Using DHTMLX Gantt Chart with Salesforce for Project Management Apps

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In this article, we’ll talk about what benefits you can get by using our JavaScript Gantt chart to create project management applications for Salesforce. We’ll focus on the list of the main features that can be implemented with dhtmlxGantt and try to explain the main reasons for choosing Salesforce.

Why Choose Salesforce?

First of all, let’s see why dealing with Salesforce can be a good idea. At the moment, Salesforce takes the place of one of the most popular CRM platforms in the market of enterprise software. The company was ranked first by Fortune in its 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018. Also, according to the latest statistics, Salesforce’s CRM market share is 19,4%, and it has 150,000 customers. Among the categories of provided services, you can find commerce cloud, sales cloud, service cloud, data cloud, marketing cloud, community cloud, analytics cloud, app cloud, and IoT.

The company offers almost every kind of enterprise software that you can think of. A wide range of software solutions can satisfy the most demanding customers. Moreover, any third-party developer that have enough skills can create and deliver a Salesforce component or provide modernization services for the existing components. Such an approach allows maintaining a wide diversity of available solutions and attracts developers for profitable collaboration. AppExchange is the Salesforce store where you can find all software solutions available at the moment. We’ll return to it later, but for now, you can use it to ensure that Salesforce apps can meet the needs of any business organization.

Why Use dhtmlxGantt as a Development Tool?

Our JavaScript Gantt is a comprehensive development tool for creating full-featured Gantt chart applications. It allows building cross-browser and cross-platform project management apps. Let’s look at some interesting features of this library.

High-performance applications created with dhtmlxGantt allow processing an incredibly large number of tasks simultaneously. This feature will be in high demand among companies that work on complex projects. dhtmlxGantt can render 10,000+ tasks, and the app will work flawlessly and without any lags. It doesn’t matter whether you work with 10, 100, or 1000 tasks at the same time. In any case, you will still work with a stable running application.

The zooming feature allows focusing on a particular part of a project. The available range includes month, days and hours view. Also, dhtmlxGantt allows displaying the whole week or just the working days. Check the sample >

Baselines help to ensure that you meet your deadlines. Here’s how it works. You can use baselines to mark the initial plan for your project. dhtmlxGantt allows displaying it alongside with its current actual state. A project manager can compare the current state of a project with the initial plan to define if there’s a necessity to correct the chosen approach. Check the sample >

The auto scheduling feature can be used by managers to make automatic changes to the schedule. It can be pretty useful in case of unpredicted delays. This feature allows updating the start date of the dependent task if the end date of the task it depends on changes. Implementing this feature, you can free users from the need to reschedule the whole project manually. Check the sample >

Advanced resource management features allow allocating and managing multiple resources. Resource load diagrams and histograms can be used by company management for accurate workload estimation:

Gantt resource load diagram for Salesforce Check the sample >

It’s hard to imagine a Gantt chart application that gained significant popularity among users without being able to do anything except rendering Gantt charts on the screen. Therefore, some additional functionality will never be redundant. The good news is that there are about 20 ready-to-use extensions that will allow you to meet the requirements of fairly diverse users. Tooltips, full-screen mode, status line, auto scheduling, smart rendering, and custom content — all these and many other features provide plenty of opportunities to achieve the desired look and feel.

If a user has to manage hundreds of tasks, it may be pretty hard to define those of them that have the most significant impact on the overall project time. The Critical Path Method allows significantly simplifying the work on such projects. This method enables defining the sequence of tasks that determine the overall duration of the project:

Critical path calculation in Gantt for SalesforceCheck the sample >

Extensive customization features is another advantage of dhtmlxGantt. By default, dhtmlxGantt provides seven skins, including Material-based one. Also, there is a range of predefined templates. It’s up to you how your Gantt chart application will look like. You can change any element of a user interface, such as tasks, links, or tooltips. Also, you can modify the existing templates of the grid, timeline, lightbox, and other elements.

Do DHTMLX Gantt Chart and Salesforce Suit Each Other?

After we considered the main advantages of both Salesforce and dhtmlxGantt, it’s time to talk about how they can work together. At the moment of this writing, AppExchange offers 30 applications that implement some variations of Gantt chart:

AppExchange on Salesforce

Among them, there are 20 paid solutions. As you can see, this is an example of not the most competitive environment. For example, there are almost 600 schedulers, and more than 300 calendars available at the moment. Therefore, if you have an idea of a Gantt chart application that implements unique functionality, it’s more likely that your solution will be noticed.

As a developer, you won’t face significant third-party libraries’ compatibility issues during the development of your Gantt chart app for Salesforce since dhtmlxGantt enables smooth and secure integration thanks to LockerService. The development toolkit that you’ll use provides extensive customization possibilities that will be very important when it’ll come to the creation of a unique enterprise application. Last but not least, you can receive support from an experienced team of DHTMLX developers with 10+ years of expertise in web and mobile app development.

If you’re interested in implementing our Gantt chart library in your Salesforce app, don’t hesitate to contact us to get all the details and a live demo.

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