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  21. <title>Happy Birthday Albert Einstein &#8211; and Salesforce Einstein Vision!</title>
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  24. <pubDate>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:57:48 +0000</pubDate>
  25. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
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  33. <description><![CDATA[Today is Albert Einstein's birthday - and we at Salesforce are GA'ing Einstein Vision.]]></description>
  34. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Today is Albert Einstein&#8217;s birthday &#8211; and we at Salesforce are GA&#8217;ing Einstein Vision.</p>
  35. <p>See our developer summary page here on the <a href="" target="_blank">Salesforce Developer website</a>. The site links to all needed documentation.</p>
  36. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  37. <p>There are also two fun trails on Trailhead:</p>
  38. <ul>
  39. <li><a href="" target="_blank">Getting Smart with Salesforce Einstein</a></li>
  40. <li><a href="" target="_blank">Predictive Vision Service</a></li>
  41. </ul>
  42. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  43. <p>If you want to explore Einstein Vision using Java or Swift&#8230; well, you don&#8217;t have to build it your own. Checkout my GitHub repos for the <a href="" target="_blank">Swift</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Java</a> wrappers which I just update for the GA version of Einstein Vision. You&#8217;ll read soon more about them on the <a href="" target="_blank">Salesforce Developer blog</a>.</p>
  44. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  45. <p>Have fun!</p>
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  51. <title>Chances are your next job will require Salesforce skills</title>
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  54. <pubDate>Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:29:42 +0000</pubDate>
  55. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
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  61. <description><![CDATA[A new Burning Glass report showcases that the job market for people with Salesforce skills grows 1.3times faster than the overall market. And that Salesforce skills are the 7th highest tech skill in demand (ahead of .Net or C++ i. e.).]]></description>
  62. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A new Burning Glass report showcases that the job market for people with Salesforce skills grows 1.3times faster than the overall market. And that Salesforce skills are the 7th highest tech skill in demand (ahead of .Net or C++ i. e.).</p>
  63. <p>Read the summary on <a href="" target="_blank">Medium</a>. The full Burning Glass report can be accessed <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>
  64. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  65. <p><img class="alignnone size-medium aligncenter" src="*evT9bkSGwXi6Wfo1kRYPeQ.png" width="275" height="400" /></p>
  66. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  67. <p>Want to learn Salesforce &#8211; go to <a href="" target="_blank">Trailhead</a>!</p>
  68. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  74. <title>Meet me in Prague on Feb 16th if you want to hear about Lightning and SalesforceDX</title>
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  77. <pubDate>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:55:25 +0000</pubDate>
  78. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  79. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  80. <category><![CDATA[Lightning]]></category>
  81. <category><![CDATA[Meetup]]></category>
  82. <category><![CDATA[Salesforce]]></category>
  83. <category><![CDATA[SalesforceDX]]></category>
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  87. <description><![CDATA[Next week I'm joining the Salesforce User &#038; Developer Group in Prague for their February meetup to speak about Lightning and SalesforceDX.]]></description>
  88. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Next week I&#8217;m joining the <a href="" target="_blank">Salesforce User &amp; Developer Group in Prague</a> for their February meetup to speak about Lightning and SalesforceDX.</p>
  89. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  90. <p>A hot topic for developers across all audiences is how get the most out of the available frameworks and technology in their day-to-day work. That includes, but is not limited to, having a great <a href="" target="_blank">development experience</a> in terms of tools and workflows. During the meetup we will address both needs by talking about <em>Lightning</em> and <em>SalesforceDX</em>.</p>
  91. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  92. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Moving from Visualforce to Lightning &#8211; Preparations, Techniques, Tasks</strong></p>
  93. <p>The way to go for achieving the best user experience in web applications is using client-side JavaScript frameworks. Given the mature state of the Salesforce Platform there are a lot of customizations built based on Visualforce, a server-side framework. That raises the question how you can, with minimum effort, move your applications and your users to Lightning. We&#8217;ll go in this talk through various techniques that will help you to answer this question. From simple checkbox-based migration up to custom styling of Visualforce pages using <a href="" target="_blank">SLDS</a> or Visualforce-to-Lightning communication.</p>
