I hope you are all very excited about Summer’22 Flow release! Going forward we will follow the same structure as my Spring’22 summary – which I will share a list of my favorite release summary notes together with the most important features selected by myself. There is a lot of learning to do for this release, so let’s get started!
- Steps To Get Ready For The New Flow Release
Step 1: Sign up for a newsletter that reminds you of new release
It can be from Salesforce official blog/newsletter or a community site. I personally use SalesforceBen because they just update really fast!
Step 2: Wait for UnofficialSF‘s unofficial release notes
They are the most reliable notes you can find before the official release notes are published. I recommend reading through their Sneak Preview for each release before you read other summaries.
Step 3: Find the correct summaries for your needs
Each post has target audience, preferred style, and focus area. Instead of trying to going through all, it is more important to find the one that fits you. For example, SalesforceBen has an fast-to-digest style, AutomationChampion likes details, Apex Hour focus on develop-y area; Salesforce Break loves experimenting, and I like simplifying and summarizing. Choose several that you like and focus on them.
Step 4: Crosscheck with official release notes
I too fear that I am missing out some important releases, so I always crosscheck with the official release notes at the end. They are not the easiest contents to understand, but they provide a neat overview which prevents you from missing any updates. If you don’t have the habit of reviewing release notes, I highly recommend you doing so.
- Best Flow Release Summary For Summer’22
Here is my selection for the best summaries, together with some notes or reasons.
#1 – Summer’22 Sneak Preview by UnofficalSF
Text-based with screenshots. Published by Flow product team. Must read!
#2 – Flow for Slack by UnofficalSF
Text-based with screenshots. Flow for Slack is definitely a hot topic now and there is one article that is dedicated to this feature.
#3 – 25 Features Introduced in Summer ’22 by Asagarwal.com
Text-based with slideshow. This is my favorite summary this time. Perhaps I am biased because I am also a slideshow lover, but Ashish made the explanation so concise that it is very easy to follow. Highly recommend this post!
#4 – Flow Integration by Lucy Mazalon/SalesforceBen
Text-based with screenshots. Not only with Slack, Flow is starting to support integration with many other features.
#5 – Release Notes by Salesforce
The release notes are more structured than ever, so make sure you take a look around.
- Summer’22 Key Points For Flow
From the above recommendations, I selected a few key points that we should all go through:
This one is extremely exciting. We are finally able to use formulas as the Entry Criteria! The most important feature is that we can now traverse through relationship fields (ex. Record Type). However, do pay attention to this disclaimer: “Complex formulas in entry criteria will negatively affect performance, so stick with non-formula based conditions if possible”.
If you have some experience with Apex then you must be familiar with the test class concepts. Now, Flow is introducing no-code Flow testing for us to ensure the Flow will generate expected outcomes!
3. Flows Listed in Object Manager
Recommend Read: Post#3
We can now see the related Flows within the Object Manager for each object!
4. Flow Trigger Explorer Enhancements
Recommend Read: Post#3
In addition to point 3, there are three other enhancements:
- Manage order from Trigger Explorer
- Create new Flows from Trigger Explorer
- Navigate Trigger Explorer with Keyboard
Three exciting Screen Flow enhancements:
- Add collapsible section headers
- Fields feature now supports Name and Address
- Fill in Address faster with Google Typeahead
6. Flow in Slack
Recommend Read: Post#2
I personally am very thrilled about the integration between Flow and Slack. Imagine how our life will become so much easier if one day we can do everything right in Slack!
7. Flow integration
Recommend Read: Post#4
Besides Slack, there are also other integrations that could be useful, including:
- Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology
What are your favorite features or summary posts? Leave a comment and let us know!
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