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Salesforce Org Migration Best Practices

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Dilip Singh,

March 16, 2019

Salesforce Org Migration Best Practices

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Companies go through a lot of changes. Mergers and acquisitions, companies, spinning off, or getting dissolved, these are all part and parcel in a business scenario. But can your IT roadmap overcome the future complex hurdles?

It’s observed that 70% of acquisitions fail and the primary reason is being the lack of an adequate roadmap to realize IT synergies. It’s essential for business leaders to be in sync with the business changes to work – Salesforce Org Migration is one of them.

Most of the CRM projects revolve around some form of data migration that arises from legacy systems being replaced with new digital infrastructures, like Salesforce, so migration has to be executed in a way that’s testable and repeatable for an optimal outcome without impacting the business.

Salesforce Org Migration Can Occur in the Following Circumstances:

Salesforce Org Migration Instances

Importing records from one organization to another in itself is an arduous task, which includes the most crucial customer data of both companies. It requires that you have in-depth experience of the best practices that can be applied during migration. If this job is too much for you and your organization to complete, it’s advisable to reach out to a consulting partner, like Solunus.

What is required for migrating data from an old Salesforce org to a new Salesforce org? The procedure is divided into four steps:

1. Analysis

This step includes a thorough impact analysis of both source and target org. It also requires identifying the in-scope and out-of-scope elements for the org migration activity. Also defining the roadmap that can help the organization to manage their business more effectively and efficiently with a great customer satisfaction rate.

2. Metadata

This step involves laying down the foundation in the new org by migrating all the configuration, customization, and business processes and implementing the industry-wide best practices.

3. Data

This step involves Data cleansing, Data mapping and migrating all the data, keeping the relationship intact with inter-related objects.

4. Testing, Testing, Testing….

It is extremely important to execute the above steps with clearly defined phases and apply best practices all through the way for a seamless Salesforce org migration. At Solunus, we have come up with a set of questions that you can ask yourself at each stage of the migration process, take a look.

Checklist of Salesforce Migration During the Analysis phase:

  • Identify which org to be the source/target org?
  • Will there be an impact on business processes?
  • Will there be an effect on OWD, record level security?
  • Do they have enough licenses in target org? Or do they need to buy any feature licenses?
  • What will be the total role count? Will there be any role hierarchy changes?
  • Is multi-currency enabled in target org? If not, do you need to enable it? And also identify the corporate currency?
  • Do you need translation workbench?
  • Determining if your target org is reaching the governor limit when source org metadata or data is moved?
  • Do you require field history tracking and chatter feeds?
  • What is the deployment strategy, deployment plan, and cutover plan?
  • Define the exit gate checkpoints at each phase

Salesforce Migration Checklist During the Metadata Migration Phase:

  • Identify the tools you’d need for metadata deployment?
  • What is the sequence of metadata to be deployed?
  • Identify and execute any pre-deployment steps? Like Quotes, Person Accounts need to be enabled.
  • Identify and execute any post-deployment steps? Like FLS, record type access
  • Identify the developers who can perform the Unit testing end-to-end.
  • Identify the QA team to conduct testing for both existing and new functionality.

Once the metadata is migrated, another important task is to execute data migration and ensure the business has no impact on their routine BAU processes:

Salesforce Data Migration Checklist During the Data Migration phase:

  • What is the data volume? Do you need to push all the data or pushing last six months or 1-year data to start with (Minimize the amount of data to be migrated, and in phases, all the data can be migrated)? Understand what business needs and prioritize the objects and data volume associated with it.
  • Identifying which ETL tool will be best suited for your requirement?
  • Executing the data cleansing activity – validate source data before migration
  • Do you have an order of data (objects) to be migrated?
  • Addressing the attachment/files migration.
  • Disable or turn off the email deliverability, triggers, validation rules, workflows, and process builder
  • Capture the legacy record ids which helps in identifying and updating the data in target org
  • What is the testing strategy plan, data migration plan?
  • What is the communication plan to all the business stakeholders and providing them real-time updates?

Salesforce org Migration Checklist During Testing Phase:

  • Identify the QA team who can perform testing end-to-end after each activity
  • Who will be validating the data whether all the records got migrated, all the respective fields got mapped, ownership is correctly assigned, users are having access to their records, UX is the same as before
  • Do we have any duplicate records?
  • Identify which environment QA will be testing like developer pro, partial, or a full copy?
  • Prepare a plan for QA testing in all the environments as it will be crucial to get basic errors out before customer points.
  • Thorough testing, testing, and testing for each object and fields.

What are the Benefits of Migration?:

Benefits of Migration

Salesforce org Migration Challenges:

Salesforce migration challenges


Salesforce org migration is the primary aspect of establishing a robust IT setup for your business to progress. When we move from one Org to another, it is vital that data flow happens seamlessly and without any hiccups. It is the responsibility of your Salesforce partner to see that everything remains intact during Salesforce org migration, and they must ensure that there are no duplicate records created during the migration. If your business is going through Org Migration and finding it difficult, do contact us. We are here to help you in analyzing and providing the optimal solution.

About Solunus:

Solunus is a dedicated Salesforce partner organization, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Our unrelenting focus on comprehending the unique needs of our clients coupled with our unrivaled expertise of the Salesforce platform enables us to deliver the perfect solutions that create the best value. Our unflinching commitment to quality and affordability has earned us a 100% Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) score from all our customers.