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Troops – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #503

Welcome to Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #503

 

Tip 1 – Troops

Troops

This week brings the announcement that Salesforce is buying Troops, the company famous for its integration pushing data (aka ‘mission critical insights’) between Salesforce and Slack.

Actually the acquisition will make Troops a part of Slack, but Slack is part of Salesforce, so we know what they mean!

See here for full details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip 2 – Salesforce Posse

Salesforce Posse

It was great to hear two friends of the Galacticos together on the Salesforce Posse podcast this week. Francis’s podcast is a great resource with some amazing guests.

The most recent episode was with Ines Garcia, author and Agile Coach.

Take a listen here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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North Africa Dreamin – Phil’s Tip of the Week #502

Welcome to Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #502

 

Tip 1 – North Africa Dreamin

North Africa Dreamin

One of my favourite Salesforce events was my visit to North Africa Dreamin before ‘you know what’ happened.

If you fancy a visit to Morocco click here for details.

And if you have a session at North Africa Dreamin you would like to deliver then why not click here?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip 2 – The Big Sleep

Welcome to the bumper edition of Release Notes! 574 pages of updates and features to wow you, or help you sleep 🙂

Look out for our highlights post coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip 3 – To Have and Have Not

The ‘must have’ book of the year…

Congratulations to Melissa Hill Dees on her new book – Accelerating Nonprofit Impact with Salesforce.

We work with lots of nonprofit organisations, but there is still lots to learn from experts like Melissa, so I am looking forward to the read!

 

 

 

 

 

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TrailblazerDX – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #501

Welcome to Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #501

 

Tip 1 – TrialblazerDX

TrailblazerDXI’m still playing catch up on the highlights of TrailblazerDX, hopefully I can catch a few of the sessions on Salesforce+.

But one thing the team spotted was a couple of new Certs which will be coming soon.

The Business Analyst cert and Strategy Designer cert.

 

 

 

 

Tip 2 – Ranger Ranks

Another hotly anticipated announcement at TrailblazerDX was the new ranks for those with hundreds of Trailhead badges to their names.

At present, anything over 100 badges makes you a Ranger… but with many people with hundreds, or even over 1000, here are some new ranks to aim for.

 

 

 

 

Tip 3 – New Blog Series

Congratulations to our very own Mark Jones, and his many guests, on a new blog series he has been working on with Salesforce.

Click here for the summary and first four posts.

Keep an eye out for a new guest each Tuesday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #500

Welcome to Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #500 – a Special Edition!

When I started this blog in 2012, the aim was to share some of the things I had learned that week. It was designed to be a quick read, something where my Salesforce friends and colleagues could take a quick glance and hopefully find at least one of the Tips useful each week. I try to write this ‘live’ each and every Friday, to keep it fresh and relevant. And 499 weeks later, hopefully I am managing to do that…but I definitely wanted help this week!

To help me celebrate this BIG milestone, I reached out to the Salesforce Community/Ohana to some friends old and new, to share what their Tips would be.

Thank you to each of my special guests. I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experience!!

And thank YOU for reading, replying, sharing… you are what makes this!

THANK YOU

 

Jessica Langston, Senior Director, Trailblazer Community

With millions of Trailblazers around the world, one of the most special parts of the Salesforce ecosystem is the Trailblazer Community. Whether you’re connecting online or attending an in-person community event, the impact of sharing your knowledge and learning from others is monumental.

Be willing to put yourself out there by asking questions and providing guidance. The connections and experience you will gain is a proven game-changer.”

 

 

 

 

 

Ben McCarthy, aka SalesforceBen

Ben McCarthy Tip of the WeekIf you’re new to the Salesforce ecosystem, welcome! I hope you are finding this industry fun and exciting. Whilst routes into the ecosystem are fairly standard (E.g. Entry-level Admin, Developer, or Consultant), as you become more senior, you will no doubt need to specialise in a certain field, whether that is a niche role, product, or industry. 

My advice is to pay attention to the aspects of your role you enjoy. Find out what tasks you find fun, and what elements of your job you want to focus on. The opportunities available in the Salesforce ecosystem are endless, and by focussing on what you actually enjoy, you can ensure you have a long and happy career.

 

 

 

Amanda Nelson, Senior Director, Salesforce AppExchange

Amanda Nelson Tip of the Week

The Community is always there to help you, answer your questions, and share solutions.

I’ve learned so much from fellow Trailblazers, so dive right in, be #appy, and #alwaysbelearning.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evaldas Zaranka, Salesforce Certified with over 1,500 Trailhead Badges

Evaldas Zaranka Tip of the WeekWhat’s the best thing I’ve learnt from speaking to people within the Community?”

