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What is Elastic Compute? – Sorry Functions!

Here’s a quick blog from one of our Technical Architects at Cloud Galacticos, Mike Gill. He was interested to see that Salesforce Functions is now generally available. Here’s his initial thoughts:

 

Mike Gill

Mike Gill

What is Elastic Compute? – Sorry, Functions!

A couple of years ago, our COO Paul wrote one of our most popular blogs ever on Salesforce Evergreen after it was announced at Dreamforce 2019 calling it a game-changer for Salesforce developers. A little over 2 years have passed since then and Evergreen has now finally become Generally Available and has a new name – Salesforce Functions. But what are “Functions”? Elastic Compute; sometimes called Serverless, or now simply put “Functions” is Salesforce’s answer to services already provided by other major cloud providers.

It’s little more than that. It has been talked about for ages; why can’t Apex be more like Java? Well now you can now use proper Java in Salesforce!! And if you have been expanding your Node.js skills like I have, you now have the ability to build out solutions leveraging the wealth of Node.js npm libraries out there.

 

What are the benefits of Functions?

Whilst you have been able to integrate with Salesforce using other languages for a long time, the big difference here is that with Functions all your code runs within the “Salesforce trust boundary.” This means all of your permissions and security are handled for you. Also, it doesn’t even count against your Salesforce request limits!

 

Get involved

Why not start playing around with it today? The keys to the kingdom are now unlocked!

 

Why not sign up?

If something is too good to be true, then it probably is! We’ve heard this before with Salesforce… Well, not this time if seeing is believing.  Functions have landed and you can start your New Year off with an exciting new tool!

Sign up here and try it out  https://functions.salesforce.com/signups

 

About Cloud Galacticos

Cloud Galacticos is a  Salesforce Consulting Partner with an all-star team. We are user and developer group leaders, bloggers, MVPs and all round Salesforce nerds. Our Salesforce consultancy has people all over the UK including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, and London. If you are looking for a Salesforce partner with experience who can help you make the most of your org, why not give us a call?

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Good Advice – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #485

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #485

 

Tip 1 – Good Advice

Good Advice

Looking for some good advice?

Perfect for new year, here is a great article from the Guardian “100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying”.

Better than making lame ‘join the gym’ resolutions!

 

Tip 2 – Using Data Loader?

Using Data Loader

Late last year it was announced that a major security flaw had been found in the Apache Log4j library which affected almost every computing organisation in the world – with Salesforce being no exception.

One of the benefits for Salesforce customers is that Salesforce can rapidly patch and rollout fixes across all its services meaning that for customers very little needs updating as we don’t have software from Salesforce running on our machines.

One small caveat to this however is the Data Loader application which does have this issue. Salesforce recently release a bulletin instructing customers and partners to download version 53.0.1 or later of the Data Loader (i.e. a version after December 20th 2021) to ensure that you stay safe.

So if you are a Data Loader user, best make sure you keep up to date! See here for the Help page..

 

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Free App – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #484

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #484

 

Tip 1 – Free App of the Week

Free App

Thanks Rhiannon for this review of the Free Salesforce Labs app called ‘CSV2’:

“This is an ideal alternative for data import and data loader if you are importing to a single object and don’t require advanced field mapping.

So long as the CSV has the field API names specified as the column headers you can drag and drop, and new records are created. Get the name wrong and an error message will briefly appear as a ‘toast’ popup. As an admin you can lock down to which objects items can be uploaded. The only limits are 10k records or a CSV file size of 2.5MB.

Beware – this doesn’t operate as an upsert, so you run the risk of duplicate records if this is not used properly, and the ‘drop files here’ space is on the small side.”

 

Tip 2 – Reading List

This is definitely not a ‘productivity book’, not a ‘how to do more stuff in less time’ book… It is a great read though! How should we spend our ‘approx 4000 weeks’ on this earth in the best way possible. Advice we all need, right? Take a look here. 

 

Tip 3 – Happy New Year!

Whatever you get up, I hope you have a safe an enjoyable NYE, and here is to an even safer New Year. Hold on, I feel I said that last year…

OK 2022 will be the good one! Happy New Year!

