How Can I Check Which Automated Process Updates Field in Salesforce

Last Modified: April 24, 2024 - 3 min read

Julian Alvarado

Salesforce’s powerful automation capabilities can sometimes leave you puzzled about which process is behind a specific field update.

Whether you’re a seasoned admin or a new user, our guide will show you how to leverage debug logs to demystify this question.

What You’ll Need

  • Administrative access to Salesforce
  • Basic knowledge of Salesforce automation tools (e.g., Workflow, Process Builder, Flows)

Introduction to Debug Logs for Automations Traceability

Debug logs in Salesforce are invaluable tools that provide a window into the system’s internal processes, including automated updates. Whether caused by Process Builders, Flows, or Apex triggers, these logs can help you track down the exact cause of any unexpected changes.

Step-by-Step Guide to Using Debug Logs

Step 1: Introduction to Debug Logs

First things first, let’s understand what debug logs are.

In Salesforce, debug logs are detailed logs that track the operation of the platform’s asynchronous processes. These logs are vital for diagnosing issues or understanding how and when fields are updated by automated processes.

Step 2: Accessing Debug Logs

To start tracking, you first need to access the debug logs.

Navigate to Setup in Salesforce. Use the Quick Find box to search for “Debug Logs.”

Accessing Setup in Salesforce to search for "Debug Logs" using the Quick Find box.

Step 3: Setting Up Debug Logs

Now that you’re in the Debug Logs section, let’s set up a new log to track our automations.

Select ‘New’ to create a new debug log.

Selecting 'New' to initiate the creation of a new debug log in Salesforce.

Define the necessary parameters such as the Apex class name, the start date, and the expiry date.

Setting up key parameters for the debug log including Apex class name, start, and expiry dates.

Step 4: Analyzing Debug Logs

After setting up your debug log, execute the automated process you want to monitor. Once done, new entries will appear in the logs.

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Review the newly created logs to find entries related to your automated process updates.

 Inspecting newly generated debug logs for entries related to specific automated process updates.

Open a debug log entry and analyze the detailed information provided.

Opening and examining the details within a debug log entry for in-depth analysis.

Locate the ‘op update’ entry within the log to identify the automated process and the changes it made.

 Identifying the 'op update' entry within a log to pinpoint modifications made by an automated process.

Best Practices for Debug Logs

  • Regular Review: Frequently check your debug logs to stay ahead of any unexpected automated updates.
  • Documentation: Keep records of known automations and their purposes for easier troubleshooting.
  • Efficient Setup: Only log necessary information to prevent clutter and ensure easier analysis.

Gain Control Over Salesforce Automation Updates

With the steps outlined in this guide, identifying the source of field updates in Salesforce through debug logs becomes straightforward. This approach is critical for admins who aim to maintain data accuracy and oversee automated processes effectively.

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