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  21. <title>A great example for a community-focused site (and it&#8217;s promotion)</title>
  22. <link>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/a-great-example-for-a-community-focused-site-and-its-promotion</link>
  23. <comments>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/a-great-example-for-a-community-focused-site-and-its-promotion#respond</comments>
  24. <pubDate>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:20:56 +0000</pubDate>
  25. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
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  31. <description><![CDATA[I found this video yesterday by accident… and I personally really think that’s a) how a community site should be and b) how a corporate should promote it.]]></description>
  32. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I found this video yesterday by accident&#8230; and I personally really think that’s a) how a community site should be and b) how a corporate should promote it.</p>
  33. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  34. <p><iframe width="648" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/t7IrePGtZew?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p>
  35. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  36. <p>I’ll see if I can talk to some of the <a href="https://www.salesforce.com/blog/2017/02/winter-2017-salesforce-mvps.html" target="_blank">MVPs</a> this week during <a href="https://developer.salesforce.com/trailheadx" target="_blank">TrailheaDX</a> about some of things that they independently from the vendor do, like the office hours or the mentorship program. Very cool stuff!</p>
  37. <p>By the way &#8211; we’re currently hiring a for this great community a <a href="https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/we-are-hiring-community-program-manager-admin-evangelist-salesforce/" target="_blank">Community Program Manager</a> (San Francisco or Austin)&#8230;</p>
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  43. <title>We are hiring &#8211; Community Program Manager or Admin Evangelist @ Salesforce</title>
  44. <link>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/we-are-hiring-community-program-manager-admin-evangelist-salesforce/</link>
  45. <comments>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/we-are-hiring-community-program-manager-admin-evangelist-salesforce/#comments</comments>
  46. <pubDate>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:10:21 +0000</pubDate>
  47. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  48. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  49. <category><![CDATA[Hiring]]></category>
  50. <category><![CDATA[Salesforce]]></category>
  51.  
  52. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/?p=2477</guid>
  53. <description><![CDATA[Are you passionate about community and driving community engagement at scale?]]></description>
  54. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/must-go-to-user-group-events-in-the-next-months/community2/" rel="attachment wp-att-2433"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2433" src="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/community2-300x91.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="91" srcset="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/community2-300x91.jpg 300w, http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/community2.jpg 613w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  55. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  56. <p>Are you passionate about community and driving community engagement at scale? Then join my colleagues in the Community Team! They are looking for a fantastic Community Program Manager to help drive program member growth and engagement in our vibrant customer community with all our users, developers, administrators, and MVPs.</p>
  57. <p>This role is either for San Francisco (HQ) or Austin, Texas.</p>
  58. <p>Read more about it in the <a href="http://salesforce.careermount.com/career/57874/Community-Program-Manager-Us-California-San-Francisco-Hq" target="_blank">job opening for the &#8220;Community Program Manager&#8221;</a>.</p>
  59. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  60. <p>Or are you passionate about driving the success of Salesforce Administrators? My colleagues from the Admin Evangelist team are looking for a highly motivated community evangelist to craft and deliver content to our customers so they understand the vital role a Salesforce Admin plays within an organization.</p>
  61. <p>The role is for San Francisco (HQ).</p>
  62. <p>Read more about it in the <a href="http://salesforce.careermount.com/career/57515/Salesforce-Admin-Evangelist-Us-California-San-Francisco-Hq" target="_blank">job opening for the &#8220;Salesforce Admin Evangelist&#8221;</a>.</p>
  63. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  64. <p>Both jobs are rare&#8230; so don&#8217;t hesitate and take the chance! Now! It&#8217;ll be your #dreamjob!</p>
  65. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  66. <p>If you&#8217;ve questions &#8211; I&#8217;m happy to help. Best via <a href="https://twitter.com/muenzpraeger" target="_blank">DM on Twitter</a>. 😉</p>
  67. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  68. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  69. ]]></content:encoded>
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  74. <title>Why and how to support your speakers before their talks</title>
  75. <link>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/why-and-how-to-support-your-speakers-before-their-talks</link>
  76. <comments>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/why-and-how-to-support-your-speakers-before-their-talks#respond</comments>
  77. <pubDate>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:35:50 +0000</pubDate>
  78. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  79. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  80. <category><![CDATA[Speaking]]></category>
  81.  