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Discount off Certs – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #483

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #483

 

Tip 1 – Discount off Certs

Discount off Certs

Why not get discount off certs? Here is a great offer, and you don’t have to jump through burning hoops to use it…

Get 30% off Salesforce certification exams until January 31st using code SFNEWYEAR30 Click here for T&Cs

 

Tip 2 – Using AMPscript

Using AMPscript

The Salesforce Marketing Cloud platform comes with three scripting languages that enable users to build custom functionality for content, channels, messages, and more.

Take a look at this new blog post from René Winkelmeyer and learn AMPscript, the primary language used to access data from Marketing Cloud.

 

Tip 3 – Reading List

Sustainable Happy Profit

Congratulations to our friend Ines Garcia on her 2nd book ‘Sustainable Happy Profit’, it is on my reading list for over the break. Read the blurb here and buy on Amazon here.

 

Tip 4 – Happy Holidays!

I hope you have an enjoyable Christmas, and have the chance for a break. Happy Christmas!

 

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Design Survey – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #482

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #482

 

Tip 1 – Design Survey

Design Survey

Why not take the design survey?

Don’t miss this chance to give your feedback which will help Salesforce gain a deeper understanding of the design tools, content, and skills you need the most.

Design is an intentional, iterative, human-centric approach to innovation and problem-solving. It’s how we get products, services, and experiences that meet –or exceed– people’s needs and expectations.

Click here to take the short design survey.

 

Tip 2 – Certs Renamed

Certs Renamed

This month, six of the Architect Certifications have changed names ‘to better distinguish between Salesforce Architects and Designers‘.

For example the Salesforce Certified Data Architecture and Management Designer is now Salesforce Certified Data Architect.

Take a look at this FAQ to see more.

 

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Dreamforce NYC – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #481

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #481

 

Tip 1 – Dreamforce NYC

Dreamforce NYC

Yesterday Dreamforce NYC was, as in-person events go, the first large Salesforce gathering for some time, with some level of normality. Face coverings and social distancing, but still an event where people could meet up in person, and learn from each other, like the good old days. I didn’t catch any big announcements, but keep an eye on here for the sessions.

 

Tip 2 – Roadmaps

Roadmaps

Thanks to Mark for sharing this with the team today, good shout! Salesforce Product Roadmaps are now available for viewing on the Salesforce Architects website. There are more products still to be added, however there are enough products listed in this feature already to pique the interest of any Salesforce user. Click here for an overview. Note Roadmaps is currently in Beta.

Salesforce Product Roadmaps are now available for viewing on the Salesforce Architects website. There are more products still to be added to what is available, however there are enough products listed in this feature already to pique the interest of any Salesforce user.

Features are filterable by three categories, Product Area, Status, and Release. Roadmap Items are searchable as well, as the resource gets more fleshed out the ability to search the roadmap will become much more vital. When looking at a product roadmap item, viewers can toggle with a view that gives a bit more information about the feature. Alongside this, some features are linked to Salesforce Help Articles that provide more detailed information.

Salesforce Product Roadmaps is currently in Beta right now. However, this will be a very helpful resource to a wide variety of roles and organisations. This tool is something that could be used to advise your own product development plans. Why not take a look at it now?

For more information check out the post from Salesforce Architects announcing the release.

Weblinks if Needed Separately:

Salesforce Architects:
https://architect.salesforce.com/

Salesforce Product Roadmaps:
https://architect.salesforce.com/roadmap/products

Introducing Salesforce Product Roadmaps: https://medium.com/salesforce-architects/introducing-salesforce-product-roadmaps-fc21638e8b1e

 

Tip 3 – Another Review of 2021

Cloud Galacticos Christmas Meal 2021

Enough from me last week…here is how the real hard workers of the team viewed 2021.

This year has certainly been a year to remember. It marked my first full working year at Cloud Galacticos after joining in October of 2020. I’ve had lots of great opportunities to tackle interesting business challenges and learned a lot through my practical experiences.

Meeting the majority of the Galacticos team in London recently was my biggest professional highlight. I’ve developed virtual friends and colleagues throughout 2021, but to get together face to face was great.” Luke Menzfeld, Salesforce Consultant

 

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Cloud Galacticos 2021 Highlights

Welcome to our Cloud Galacticos 2021 team highlights blog

Even though it’s been an eventful year for many reasons, at Cloud Galacticos we had plenty to be grateful for. From getting married to passing certs, and climbing mountains, to finally getting to meet each other in-person.

Here are some of the Cloud Galacticos team’s 2021 highlights.

