We often have a healthy debate on why Apex experience is listed on most Admin job descriptions.
Aren’t we supposed to be focused on clicks not code?
I think Salesforce consultant and instructor Ryan Scalf, laid it out well in yesterday’s Admin/App builder training session.
Think about it this way:
Many customers who have had Salesforce over time probably have some level of Apex already running in their org.
The declarative tools that are available today have evolved and the functionality that was previously built used Apex to meet the requirement.
Therefore, now the customer needs someone to understand what to do with it.
Not necessarily to write more custom code, but rather determining if they can move it into a declarative offering.
Conclusion: If you’re looking to stand out to a potential employer, maybe you want to take a deeper dive and add to your tool-belt a Custom -> Declarative Cheat Sheet that you can break down and speak to during interviews.
A skillset that I think most employers will value.
Regarding Apex skills being needed for Admins for new customer orgs, that warrants another post 🙂