  94. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  95. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>SalesforceDX &#8211; modern developer experience for the platform</strong></p>
  96. <p>Most people have probably already heard about how we re-invent the Salesforce Developer Experience (DX) on the platform. For those who don&#8217;t I highly recommend to checkout a <a href="" target="_blank">past blog post</a> of my colleague <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Chittum</a>. We&#8217;ll dig during this talk into the &#8220;Why and How?&#8221; &#8211; touching all elements from the command line to Heroku Pipelines. Oh &#8211; and you&#8217;ll see stuff live.</p>
  97. <p>By the way: you can still <a href="" target="_blank">sign up</a> (till Feb 10) for our extended SalesforceDX pilot.</p>
  98. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  99. <p>So, if you&#8217;re in Prague that day &#8211; sign up for the meetup and come along.</p>
  100. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  101. <p>Cheers!</p>
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  107. <title>Speaking at London&#8217;s Calling about Salesforce Einstein</title>
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  110. <pubDate>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 12:25:07 +0000</pubDate>
  111. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
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  113. <category><![CDATA[Einstein]]></category>
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  118. <description><![CDATA[I&#8217;m happy to announce that you can find me on February 10th at London&#8217;s Calling &#8211; Europe&#8217;s largest community led event for Salesforce professionals. The event will take at CodeNode (last year a badger has been seen there). I&#8217;ll speak about why, where and how to use the Predictive Vision service on the Salesforce Einstein platform. Do you have [&#8230;]]]></description>
  119. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I&#8217;m happy to announce that you can find me on February 10th at <a href="" target="_blank">London&#8217;s Calling</a> &#8211; Europe&#8217;s largest community led event for Salesforce professionals. The event will take at <a href="https:[email protected],-0.0883404,17.09z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sSkills+Matter+%7C+CodeNode,+10+South+Place,+London,+EC2M+7EB,+GB!3m4!1s0x0:0x91b283e2f67d1dbb!8m2!3d51.5186421!4d-0.0860117" target="_blank">CodeNode</a> (last year a <a href="" target="_blank">badger</a> has been seen there). I&#8217;ll speak about why, where and how to use the <a href="" target="_blank">Predictive Vision service</a> on the Salesforce Einstein platform.<br />
  120. <strong><br />
  121. </strong></p>
  122. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Do you have visions? Good &#8211; Einstein can help!</strong></p>
  123. <p>Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the big buzzwords nowadays. It is an umbrella definition for techniques like Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and more. And it also includes image recognition &#8211; which is covered by Salesforce Einstein Predictive Vision. Have you heard about that? And do you know how it does work and where can you use it?</p>
  124. <p>This session will take you on a ride to answer those questions. You&#8217;ll learn about the core elements like models, labels, examples or metrics. From there on we&#8217;ll dig into how to train Einstein with your very own data and we&#8217;ll also talk about real-life scenarios for using the outcomes of predicted images. Are you point-and-click on Lightning? Doing app dev with Apex? Or are you loving to develop using Swift or Java? No worries &#8211; we got you all covered. Source code included.</p>
  125. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  126. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  127. <p>Don&#8217;t wait and register fast <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. The &#8220;Super Super Early Bird&#8221; tickets have been sold out fast and the &#8220;Super Early Bird&#8221; tickets are only available till January 28th.</p>
  128. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  129. <p>See you there!</p>
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  135. <title>Reached the ranks of a Trailhead Ranger</title>
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  138. <pubDate>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:49:14 +0000</pubDate>
  139. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
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  145. <description><![CDATA[One of my personal goals that I set for myself for 2016 was to become a Trailhead Ranger. Since yesterday evening I&#8217;ve reached it. &#160; &#160; Learning &#8211; the fun way When I joined Salesforce in May I used Trailhead to start learning about the products and the platform. Some may say that I&#8217;m biased [&#8230;]]]></description>
  146. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>One of my personal goals that I set for myself for 2016 was to become a Trailhead Ranger. Since yesterday evening I&#8217;ve reached it.</p>
  147. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  148. <p style="text-align: center;"><a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2184" src="" alt="" width="151" height="300" srcset=" 151w, 264w" sizes="(max-width: 151px) 100vw, 151px" /></a></p>
