“The trouble is, you think you have time” — Jack Kornfield
Although I’d like to believe that I’ve become a lot more organised and disciplined in terms of time management over the last couple of years, I’ve no qualms in admitting that there are still occasions where time often moves too fast for me to be able to catch up. Over the holiday break last week, I sat down to reflect on how year 2016 went by and I could literally re-live most of the special moments through the year, as it was yesterday. Of course, it’s a sort of an annual tradition for me and I wrote about my annual review last year as well.
Overall, it was a satisfying and fulfilling year 2016 for me. So, here’s a recap of what kept me excited and busy through out the year.
If you’ve been in the Salesforce ecosystem for a while, there’s a good chance that you’ve interacted with or heard about Eric Dreshfield. Among other things, Eric is widely known for being one of the brains behind the very popular Midwest Dreamin conference. He’s been running a popular blog series titled ‘I’m the (Kevin) Bacon of the Salesforce Community’ which showcases varying personalities – Salesforce employees, MVPs, User Group Leaders, Partners etc. in the global Salesforce community.
I’m thrilled to share that I’ll be speaking at SenchaCon 2016 – that too on a mashup of two of my favorite technologies – Salesforce and mobile. I’ve attended and presented at SenchaCon in year 2013 – and I wrote about my fond memories of the experience in a post sometime back. I believe both Sencha Touch & extJS are powerful frameworks but there’s not enough awareness about the nuances of using them for enterprise app development.
It’s that time of the year! If you’re a part of the Salesforce ecosystem – as a developer/ admin/ architect/ business user/ customer or in any other role, it doesn’t get any bigger than this – Dreamforce 2016 is less than a week away! I had a very busy and satisfying Dreamforce 2015 where I presented 3 sessions and spent some quality time learning with my peers, colleagues & friends from all over the world.
And this year, it’s going to be even more busier and crazier it seems! Every year, I promise to be more organised and better prepared for Dreamforce but things usually turn out the other way around. Here’s my chaotic schedule for DF’16 this year and I hope to see you/ bump into you at some of my sessions/ engagements.
In a couple of weeks, I’ll be attending my 5th Dreamforce in as many years. While I’ve attended a few other conferences multiple times including Droidcon, Apple WWDC, Google IO and Boxworks, I’m certain that my relationship with Dreamforce is truly special. It was a pleasant surprise when Apttus reached out to me asking me to contribute to their Dreamforce tips & tricks handbook – just in time for this year’s conference.
Exactly four weeks back (29th July 2016 to be precise), Salesforce announced the Summer’16 class of Salesforce MVPs and I’m truly humbled and honoured to be on that list. It’s been an interesting and exciting few weeks since then, first – it took a while for the news and the recognition to sink in. And since then, it’s been all about setting time aside to learn more and getting used to various aspects of being a part of the MVP ranks.
With time passing by, that euphoria has somewhat settled – so it’s take time to reflect on what it means for me to be a Salesforce MVP, the journey so far and what lies ahead. The opinions are purely my own and a reflection of the collective thoughts on the experience of being recognised as a Salesforce MVP.
A few weeks back, I had the good fortune of interacting with the amazing Brent Downey – the one-man army running AdminHero.com, one of the most popular Salesforce administrator and consultant blogs. And while we still in discussions, Brent announced that AdminHero would be taking a breather. Though I’m not neither an administrator nor a consultant, I’d like to thank Brent for inducting me as a Salesforce Mobile Architect on his blog.