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April 11, 2014

A Spring Fling!

Remember that Spring 14 release we were talking about months and months ago? Well it’s finally here for everyone. Just last week, NA6, NA7, NA8, and NA9 were upgraded. And next weekend, the remaining servers will finally be moved to Spring 14.

The official statement from Salesforce came via email to administrators when the delay was announced back in January. The statement noted: 

At salesforce.com, ensuring customer success through trusted system availability, performance, and reliability is our top priority. We’ve made the decision to postpone the rollout of Spring ’14 to your ### instance with these priorities in mind.

We have identified open items related to the performance and functionality of the Spring ’14 release and are working around the clock to identify, test, and apply fixes for these issues. To give customers the best possible experience with the Spring ’14 release, we are rescheduling the release to complete additional testing.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause for you or your organization.

A setback, but understandable. I personally would rather wait for a finished product that functions properly than have the release rushed to meet some arbitrary deadline that they’ve set for themselves. But then it gets a bit more complex because, two months later, we all received the same email again. Now, I’ve been doing this awhile, and have only ever seen one other release reschedule (back in Spring of 2010).

What is is about these Spring releases that are so tricky? My theory is this: the winter release always delivers fast wins from announcements made at Dreamforce. People hear about something & they want to use it right away, and Salesforce tries it’s best to deliver. But then that lets the poor Spring release to do clean up work, and to round out projects that may require a bit more refinement. This is a tall order considering that it’s all coming from the world’s most innovative company, so the spring release gets packed with a lot of tiny nuances that add up to a complex upgrade.

Do you have your own theory on what happened with this release? Share in the comments below! And don’t get too comfortable. The Summer 14 release is just 3 months away!

January 3, 2014

Let’s Get It Started

New year, new you!

At least, that’s how the saying goes. We often like to start a new year with a list of things we will do more, or less, or better. (I know that I have.) And while I can certainly think of many things I’d like to do better, I also just love the idea of a clean slate. And while every day is a new beginning, there is something special about a new year that gives us all a chance to start over.

I mentioned my Passion Planner before, and even though I’m less than a week into using it, I have become obsessed. Using it passion plannerhas really helped me to find my focus for the upcoming weeks and months. It is really helping me to train my focus in order to help me achieve the goals that I’ve laid out for the year. In our very digital world, this certainly is not the tool for everyone, but the idea behind it is. State your intentions, and then design a plan to work toward those goals.

One of the things that I love most about the Passion Planner is that it help you to organize both personal and professional goals. It allows me to plan out both my runs for the week, as well as meetings with co-workers to insure that we meet deadlines.

And yes, my Passion Planner is already filled with Salesforce goodies – reminders to take release exams (you have until February 28th to get Summer 13 done), dates for Dreamforce 2014, calls with Salesforce friends. And all of these are tasks on my plate to achieve my goals for 2014. It all boils down to something I heard a co-worker say at my very first job – “Plan your work & then work your plan.”

Have you picked your passions for 2014?

November 8, 2013

Final Countdown!

First, I need to apologize. I disappeared with no explanation. For that, I’m sorry. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that the reason is that I have taken on a new role with a new organization, and like any new job, I’ve been slammed trying to get to know the ins and outs of the organization. For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter, my new role is with the team at Conga, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. (And if you haven’t read Mike’s post about find the right organization, you should!)

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On top of the new job, I’ve been doing an insane amount of prep work for Dreamforce. I unintentionally outdid my 2012 self, and am helping present in seven session this year at Dreamforce. On the upside, I’ll be very easy to find this year (just come to one of my sessions).

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June 24, 2011

What’s your flavor?

Looking at the landscape of Salesforce admins, there are really three flavors – the newbie admin, the ‘button-click’ admin & the super-coder admin.

  • Newbie Admins – These are admins at small companies, or companies that are new to Salesforce. Usually administering Salesforce isn’t their only job duty, but most are eager to learn & get super excited about how *cool* Salesforce is.
  • Button-Clickers – These are the seasoned admins who wield all the declarative power available to them with the platform. Typically, they’ve been using Salesforce for a few years & probably even have a certification or two. They are the auto-magicians of Salesforce.
  • Super-Coders – People who fall into this category usually have a technical coding/development/computer science background.  They dream in SQL and SOQL. They know the difference between an object and an sObject. They use phrases like ‘standard controller’, ‘instantiate’ and ‘system-dot-assert.’

The problem that I think a lot of us ‘button-clickers’ run into is how the heck do we make the move to the next level. Fairly recently, Salesforce started offering the DEV 531 course (which you already know that I’m a huge fan of), and that’s a step in the right direction for enabling admins to progress. But a 5 day course isn’t going to get you all the way there.

Enough with the rambling – what’s your point, Becka? My vision for this blog is to really target that need. I’ve already started with a few of my posts, but I really hope to continue that vision & really flush it out. I’m only baby steps into this journey, but I invite you to join me.

(While joining me in the journey, why not also join me on Facebook!)

April 29, 2011

The why and the what

With my recent media buzz (hold your applause), I’ve been panicked about what my next post should be. I have a ton of ideas in my queue, but none of them seemed to be the right piece to be next. It all got me thinking as to why I started blog & what I want my blog to be to the salesforce.com world. A clear vision for my blog means that the readers get it, and when the readers get it, they will return to read more.

My end game is to be a resource for all types of people on the Salesforce spectrum – from prospects who want a reason why, to veteran Admins looking to take baby steps into development work. I imagine a mix of tips & tricks, horror stories & lessons learned, and excitement about news & rumors surrounding Salesforce. My goal, as it probably is for most bloggers, is to remain relevant to the readers.

To that end – I’ve made some changes to my Contact page, opening it up to post requests/suggestions and guest posts volunteers, as well as feedback. Like I said, I have some posts queued up, but I want to make sure I stay true to what my readers are looking for.

Now I know this post isn’t very Salesforce-heavy, so I’d like to end with promoting the Cloudforce city tours. Salesforce has just announced several dates around the US leading up to Dreamforce in August. I highly recommend getting to one of these FREE half-day events, even if you are going to Dreamforce (and especially if you aren’t).

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