more about backup for Salesforce.


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Let’s Make a Good Thing Better: The 2018 Trailblazer Community Survey

For the past five years, the Trailblazer Community Survey has provided Salesforce admins and developers a “by the Community, for the Community” look at the #SalesforceOhana. Take the 2018 survey today. Every unique survey completion means $10 will be donated by Spanning to support PepUp Tech and their mission.


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How the Trailblazer Community Survey Helped the #SalesforceOhana at Snowforce

Snowforce 2018 was a fantastic Community event - more than 400 people registered to attend 30+ sessions across 6 tracks in Salt Lake City, making for a huge #SalesforceOhana presence at the foot of the Wasatch mountains. I was fortunate enough to present at Snowforce on how beginning admins can use the Trailblazer Community Survey [...]

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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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