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!