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Blaze Your Trail

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How I blazed my trail through a Salesforce career and tips for you to blaze your own!

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Blaze Your Trail

  1. 1. My Salesforce MVP Journey @adam17amo AdamToArchitect.com Adam Olshansky Blaze Your Trail
  2. 2. My Background Discovering Salesforce Salesforce Possibilities Blazing Your Own Trail
  3. 3. Background • Wanted to be a lawyer in high school • Loved logic puzzles • Didn’t know the difference between a Mac and PC until 18 years old • Took first ever programming class 1st year of college (C) • Learned Java 2nd year of college • Graduated from college with only one job offer (Honeywell) Not very technical but loved puzzles
  4. 4. Make the Best of Opportunities • First position was working as SAP Systems Analyst • Responsible for managing inventory for servers, storage, databases • Ran support helpdesk for Business Intelligence access • Only person in my 20s in my dept in the building Find Ways to Grow • Learned I don’t like SAP • Looked into budget and found details to save $500K • Learned all parts of technology stack • Learned how to work with different teams on a global scale • Completely revamped process • Learned how to find automation to reduce manual processes • Learned how to navigate political landscapes • Received mentorship from a lot of people
  5. 5. My Background Discovering Salesforce Salesforce Possibilities Blazing Your Own Trail
  6. 6. Steps for Success • Have a long term goal • Always keep learning • Have a dream company or dream job in mind to work toward • Find a mentor • Become a professional Software Engineer • Masters in Software Engineering • Google • Worked closely with original hiring manager (Susan), found someone outside reporting structure (Chris), found external person to emulate (David Liu) Set some goals
  7. 7. Starting with Salesforce • Received promotion after 2 years at Honeywell to work with new software • Sitecore and Salesforce CRM • Guest speaker in Cloud Computing class in grad school • Adam Seligman, SVP Salesforce • First ever user account created July 23, 2014 Eyes are Opened
  8. 8. Dreamforce Takeaways • Declarative development is straightforward • Based on logic and underlying relational database • Apex development is VERY similar to Java and SQL • Logic based, seemed very familiar • David Liu, self taught Salesforce developer at Google • Started as a non-coding email spammer • Tremendous camaraderie of Salesforce MVPs • Part of a unique group, wanted to learn more 4 Main Things
  9. 9. Setting new Goals • Need to gain hands-on experience • Need to get certified to build up credentials • Want to be a Salesforce MVP Follow the leader
  10. 10. Finding Motivation • Mayank Srivastava gets 5 certs in 6 weeks • Scheduling first certification exam • Glassdoor Software Developer salaries Push to get started
  11. 11. Chart Your Strategy • 5 certs in 6 weeks (Declarative) • Salesforce Certified Advanced Developer (Coding) • Professional Salesforce Developer • Salesforce Certified Technical Architect One Step at a Time
  12. 12. Start Declarative • Best way to learn Salesforce is to start with the admin side • Security • Automation capabilities • When do I NOT have to code (and not have to write tests) • Certified Admin • Certified Force.com Developer (now Platform App Builder) • Certified Advanced Administrator (similar to #2) • Certified Sales Cloud Consultant (similar to #3) • Certified Service Cloud Consultant (similar to #3) Point and Click makes things easy!
  13. 13. Code on Salesforce • Salesforce Certified Advanced Developer (now Platform Developer I and II) • Read Apex Developer’s Guide • Read Visualforce Developer’s Guide • Read about preparing for the certification • Failed 3 times Separate yourself
  14. 14. Steps for Success • Have a long term goal • Always keep learning • Have a dream company or dream job in mind to work toward • Find a mentor Set some goals • Become a professional Software Engineer • Masters in Software Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University • Google • Worked closely with original hiring manager (Susan), found someone outside reporting structure (Chris), found external person to emulate (David Liu)
