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Salesforce Data Migration Checklist

Let’s face it: Salesforce data migration is a complex process. However, it doesn't mean your Salesforce Service Cloud migration can't be seamless.

To help you out with data migration, we've prepared a detailed Salesforce migration guide exclusive to Service Cloud.

Important: Migration Wizard can't import the following records to Salesforce Service Cloud

  • CC users
  • Groups (there are no groups at all in Salesforce Service Cloud)
  • Tags
  • Inline images

If you still want to migrate the entities above, request a Custom data migration, and our team will come up with a solution.

Note: When importing your Knowledge base into Salesforce Service Cloud, its dates will change from the original ones to the dates of data migration itself

BEFORE YOU SET UP THE MIGRATION

1. CHOOSE THE PERFECT TIME

Pick up the day with the smallest amount of help-desk-related work.

2. INFORM YOUR TEAM

Notify your agents about Salesfroce data import. This way, they have enough time a) to learn how to work with a new help desk, and b) to start closing tickets. Also, delegate certain responsibilities if needed. And set a reminder a day before Salesforce importing.

3. PREPARE SALESFORCE SERVICE CLOUD FOR THE MIGRATION

1. Create corresponding custom fields

Set up custom fields in Salesforce Service Cloud. This way, you can locate all data effortlessly after migration.

To create custom fields for cases, do the following:

Click on Setup > Object Manager > find Case in the list > Fields > Relationships > New.

How to Create Custom Fields in Salesforce Service Cloud

How to Create Custom Fields in Salesforce Service Cloud

How to Create Custom Fields in Salesforce Service Cloud

2. Add agents.

Сreate all the necessary users in Service before data migrating. All agents must have:

  1. permission to modify all data
  2. the same email as in your current platform

To add users, go to Setup > Administration > Users > Users > New User.

How to Add Agents in Salesforce Service Cloud

How to Add Agents in Salesforce Service Cloud

How to Add Agents in Salesforce Service Cloud

3. Create the corresponding categories and sections on the knowledge base.

If you decide to move your source knowledge base to Salesforce Service Cloud, you need to:

    a) switch on the knowledge base for the user with the System Administrator rights
    b) enable the knowledge base in Salesforce
    c) create Category Groups prior to the migration

To do so, read a detailed guide.

Ensure you have admin rights to both your accounts in the source platform and Salesforce Service Cloud before running the data migration. If you want to speed up the Full Data Migration, send a request to the Salesforce team so they temporary increase your API limits before Salesforce data migration.

4. CONSIDER SALESFORCE SERVICE CLOUD MIGRATION FLOW PECULARITIES

Before the Full Data Migration to Salesforce Service Cloud, consider that:

  • Migration Wizard can't import the creation dates of emails. However, we can migrate the creation date of chatters.
  • Salesforce Service Cloud has a limitation for the number of attachments stored for free. If you exceed your limit in Salesforce, you will need to pay extra to keep more attachments. Or use the pre-built for Salesforce custom option to Skip all attachments.
  • To migrate 'Created at', 'Last Modified at', 'Closed at', and Creator ID, enable User Interface settings.
  • Do not deactivate end-users because Migration Wizard won't migrate their cases.

Check out the list of popular customizations for the Salesforce migration.

  • Data filtering by different criteria (creation date, tags, custom fields, groups, organizations, assignees)
  • Change of the default migration process (migration of change and problem objects as tickets, migration of ticket events as private notes, migration of the information related to inactive users, name of Group into the custom ticket text field)
  • Add information to the migrated data (marking tickets with extra tags, adding legacy ticket ID to the ticket subject)
  • Import inline images as ticket attachments
  • Transfer CC users into the multiline custom ticket text field
  • Import account and contact custom fields

Drop a line to our team if you have any specific requirements for Salesforce data migration.

YOU’RE ALMOST READY

1. DISABLE NOTIFICATIONS

Turn off Notifications, Triggers, Validation Rules, and Workflow before starting the Salesforce migration to omit unwanted notifications.

Go to Setup > PLATFORM TOOLS > Process Automation > Workflow Actions > Workflow rules > disable all rules.

Note: You can skip this step if you haven’t created any workflow rules yet.

2. TURN OFF PHONE DUPLICATION

Disable the phone duplication rule to avoid data migration failure.

To turn it off, go to Setup > Administration > Data > Duplicate management > Duplicate rules > open the Phone Duplication rule > Deactivate.

4. RUN THE DEMO MIGRATION

Set up the Demo Migration first so you can check the default data transfer flow and see a portion of data on your desired help desk. In Demo, Migration Wizard transfers 20 random tickets from your current help desk to Salesforce. Also, you can edit settings and restart your Demo.

Note that if you run several Demos with the same parameters, the results would be the same in each case.

  1. Sign up or sign in Migration Wizard.
  2. Connect your source and target platforms.
  3. Choose the data you want to import.
  4. Data mapping: Match agents.
  5. Data mapping for tickets and knowledge base articles.
  6. Pick up automated options.
  7. Set your Free Demo Migration.

Note: Check if you’re migrating into production, not a sandbox.

AFTER THE DEMO MIGRATION

CHECK THE RESULTS IN SALESFORCE SERVICE CLOUD

Check a table with four columns:

  • all available records
  • migrated records
  • failed records
  • skipped records

And download reports on migrated, failed, and skipped records. Pay attention to the following:

  • if all comments got migrated, and if the authors of the comments are the same
  • if the tickets are assigned to the correct agents
  • if all the custom fields got migrated along with necessary attachments
  • if the customers and companies are migrated correctly

For more information, read the detailed guide on checking the results of Demo Migration in Salesforce Service Cloud.

BEFORE THE MIGRATION PROCESS

1. CHOOSE YOUR MIGRATION WORKFLOW

If you need to work with one of your help desks during the Full Data Migration, you can run your support service on the source or target platform.

If you choose to continue working with a source help desk system, pay attention that records created or updated during the process won't get migrated. In this case, opt for the Delta Migration to import them later.

While the Full Data Migration is running, you can check out the progress in our tool anytime you want. Or wait for our team to contact you.

Note: The option of Delta Migration is offered only in the Signature support offering.

2. START FULL DATA MIGRATION

The Migration Wizard transfers each record one by one. Depending on the number of entities on your source platform, the process might take from 20 minutes to several days.

Salesforce data migration begins when your payment is confirmed. It may take some time; that's why make a transaction in advance or schedule data migration.

And you've done and agreed to the checklist. Click on the corresponding checklist with a mini-guide. Run through all steps and put a tick in a checkbox.

3. DON’T CHANGE ANYTHING

Any alteration can make your migration fail or your data transfer will take more time. If you noticed broken or unnecessary data on the source help desk, let it go through. Better audit migrated records on Salesforce Service Cloud after the data migration.

AFTER THE IMPORT IS DONE

1. EXAMINE EVERYTHING

As soon as the Full Data Migration is complete, study if your data migrated correctly. You have five days to check the results until Migration Wizard archives your data migration.

If you can’t find something check if your search filters are set for all tickets and any time. If the issue remains, drop a line to our migration experts.

2. SET UP A NEW PLATFORM

  • Enable Salesforce notifications you previously turned off and other necessary settings.
  • Connect support links and update internal ones in Knowledge Base articles.
  • Re-forward your emails to Salesforce Service Cloud.

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