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||How to start learning Salesforce Development – Join the Community
When starting with learning a technology one always asks him-/herself: “Where to start?” Since I joined Salesforce in May I received lots of those requests/questions.
In my personal opinion there are two important ways, which are partially complementary:
- Community – people that enjoy to work day-to-day with the technology
- Trailhead – the Salesforce online learning platform
As the topic of “Community” is personally very important to me I’ll focus in this blog post on that. A year ago I wrote about how important YOU are to keep a technology alive. Some things have changed since then. But not my opinion! After being now with Salesforce for nearly four months (yup, time flies by) I’ve to say that I’m very happy with their engagement to support and grow the community at large.
When I refer in the following to “developers” you can feel free to substitute it with “administrators” or “users”. Based on my role I’m focusing on the developers part, but the other groups are similar organized. So you can easily see the scale.
Salesforce helps people to start their own meetups. Meetups are the small(er) version of a full-day user group event and are regular, mostly locally organized events where developers (and people interested in becoming some) get together, share ideas, attend a knowledge share presentation, have some beverages – and lots of fun.
To pick up some examples: you can meet on this Monday 90+ developers in London where two of my colleagues will give a talk. Or join the Twin Cities User Group in Minneapolis for a live viewing party of the Dreamforce 2016 keynote.
Checkout the full listing of meetups here. If you don’t find one for a location near you – just start one.
User Group conferences
To be honest: I had not the chance till now to attend one in the Salesforce world. But from my experiences in the awesome IBM Collaboration user group community – I’m in there since 16 years and counting – I’m pretty sure that they are great too.
What differs a User Group conference from a meetup? Two things:
- Duration – days (conference) vs. hours (meetup).
- Sessions – during a meetup you often learn about a specific topic (i. e. by a presentation), on a conference you’ll have to select from a broad range.
All those events are community organized – people do it in their spare time. They are mostly free or take a small fee to cover the costs. You can’t get more access to knowledge, mostly by national and international leaders and specialists in the community.
If you learn about a User Group conference – attend! I learned so much at those events – and I made lots of (good) friends. The latter is what community is about!
(PS: Kudos here to my friends Theo, Tim and all the others who organized their User Group conferences which I attended over the last years. It’s tons of work that you all do for making those events happen)
I’ve compiled a list of some Salesforce User Group conferences below.
The latter, French Touch Dreamin, will be held on November 17th 2016 in Paris, so you’ve plenty of time to register. You don’t want to miss listening to Erica Kuhl, Vice President for Community at Salesforce, or Peter Coffee, Vice President for Strategic Research at Salesforce.
Salesforce runs a community program for the technical people, administrators and developers, that recognizes their outstanding achievements for the community. It’s the Salesforce counterpart to the IBM Champion program where I had the honours to be named as a Champion for the last four years.
From my experience named community leaders are accessible, friendly, engaged people that are always there to help out. If you find one – talk to her/him. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a question, are looking for some advice or just want to say “thank you”.
Does it has benefits to become a MVP? Yes, it has. Besides swag (every vendor does that, right?) they’ll have for example their own community on the Success platform where they can collaborate. Or exclusive events, like the yearly MVP summit (organized by Salesforce), where the MVPs interact and discuss in talks and workshops with Salesforce product management and executives (i. e. company co-founder Parker Harris as seen on Jean Michel’s blog). And sometimes a surprise like a greeting of the Chicago Cubs.
You can learn from Erika about the program here.
As you can see there are lots of ways to get engaged, to get started, to meet new people and to learn. Enjoy!
Aug 15, 2016
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Speaking at Dreamforce 2017|
Thu, Oct 5th 2017 3:58a Rene Winkelmeyer
It’s only a couple of days till Dreamforce 2017! Yay! If you were lucky and registered before we sold out, you’ll have the opportunity to attend one of my sessions. 😉
Salesforce and IBM for Developers
The partnership between Salesforce and IBM opens up a new world of possibilities for customers, partners, and developers. Are you interested in learning about how to leverage them? Then join this session which will showcase real-world examples around API integration, weather or Wat
Do you want bleedyellow.com? The charity auction has opened.|
Mon, Aug 21st 2017 7:17a Rene Winkelmeyer
Some time ago I was fast enough to catch the bleedyellow.com domain when it expired. Nowadays I’ve no use for it – maybe others want it.
