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Team Galacticos Salesforce Event Highlights

Anyone in the Salesforce ecosystem will know, we’re one big ohana. And before the Covid-19 situation affected us all, events and conferences were a big part of what we do (from local user groups and community Dreamin’ events, to large scale World Tours and of course, Dreamforce).

With all Salesforce events for 2020 now being re-imagined, some of the team members at Cloud Galacticos tell us their event highlights from previous years.

 

Neel Meghani CTO – India Dreamin 2018

Neel at India Dreamin

“My second time attending India Dreamin was back in December 2018. Representing Cloud Galacticos was Phil Walton (CEO) and our new (at the time) COO Paul Battisson, along with myself. This was also a very memorable event for me as it was the first time speaking at such an event.

From my experience of Salesforce related events, India Dreamin stands out above and beyond all others. There seems to be much more passion for learning about the platform. The entire two days had the feel of something special happening and that the Salesforce community should take notice!” 

 

 

Paul Battisson, COO – Dreamforce 2014

Paul presenting at Dreamforce

“This was my second Dreamforce, so I had learned a few of the newbie lessons from my first Dreamforce and was much better prepared for the craziness. The reason this is my favourite Dreamforce is that I did my favourite ever talk for the first time – ‘Building Machine Learning Systems With Apex’ with my then colleague Jen Wyher.

Why is this my favourite talk? Firstly, it took a tremendous amount of effort to get the system working. Secondly, this means Jen and I hold the record for being the first people to discuss doing AI/Machine Learning on Salesforce, years before Einstein. We got such great feedback from the talk. It started so many conversations with people that changed how I spent the rest of the event.”

 

Phil Walton, CEO – Punta Dreamin’, Uruguay 2018

Phil at Punta Dreamin

“Salesforce events have taken me around the world! I am proud to say I have spoken at events on five continents, and Punta Dreamin was a great excuse to travel to a whole new continent for me. I had never been to South America, so my trip to Uruguay – via a few days in Buenos Aires, Argentina – was an amazing trip. 

Great food, great wine, and Aldo was a great host. Also I was training for the Manchester marathon at the time, so I running in the heat of Buenos Aires and Punta was amazing. I always say running is a great way to see the sights of a new city.

Phil running in Buenos Aires

I look back on international trips like Uruguay, India, Morocco, USA, and around Europe with fond memories. Hopefully they will be back soon and we’ll meet again!” 

 

Val Southern, Senior Consultant – Salesforce World Tour London 2019

Val at World Tour London

“At Cloud Galacticos, we work remotely so it’s always good when the team gets a chance to meet up at Salesforce events. And for me, one of my annual highlights has been the Salesforce World Tour London in May.

Last year’s conference was great. We held our first ‘Client and Partner Drinks Reception’ the night before. It was at a fabulous rooftop bar near Salesforce’s London office. As one of the  sponsors of the conference, we had a stand which meant our day started at 7am, and didn’t finish till 6pm. But as usual, the day flew by, especially as we had a special guest keeping us company at the stand in the way of Paul Sturgess, Britain’s Tallest Man!

It’s a shame that the event couldn’t happen this year, but fingers crossed for 2021!”

 

Nkosi Ncube, Developer – Mulesoft Connect 2019

Nkosi Ncube at MuleSoft CONNECT 2019

“I have been to a few Salesforce events, the most notable ones being the Salesforce World Tour. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 most events were not to be this year. 

However, I did manage to attend the Mulesoft Connect event in London in October 2019. The main highlight was actually finally meeting a fellow Galacticos, Mike Gill. And of course I can’t forget the swag (very important at events!).

We hope and pray these events will be back soon!”

 

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MuleSoft CONNECT 2019

Similar to the Salesforce World Tour, MuleSoft CONNECT 2019 is MuleSoft’s conference series bringing people together around integrations. It’s a great place to learn about how to design, build, and manage integrations and APIs to meet IT and business goals. With this in mind, we sent two of our team, Nkosi Ncube and Salesforce MVP Mike Gill to the London edition. Here’s Nkosi’s takeaways from his time at the event:

Mike and I had an interesting two days representing Cloud Galacticos at MuleSoft CONNECT 2019 London. We were there to find out more about MuleSoft and the concept of API led connectivity to see where it could be of use to our growing list of clients. The workshops were fun and interactive, and the examples, case studies and keynotes were really interesting. “Innovate or die” will soon be replaced by “Connect or die”.

API Led Connectivity

The conference was an insightful introduction into the MuleSoft concept of API led connectivity – integration through reusable APIs, which play specific roles. Lack of connectivity can be damaging to businesses that don’t open up to other organisations or partners. This can stop synergies and business partnerships that can be formed through flexible but secure API connectivity.

What MuleSoft offers to the integration space is a way to get rid of the tangled web of connectivity. For some organisations, particularly those with legacy systems, this can limit their ability to change and adapt. Historically, integrations require a lot of development time and cost, and prone to failure. Over time you develop a tangled web of point to point connections. This tangled web is difficult to manage and maintain, especially as more integrations get added on.

API led connectivity involves three layers of APIs; Systems, Process and Experience Systems as illustrated below.
API Led Connectivity was a focus of the MuleSoft Connect 2019 conference

If one of our clients is developing a mobile app, our developers can concentrate on developing the mobile app and not the APIs. We can reuse assets from the System and Process API layers (to connect to Salesforce or other legacy systems), reducing development time and cost. These small reusable APIs are sometimes called microservices and are something our team have been talking about for a while. You can see our COO Paul Battisson speaking at Dreamforce here and here.

Looking Forward to Next Year

All in all, Mike and I had an insightful couple of days in London. We’ve learned a lot, and look forward to putting our newly acquired knowledge to good use! We will also be looking out for the announcement of MuleSoft CONNECT 2020!

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