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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

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Trust Me, I'm An Architect

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

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