 

Pippa Cox, Project Manager

Pippa Cox Art

I think my work highlight for 2021 has to be finally meeting some of my colleagues face-to-face after spending a year building relationships and working on zoom. I am looking forward to more opportunities to meet up in 2022.

On a personal level I have enjoyed the time to start being creative again and trying new crafts like embroidery pieces. Although the majority of my creativity has probably been spent decorating and gardening.

 

Vetri Manoharan, Developer

Vetri

The best thing happened to me in 2021 is joining the Cloud Galacticos team. I am so grateful to Phil for providing me this opportunity. Before joining the company, my career was more leaning towards project and team management. It’s almost 8 months now and the journey is still very exciting. I got to chance work on LWC (which I never learnt or got chance to work on before), worked on multiple projects, and so happy to be back on the development side of things.

On the personal front, I really feel that I am able to manage work-life balance (work from home really affected me big time), able to spend time with family, reading books, meditating, being mindful with the thoughts. Also I got engaged and going to get married in 2022. Looking forward to an exciting journey the next year hopefully!

 

Kully Dosanjh, Business Analyst

I think my highlights for 2021 would be joining the wonderful Cloud Galacticos team, I have already learnt lots and have lots more to learn from such amazingly experienced people.

Amazingly, outside of work my main highlight for 2021 has to be ‘climbing Ben Nevis’ with 2 kids in tow! This was by far the most challenging undertaking of all time for me. I had to have many pep talks with my poor legs to keep me motivated to finish.

I’m glad to say I smashed it and reached the summit!

 

Mark Jones, Salesforce Consultant

Mark Jones's User Experience Designer Cert

It’s been a really big year for me in the Salesforce ecosystem, to say the least, so it’s hard for me to pick out just one highlight.

Over the course of this year I’ve become a 5x Ranger on Trailhead, earned three different Salesforce certifications and spoke at a number of community events spanning four different countries (all done virtually).

To top it off, I became a Salesforce Consultant working with the team here at Cloud Galacticos. This has been a great year. Here’s to a good 2022!

 

Luke Menzfeld, Salesforce Consultant

Luke Menzfeld's wedding

This year has certainly been a year to remember. It marked my first full working year at Cloud Galacticos after joining in October of 2020. I’ve had lots of great opportunities to tackle interesting business challenges and learned a lot through my practical experiences.

Meeting the majority of the Galacticos team in London recently was my biggest professional highlight. I’ve developed virtual friends and colleagues throughout 2021, but to get together face to face was great.

On a personal note, I also have a number of highlights. Firstly, my wife and I got married in June with an intimate mix of family and friends. We made the best of it despite the Covid restrictions.

In July we moved house, and to top it all off we found out in September that our family would be growing in size in 2022! Overall a great year.

 

ABOUT CLOUD GALACTICOS

Cloud Galacticos is a  Salesforce Consulting Partner with an all-star team. We are user and developer group leaders, bloggers, MVPs and all round Salesforce nerds. Our Salesforce consultancy has people all over the UK including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, and London. If you are looking for a Salesforce partner with experience who can help you make the most of your org, why not give us a call?

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Bret Taylor – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #480

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #480

 

Tip 1 – New Role for Bret Taylor

Bret Taylor

As mentioned in the news this week, Bret Taylor has moved to the co-CEO role at Salesforce – a role vacant since Keith Block left 2 years ago. He has also just taken a role at Twitter! He is now Chairman of the Board, after the shuffle after CEO Jack Dorsey stepping down. Good luck and all the best to Bret Taylor. Busy busy!

 

Tip 2 – Nonprofit Trends

Nonprofit Trends

Click here to download the 4th edition of the NonProfit trends report from Salesforce.Org. 48 pages where ‘Nonprofit employees worldwide share their greatest challenges and opportunities ahead’.

 

Tip 3 – Review of 2021

Cloud Galacticos London Drinks Oct 2021

It’s fair to say it’s been an unusual year, for everyone! Here is our spin on seeing the positives where we can, and enjoying the chance to finally meet in person.

“Looking back it almost seems like a different world…Christmas 2020 was ‘cancelled’, the new year was still led by watching Joe Wicks and Rob Biddulph with the kids, we applauded the spirit of Sir Tom Moore, and we still had one lockdown to come.”

