Why I’m excited to attend Forcelandia 2018 and you should be too!

As a more advanced Salesforce admin/configurator/”admineloper”/consultant (i.e. all the hats but dev), it’s often hard for me to find content at conferences that hits that sweet spot right before one ventures into code. I’m talking Custom Settings, advanced formula logic, Custom Metadata Types, integrations and external objects, cool deployment tools, and of course, flows and all they have to offer, etc! When I look for content I don’t want to watch another training on how to set up Sales Path or how to use process builder, I’ve got that covered, and when I do have questions I can usually find the answer using searchtheforce.com. That is why this year I’m super excited for all the advanced admin content offered at Forcelandia.

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Why You Should Always Try To Break Your Own Stuff

When I was just learning Salesforce and starting my career, the company I worked for at the time often tasked me with the exciting and highly sought after role of writing test scripts and performing Quality Assurance testing. It turned out I had a knack for it. First and foremost, because as I was new to Salesforce, I excelled at blundering my way through the system breaking everything imaginable as I went. Picture me as a hurricane of user errors, wreaking havoc on even the simplest of test scenarios. The second more important reason I excelled at QA, was because when I wasn’t breaking things on accident, I tried to break them on purpose.

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Building a Custom, Responsive, Client Intake Form in Salesforce NPSP

I loved seeing DaizyLogik‘s demo of this tool for the Bellingham Food Bank at the Seattle Non-Profit User Group last year. And hurray! You can now find it on the App Exchange. Below I am reblogging from their blog – did I do this right?

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For many years, Bellingham Food Bank used a legacy Access database called “The Food Bank Intake Database” to track client intake information for the 300-600 households who use their services each day they’re open. This software allowed them to collect data for analysis of the services they provided to their clients, and to produce the monthly statistical reports required by various funders.

As time passed, and as the organization upgraded their various systems, the Access database did not upgrade along with it. The staff at Bellingham Food Bank recognized the mission critical nature of the database, and began to make plans to replace the aging system once it started to crash regularly. In order to process a household every 30-60 seconds, the team needed a system they could depend on.

The Bellingham Food Bank engaged DaizyLogik to design and develop a client intake application that leverages the features of Salesforce…

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Lightning Learning

Salesforce continues to grow and acquire new technologies and develop new features and while I pride myself on knowing the declarative side of the platform well, what I truly pride myself on is knowing the platform well enough to do the research quickly and efficiently to answer the ultimate question: Can we do this with clicks, and if so what is the best way?

So in the spirit of learning and sharing, here are a couple cool things I learned about recently…

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Building My Dev Cred

…And building a trigger that creates a new task when an email was sent! 

In 2018, I’m focusing on building my “dev cred,” as Leah McGowen-Hare put it at Forcelandia a few years ago.

Next week is the final week of my RAD Women coding course and I am thrilled with how far I have come.

I am also building more connections in the Salesforce digital communities of Trailblazer, Power of Us Hub and Twitter.

So I was checking out the unanswered questions on the Trailblazer Community to see if I could help out and I ran into this one:

Is it possible to use Process Builder or Workflow in auto creating a task after an email is sent related to a record? The email (with a specific Subject filter) will be sent from (A) within Salesforce or (B) Gmail/Outlook but will be recorded in the Activity History. I tried to create a WR but it didn’t run after I sent an email.

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Sending Mass E-mail in Salesforce

Why use a 3rd party tool for sending mass e-mail when you can just use the built in Mass-Email?

I discuss the pros and cons, and give a demo on how to send Mass E-mail in this presentation from April 2017.

Caroline Renard kindly asked me to participate in HUB Office Hours, following up on a longer presentation I gave at the Seattle Non-Profit User Group around that time.

Also included in the conversation are Chris McCullough and Gorav Seth, moderated by Caroline Renard.

See the full video on youtube here.