It’s that time of the year again – Dreamforce is around the corner and I’m preparing for my annual trip to San Francisco! I had a memorable Dreamforce 2018 and this year, it is shaping up to be another exciting event.
I am presenting as many as 3 sessions this year and helping out at a bunch of others. It’s been a lot of work over the last few weeks but it’s been all worth considering Dreamforce is a stage that has given me a lot of love over the last 8 years!
While I’m a hardcore geek and technology enthusiast, I believe – sometimes, we just need to take a step back and focus on more important issues around us.
Equality, diversity and inclusion are challenges worldwide and India is no exception. Therefore, when I was provided an opportunity to moderate a panel discussion featuring the likes of Tony Prophet (Salesforce – Chief Equality Officer) at Bangalore Developer User Group (the largest Salesforce Developer Group worldwide), I instantly said ‘Yes’.
It was a memorable meetup – a full house with standing-room only and I’m glad that everyone enjoyed and found the panel discussion meaningful. Here’s a quick recap of the discussion.
As I mentioned in my last post, I had a couple of sessions to present at Dreamforce 2017! It was a busy week with lots of hustling and juggling between presenting sessions, attending sessions, booth duty, keynotes, client meetings & lots of walking around.
The videos for all sessions are being uploaded on a daily basis by the Dreamforce content team. You can find all Dreamforce 2017 videos here. Here are the links for the sessions I presented at Dreamforce this year.
If feels as if yesterday that I wrote about my Dreamforce 2016 sessions. Hard to believe that more than a year has passed by in a flash and as I write this, most Salesforce enthusiasts all over the globe are packing their bags to make the trip to San Francisco! Although I attend a lot of conferences, Dreamforce holds a special place in my heart and I’m happy that this love story will be continuing for another year.
Like last year, it’s going to a busy week ahead! Last year, I promised to myself to be more organised and better prepared for Dreamforce but the way things have turned out, I think I need to stop making promises. Here’s my tentative schedule for DF’17 this year and I hope to see you/ bump into you at some of my sessions/ engagements.
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.
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 .