Comparing Copado vs Gearset vs Hutte

Salesforce DevOps tools automate various stages of the development lifecycle, enabling developers to deliver high-quality software faster. They facilitate version control, automated testing, and continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD), ensuring smooth and error-free deployments.

  • Published 07 Jun 2023
  • 11 mins read
Comparing Copado vs Gearset vs Hutte
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  • The article compares three Salesforce DevOps tools: Copado, Gearset, and Hutte, highlighting their features, benefits, and limitations.
  • All tools aim to enhance collaboration among teams, improve visibility, manage changes efficiently, and support organizations in achieving faster time-to-market for Salesforce applications1.

These tools also promote collaboration among development teams, enabling seamless coordination, better visibility, and efficient management of changes. Ultimately, they help organizations achieve faster time-to-market, increased agility, and more reliable Salesforce applications.

Two of the top Salesforce DevOps tools in the market are Copado and Gearset.
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But did you know that there is a tool best suited for source-driven development? It’s called Hutte, a web UI to SFDX that allows for visual Salesforce version control.

Features

Best For Release Management: Copado

Best For Continuous Delivery: Gearset

Deployment Automation

Yes

Yes

Continuous Integration (CI)

Yes

Yes

Continuous Deployment (CD)

Yes

Yes

Git-Based Development

Yes

Yes

Scratch Orgs And Sandboxes

Yes

Yes

Code-Free Development

No

No

Change Comparison

Yes

Yes

Learning Curve

Moderate

Moderate

Collaboration And Visibility

Yes

Yes

Release Management

Yes

Yes

Compliance And Security

Yes

Yes

Integration Capabilities

Extensive

Good

Customization Capabilities

Extensive

Moderate

Scalability

Suitable for large organizations.

Suitable for small to large organizations.

Pricing Structure

Subscription-based.

Subscription-based.

Support

24/7 support.

Business hours support.



Let’s dive into what all three tools offer, enhance, and limit regarding Salesforce DevOps.

Best for release management: Copado

Image Source: Copado

Pricing: Plans that range from $2K and above.

Core features: automated (robotic) UI testing, multi-cloud deployment, continuous delivery for deployment processes, and built-in governance and compliance.

Copado is a renowned cloud-based platform that facilitates efficient DevOps and release management for Salesforce applications.

It encompasses a comprehensive suite of tools and features that cater to the entire application development lifecycle, including planning, building, testing, deployment, and release.

With its wide array of capabilities, Copado has gained popularity among organizations seeking to streamline their software development and deployment processes. It provides numerous benefits, aiding in the seamless management of Salesforce applications throughout their lifecycle.

Here are some of the key benefits of using Copado:

The tool is designed to scale to the needs of any organization, whether it's a small business or a large enterprise

It can handle large volumes of data and support complex deployments.

Copado enables agile development

By providing a platform that encourages collaboration among team members, automated testing, and continuous delivery of software.

With Copado, you can easily manage and track changes to your Salesforce code and configurations

This ensures that all changes are tracked and can be easily rolled back if necessary.

It offers robust security features to protect your Salesforce data and configurations

This ensures they are only accessible to authorized team members.

Copado's automation features help to streamline the software development process

This makes it faster and more efficient, including automated deployment and release management.

Copado’s limitations include:

Copado is a comprehensive Salesforce DevOps platform with many features and capabilities

However, this complexity can lead to a steeper learning curve for users.

Copado is a subscription-based platform which involves ongoing costs for organizations

Copado's pricing structure may not be suitable for all budgets.

Copado integrates with various external systems, such as version control repositories, CI/CD tools, and deployment environments

While this integration can be advantageous, it also introduces a dependency on these external systems. Any disruptions or changes to these systems can delay workflows.

Moreover, organizations with highly specific or unique Salesforce DevOps processes may find that certain aspects of Copado's workflows or configurations cannot be easily customized to align with their needs.

Implementing and managing Copado effectively may require dedicated resources, including administrators or DevOps specialists who can oversee and maintain the platform

This can add to the operational overhead and resource allocation within an organization.

