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UX Cert and 9to5 – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #438

UX Cert

Keep an eye on the @SalesforceUX Twitter feed for updates on a proposed new Certification in User Experience design. There is a great opportunity to register your interest with the team to get involved with the exam design and content!

The Trailhead Credentialing team is creating a new certification specifically for those designing great user experiences – we are looking for subject matter experts that can help us define, develop, and set the standards for this exam.



What a way to make a living!

This week Salesforce seems to have declared the “9-to-5 workday is dead”! Before we celebrate too hard, I don’t think it is recommending a 9 to 4.30 day. But that Salesforce employees will not be expected to be in their ‘old’ offices as much in the future, and ‘Employees who do not live near an office are free to work remotely indefinitely.’ Take a read of the full article here. And take a minute to think what your working life will be like in 2022.

Quote from the Guardian Newspaper: ““As employers, we have an opportunity to create an even better workplace – one that allows us to be more connected to each other, find more balance between work and home, and advance equality – ultimately leading to increased innovation and better business outcomes,” said Brent Hyder, the chief “people officer” at Salesforce, who heads its employee policies.”
Phil's Salesforce Tip of the Week

Postman and World Tour – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #437


Last year Salesforce announced that they had released a Postman collection to allow developers to work with the Salesforce APIs and get up and running quickly building integrations. For those who haven’t used Postman, it is a fantastic tool to allow you to call and work with APIs and verify that you have the correct request parameters and inspect the responses. It is one of the favourite tools of the techies at Cloud Galacticos.


The Salesforce developer evangelist team have announced a raft of additional updates to the collection including it now being listed on the API network making it easier to find, and enabling developers to contribute to the collection to enhance it and share those enhancements with the community. If you are looking to work with the Salesforce APIs I highly recommend that you check this resource out to give you a head start.

World Tour 2021

Please don’t say it is ‘re-imagined’… This year’s World Tour will happen in 1 day (10th Feb), with “an original series broadcast live from surprise locations around the world”. Register here, to see if a surprise location includes some fake bushes in San Francisco!

Personally the World Tour in London has been my annual highlight, but an in-person event which of course won’t happen for a while. Nothing beats the chance to meet up with friends, Clients, colleagues, community members, and new people that you have Salesforce in common with. But this will suffice for 2021, we will all make the most of it!


This week Salesforce announced that David Schmaier has been named President and Chief Product Officer. David joined Salesforce through the acquisition of Vlocity, where he was the co-founder. Read a welcome post and interview here.


Congratulations to our latest Galactico to join become a Certified Architect!! Great work Val Southern! I am sure there will be a blog post following soon…but this week Val passed her Data Architect and Management Designer cert, which was the last one needed in order to gain the Application Architect certification. Very impressive!

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NonProfit Summit and Developer Survey – Phil’s Salesforce Tip of the Week #436

NonProfit Summit

As NonProfit Dreamin comes to an end today, the next big NonProfit (virtual) event is now open for registration. It will kick off on April 21st in 4 different regional timeslots (and April 22nd in APAC). Register here. As well as speaker sessions and breakouts, there will be a special guesy Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace, conservationist, and champion of human rights


Here is the full breakdown of times/dates:

  • United Kingdom: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. BST / 13:00 – 16:30 BST
  • Europe: 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. CET / 14:00 – 17:30 CET
  • Americas: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT / 08:00 – 14:00 PT
  • APAC: Thursday, April 22, 12 p.m. AEST

Share your thoughts

The annual Salesforce Developer Survey is now live, so you can share your feedback with Salesforce. Visit the survey here, and here are some highlights of the 2020 survey. The survey opens midnight on January 27, 2021 and closes at midnight Pacific Time on March 7, 2021

Are you ready?

As Salesforce releases get bigger and bigger, so do the release notes, and the release readiness webinars. Here is a link to them all for Spring ‘21, starting today with the Developer and Admin preview sessions. See below for the dates (I told you there was a lot!):

January 29
Developer Preview Live
Admin Preview Live

February 1
Sales Cloud
Tableau CRM

February 2
Service Cloud
Salesforce Field Service

February 3
Salesforce Flow

February 4
Experience Cloud
Commerce Cloud

February 5
Marketing Cloud

(Join in live and get your questions answered via social networks with the hashtag #salesforcelive. )