  149. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  150. <p><strong>Learning &#8211; the fun way</strong></p>
  151. <p>When I joined Salesforce in May I used <a href="" target="_blank">Trailhead</a> to start learning about the <a href="" target="_blank">products</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">platform</a>. Some may say that I&#8217;m biased &#8211; but it&#8217;s really THE fun way to learn Salesforce. It&#8217;s not like you go through some tech documentation and just read stuff. It&#8217;s really about getting introduced to how stuff works by storytelling &#8211; and you get challenged to prove what you learned.</p>
  152. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  153. <p><strong>Challenges</strong></p>
  154. <p>What I like most is that we have challenges included. That means you have to do real stuff in a test-like environment (called &#8220;Developer Edition&#8221; or &#8220;Trailhead Playground&#8221;) which then gets validated by the system to earn your points and badges. That&#8217;s really cool! It&#8217;s about applying what you learned. So you get validation that you understood everything. Or not. 😉</p>
  155. <p>I haven&#8217;t done <a href="">Superbadges</a> yet. But they are next on my list. Superbadges are like real-world projects where you get a project description and you&#8217;ve to develop the solution on your own. Can&#8217;t wait to get my hands (with some spare time) on them.</p>
  156. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  157. <p><strong>Gamification</strong></p>
  158. <p>That&#8217;s where the Ranger comes into the play. If you achieve a specified amount of badges and points you can get a rank. See here the <a href="" target="_blank">full list of ranks</a> for reference. Currently the highest achievable rank is the Ranger with 100 badges and 50,000 points. You can find my public Trailhead profile <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to check out how it looks like. Also you may see that I&#8217;m not a Ranger there&#8230; the &#8220;why&#8221; is explained next.</p>
  159. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  160. <p><strong>Drinking our own champagne</strong></p>
  161. <p>We at Salesforce encourage people to learn using Trailhead. So it&#8217;s a natural consequence for me doing it too. I believe that you cannot seriously encourage someone to do something if you don&#8217;t do it yourself.</p>
  162. <p>Also we use Trailhead internally for learning. That means we have a lot of modules that are only visible to Salesforce employees. Hence the reason why I&#8217;m internally a Ranger &#8211; but externally not (yet). I&#8217;m working on that by doing more badges soon.</p>
  163. <p>Happy learning!</p>
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  169. <title>Preparing customers and partners for cloud updates done right</title>
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  171. <pubDate>Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:53:17 +0000</pubDate>
  172. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  173. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  174. <category><![CDATA[Cloud]]></category>
  175. <category><![CDATA[Release]]></category>
  176. <category><![CDATA[Salesforce]]></category>
  177. <category><![CDATA[Updates]]></category>
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  180. <description><![CDATA[One thing that always bothered me in the past when working with cloud-based products was the "surprise factor". While it's a big advantage of a cloud solution that an update is immediately available for all users - it can also be a big pain.]]></description>
  181. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>One thing that always bothered me in the past when working with cloud-based products was the &#8220;surprise factor&#8221;. While it&#8217;s a big advantage of a cloud solution that an update is immediately available for all users &#8211; it can also be a big pain.</p>
  182. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  183. <p>When I talk about the &#8220;surprise factor&#8221; I&#8217;m talking about the availability of new features, changed UI or changed behaviour. Depending on the friendliness of your provider you may get an information that an update will happen on date X (hopefully some time in advance). And you may get a change list of the upcoming changes, so that you can try to prepare yourself and your users.</p>
  184. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  185. <p>But&#8230; do you have access to the update in advance? So that you can play (and mess) around with the changes before your users can? And update your training materials or train your support staff? Or test &#8211; if available &#8211; your custom integrations? Sadly I experienced situations where that wasn&#8217;t the case. Anyone got the same update at the same time. That&#8217;s sometimes no real fun, especially when you have to handle tens or hundreds or thousands of users in your environment.</p>
  186. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  187. <p>This is a point where I&#8217;ve fallen in love with our process at Salesforce.</p>
  188. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  189. <p>As you may know we&#8217;re delivering three full releases a year across all our cloud offerings. Which means that customers and partners can expect many feature additions &#8211; three times a year. And when I say &#8220;many&#8221; I mean &#8220;many&#8221; (see the <a href="" target="_blank">492 pages of documentation</a> for the Winter &#8217;17 release here). But lets start from the beginning&#8230;</p>
