Trust Me, I'm An Architect

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Slide deck from a presentation I gave to the London Salesforce Developers User Group on 26th July 2012. Video available at: http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/home/trust-me-im-an-architect

Slide deck from a presentation I gave to the London Salesforce Developers User Group on 26th July 2012. Video available at: http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/home/trust-me-im-an-architect

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  • 1. Salesforce Certified Technical Architect Keir Bowden @bob_buzzard
  • 2. About Me • CTO, BrightGen • 4 Years working with Force.com • Force.com MVP • Certified Technical Architect – Jan 2012
  • 3. Overview • Highest level of certification • Highest level of investment • Need plenty of experience • Don’t take it until you are ready!
  • 4. Pre-Requisites • Developer Certification • Extensive experience - breadth • Narrow experience – depth • Full project scope • Personal and technical skills
  • 5. Resources • http://certification.salesforce.com • Partner Academy • Premier Training • http://developer.force.com • Youtube – Technical Architect Playlist
  • 6. Topics
  • 7. Topics • Security and Privacy – Authentication – Sharing – Profiles – Physical and Logical
  • 8. Topics • Integration, integration, integration – Reaching In/Out – Not just APIs – Security – Bulk
  • 9. Topics • Apex/Visualforce – When to use – Standard versus custom controller – Internal or external – Customer skill set
  • 10. Topics • Sites and Portals – Options – Trade Offs – Licensing – Security Impact
  • 11. Topics • Identity Management – DA – SAML – Oauth – Developerforce – CRC:SSO
  • 12. Topics • Performance/Scalability – Configure, App Exchange, Build – Best Practices – Visualforce Pages – Constraints
  • 13. Topics • Large Data Volumes – Loading/Updating – Extracting – Tuning – Data Reduction
  • 14. Topics • Single versus Multi-org – Pros and Cons – Deployment Strategies – Governance
  • 15. Topics • Mobile – Native Apps – Hybrid – HTML5 – Trade offs
  • 16. Topics • Project Governance – Methodology – Change Management – Stakeholder Management – Centre of Excellence
  • 17. The Exams
  • 18. Self Assessment • Multiple Choice • 42 questions • 30 minutes • Free, non-proctored
  • 19. Cognitive • Multiple choice • 60 questions • 120 Minute time limit • Pass mark 63%
  • 20. Cognitive • Proctored • $500 • Scenario based • Not about memorizing
  • 21. Review Board
  • 22. Review Board • Pass cognitive first • Take within 1 year • $6000 • Regular sessions
  • 23. Review Board • Email notification • Video link or in person • Moderated • US hours
  • 24. Review Board • Produce case study • Real-life implementation • Client approval • Hard to choose
  • 25. Case Study • Client/Project Background • As-is and to-be • Architecture diagram • Appropriate data model
  • 26. Case Study • Risks and mitigation • Stakeholders • Sharing model • Security
  • 27. Case Study • Key use cases – Problem – Solution alternatives – Decision with reasons • Development Methodology
  • 28. Case Study • Change Management • Post go live • Challenges • Avoid confidential information
  • 29. Review Board – Make Up • Highly Skilled • International Presence • Mix of skills • Trained as a judge
  • 30. Review Board - Overview • 4 hour session • Architect a solution from cold • Present and Q&A • Present case study and Q&A
  • 31. Review Board - Prep • Rehearse case study presentation • Dry-run to tune timing • Take photo ID • Windows laptop!
  • 32. Review Board – Part 1 • 75 minutes • Sample scenario • Architect Solution • Produce presentation
  • 33. Review Board – Part 1 • Only 75 minutes! • Complex requirements • Time box • No right answer
  • 34. Review Board – Part 2 • 30 minutes • Uninterrupted • Present solution • Laptop, whiteboard, flipcharts
  • 35. Review Board – Part 2 • Use all available time! • Justify your decisions • Give details • Be clear and confident
  • 36. Review Board – Part 3 • 30 minutes • Q&A on solution • Interview style questions
  • 37. Review Board – Part 3 • Longest 30 minutes of your life • Questions Deepen • Don’t Guess • Don’t Dwell
  • 38. Review Board – Part 4 • 30 minutes • Present case study • Laptop, flipchart, whiteboard
  • 39. Review Board – Part 4 • Should be polished • Talk in detail • Communicate effectively • Use all available time
  • 40. Review Board – Part 5 • 45 minutes • Q&A on case study • Board are prepared
  • 41. Review Board – Part 5 • Know your case study! • Talk in detail • Not restricted to case study
  • 42. Review Board Advice • Treat as Customers • Keep Calm • Be Confident • Its your story
  • 43. Results • Up to 4 weeks • Includes Feedback • Borderline cases
  • 44. Problems To Date • Lack of experience/knowledge • Communicating pros and cons • Overcome with nerves • Not at the right level
  • 45. Retake Policy • Self-assessment - free • Multiple choice - $250 • Review board includes 1 retake • $6000 third attempt
  • 46. Maintenance • Developer Certification • Community Contributions • Review Board member
  • 47. Q&A
  • 48. Feedback/Follow Up • Twitter: @bob_buzzard • Facebook: TheRealBobBuzzard • Developerforce: bob_buzzard • Blog: http://bobbuzzard.blogspot.co.uk/