Instead of just letting the registration expire I’m bringing it to a good cause. If you want it, you can have it – for some money that goes to a charity.
As it happens there is not far from where I live Germany’s first child hospice. I’m sure that I don’t have to explain what that institution is doing. So if you’
We looked for a Community Manager – and we got the best…|
Fri, Aug 18th 2017 7:59a Rene Winkelmeyer
A couple of weeks ago I posted about a job opening in my team for a Community Manager role. And we got the best…
I think it comes to no surprise that I had one of my best friends for that role already in mind. And she obviously convinced those in power and crushed the competition.
You thought you could get rid of me by leaving my community? HA! #unflushable #reunited Looking forward to joining the #SalesforceOhana
— Amanda Bauman (@amandabauman) August 15, 2017
As much as
We are hiring – Developer Evangelist in EMEA @ Salesforce|
Mon, Jul 17th 2017 6:09p Rene Winkelmeyer
What should I say – the headline says it all.
Is there a caveat? Yes – you’ve to work with me. 😉
Find the full job description and application form here.
Questions? DM me on Twitter (or other channels for those who know them 😉 ).
A great example for a community-focused site (and it’s promotion)|
Mon, Jun 26th 2017 8:20a Rene Winkelmeyer
I found this video yesterday by accident… and I personally really think that’s a) how a community site should be and b) how a corporate should promote it.
I’ll see if I can talk to some of the MVPs this week during TrailheaDX about some of things that they independently from the vendor do, like the office hours or the mentorship program. Very cool stuff!
By the way – we’re currently hiring a for this great community a Community Program Manager (San Francisco or Austin)&
We are hiring – Community Program Manager or Admin Evangelist @ Salesforce|
Thu, Jun 22nd 2017 11:10a Rene Winkelmeyer
Are you passionate about community and driving community engagement at scale? Then join my colleagues in the Community Team! They are looking for a fantastic Community Program Manager to help drive program member growth and engagement in our vibrant customer community with all our users, developers, administrators, and MVPs.
Read more about it in the job opening for the “Community Program Manager”.
Or are you passionate about driving the success of Salesforce Administrators? My c
Why and how to support your speakers before their talks|
Wed, Jun 21st 2017 8:35a Rene Winkelmeyer
To quote (a bit out of context maybe) Kyle Simpson – “A speaker is the value of the conference”. And that’s so true from multiple angles.
There are two types of people in a talk.
The speaker. Who wants to share knowledge, who wants to excite attendees, who wants to deliver a great talk.
The attendees. That want to learn, that want to get engaged, that want to be sure that their precious time is well spend.
No event organiser can take the stage fright a minute
Test driving Slack’s “Highlights” feature – I LOVE IT|
Mon, Jun 19th 2017 11:54a Rene Winkelmeyer
Last week Slack introduced their new feature “Highlights“. I tested it over the weekend – and I LOVE IT. It wasn’t a very scientific test though, but a very good start for a feature that’s available as GA.
I am in five different Slack teams. Some are very active, others are less. In all of them “Highlights” is an active feature.
I “forced” myself not to log in into Slack for at least three days. In that time a
Take app deployment to the next level with Heroku ChatOps and Slack|
Mon, Jun 19th 2017 5:17a Rene Winkelmeyer
Heroku is known for it’s developer-friendly set up. Now they’re taking it a step further by simplifying the devops lifecycle with ChatOps for Slack. I tested it during a private beta which went a couple of days ago into public beta.
Slack is often used as an information “pool”, where apps post a status like a successful commit to GitHub or else. But not many allow to action on information. That’s where ChatOps comes in to the game. Using Heroku Pipelines you c
Join me and The Weather Company (and some B.E.A.R.s) at TrailheaDX|
Thu, Jun 8th 2017 10:00a Rene Winkelmeyer
Part of the strategic partnership between Salesforce and IBM is the usage of weather data for enhanced business processes. Over the last couple of months I had the great pleasure to work with the colleagues from The Weather Company (looking at you Aleesa, Michelle, Alexis, Maia 😉 ) on several items of that.
If you want to learn more about how to incorporate weather data, besides the published content (here and here) on the Salesforce Developer blog – now you can.