There are so many talented Trailblazers joining the community events, and they are willing to share their knowledge and experience with Trailblazers.

In my role, the most important thing to learn is… Active listening from soft skills helps me build trust and understand our user’s needs.

I’m a Salesforce Administrator, so my Salesforce flow knowledge helps our business automate complex business processes and manual data entry. Our users can work smarter, not harder.

 

 

 

Doria Hamelryk, North Africa Dreamin’ Founder, Salesforce MVP

Doria Hamelryk Tip of the Week

“The best thing I’ve learned in this community is to always be grateful. There was a time when I knew nothing about Salesforce.

And I was lucky to be surrounded by people who helped me in my learning. They were there when I needed them to answer my questions, whether technical or more generally about my career development. When I became more experienced, I also wanted to help beginners.

There is an Arabic proverb that says: “teach and you will learn”. I think when you’re able to teach others, that’s when you can consider yourself an expert.

 

 

 

Tony Nguyen, Salesforce Admin and Golden Hoodie recipient

Tony Nguyen Tip of the WeekHi new Trailblazers! If there were only 1 tip that I could give you all. It would be falling in love with learning. I think this is one of the most important aspects when it comes to Salesforce and the Tech industry.

The world is always evolving and technology does at an even greater speed. Falling in love with learning would help you adapt to those changes!

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Black, CEO Supermums

Heather Black Tip of the WeekMy top tip would be that every Salesforce professional should have not only have the technical knowledge, but also professional training and skill set of business analysis, agile project management and change management to successfully implement Salesforce successfully and achieve high user adoption.

In my experience it’s the lack of application of these professional skills that causes Salesforce projects to go wrong. So if you are starting out or progressing in your career then make sure you invest in suitable training to ramp up your knowledge beyond Salesforce certifications.

 

 

 

 

Marciana Davis, Independent Salesforce Consultant, and Salesforce MVP

The best thing I learned from the community is to have faith and believe in yourself. You will have obstacles that will make a lot of noise, just make sure your dreams are louder.

The things you do matter and don’t ever forget that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zahra Bahrololoumi, CEO Salesforce UK&I

Zahra Bahrololoumi Tip of the WeekQ. What is the one free app/tool you can’t live without?

For me – and so many of my Salesforce colleagues – it would have to be Slack. We’re in an all-digital, work from anywhere world, and Slack really is our digital HQ. I love that I can send a video update, connect easily to anyone, create a group, prioritise my top channels, share files – the list goes on!

And some stats – for our Salesforce colleagues emails sent per user, per day are down 46% and individual and team productivity went up 16% and 13%, respectively. What’s not to love!

 

 

 

Melissa Hill Dees, Co-Founder of NonProfit Dreamin, Salesforce MVP

Melissa Hill Dees Tip of the Week“Automate what can be automated so humans have more time to do what should not be automated. Participate in an Open Source Community Sprint whether you are a brand new Salesforce admin or a seasoned veteran architect; everyone can learn and contribute!

And, remember:  501(c)3 is a tax designation–NOT a business model. Don’t forget to leverage all the standard corporate Salesforce tools as well as Nonprofit Cloud. #domoregood”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizzy Roberts, Manager of Global Community Engagement at Salesforce.Org

Lizzy Roberts Tip of the Week“Ask for help and don’t go it alone! There are no silly questions and there is an amazingly supportive community to help you find answers. There is SO much knowledge in the Salesforce community, whether virtually in the Trailblazer Community or in person at a user group that there is truly always someone ready to offer a helping hand (or even just to say hi!). Two specific groups I would recommend are the 1) Salesforce.org Hub and 2) Coffee Chats in the Trailblazer Community.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally…

Leah McGowen-Hare, SVP Trailblazer Community

Leah McGowen-Hare Tip of the Week“Never. Stop. Learning! Take full advantage of the free access to learning that Salesforce offers. On Trailhead, you can learn tech skills, business, and soft skills, then test your knowledge with hands-on challenges and earn credentials. On Salesforce+, you can tune into virtual learning content for business professionals and inspiring original series, like Trailblazer.

The best part is, that you don’t have to go on this journey alone. Tap into the amazing Trailblazer Community – a global network of people who want to help. With access to learning content, incredible stories of inspiration, and a global community cheering you on, all you need to bring is your determination!”

 

 

 

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Slack Certs – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #499

Welcome to Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #499

 

Tip 1 – Slack Certs

Slack CertsWant to build up your Slack cert skills and get recognition for your knowledge?

Slack is becoming part of our everyday work tool, so it’s always good to get the most out of it.