  82. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/?p=2496</guid>
  83. <description><![CDATA[To <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwYcVqIjbb4#t=17m16s" target="_blank">quote</a> (a bit out of context maybe) Kyle Simpson - "A speaker is the value of the conference". And that's so true from multiple angles.]]></description>
  84. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>To <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwYcVqIjbb4#t=17m16s" target="_blank">quote</a> (a bit out of context maybe) Kyle Simpson &#8211; &#8220;A speaker is the value of the conference&#8221;. And that&#8217;s so true from multiple angles.</p>
  85. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  86. <p>There are two types of people in a talk.</p>
  87. <ul>
  88. <li>The speaker. Who wants to share knowledge, who wants to excite attendees, who wants to deliver a great talk.</li>
  89. <li>The attendees. That want to learn, that want to get engaged, that want to be sure that their precious time is well spend.</li>
  90. </ul>
  91. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  92. <p><a href="https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/why-and-how-to-support-your-speakers-before-their-talks/bulb_speaking/" rel="attachment wp-att-2510"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2510" src="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/bulb_speaking-300x245.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="245" srcset="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/bulb_speaking-300x245.jpg 300w, http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/bulb_speaking.jpg 921w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  93. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  94. <p>No event organiser can take the stage fright a minute before the talk from the speaker, the risk of a non-working demo or that the speaker has just a bad day (all of that happened to me though at some point in time 😉 ).</p>
  95. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  96. <p>But what an event organiser can do is do to support the speakers from their very first step, after their abstract has been accepted. To give you an example &#8211; here&#8217;s how we at Salesforce run that for the developer and admin talks at all of our events.</p>
  97. <ul>
  98. <li>Speakers get assigned to session owners (like I am myself one).</li>
  99. <li>Session owners are responsible for all the usual speaker comms, deadline observation etc. But we&#8217;re going the extra mile for the speakers and the attendees&#8230;</li>
  100. <li>We accompany the speakers on a 1:1 basis from the talk outline draft till the final slide deck. Which includes alignment with the abstract, content reviews, feedback sessions, and more.</li>
  101. <li>All speakers go through minimum one dry-run with their session owner. No matter if it&#8217;s a first time or experienced, an internal or an external speaker.</li>
  102. </ul>
  103. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  104. <p>I could get more into detail on any of those points. But I think you see the bottom line. Which is in short: <em>everyone should have an awesome time</em>. Everyone wants and needs her/his feeling of success at an event. Be it the speaker veteran or the first-time, non-native tongue speaker. Be it the attendee who wants to get a deep-dive into a topic or just want to lure into a new, unknown technical area. And that&#8217;s what we&#8217;re caring about.</p>
  105. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  106. <p>Is the effort worth it? IMHO absolutely. But I may be biased. So better ask Robert and Lorenzo who had the &#8220;pleasure&#8221; to work with me on their Dreamforce session last year. 😉</p>
  107. <p><center></p>
  108. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550">
  109. <p lang="en" dir="ltr">This makes me happy! Thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/eroispaziali">@eroispaziali</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/muenzpraeger">@muenzpraeger</a> for making this <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DF16?src=hash">#DF16</a> session a success. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CleanApexCoder?src=hash">#CleanApexCoder</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DF17?src=hash">#DF17</a>?! <a href="https://t.co/CxL93wKegd">pic.twitter.com/CxL93wKegd</a></p>
  110. <p>&mdash; Robert Sösemann (@rsoesemann) <a href="https://twitter.com/rsoesemann/status/791984493171208192">October 28, 2016</a></p></blockquote>
  111. <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br />
  112. </center>&nbsp;</p>
  113. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  114. <p>Want to experience it yourself? Then <a href="https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/call-for-papers-dreamforce-2017-rush/" target="_blank">submit your talk</a> for Dreamforce &#8217;17!</p>
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  120. <title>Test driving Slack&#8217;s &#8220;Highlights&#8221; feature &#8211; I LOVE IT</title>
  121. <link>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/test-driving-slacks-highlights-feature-i-love-it/</link>
  122. <comments>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/test-driving-slacks-highlights-feature-i-love-it/#respond</comments>
  123. <pubDate>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:54:21 +0000</pubDate>
  124. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  125. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  126. <category><![CDATA[AI]]></category>
  127. <category><![CDATA[Slack]]></category>
  128.  