  15. 15. Overcome Obstacles • Only received 1 job offer out of college • Denied a promotion at first job due to lack of experience • Was repeatedly told I didn’t have enough Salesforce experience for experienced positions • Failed Advanced Developer multiple choice 3 times • Was passed over for MVP my first time nominated Don’t Lose Focus
  16. 16. My Background Discovering Salesforce Salesforce Possibilities Blazing Your Own Trail
  17. 17. • Attended user group meeting in Phoenix, Arizona March 2015 with Eric Dreshfield • Started working with MVP Mentor, Jayvin Arora, encouraged me to submit Dreamforce presentation • Moved to San Francisco and started using Twitter June 2015 • Continued learning Salesforce on Trailhead, reached over 100 badges in 2015 • Presented at Dreamforce 2015 (2nd DF) • Continued getting certifications and badges (13 certs, 200+ badges) • Attended regular user group meetings and conferences (Tahoe Dreamin, Forcelandia) • Named Salesforce MVP July 2016 Becoming a Salesforce MVP My Trailblazer Story
  18. 18. Setting New Goals • Need to gain hands-on experience • Need to get certified to build up credentials • Want to be a Salesforce MVP Follow the leader
  19. 19. Staying a Salesforce MVP My Trailblazer Story • Helped run Tahoe Dreamin’ 2017 • Traveled to Uruguay, South America to present in first ever LATAM conference • Traveled to Bangalore, India to present • Helped teach 2 RAD Women courses to help teach women to code on Salesforce • Served as mentor to veteran as part of VetForce and helped lead him to get Admin Certified • Presented at Dreamforce 2016 • Continuous gaining of Trailhead badges • Continuous attending of conferences (Midwest Dreamin, WITness Success) • Continuous support of Salesforce on Twitter • Looking for new ways to contribute in community
  20. 20. Set More Goals • Salesforce Certified Technical Architect • Salesforce Application Architect • Salesforce System Architect • Pay it forward • Find new ways to continue blazing my own trail NEVER STOP LEARNING
  21. 21. Make Connections • Attend Developer groups • Attend conferences • Connect with people on LinkedIn • Got information for recruiter via LinkedIn connection that lead to my first Salesforce Software Engineering job! • Had never heard of SolarCity (now Tesla) before getting recruiter info Network as much as possible!
  22. 22. Best Jobs in USA Admin, Developer, Consultant, Founder
  23. 23. Times of India August 1
  24. 24. My Background Discovering Salesforce Salesforce Possibilities Blazing Your Own Trail
  25. 25. How Do You Blaze Your Own Trail?
  26. 26. Some Tips • Make short term goals • Make long term goals • Invest in yourself • Find ways to keep growing • Find ways to give back • Find ways to help others
  27. 27. Most Important Tip ​GET STARTED TODAY!
  28. 28. Tips to Grow Your Career • Learn something new on Trailhead • Get Certified • Try to meet 3-5 new people at each conference • Get involved in the community
  29. 29. Tips for Becoming a Top Community Contributor (MVP) • Find your most comfortable way(s) to contribute • Success Community • Developer Forums • Stack Exchange • Twitter • User Group/Dev Group • Blog • Podcast • Come up with your own! • All about helping to grow the community, find your unique way to do so • Hint: Lightning Resources are lacking
  30. 30. THE OHANA IS WITH YOU! Take advantage of your opportunities and help others get them as well!
  31. 31. Thank Y u
  32. 32. Q & A
  33. 33. Trivia and Prizes
  34. 34. Opportunities to Win • #AwesomeAdmin sunglasses • Trailblazer Mug • Astro • Also have 2 AppExchange shirts; 1 Small and 1 Medium, see me after • Also have 2 Lightning Shwings for shoes, see me after
  35. 35. How Old is Salesforce?
  36. 36. • Astro • Cloudy the Goat • Codey the Bear • Einstein • Appy • Hootie McOwlFace • Earnie the Badger • SaSSy • Chatty ​9 Total Name 5 Salesforce Mascots
  37. 37. Name 5 CTA Architect Academy Certs ​10 Total (Not including App Builder or PD I)

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