A week of Meetups: Salesforce Lightning Week – Jenny’s Admin Tip #20

600_434865664What a week. A Lightning developer week in fact. With over 100 Salesforce Developer,  User and Non-Profit groups across the globe meeting this week to experience the power of Salesforce1 Lightning, hopefully you managed to make an appearance at one of them (if not the London Admin (/dev) or Bristol Dev UG this week).

So what actually went on at these meetups?

London Admin Meetup #LightningDevWeek

As this was a special week, the London Admin User Group teamed up with mighty  London Salesforce Developers to provide a night of electrifying announcements, demos, presentations, networking and food and drink. For those who attended the Christmas special you will know just how awesome these joint meetups are! But for those who were unable to make it, here are the most striking parts of the evening.

Dotmailer – The Hosts

The night kicked off (as always) with some awesome networking and lots of drinks and food provided by our ever welcoming hosts Dotmailer. Yum.

Anup Jadhav- The MC for the evening

Anup, Technical Architect and Co-organizer of the London Salesforce Developer User Group, welcomed in the 90+ guests and introduced them to Lightning Developer Week in London. He really got the crowd going for the lightning storm ahead. Go Anup go!

Matt Morris Lightning Connect

Up next was Matt, Director @desynit and Co-organizer of the London Admin Salesforce User Group. Matt gave an electrifying overview of how you can connect and access data from external sources with point-and-click simplicity with Lightning connect. We even managed to grab some footage thanks to Michael Gill, Salesforce MVP, blogger @ Salesforceweek.ly and Co-organiser at the London Admin group. Awesome job Matt!

Keir Bowden – Component Framework and App builder

After Matts stella overview, Keir, aka bob_buzzard CTO at BrightGen, four time MVP and Salesforce certified EVERYTHING, took to the stage to excite the crowd even further with an excellent run through of the Component Framework. This allows you to build dynamic apps for mobile and desktop devices with drag-and-drop tools, and App Builder which enables you to create and design powerful apps. Amazing insight Keir.

Chris Edward – Lighting Process Builder

Chris, MVP and Salesforce certified professional, showed the crowd how to automate business faster with the Lightening Process Builder. Chris wowed the audience with what the Process Builder is and what it can do. The Process Builder was even referred to as the ‘Next Generation Workflow’, which I am pretty sure your will agree! Chris has even been kind enough to share his presentation from the admin meetup, so click here to view the slides. You rock Chris.

Here are a few other snaps from the evening thanks to Shaun Holmes, Tori Sansom, Anup Jadhav and Michael Gill:-

Bristol Dev Meetup

Equally as brilliant as the London Admin/Dev Meetup was the awesome Bristol Dev Meetup up hosted by Simon Goodyear, Chris Lewis and Simon Lawrance. Introducing Lightning to the South West, Simon, Chris and Simon provided a hands on meetup for Developers (and Admins) in Bristol.

Armed with laptops, snacks and beer (apparently expect nothing less at a Dug?), the users were keen to be struck by the awesomeness of Lightning!

Simon Goodyear- What is Lightning?

Simon, CTO @BeaufortTwelve, Force.com MVP and DUG co-organiser gave a fab introduction to Lightning, dishing out juicy information about the Component Framework, Process Builder and more! We all got very excited at the drag and drop capabilities! Right, Simon?!

Chris Lewis – Demo of each feature

Chris, Force.com MVP and Certified Advanced Salesforce Developer, was up next with a impressive demo of Lightning in all it’s glory! Providing a tour of the key functionality, Chris took the code out of development (for a while) and showed just how easy and powerful apps are formed with Lightning. Great presentation Chris.

After the presentations where up, it was time to get hands on and with some tutorials based about Lightning Connect, Components, Process and App Builder. There is nothing better than getting stuck in there!

The night was rounded off with a swift half at the local pub with more chat about Lightning. What better way to end a Lightning week?

Here are some more amazing pics fro the evening thanks to Simon Lawrence and his nifty camera work:-

Salesforce Loot. With lots of swag to give away, I hope you didn’t forget to bag your free lightning t-shirt? If not I am sure they will make an appearance at the next meetups.

For more information about the next London Admin meetup click here and I hope to see you there.

See you next week.


By Jenny Bamber
13 March 2015
Jenny's Admin TipsThe Good Systems Blog

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