  190. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  191. <p>Salesforce has the concept of an &#8220;organization&#8221; (or &#8220;org&#8221; as it&#8217;s mostly called). An org represents a single tenant in our trusted multi-tenant environment.</p>
  192. <p>You can get an org in many different flavors. For example as a free Developer Edition (DE org) or as a fully fledged production org. Besides the regular production orgs we also offer Sandbox orgs. A Sandbox represents a full copy of your code <span style="text-decoration: underline;">and</span> data, so that you can test-drive changes in your environment their before they hit production. That includes your daily custom development &#8211; or our releases.</p>
  193. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  194. <p>When a new release arises (remember, 3 times a year) you have the opportunity to upgrade your sandbox with a <a href="" target="_blank">preview upgrade</a>. So you&#8217;ve 6-8 weeks time to run your tests, modify your training materials etc. Why 6-8 weeks? Because the preview upgrades are made available in advance to the scheduled production releases (checkout the <a href="" target="_blank">calendar here</a>).</p>
  195. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  196. <p>And what when you don&#8217;t have a sandbox? No problem &#8211; you can get a free Developer Edition org as <a href="" target="_blank">pre-release org</a> (this link if for the closed Winter &#8217;17 release, Spring &#8217;17 will open soon ;-)). And that allows you also to test all the upcoming features and changes weeks in advance. For free!</p>
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  200. <title>Time flies by &#8211; my first 6 months with</title>
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  203. <pubDate>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:06:04 +0000</pubDate>
  204. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
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  210. <description><![CDATA[I hardly noticed. Yesterday I had my "6-months anniversary" with Why I hardly noticed? Because time flies by. In this company. In this job.]]></description>
  211. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Yesterday I had my &#8220;6-months anniversary&#8221; with I hardly noticed. Why? Because time flies by in this company.</p>
  212. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  213. <p>It&#8217;s now (a bit more) than 6 months ago that I made the decision to change &#8211; once again &#8211; my profession when I joined as Senior Developer Evangelist. It was and is a blast. The company has a vibe across all levels.</p>
  214. <p>I didn&#8217;t have a single, boring moment. Here&#8217;s an excerpt of some of the things I did &#8211; so you can see why:</p>
  215. <ul>
  216. <li>Attended and staffed our World Tour Events in London and Paris (together with 14k+ attendees)</li>
  217. <li>Attended our first developer-only conference <a href="" target="_blank">TrailheaDX</a> in San Francisco</li>
  218. <li>Contributed to several open-source projects</li>
  219. <li>Worked on sampling for your AI platform <a href="" target="_blank">Salesforce Einstein</a></li>
  220. <li>Spoke at several non-Salesforce and Salesforce User Groups and Meetups</li>
  221. <li>Created an app to <a href="" target="_blank">help vision-impaired people</a> to navigate independently at <a href="" target="_blank">Dreamforce</a></li>
  222. <li>Session management for part of the Developer track at <a href="" target="_blank">Dreamforce</a> (with 250+ developer sessions)</li>
  223. <li>Did blogs and webinars</li>
  224. <li>Sat for quite some time in different planes</li>
  225. <li>Learned, learned, learned, learned about Salesforce with <a href="" target="_blank">Trailhead</a></li>
  226. </ul>
  227. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  228. <p>Speaking of <a href="" target="_blank">Trailhead</a>&#8230; that&#8217;s <strong>my</strong> team! 😀</p>
  229. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  230. <p>I want to thank my colleagues who helped me to get on board here. I want to thank the people of my &#8220;old&#8221; tech community in supporting me to make the move. And as next years planning is already ramping up I&#8217;m really looking forward to 2017!</p>
  231. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  232. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  238. <title>My 1st Dreamforce &#8211; it was a blast</title>
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  240. <pubDate>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:37:22 +0000</pubDate>
  241. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  242. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  243. <category><![CDATA[Dreamforce]]></category>
  244. <category><![CDATA[DX]]></category>
  245. <category><![CDATA[Salesforce]]></category>
  246. <category><![CDATA[TrailFindr]]></category>
  247. <category><![CDATA[Trailhead]]></category>
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  250. <description><![CDATA[Dreamforce 2016 is now a few days ago. It was my 1st one. It was a blast. By any means. I am still sorting out all the impressions, all the information, all the ideas, all the talks.]]></description>