 

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Cloud Galacticos 2021 Company Review

Welcome to our Cloud Galacticos 2021 company review. We started 2021 after a challenging 2020 due to the pandemic and various lockdowns. Therefore, our aim for this year was to stay strong, bring the team together, and make sure we keep on delivering for our customers. Here’s the thoughts from our board on this year, 2021.

 

Phil Walton, CEO

Looking back it almost seems like a different world…Christmas 2020 was ‘cancelled’, the new year was still led by watching Joe Wicks and Rob Biddulph with the kids, we applauded the spirit of Sir Tom Moore, and we still had one lockdown to come. 

We were determined to battle though as best we could and ensure nobody would need to be furloughed… And it’s fair to say as we reach the end of 2021 we exceeded our goals! Not only did we keep all our team together, we expanded massively, we skilled up, we climbed the Salesforce Partner ladder, and feel like we have come out of a tough time in an even healthier position. 

Although Covid, Zoom, Tiger King, and remote working are here to stay, it is great to meet people again!

 

Cloud Galacticos Zoom Coffee Breaks

Cloud Galacticos Zoom Coffee Breaks

 

Paul Battisson, COO

For my Cloud Galacticos 2021 review, it’s has been a year that has driven a lot of optimism, both personally and in my role as COO. There is no escaping that the past two years have been extremely tough for everyone. 

I am extremely proud of the entire Cloud Galacticos team for the way we have managed to continue to deliver great work for our customers and grow the organisation throughout the pandemic. For me the biggest highlight of the year has been starting to visit customers and spend time with team members again. Nothing beats face to face interactions to ensure everyone is happy and on the same page, and it has been great fun getting to do this again in a safe way. I am hoping that things will continue to open up and return to “normal” next year to spend even more time catching up with people properly.

 

Cloud Galacticos York Catch Up

Cloud Galacticos York Catch Up

Neel Meghani, CTO

Coming out of 2020 both personally and professionally my mind frame was very much “OK that was a difficult year and we did very well. Now things can only get better!”. Then we went back into lock down. At that point I put to the back of my mind all of the things I was looking forward to….traveling, seeing clients and colleagues, getting back to normal…

BUT despite all of that we continued to grow through the year, ending the year in a fantastic place. We managed to win new clients and recruit some amazing new people. Despite being apart I felt the company coming together even more. I could not be more proud of the people that make up Cloud Galacticos and the work they do. The vision we have of the Galacticos ethos is now a reality. So I guess the hard times of the past year have made us be even better.

In recent months we have now begun to meet the team face to face. Even though we spent plenty of time on Zoom, the in-person meetings we have had so far have really left me on a high. Looking forward now to even more client and colleague meetings and keeping up the momentum of growth!

 

Cloud Galacticos London Catch Up

Cloud Galacticos London Catch Up

Some poignant words from our board for their Cloud Galacticos 2021 Company review. We’ll also be asking our team members their highlights from 2021. Watch for the blog coming soon!

 

ABOUT CLOUD GALACTICOS

Cloud Galacticos is a Salesforce Consulting Partner with an all-star team. We are user and developer group leaders, bloggers, MVPs and all round Salesforce nerds. Our Salesforce consultancy has people all over the UK including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, and London. If you are looking for a Salesforce partner with experience who can help you make the most of your org, why not give us a call?

 

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Free App of the Week – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #479

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #479

 

Tip 1 – Free App of the Week

Free App of the Week

Thanks to Rhiannon for finding this great Free App of the week:

If you are anything like us, you will be preparing your Salesforce org and users for Multi Factor Identification (MFA) which will become mandatory on 1 February, 2022. This Free App has everything you need from a dashboard to monitor MFA.

Metrics include a count of users that have installed Salesforce Authenticator, and a breakdown of logins by City and Country which might prove useful to know where more support might be required. It even has a breakdown of activity by method – which means you can see who is verifying their identity by email message, text or other authentication method.

 

Tip 2 – Maintenance Looming

Maintenance Looming

Thanks to our friend Mark Laing in Brisbane for this one…

With certification maintenance looming on December 3rd for several certifications, it may be worth checking sooner rather than later! So here is a quick rundown of how to check your current certification status in less than a minute.

Go to Verify Salesforce Credentials – Enter your Webassessor email into the field below and click Request.  Check your Inbox. You should find an email listing all your credentials, their status and if any action is required for maintenance!

Thanks Mark… Man United v Arsenal next week, just saying…

 

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