  129. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/?p=2466</guid>
  130. <description><![CDATA[Last week Slack introduced their new feature &#8220;Highlights&#8220;. I tested it over the weekend &#8211; and I LOVE IT. It wasn&#8217;t a very scientific test though, but a very good start for a feature that&#8217;s available as GA. &#160; &#160; &#8220;Test&#8221; conditions I am in five different Slack teams. Some are very active, others are [&#8230;]]]></description>
  131. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Last week Slack introduced their new feature &#8220;<a href="https://slackhq.com/focus-on-the-important-things-with-highlights-in-slack-5e30024502cd" target="_blank">Highlights</a>&#8220;. I tested it over the weekend &#8211; and I LOVE IT. It wasn&#8217;t a very scientific test though, but a very good start for a feature that&#8217;s available as GA.</p>
  132. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  133. <p><a href="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/slack_highlights.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2494" src="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/slack_highlights.png" alt="" width="1480" height="552" srcset="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/slack_highlights.png 1480w, http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/slack_highlights-300x112.png 300w, http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/slack_highlights-1024x382.png 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1480px) 100vw, 1480px" /></a></p>
  134. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  135. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>&#8220;Test&#8221; conditions</strong></p>
  136. <ul>
  137. <li>I am in five different Slack teams. Some are very active, others are less. In all of them &#8220;Highlights&#8221; is an active feature.</li>
  138. <li>I &#8220;forced&#8221; myself not to log in into Slack for at least three days. In that time a fair amount of communication got created.</li>
  139. </ul>
  140. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  141. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Results</strong></p>
  142. <ul>
  143. <li>&#8220;Highlights&#8221; brought up across all teams a reasonable amount (read: not too many) highlights.</li>
  144. <li>The ratio between useful/useless (for me personally) was at around 80:20. That&#8217;s great. And the feedback mechanism helps Slack to refine future results.</li>
  145. <li>I read all of &#8220;my&#8221; channels to see if I would have missed important-to-me information. I found only three pieces of information across all teams and channels that were &#8220;missing&#8221;. That&#8217;s not too bad.</li>
  146. </ul>
  147. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  148. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Conclusion</strong></p>
  149. <p>With bringing &#8220;Highlights&#8221; as a working feature into the client Slack went a major step ahead of it&#8217;s competition. For a GA&#8217;d feature that&#8217;s less than a week young I&#8217;m quite impressed by the results. I will not rely completely on it for the near time though as I first want to learn how good (or not good) it identifies important information for me. There are often hidden gems in a conversation that may not be important right now &#8211; but may become important in the future.</p>
  150. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  151. <p>It&#8217;s also worth to mention that Highlights is kind of the counterpart of what <a href="https://workspace.ibm.com/" target="_blank">Watson Workspace</a> plans to deliver as &#8220;Moments&#8221; (I&#8217;m not aware of similar functionality yet available in <a href="https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software" target="_blank">MS Teams</a> or <a href="https://www.atlassian.com/software/hipchat" target="_blank">Atlassian HipChat</a>). As said, for now Slack is far ahead of the competition, given the GA status of Highlights and all the other neat, built-in features like screensharing, voice calling etc. And their <a href="https://slack.engineering/introducing-highlights-ac401d7bd02a" target="_blank">planned future enhancements</a> look quite promising. It&#8217;ll be more than tough to keep up with them in the mid-term if they stick with their speed of feature delivery.</p>
  152. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  153. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  159. <title>Take app deployment to the next level with Heroku ChatOps and Slack</title>
  160. <link>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/take-app-deployment-to-the-next-level-with-heroku-chatops-and-slack/</link>
  161. <comments>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/take-app-deployment-to-the-next-level-with-heroku-chatops-and-slack/#respond</comments>
  162. <pubDate>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:17:09 +0000</pubDate>
  163. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  164. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  165. <category><![CDATA[Heroku]]></category>
  166. <category><![CDATA[Slack]]></category>
  167.  
  168. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/?p=2479</guid>
  169. <description><![CDATA[Heroku is known for it's developer-friendly set up. Now they're taking it a step further by simplifying the devops lifecycle with <a href="https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/chatops" target="_blank">ChatOps for Slack.</a> I tested it during a private beta which went a couple of days ago into public beta.