  251. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Dreamforce 2016 is now a few days ago. It was my 1st one. It was a blast. By any means. I am still sorting out all the impressions, all the ideas, all the talks. It is an experience on it&#8217;s own.</p>
  252. <p>Here are a few of my takeaways (for you and myself).</p>
  253. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  254. <p><strong>Trailhead</strong></p>
  255. <p>Does <a href="" target="_blank">Trailhead</a> need an explanation? We presented a massive experience for developers and admins in our very own Trailhead zone. The zone covered the whole Moscone West ground level (approx 130,000 sqft/12,000 sqm). Open Theaters, an IoT Cabin, our Tree of Code and many more experiences. I highly recommend to checkout <a href="" target="_blank">this Twitter feed</a> to see some photo impressions.</p>
  256. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  257. <p><strong>Salesforce DX</strong></p>
  258. <p>We announced the availability (safe harbor) of Salesforce DX for the next year. Readers of my blog will remember that I posted pre-Dreamforce <a href="" target="_blank">my thoughts</a> about &#8220;Developer eXperience&#8221;. I did that intentionally &#8211; as I knew what will come.</p>
  259. <p>So what does &#8220;Salesforce DX&#8221; mean? It means that we&#8217;re pushing the application development experience on the Salesforce App Cloud platform <a href="">to new heights</a>. A complete new Command Line Interface (CLI), source-driven development, a new Eclipse-based IDE and much more. Besides the linked product page you have to read this <a href="" target="_blank">InfoQ interview with Wade</a> &#8211; he runs product strategy and development of DX.</p>
  260. <p>We&#8217;re rolling out the pilot internally this week to selected people &#8211; including myself. I cannot wait to get my hands on it. 😉</p>
  261. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  262. <p><strong>Lightning</strong></p>
  263. <p>With the newly rolled out <a href="" target="_blank">Winter &#8217;17 release</a> we are adding more and more functionality to our Lightning Experience. There are tons of enhancements in the user-interface (i. e. <a href="" target="_blank">Kanban boards</a> for leads, contracts and campaigns or the beta integration of <a href="" target="_blank">Skype for Business</a>).</p>
  264. <p>From an application development perspective I am so excited about the preview of the <a href="" target="_blank">Lightning Data Service</a> (LDS) and our new <a href="" target="_blank">Lightning Base Components</a>. LDS enables any developer, be it low-code or full-stack, to work with any kind of Salesforce Object in Lightning without writing a single line of Apex code. And the Lightning Base Components make it really simple to apply the CSS styling of the <a href="" target="_blank">Salesforce Lightning Design System</a> to your UI. Both capabilities combined add a new level of simplicity for any developer with Lightning.</p>
  265. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  266. <p><strong>Content</strong></p>
  267. <p>There are tons of information available as thousands of people presented about their specific topics. Let alone in the app development track we had around 300 different sessions. World class speakers presenting a broad range of topics, representing every part of the Salesforce Application Development platform. Be it Virtual Reality (VR), <a href="" target="_blank">12 Factor Apps on Heroku</a>, steering drones with Salesforce and and and. It&#8217;ll take &#8220;some&#8221; days to wade through everything.</p>
  268. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  269. <p><strong>TrailFindr</strong></p>
  270. <p>As you probably read we ran a pioneering pilot for <a href="" target="_blank">helping visually impaired people</a> to navigate in the Trailhead Zone. I&#8217;ll share our experiences later here in this blog &#8211; but to tease you a bit: it was challenging, it was greatly received, and it was fulfilling.</p>
  271. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  272. <p><strong>Fun</strong></p>
  273. <p>To whomever I talked &#8211; attendee, speaker, sponsor, colleague &#8211; they all told me that their bottom line about this conference is &#8220;fun&#8221;. Fun to learn, fun to network, fun to conduct business, fun to party. I personally experienced how people that met for the first time enjoyed recommending to each other about what their next steps should be to embrace more of the Salesforce platform.</p>
  274. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  275. <p><strong>People</strong></p>
  276. <p>At the very end, and that applies to every event, it is <a href="" target="_blank">all about the people</a>. The human beings that you meet. Like the remote colleagues, the new customers, the old stagers in your technology. Face-to-Face. Discuss, chat, enjoy. That is what makes an event an event. There were open theaters, evening parties, the Dreampark, the <a href="" target="_blank">AppDev Community breakfast</a> and many more opportunities for doing this.</p>
  277. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  278. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  279. <p>As the saying goes &#8211; after Dreamforce is before Dreamforce. So save the date as I hope to meet you at next years Dreamforce, which will happen from <a href="" target="_blank">November 6th to November 9th 2017</a>. And don&#8217;t forget to reserve already a hotel room &#8211; they are sold out quickly. 😉</p>