Best for continuous delivery: Gearset

Image Source: Gearset

Pricing: Prices start from $200 per seat per month.

Core features: Continuous integration to automatically build and test code, release pipelines and automation of changes deployed, sandboxing, and backup or restore capabilities.

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Gearset is a Salesforce DevOps and deployment tool designed to help developers and administrators streamline their development process and ensure the quality of their Salesforce code.

Here are some of the key benefits of using Gearset:

It provides a range of features that enable teams to automate their development workflow

This includes automated testing, continuous integration, and version control.

With Gearset, users can easily compare and deploy changes between Salesforce environments

This includes from development to testing or from testing to production.

Gearset includes a range of reporting and monitoring features 

This helps teams track their progress and identify potential issues early in development.

Gearset is a powerful tool that can help Salesforce teams improve their development processes

Gearset increases collaboration and accelerates the delivery of high-quality code.

Gearset can scale to accommodate the needs of organizations of different sizes

It provides responsive customer support to address any issues or questions that may arise during platform use.

Gearset allows users to compare and validate different Salesforce environments, such as sandboxes and production orgs

This feature helps identify differences between environments, reducing the chances of errors and ensuring consistency across deployments.

Gearset’s limitations include:

While Gearset supports a wide range of Salesforce metadata types, certain metadata types or components may not be fully supported or require manual intervention

This can potentially impact the accuracy and completeness of deployments.

Gearset may encounter performance and usability challenges when working with large Salesforce orgs

Especially orgs that have a high volume of metadata components and complex configurations.

Gearset utilizes the Salesforce APIs for various operations, such as metadata retrieval and deployment

However, there are API limits enforced by Salesforce, and Gearset's operations may be subject to these limits.

Moreover, while Gearset offers some collaboration features, such as deployment approvals and notifications, it may have limitations in facilitating real-time collaboration and communication among team members.

Integration with specific tools or custom workflows may require additional configuration or scripting

This is to ensure seamless automation between Gearset and other tools in the DevOps pipeline.

Gearset provides some sandbox management capabilities but may have limitations regarding data seeding or data management in sandboxes

Advanced data operations or complex data migration scenarios may require additional tools or custom solutions.

Best for source-driven development: Hutte

Image Source: Hutte 

Pricing: There is a free plan and paid-for plans that range from $25 and above.

Core features: Hutte allows teams to build and ship work on the Salesforce platform more efficiently. Teams don't need to learn to install and use command-line tooling and Git. Users can take a fully prepared development environment (scratch org) from the pool.

At Hutte, we enable you to visually leverage the benefits of Git-based development without needing CLI. We have removed the barriers Git can pose as Hutte is a web UI to SFDX that allows for visual Salesforce version control.

Here are some of the key benefits of using Hutte:

You can create and manage Salesforce scratch orgs and sandboxes

There is no need for code, meaning no hassle is involved.

Furthermore, you don’t need to install or learn Git, as Hutte’s UI is already integrated into Git hosting tools, like GitLab and Azure.

From Hutte’s integrated hosting providers, you can view the changes you made

This includes your pull request, in a line-by-line comparison format.

Moreover, there is no need to reproduce this data as everything is generated and integrated with Hutte.

Your team does not need to wait for another scratch org to spin up if they can take one from the pool

Hutte has a ready-to-use scratch org pool that you can tap into anytime.

Hutte offers access to Salesforce's full capabilities

This provides custom buttons on our web interface to execute complex multi-line commands, such as using our YAML push script to define the behavior of scratch orgs and development environments. Native SFDX can be used, for example, to push data or metadata within the script. 

Hutte’s limitations include:

  • Limited customer support
  • Limited integrations.

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While these tools solve deployment technicalities and release/org management, it’s also important to consider the positive transformation process that usually (or should) accompany the addition of these tools. This involves setting up a building process, testing strategy, and more controlled releases (among others).

Manuel Moya

Technical Architect, Developer, and DevOps Engineer
Hutte

Source: Hutte

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