Salesforce Unveils Enterprise Low-Code Tool for Customized, Branded Mobile Apps
Salesforce unveiled a new low-code tool to help enterprise users of its CRM-centric products more easily create customized, branded, mobile business apps.
Dubbed myLightning, the tool builds on the company's Lightning framework, a component-based offering introduced in 2014 to enable staffers at any skill level to build enterprise mobile apps for its extended Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). The Lightning framework includes several discrete components, including e App Builder, Components, Community Builder, Component Ecosystem and the Lightning Design System.
The company said it found more than 75 percent of Lightning pages were customized, with customers clamoring for more customization, so it boosted the customization and branding features to create the new myLightning offering.
Now, according to Salesforce, companies can make every app, portal and customer experience they create reflect their brands. For examples, enterprises can specify brand images, colors, page background images and so on to align with their brands.
New features introduced for this purpose include a new theming and design system; the ability to create Dynamic Pages with the App Builder tool; and Lightning Flow, which puts Lightning to work as a flow automation tool (flow refers to the series of sequential steps that constitute the core of most apps).
MyLightning also uses Lightning Bolts, introduced last year to package industry best practices, Lightning Components and business logic in out-of-the-box solutions.
The new design system and App Builder with Dynamic Pages are now generally available at no additional cost, while Lightning Flow is available and included in any Salesforce Platform, Sales Cloud, Service Cloud or Community Cloud license. Lightning Bolt is available to Community Cloud customers. Theming will be generally available early next year at no additional cost.
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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.