  280. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  281. <p>I’ve posted below some impressions (click on the pic for a larger version).</p>
  282. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  283. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Meeting Salesforce Einstein</strong></p>
  284. <p><a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2125" src="" alt="df_2016_einstein_selfie" width="225" height="300" srcset=" 225w, 600w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  285. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  286. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Controlling Salesforce via brain waves (no kidding)</strong></p>
  287. <p><a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2117" src="" alt="df_2016_brainwaves" width="300" height="225" /></a></p>
  288. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  289. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Photobombing my managers VR experience 😉</strong></p>
  290. <p><a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2120" src="" alt="df_2016_vr_photobomb" width="300" height="225" /></a></p>
  291. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  292. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Salesforce Dreamfest with U2</strong></p>
  293. <p><a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2119" src="" alt="df_2016_u2" width="300" height="225" /></a></p>
  294. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  295. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Saying goodbye to my US team colleagues (and to the</strong><strong> guys carrying them)</strong></p>
  296. <p><a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2121" src="" alt="df_2016_wrapup" width="300" height="225" /></a></p>
  297. ]]></content:encoded>
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  299. <item>
  300. <title>Three in a row &#8211; speaking at SUTOL, ISBG and meetIT</title>
  301. <link></link>
  302. <pubDate>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:33:43 +0000</pubDate>
  303. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  304. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  305. <category><![CDATA[App Cloud]]></category>
  306. <category><![CDATA[ISBG]]></category>
  307. <category><![CDATA[meetIT]]></category>
  308. <category><![CDATA[Salesforce]]></category>
  309. <category><![CDATA[Speaking]]></category>
  310. <category><![CDATA[SUTOL]]></category>
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  313. <description><![CDATA[The year starts to wrap-up - so it's a great time to finish it with some speaking engagements. So I'm happy to say that I'll be present at in Prague, Oslo and Milan in the upcoming weeks.]]></description>
  314. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The year starts to wrap-up &#8211; so it&#8217;s a great time to finish it with some speaking engagements. So I&#8217;m happy to say that I&#8217;ll be present at in Prague, Oslo and Milan in the upcoming weeks.</p>
  315. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  316. <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Prague &#8211; SUTOL &#8211; 10.-11.11.2016</span><br />
  317. I&#8217;ve been in Prague last year &#8211; and it was a great event. This year it has been extended from a one day event to two days.</p>
  318. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  319. <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Oslo &#8211; ISBG &#8211; 30.11.2016</span><br />
  320. That&#8217;s a first timer for me. I&#8217;ve never been to Oslo before. And I&#8217;m very lucky to give two talks at this event &#8211; and about the feed. Especially as it&#8217;s likely that I showcase parts of the upcoming Verse Extensibility API in action with Salesforce. 😉</p>
  321. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  322. <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Milan &#8211; meetIT (aka Dominopoint) &#8211; 14.12.2016</span><br />
  323. It&#8217;s been some years that I&#8217;ve been in Milan. Cannot wait to catch-up with some of my Italian friends that I haven&#8217;t seen since them.</p>
  324. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  325. <p>I&#8217;ll give the following talks (in partially different flavors)</p>
  326. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  327. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Salesforce App Cloud and IBM Domino &#8211; same, same, but different</strong></p>
  328. <p>Salesforce is the current big boy on the block for cloud platform development for customer-centered businesses. It is the favored tool of many users, but it is completely differently to Domino. Or is it? IBM has made their interest in Salesforce obvious their acquisition of one of the worlds largest Salesforce consulting companies.</p>
  329. <p>So what is this Salesforce thing? How does it compare and connect to ICS technologies? Join René in this session to learn about the similarities and differences. We&#8217;ll talk about fields, forms, security options on IBM Domino and their counterparts on the Salesforce App Cloud. Are developers still developers &#8211; or are they adminstrators &#8211; in the Salesforce world? Last but not least we will talk about technical integration scenarios.</p>
  330. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  331. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Enterprise integration done right with Salesforce Lightning, IBM Connections and IBM Verse</strong></p>