Visit this site, register for Skills ‘Trails’, then take your Admin/Developer Certs.

Then you can join Credential Holder Library and show off your skills to the world.

 

Tip 2 – Formula Updates

Hot News straight from the Salesforce CTO Steve Tamm, here are 2 big updates to Formulas…

First that the maximum size had tripled (here is the outdated Help page, in case you want to know what this 5k to 15k change refers to).

And secondly, there will be new formula functions like “ASCII, CHR, DAYOFYEAR, INITCAP, SIN/COS/TAN, ASIN…, ISOWEEK, ISOYEAR, UNIXTIMESTAMP, FROMUNIXTIME, PI, TRUNC. Maybe FORMATDURATION and IFERROR”

 

 

Tip 3 – Happy Easter

I hope you and your families & friends have an enjoyable Easter!

Here’s the worlds cutest fluffy bunny!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only ONE more Tip of the Week till I reach my #500th edition (NEXT WEEK)!

 

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Pardot – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #498

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #498

Tip 1 – No Pardot Tattoos

PardotJust as people started to pronounce it properly, we wave goodbye to Pardot – and say hello to the catchily named ‘Marketing Cloud Account Engagement’.

The general aim of some pretty big rebranding is ‘to integrate Marketing Cloud into one unified platform‘.

Read the full post here, so you don’t miss out, or get the wrong logo inked on your body!

 

 

 

 

Tip 2 – Mulesoft

MulesoftAt Galactico Towers we are working more and more in the MuleSoft world as well as Salesforce.

If you are doing similar you will probably want to get involved in the MuleSoft community too.

Click here for a summary and links to their Community pages, Events listings, and Mentor/Ambassador programs.

 

 

 

Tip 3 – No a Sprint

Not a SprintSo it’s nearly 500 weeks since I started this blog, thank you for all your support and feedback over the years!!

Last Sunday I reminded myself, that life is more of a marathon than a sprint!

Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AI for NonProfits – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #497

Welcome to Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #497

 

Tip 1 – New Trail / AI for NonProfits

AI for NonProfit

Here is a new short overview of using AI for NonProfits.

It will give you the basics and then suggest resources to learn more and get started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip 2 – Name Change

No spaghetti farming, alien landings, or other hoaxes from me today…just some news that Salesforce HAS actually changed it’s name officially this week.

Click here for the story. You can trust me!!??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowfakery – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #496

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #496

 

Tip 1 – Maintenance Due?

Maintenance Due

Just in case…I am sure we have all done this already…

But the Spring ‘21 Salesforce Certification maintenance deadline is in 2 weeks time (Friday April 8th).

For Winter ’22 you have plenty of time. If in doubt, take 30 seconds to check…it will help you sleep better at night!

 

 

Tip 2 – Appexchange

Appexchange

Take a peak at the new look Appexchange. Judging by this article (which highlights what has changed) these may be the first updates of many.

So keep an eye out and give some feedback where possible.

 

 

 

Tip 3 – Snowfakery

Snowfakery

Just in case the name does not give it away “Snowfakery is a tool for generating fake data that has relations between tables. Every row is faked data, but also unique and random, like a snowflake.

It is an open-source tool created by Salesforce.Org which I think many of us will find useful.

Read more about it here.

 

 

 

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Logo Contest – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #495

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #495

 

Tip 1 – Logo Contest

Logo Contest

Today is the last chance to vote in the Winter ’23 Release Logo Contest. Click here now.

 

 

 

 

 

Tip 2 – New Module

I noticed this on the Salesforce Architects blog. Check this new Trailhead module to help you learn how to develop Salesforce diagrams with Lucidchart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip 3 – Non-Profit Summit

As I mentioned previously, the NonProfit Summit 2022 will take place virtually on May 17-18th. Registration is finally open, so click here to get your ticket.

 

 

 

 

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World Tour London Date – Phil’s Tip of the Week #494

Welcome to my Salesforce Tip of the Week #494

 

Tip 1 – Happy Birthday

It feels like a lot has happened in 23 years! Congratulations to Salesforce and the Ohana!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip 2 – World Tour London Date

World Tour London Date

The World Tour London has been announced, or re-announced with a different date.

The new date is June 16th, unfortunately close to the other big Salesforce UK event of 2022 London’s Calling (June 10th).

I’m sure I will be at both, you?

 

 

 

 

Tip 3 – Book of the Week

Another of the books recommended by Bill Gates (this is probably one of the few similarities between the 2 of us!), was recently on my list too.

It is a fascinating read with some astounding facts and figures you just don’t seem to hear on the news.

Have a read of Factfulness!

 

 

 

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