Let’s talk about the new goodies hidden in the Salesforce Spring 22 release notes for flow.
First of all, let me point out that when you go to the release notes, you need to click on “Einstein Automate” to find flows. Weird, right? I know.
Here is my top 6 list:
1. First place goes to the Flow Trigger Explorer and the run order setting: You can now Visualize All Your Record-Triggered Flows in One Place with Flow Trigger Explorer and Define the Run Order of Record-Triggered Flows for an Object.
2. Second place goes to the Flow Orchestrator: Declaratively build sophisticated business processes that involve multiple people over multiple stages with multiple flows. Display orchestrated work items to assignees on relevant record pages. I will dive into this in one of the future issues of the newsletter. This feature is now generally available.
3. The bronze medal goes to the Migrate to Flow Tool (Beta): It’s time to begin the transition to using Flow Builder, the future of low-code automation. Use the Migrate to Flow tool to convert your workflow rules into flows. Although I personally don’t recommend resorting to this solution more than you need to, it eliminates the possibility of refactoring and optimization.
4. Auto-Layout: Finally generally available now. Building flows and aligning elements are easier with auto-layout. Elements on the canvas are spaced, connected, and aligned automatically, saving you time and keeping your canvas neatly organized. Auto-layout is now the default canvas layout for flows.
5. Filter Items into a Collection in Flow Builder: This is huge for sophisticated flows with multiple loops. Now you can filter unwanted data from your collections in Flow Builder. Use the Collection Filter element to select a collection and define conditions. When the flow runs, the element outputs a collection with only the items that meet those conditions, leaving your original collection intact.
6. Generate Choice Options from Record Collections and use existing record collections to generate collection-based choices in a flow: Collection choice sets prevent the need to duplicate the results of a Get Records element, a component, or an action. Combine number 5 and number 6, and you can make exciting flow designs. I cannot wait to play with this.
Nice touch award: Track Flows in Browser Tabs. A flow’s name and version now appear on your browser tab titles, so you can quickly scan your workspace and find your flow.
Promising artist: Make Custom Screen Components React to Other Components on the Same Flow Screen (Pilot) Design a flow screen with custom screen components that respond to updates on the same screen, and reduce the number of screens for a user to navigate through.
If you would like to learn more about the flow Trigger Explorer, read the previous issue of the newsletter here.
Exciting News: I will be one of your judges at FlowFest. FlowFest is an exciting flow competition. Join to have fun and win prizes. Read the announcement on my LinkedIn profile here.
P.S. Originally published on 01/24/2022.
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