  170. ]]></description>
  171. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Heroku is known for it&#8217;s developer-friendly set up. Now they&#8217;re taking it a step further by simplifying the devops lifecycle with <a href="https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/chatops" target="_blank">ChatOps for Slack.</a> I tested it during a private beta which went a couple of days ago into public beta.</p>
  172. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  173. <p>Slack is often used as an information &#8220;pool&#8221;, where apps post a status like a successful commit to GitHub or else. But not many allow to action on information. That&#8217;s where ChatOps comes in to the game. Using <a href="https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/pipelines" target="_blank">Heroku Pipelines</a> you can now use Slack to deploy or promote your app to the different lifecycle stages &#8211; directly from within Slack.</p>
  174. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  175. <p><a href="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/chatops_1.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2480" src="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/chatops_1.png" alt="" width="642" height="196" srcset="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/chatops_1.png 642w, http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/chatops_1-300x92.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 642px) 100vw, 642px" /></a></p>
  176. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  177. <p>By using the thread functionality ChatOps keeps your stream also slick.</p>
  178. <p><a href="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/chatops_2.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2481" src="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/chatops_2.png" alt="" width="355" height="834" srcset="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/chatops_2.png 355w, http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/chatops_2-128x300.png 128w" sizes="(max-width: 355px) 100vw, 355px" /></a></p>
  179. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  180. <p>There are a bunch of options available within ChatOps, which is also fully supported by Heroku (after the beta ;-)). Try it yourself <a href="https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/chatops" target="_blank">here</a>!</p>
  181. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  182. <p>I cannot wait to use that in combination with <a href="https://developer.salesforce.com/platform/dx" target="_blank">Salesforce DX</a>. 😉</p>
  183. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  189. <title>Join me and The Weather Company (and some B.E.A.R.s) at TrailheaDX</title>
  190. <link>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/join-me-and-the-weather-company-and-some-b-e-a-r-s-at-trailheadx/</link>
  191. <comments>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/join-me-and-the-weather-company-and-some-b-e-a-r-s-at-trailheadx/#respond</comments>
  192. <pubDate>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:00:49 +0000</pubDate>
  193. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  194. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  195. <category><![CDATA[IBM]]></category>
  196. <category><![CDATA[Salesforce]]></category>
  197. <category><![CDATA[Speaking]]></category>
  198. <category><![CDATA[TrailheaDX]]></category>
  199.  
  200. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/?p=2442</guid>
  201. <description><![CDATA[Part of the strategic partnership between <a href="https://www.salesforce.com/campaign/ibm/" target="_blank">Salesforce</a> and <a href="https://www.ibm.com/watson/ibm-salesforce/" target="_blank">IBM</a> is the usage of weather data for enhanced business processes. Over the last couple of months I had the great pleasure to work with the colleagues from <a href="http://www.theweathercompany.com/" target="_blank">The Weather Company</a> (looking at you <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/aleesatalmadge/" target="_blank">Aleesa</a>, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellebb/" target="_blank">Michelle</a>, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexisnkarlin/" target="_blank">Alexis</a>, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/maia-sisk-156255/" target="_blank">Maia</a> ;-) ) on several items of that part.]]></description>
  202. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Part of the strategic partnership between <a href="https://www.salesforce.com/campaign/ibm/" target="_blank">Salesforce</a> and <a href="https://www.ibm.com/watson/ibm-salesforce/" target="_blank">IBM</a> is the usage of weather data for enhanced business processes. Over the last couple of months I had the great pleasure to work with the colleagues from <a href="http://www.theweathercompany.com/" target="_blank">The Weather Company</a> (looking at you <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/aleesatalmadge/" target="_blank">Aleesa</a>, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellebb/" target="_blank">Michelle</a>, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexisnkarlin/" target="_blank">Alexis</a>, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/maia-sisk-156255/" target="_blank">Maia</a> 😉 ) on several items of that.</p>
  203. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  204. <p>If you want to learn more about how to incorporate weather data, besides the published content (<a href="https://developer.salesforce.com/blogs/developer-relations/2017/05/using-ibms-weather-company-data-salesforce.html" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="https://developer.salesforce.com/blogs/developer-relations/2017/06/enhancing-workflows-weather-company-data-service.html" target="_blank">here</a>) on the Salesforce Developer blog &#8211; now you can.</p>
  205. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  206. <p><a href="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/trailheadx_2017.png"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2458" src="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/trailheadx_2017.png" alt="" width="354" height="214" srcset="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/trailheadx_2017.png 354w, http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/trailheadx_2017-300x181.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 354px) 100vw, 354px" /></a></p>
  207. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  208. <p>I&#8217;ll be speaking with <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-porcelli-70976415/" target="_blank">Matthew Porcelli</a> at our unique developer conference <a href="https://developer.salesforce.com/trailheadx" target="_blank">TrailheaDX</a> (admins are more than welcome, too) in San Francisco about the &#8220;why&#8221; and &#8220;how&#8221; to do it on your own.</p>
  209. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  210. <p class="slds-col" style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Weather Company: Building Weather Apps That Transform Business</strong></p>
  211. <p>Join René Winkelmeyer, Salesforce Developer Evangelist, and The Weather Company&#8217;s Matthew Porcelli, sales engineer, meteorologist, and storm chaser, as they explore the use of weather data within Salesforce. In this hands-on session, René and Matthew will demonstrate how to access and integrate rich weather data &#8211; current, forecast and historical &#8211; into your Salesforce environment to trigger weather-based actions, improve service delivery, provide better customer touchpoints and build stronger, more lasting relationships.</p>
  212. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  213. <p>Check out the full list of 140+ technical sessions for the conference <a href="https://developer.salesforce.com/trailheadx/sessions" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>
  214. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  215. <p>There will also be a demo stations around Salesforce and weather &#8211; go to the B.E.A.R. labs or The Weather Companies booth for that.</p>
  216. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  217. <p>Less than three weeks to go. If you haven&#8217;t registered &#8211; hurry up, especially because you&#8217;ll get <a href="https://developer.salesforce.com/blogs/developer-relations/2017/05/free-certification-vouchers-trailheadx.html" target="_blank">two free Salesforce University certification vouchers</a> till June 15th.</p>
  218. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  219. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  225. <title>Must-go-to user group events in the next months</title>
  226. <link>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/must-go-to-user-group-events-in-the-next-months/</link>
  227. <comments>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/must-go-to-user-group-events-in-the-next-months/#respond</comments>
  228. <pubDate>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 07:50:19 +0000</pubDate>
  229. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  230. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  231. <category><![CDATA[Community]]></category>
  232. <category><![CDATA[Salesforce]]></category>
  233. <category><![CDATA[SalesforceOhana]]></category>
  234. <category><![CDATA[User Group]]></category>
  235.  
