Archive for December, 2010

December 17, 2010

It may be cold outside, but Spring is upon us!

Spring 11 Logo

On Monday, a lot of us admins found an early Christmas present (or late Channukah one) in our in-box from Salesforce – the notification about the Spring ’11 Sandbox Preview. (Details here if you want to read up.)

And ‘sandbox’ really is the perfect word, but for the days & weeks following the availability of the new features, all of us super-fans will be playing away to our hearts’ content. Playing in a Sandbox environment is a great way to wrap your head around what’s going to be a value-add for your organization, and what bits are superfluous.

While my favorite part, the release notes, are still MIA (if you find them, share them please), you can get a sense of some things that are coming by taking a peek at the IdeaExchange. Some of the things I’m looking forward to are some minor tweaks to the Report Builder that will make adding filters easier, changes to Chatter that make the user experience a bit more similar to Facebook (notification count & a “Like” button) & an RSS feed for trust.salesforce.com.

You can expect a deep-dive into the new features once I get a chance to play!

December 15, 2010

Why start blogging?

For awhile, I had been having an internal debate about starting my own Salesforce blog. There were already plenty out there (47 active ones according to JP Seabury). Was I really going to have anything new or different to say? On top of that, I’ve never been a very eloquent writer. I assumed that I would probably struggle through post, get frustrated & give up.

So what was the tipping point? Erica Kuhl & the Salesforce.com Community conference. While I missed my shining moment on stage, Erica & the CommCon recognized me as a community MVP. I’m not saying this to toot my own horn. What happened was that I realized I’ve already been writing about Salesforce, and people were already listening & interested in what I had to say.

I can’t promise that every entry will be well-written or even particularly exciting. But they will be honest thoughts  and (hopefully) helpful tips from a Salesforce uber-junkie.

And if it doesn’t work out…you can always find me in 140 characters or less!

December 13, 2010

Dreamforce Debrief

Awesome.

There is no other word I can use to describe my 5 days in San Francisco. Trying to fit the whole experience into a blog post is impossible, but I can definitely give my highlights.

  • Meeting my virtual co-workers – There is a group of about 15 Tweeps that I communicate with on a daily basis to discuss everything Salesforce (and some other nerd stuff). This was the first time I got to meet them all in real left, and it felt like a weird (but totally awesome) family reunion. They are all bright, engaged & fun individuals, and I’m lucky to call them my peers and friends.
  • Getting Props – Adding to the fact that I got to meet all these awesome people, a bunch of us were called out as ‘Super’ alums & got to help Tom Wong with his first timer orientation session. And on top of that, a small group of us were picked as Community MVPs. I tweet so much about Salesforce that someone thought it was useful! It also has pushed me to become even more active, hence this blog.
  • Benioff on his game – Every single year, this guy knocks it out of the park. While none of the announcements were huge game-changers for me, it’s always great to watch a dynamic presenter on point like that. Even as he struggled his way through an impromptu Stevie Wonder interview, he engaged the audience. Also, huge kudos for staying really close to on schedule this year. Not an easy feat!
  • The Dreamforce app – While connectivity was an issue, the mobile conference app was a big hit for me. Interactive maps, general & personalized schedules, direct links to help…come #df11, this will be fantastic!

I’m forcing myself to stop at four bullet points, because if I didn’t, I could ramble on for awhile. The conference definitely had a different feel for me this year, but all in a positive way. Tom & team hit it out of the park!

The real takeaway for me was exactly what Salesforce had in mind – Collabor8! Be it internally with Chatter,  externally with the Salesforce Community, or globally to help solve world issues…the message was clear: “We can do this together!”

Only 259 days until Dreamforce 11!

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