In the summer of 2015, I found out that I was going to be one of Dreamforce 2015 speakers. I never attended Dreamforce before and never visited the US either, so quite a few things were going to be new for me. For the first couple of weeks I couldn’t believe that Dreamforce was going to happen for me. But, eventually, the confirmation was in my inbox, I had to check it was there a few times before it actually dawned on me that I was going. My session owner got in touch with me shortly after and it was time to start preparing. While working on my presentation, I changed and revised it a number of times.
There was so much I wanted to share but it was clear I couldn’t fit it all into the allocated 40 minutes. It was very hard to decide between either providing high level information or concentrating on a couple of scenarios and explaining them in more detail. I thought that many sessions only gave you an overview of the topic area, and you had to do a lot of research before being able to use what you’ve learned. At the same time, I know very well how busy Awesome Admins are. A decision was made towards describing a couple of scenarios in detail and posting more information in a blog.
For me, Dreamforce 15 was not just about sharing my knowledge, but also about learning from others.I enrolled into various sessions and events trying to develop that perfect first Dreamforce schedule. But can anything as huge as Dreamforce be planned perfectly? There is so much going on that sometimes your schedule just doesn’t work. There are always new functionalities (this year they are Lightning, IOT and Salesforce IQ) you didn’t think of, expert led demos, hands on training, skill check exercises and networking events. If you want to get any Salesforce books, be ready to queue for some time. There are many partner companies showing their solutions. Some of them are well known while others are relatively new and small. Many people usually visit stands of big companies (some want to learn about new enhancements, while others hope to get some swag). However, sometimes it is worth looking at those start-ups. You might be pleasantly surprised with some of their solutions, level of support and prices.
I also managed to fit a Salesforce exam into my schedule. However, if you are planning to take an exam during the next Dreamforce, my advice is to get there a couple of days earlier and do it before the conference starts. The reason for this is because there are always so many exciting things happening and, you want to spend all the time you can on them.
My session “Top Tips for Admins: Cutting Corners with Force.com IDE” was recorded. If you were not able to attend, you can watch the recording here.
The subject might sound complicated, but in fact, it demonstrates how admins can increase their efficiency by using button-click functionalities of developer tools. If you have any time consuming tasks that are not covered in the recording or in the blog, please, feel free to submit your ideas. Together we can create a resource that will not just teach Admins how to complete certain tasks, but will also cover the most efficient and productive ways.