  332. <p>It doesn&#8217;t matter if it&#8217;s cloud, on-premises or hybrid &#8211; cross-application integration is key nowadays. Especially when it comes to ways how to connect 3rd party enterprise applications into and with your systems.</p>
  333. <p>This session will showcase several examples how you can build these kind of integrations on an enterprise level &#8211; using Salesforce Lightning, IBM Connections and IBM Verse. You&#8217;ll learn about the building blocks like authentication and authorization, REST services, iFrames or direct markup injection into the DOM. Source code included.</p>
  334. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  335. <p>I&#8217;m looking forward to see you at one of those events!</p>
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  338. <item>
  339. <title>TrailFindr &#8211; or how we&#8217;re helping visually impaired to navigate at the Trailhead Zone</title>
  340. <link></link>
  341. <pubDate>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:53:20 +0000</pubDate>
  342. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  343. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  344. <category><![CDATA[Dreamforce]]></category>
  345. <category><![CDATA[TrailFindr]]></category>
  346. <category><![CDATA[Trailhead]]></category>
  347. <category><![CDATA[Wayfindr]]></category>
  349. <guid isPermaLink="false"></guid>
  350. <description><![CDATA[One of our core values at Salesforce is, that we believe in giving back to the community. We also believe that technology should be leveraged for the best purpose - for helping people, every day.]]></description>
  351. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>One of our core values at Salesforce is, that we believe in giving back to the community. We also believe that technology should be leveraged for the best purpose &#8211; for helping people, every day.</p>
  352. <p>At our recent Salesforce World Tour in London we organized a CoderDojo to teach visually impaired kids how to code (kudos to the BBC for joining us). Have you ever thought about or experienced what challenges are the visually impaired facing day to day in environments they don&#8217;t know? Like:</p>
  353. <ul>
  354. <ul>
  355. <li>Where is the entrance at the building?</li>
  356. <li>Can I take the elevator to reach my target destination?</li>
  357. <li>What is the best &#8211; and safest &#8211; route?</li>
  358. <li>Where am I in this building right now?</li>
  359. </ul>
  360. </ul>
  361. <p>These and other questions are raised every and every day. And they often can&#8217;t overcome these challenges without the help of others.</p>
  362. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  363. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Wayfindr</strong></p>
  364. <p>In 2015, the <a href="" target="_blank">Royal London Society for Blind People</a> and digital product studio ustwo formed <a href="">Wayfindr</a>, a non-profit organisation committed to improving independent travel for vision impaired people, using emerging mobile technology. The goal of Wayfindr is to create an <a href="" target="_blank">open standard</a> &#8211; as an organizational and technical guideline &#8211; for building assistive applications for visually impaired people. With this standard organizations, building owners, companies, everyone can also learn about &#8220;What is important when I want to help visually impaired for navigating in property A?&#8221;. Like what technology is available, how it should be setup and more.</p>
  365. <p>Dr Tom Pey, Chief Executive at the RLSB, said: “Technology plays a central part in all our lives and is even more important to those who are visually impaired. I am so proud of the young vision impaired people who came together through the RLSB&#8217;s Youth Forum to use their knowledge to harness the power of the digital age to help blind and partially sighted people across the entire world to get around safely and like everyone else. Publication of the working draft of the Open Standard is a significant first step in making their dream a reality.”</p>
  366. <p>Using technology can give back. In this specific case it gives back a feeling of self-confidence. A feeling of not having to rely on other peoples help. It gives back independency.</p>
  367. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  368. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Accessibility in the Trailhead Zone</strong></p>
  369. <p>I built an app, based on the Wayfindr standard, to showcase you at <a href="" target="_blank">Dreamforce</a> how to apply the standard in real life (with &#8220;only&#8221; 100 Bluetooth beacons). Get a first-hand experience in the Trailhead Zone at Moscone West and see what it means to need help for your own navigation in an unknown areal. Your feedback will be very much appreciated as it&#8217;s probably the first time ever that this has been done in such a complex setup. This pioneering effort will help to improve the future implementations of the Wayfindr open-standard in other areas.</p>
  370. <p>I am looking forward to see you and our Accessibility Ambassadors in our IoT zone. And to <a href="" target="_blank">show you</a> how to use technology for the best &#8211; for helping people.</p>
  371. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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