A Week of User Groups – Jenny’s Admin Tip #18

salesforce_blog_imageFrom super star admins at the Salesforce London Admin User Group to the amazing women looking to start their journey with Salesforce at the Women Who Code – An Evening with Salesforce, meet up. This week has certainly been a time of bringing the Salesforce Community closer.

As always, it’s great to see so many people with different backgrounds and lives, yet all have one thing in common – a love for Salesforce.

So here is a roundup of how the Salesforce love was spread this week and what to expect next time.

The Salesforce London Admin User Group

The doors were flung open at the Dotmailer offices to host yet another amazing Admin Meetup. And as a hoard of attendees came flooding in and the pizza and beer was flowing, it was time to crack on with some great Salesforce talks.

David Darkins – What is the Service Cloud?

Kicking off the show was guest speaker, David Darkins, Practice Director – Service Cloud @ Tquila. David gave an excellent overview of the Service cloud, providing useful information on the differences between the Sales and Service cloud, what features the service cloud has to offer and rounded up his talk with a demo to show us admins just how easy, configurable and useful the service cloud is! For more information on the Service Cloud click here.

Mike Gill and Matt Morris – Flow February

After a quick refreshments and a good old Salesforce natter, it was time for Matt Morris and Mike Gill (the Admin UG hosts) to take to the floor to give the low down on Flow in “Flow February”. They blasted through examples of Flow that had caused discussion on Social Media throughout Feb, took us through Roll-up Summaries using Process Builder and Flow and then finally treated us to some handy techniques to debug your flows!

The evening was rounded off with “Open Mike”, where host Mike Gill provided the opportunity for you to say anything Salesforce related which will be of interest to your meetup peers. This again was followed by more beers (other drinks were also available)!

What’s Next?

It’s the Salesforce1 Lightening (Developer) Week commencing the 9th March, so what better excuse than to have admin/dev meetup. This UG will provide an overview of Salesforce1 Lightening and will also provide you with some hands-on tutorials of Lightning Components and Lightening Process Builder. Who would want to miss it? So click here to save your spot.

Women Who Code – An Evening with Salesforce.

Stepping into a room full of women (and bob_buzzard and John Stevenson) who are either wanting to get into Salesforce or already use Salesforce and want to progress further, I felt right at home (and slightly nervous at my upcoming talk).

Again the evening kicked off with some amazing food, drinks and good Salesforce chit-chat. Then the brilliant Lightning Talks commenced.

Lightning Talks

There were 5 lightning talks by 5 different women on a topic of their choice. Nicola Aitken took to the stage first with a short talk on how to become a Junior Developer. Nicola was soon followed by Claire Tran who gave a fab presentation on some techniques that can be applied to Ruby on Rails apps. Lightening Talk 3 – “Commit Code with Confidence, by Stephanie Shupe was up next and she talked about gaining confidence with your coding through testing. Up next was Ann Nkune, who spoke of her amazing company Parent-Cubator and Lightning Talk 5 came from Olivia Graham who ran us through how to build great products for users. Lots of information by some amazing women in tech.

Salesforce Users

Soon after the 5 amazing Lightning Talks, it was time for the Salesforce User talks. This was a chance for Amy Grenham – Marketing Manager,  Tori Sansom – Certified Salesforce Consultant, Jodi Wagner – Salesforce Consultant, Pauline Dufour – Developer Marketing Manager, Tracy Keeling – Salesforce Consultant and myself to take to the stage to tell our stories on how we started off in Salesforce, where we are now and what’s next in Salesforce for us. Again, it was great to hear all the different background stories that had ultimately lead us to using the same product.

The evening was then rounded off with more fab food, networking and a well deserved bottle of wine on the train back to Bristol for me and Amy Grenham 😉

What’s Next?

WWC have lots of upcoming events based around a number of topics, from Coding Workshops to Public Speaking: Secrets of being interesting. Sounds great to me! If you would like more information on all WWC events click here.

Special thanks to Dotmailer for the AMAZING venue and the AWESOME hospitality at the Admin User Group and John Stevenson for the opportunity to tell my Salesforce story at the WWC event.

See you next month!

Jenny

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By Jenny Bamber
27 February 2015
Jenny's Admin TipsThe Good Systems Blog

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