A few days back, Tenfold published a list of ’25 Salesforce Leaders to follow on Twitter & LinkedIn’ and I’ve been included on that list.
With no disrespect to such surveys or listings, I generally don’t sweat over these as the selection criteria is often very sketchy and in some cases, crossing the ethical boundaries.
However, I’m happy to be included by Tenfold on this list because it’s based primarily based on the efforts and nurturing of this Linkedin group – ‘Salesforce developers/contractors’ which is the largest LinkedIn group for Salesforce professionals globally. And it isn’t about size or numbers, it takes a lot of time to keep the group sane, relevant, valuable and maintain the content quality standards.
Over the years, I’ve been a big fan of virtual learning and specifically Pluralsight – as it sets a benchmark for providing high-quality content across a variety of technology and domains.
A few months back, I was approached to publish a Pluralsight course of my own and although I’m no stranger to training people on various aspects of Salesforce, I never imagined recording a course of my own and that too on a prestigious platform such as Pluralsight.
It’s no surprise that India has one of the most vibrant Salesforce communities globally. We’re fortunate to have three of the five biggest Developer User Groups from all over the world and a very supportive Salesforce Developer Relations India team which has turned things around in the last couple of years.
However, despite being the leader in terms of volume, I’ve always felt that we perhaps lack quality control and there’s not enough collaboration between the various developer groups. Jaipur Dev Fest was an attempt to bridge that gap and bring us all under the same umbrella. And it’s immensely satisfying that JDF has set a precedent on Developer Groups collaborating with each other for everybody’s benefit.
As one of the co-organisers (along with Ankit Arora aka forceguru and Durgesh) for the Jaipur Salesforce Developer User Group (Jaipur DUG), we’ve constantly strived to hold events with high-quality technical sessions.
Over the last year or so, we’ve constantly got feedback that our meetups need to be more regular so we’re excited to share that we’ve as many as three events planned in the next three weeks!
First things first, I’ve been attending & speaking at Dreamforce every year since 2012! And with each passing year, it keeps getting busier for me – I had a packed schedule for Dreamforce 2016 and fun presenting at Developer & Admin Theatres. I’m proud of that track record, and I relish and look forward to this annual extravaganza each year, yet I’m still a developer at heart who loves getting his hands dirty and yearns for more technical & hands-on sessions.
While Dreamforce has it’s share of beginner, intermediate & advanced developer sessions, the audience is a mix of developers, admins, business users, CXOs and lots more. In that sense, Dreamforce is NOT a pure developer conference. In that sense, I’ve alway felt a void in the Salesforce event ecosystem and it’s no surprise that a couple of years back, I compared my experiences at Dreamforce vs. WWDC .
The Salesforce Mobile SDK team has been working in overdrive mode for the last few months. While I was still catching up on the changes made in 5.0 release (released in December 2016), there has been substantial work done over the last quarter and v5.1 has been released earlier this week.
For someone who’s followed the Mobile SDK since it’s early days, I believe this release is a major milestone and a massive turning point for developers as it brings several features that turn this open-source Github project into an enterprise-grade development kit. Read on to know more about what’s changed, why and how it impacts you.
While I’m still afresh with the memories of my talk at London’s Calling 2017, I got notified that I’ll be talking about MarvelForce at the upcoming Texas Dreamin’ conference on May 11-12, 2017
I’ve never been able to spend as much time as I wanted on my open source MarvelForce project but I’m hoping that such acceptance at leading community events force me to keep updating and enhancing it.