Memorable Quotes from the Salesforce Community

In the spirit of the Dreamforce “Tweets of the Week” blog posts, I bring you some of my favorite, recent memorable quotes from in and around the Salesforce Community.

“Can you post a mock-up of what you want? With reports and dashboards, Ansel Adams is more helpful than Earnest Hemingway” – SteveMo

 

“There will be no me, without SFDC” –  Adam Jeffries

 

“I am excited about the updated Flows coming too! Have you seen some of the examples that have been posted in the Feed here? I am astounded at every turn with the new ways that we have found to leverage Flows…so amazing!” – Jen Nelson

 

“SteveMo – How do I do this?” – seriously, who HASN’T asked that?

 

A little humor…unfortunately those of us in the “cloud” business compete against those who insist on moving “rocks” all day.” – Michael Traw

 

 

Is Too Much Community a Bad Thing? (I think NOT!)

There’s some buzz out there in the Salesforce social circles about something called Midwest Dreamin’ 2014.  What is that, you ask?  I’ll tell you.

The recipe to make Midwest Dreamin’ 2014 is a well-kept secret, but the descerning palate can detect a few things:

  1. The best of a user group meeting
  2. A little Dreamforce flair
  3. A little food
  4. Some socializing
  5. A great venue with awesome surroundings

Yes…I know, that really doesn’t tell you much of anything, but this entire post was meant to tease you, to spark your curiosity, to make you want to learn more.  Sorry…you will have to wait for another post.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities for Midwest Dreamin’ 2014?  Send an email to midwest.dreamin.2014@gmail.com and we will make sure you get all the details once we have them!

One last teaser:  Midwest Dreamin’ 2014, Coming to Chicago, Summer, 2014.

Join the group on the Salesforce Success Community and keep up with the buzz!

https://success.salesforce.com/_ui/core/chatter/groups/GroupProfilePage?g=0F9300000001rd6

 

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Dreamforce 2013

Here’s my top 10 reasons why you should attend Dreamforce this year:

10: Networking…its a great place to meet like-minded people. Don’t be scared, introduce yourself! You could very well be talking to your next coworker or manager!

9: Exercise…with all the sessions and activities spread out over Moscone’s 3 buildings as well as a half a dozen or so hotels in the area, you might end up dropping a few pounds from all the walking you’ll do.

8: Knowledge…Keynote sessions, hands-on training sessions, breakout sessions…who knows what all you could learn!

7: Awesome…yes, be prepared to hear that word quite a lot. Many will describe the event as Awesome or Outstanding.

6: Get Social…That’s right, Dreamforce isn’t really just an 8 to 5 event. Social gatherings, dinners, parties and even concerts await the adventurous soul.

5: Charity…Don’t just take things away from Dreamforce, give away some of your time to help out some great causes. Look for the Salesforce Foundation volunteer events and GIVE!

4: Save some money…register fast and get a lower price. Visit http://www.dreamforce.com for complete details, and when you register, be sure to save an extra $100 by using discount code D13MVPREF.

3: Partners…be sure to carve out time to visit the Cloud Expo. Many AppExchange partners will be there to give you live demos, great reasons why you need to extend your salesforce org outside the box, and pick up some cool swag along the way.

2: Rub elbows with the elite…the MVPs and User Group Leaders. Those people are almost overly passionate about the Salesforce ecosystem, but guess what? They are people too, and love helping others gain knowledge and overcome challenges!

And my number 1 reason to attend Dreamforce this year:

1: Community…What’s that? Its the culmination of all of the other top items rolled into one neat little package. Its that intangible benefit you get from being part of a group that is millions strong. Its that awesome feeling you get when racing between sessions with over 100,000 of your closest friends  It is Salesforce…it is Dreamforce. And its AWESOME!!!

What can you do with Salesforce (dot)com ?

Some friends of mine who really don’t know much about what I do for a living keep asking me to explain my job. That’s not an easy question to answer. I’m an analyst, and for those of you who are analysts, you can understand why that’s not an easy question to respond to. For those who are not analysts, I’ll try to enlighten you.  An analyst is someone who analyzes thing. Too simple ?  Yes.  Way too simple.  In my case, I tell people that I spend my time looking at data trying to determine the story it is telling. And it really doesn’t matter what kind of data you are looking at, or even what the source is. All data has a story to tell that can reveal some fascinating things about the nature of business, of people, and of society in general.

I have been an analyst for many years and in many industries: higher education; small-box retail; big-box retail; an airline; and a ‘mom and pop’ consulting firm, just to name a few. The one thing I found that was consistent among all that, is that people have a need to understand data and what it means. They want to know more, and more. In today’s terminology, I suppose I could say I am a Data Scientist.

By now you are probably wondering, how does all this tie into Salesforce.com…please bear with me just a little longer. I promise to make the connection.

When I started writing this post, my first ever blog post, I had an agenda in mind. I wanted to compare my career as an analyst to the cloud computing / CRM giant, Salesforce.com. But as I kept writing, I kept coming back to one theme: Asking an analyst what they do, is a lot like asking “What can you do with Salesforce.com ?”  The answer to that question is really quite simple: You can do almost, if not everything your business needs to do to succeed with Salesforce.com or an app from one of the scores of Appexchange partners.

Perhaps the best response to that question is truely a better question: “What can you not do with Salesforce.com?” And personally, I think the sky is the limit…the possibilites are endless, so jump in, sit down and start driving. I can’t tell you where your journey will lead, but I can promise you it will be a facinating ride!

So much for a deep, thoughtful, analytics-based reply.  Perhaps in my next post, I’ll delve deeper into the numbers.  Actually, I won’t, since my next post is almost ready.

Here’s the teaser to have you come back to read the next one:  Passion, what matters most and a Fiat 500 crossing the country in preparation for Dreamforce 2012.

Thanks for taking a moment of your day to read my historical first blog post.