This article is for users who are utilising the Elements field usage data to analyse field and object usage in their Salesforce Org. We are planning to transition all users from our current method of synchronising this data to a new method as detailed below. We are giving users the opportunity to turn this new method on now if they wish.
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At the moment, all Orgs are still using a weekly sync version of the data population until you choose to upgrade. We will eventually move all users over to the new version automatically, but this will be announced with plenty of time for you to be prepared for this change.
Our current method involves a separate, weekly sync on Saturdays. This means your % filled data is not updated daily like the sync, and some data can be out of date. Furthermore, this method can be inefficient when pulling in data for objects with unusually large record counts. This data is limited to the last 10k records unless you choose to increase the sample size.
Our new method moves this process to a daily scheduled fetch via our managed package. This is a much less heavyweight operation and does not have a limit on record counts. There is no longer any need to manually fetch the % filled data for Managed Packages, nor to extend the record sample. This also supports displaying % filled data on individual picklist values, which is not available with the current method.
If you use these analytics and frequently find yourself manually updating the record counts and % filled data, we suggest you make the switch now. We also suggest that users with high record counts on their objects opt into the new method, particularly if you noticed in the past that we have failed to get this data for you. The new method will resolve that issue.
How does it work?
This data is populated using a daily batch job set up from the Elements managed package in Salesforce. Once set up, the jobs run on a daily basis. Then, during your daily Org sync in Elements, we collect that data from Salesforce and display it for you in the impact analysis tab for fields, Org Analytics, and reporting.
A synced Salesforce Org in Elements
The latest version of our Managed Package downloaded into your Org (4.14 onward)
Admin privileges in Salesforce
Elements Admin permission set is assigned to the Org model owner
Installing the Managed Package
You can check if you have the package installed by looking at the information tab of your Org in the Org list.
If you have not installed this you can follow the instructions here on how to do that.
If it is installed you will see a Package version number - if not there will be a message showing that you have not installed it.
Check that you are running version 4.14 or later. If you are on an earlier version, try starting a new sync to update the information. This can be done from the 2nd tab down (cog icon) and pressing "Start sync".
This should update the version number to the latest. If you are still not on 4.14 or later, contact us at email@example.com and we will ensure you get the correct upgrade.
Turning on the new data population method
Once you have the correct version of the managed package installed you can turn the new method on.
The first step to do this is to navigate to the right panel for your Org in the Org list. From the right panel, go to the 2nd tab down (Org settings) and you will see a toggle named "Data population via managed package enabled". Simply turn this on to activate the new way of getting data population.
Please note: Once you have turned this on it cannot be turned off by you. If you are experiencing issues with the new method you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to help, or if needed we can revert your Org back to the old method.
Scheduling the fetch in Salesforce
Turning the new method on in Elements is the first step to getting your new data population fetch up and running. In order to complete the setup, you need to schedule the fetch times in the package from Salesforce.
To do this, you will need to search for and open the Elements Settings in Salesforce.
If not already, you will need to log into the settings page with your Elements user email and password (not Salesforce credentials).
Once logged in you will be able to schedule the times of each daily job you want to configure.
We have a tab, Schedule Jobs, from where you can schedule fetch jobs for Record Information which has three different jobs running consecutively. These are Record count, Data population, and Picklist population.
"Profile Layout information" is not related to the data population analytics.
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You can enter the hour and the minute you want the jobs to run at and then press "Set up new Schedule job". These will run according to the timezone your Salesforce instance is configured to.
You will not see a confirmation message, but if you try to schedule the same job again you will see this message:
This tells you that there is already a job in place for the data fetch. You can schedule more than one job for the same data if you like, but it's not necessary. Check your scheduled jobs under the "Scheduled jobs" heading.
You can also check your confirmed jobs by navigating to "Scheduled Jobs" in Salesforce Setup. Here you will be able to delete any unwanted jobs.
There are currently some limitations to the data we pull in.
We are unable to generate % filled information for multi-picklist selection fields.
We cannot show the record type information if you have got 50 or more record types on a particular object. It will instead show only the "Master record" type based on the last 5k records.
Although we sync hidden fields in Salesforce we can't get any % filled data for them.
The following fields are limited to the last 5000 records due to Salesforce data storage limitations:
Is Excluded From Realign
Is Customer Portal
Best Time to Contract End Time
Out of Office Message
Creator Full Photo URL
Creator Small Photo URL
And the following field types are limited to 5000 records:
If you want to discuss any of these limitations with us, or you have a particular use case we do not support, please reach out to us at email@example.com where we can help!
Most issues you will encounter are likely because you have missed a step in the above setup instructions, or because there is a permission restriction on your account. This usually prevents the Elements package from accessing your data to generate these insights.
If you do not appear to have a version of the managed package that is 4.14 or later please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your Space name and Org, so that we can ensure you have an updated version.
This article explains the permissions required to run an Elements sync successfully.
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