  236. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/?p=2379</guid>
  237. <description><![CDATA[Behind every user group are passionate individuals who want to give back to their community. They spend tons of their spare time and take financial risks to make those events happen.]]></description>
  238. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Behind every user group are passionate individuals who want to give back to their community. They spend tons of their spare time and take financial risks to make those events happen. I met many of those organisers over the last decade and longer &#8211; and I am grateful for what they did and do. You can read about my thoughts how important YOU are in that in <a href="https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2015/08/meetups-usergroups-conferences-and-you-are-the-blood-in-the-body-of-each-technology/" target="_blank">this blog post</a> from around two years ago.</p>
  239. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  240. <p>User group events give you an awesome opportunity to meet people that share the same interests, learn from experts in their field, make new friends, and have a lot of fun. There&#8217;s no better way to experience the vibe of and the commitment to a technology than doing that in-person with your peers. Be it in your local region, your country, your continent, or world wide.</p>
  241. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  242. <p><a href="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/community2.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2433" src="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/community2.jpg" alt="" width="613" height="186" srcset="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/community2.jpg 613w, http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/community2-300x91.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 613px) 100vw, 613px" /></a></p>
  243. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  244. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  245. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>User group events</strong></p>
  246. <p>This is a (not complete) list of upcoming events that I want to highlight with this post.</p>
  247. <ul>
  248. <li>August 10-11- <a href="http://midwestdreamin.com/" target="_blank">Midwest Dreamin&#8217;</a> in Chicago, an event that started with 100 attendees a couple of years ago and is now set to attract nearly 1,000.</li>
  249. <li>August 12 &#8211; be an ally and stay after Midwest Dreamin&#8217; for <a href="http://witnesssuccess.com/" target="_blank">WITnesssuccess</a> &#8211; the inaugural Women in Tech event for the worldwide Salesforce ecosystem</li>
  250. <li>September 14 &#8211; <a href="http://frenchtouchdreamin.com/" target="_blank">French Touch Dreamin&#8217;</a> in Paris will have it&#8217;s 2nd edition for the french community after a <a href="http://frenchtouchdreamin.com/index.php/2016/12/11/thank-you-so-much/" target="_blank">successful first event</a> last year with 250 attendees.</li>
  251. <li>September 22-23 &#8211; <a href="https://www.surfforce.co/" target="_blank">Surfforce</a> in <a href="https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Bundoran,+Co.+Donegal,[email protected],-8.2866888,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x485efd1499144f51:0xa00c7a99731e3e0!8m2!3d54.4791416!4d-8.2779341" target="_blank">Ireland</a> (a user group with a twist, supporting the local region)</li>
  252. </ul>
  253. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  254. <p>These are not the only events. There are <a href="http://forcelandia.com/" target="_blank">Forcelandia</a> (also in August), <a href="https://www.tahoedreamin.com/" target="_blank">Tahoe Dreamin&#8217;</a>, <a href="http://texasdreamin.org/" target="_blank">Texas Dreamin&#8217;</a>, <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/downunder-dreaming-sydney-tickets-34306954023" target="_blank">Down Under Dreamin&#8217;</a>, <a href="http://www.indiadreamin.in/#" target="_blank">India Dreamin&#8217;</a>, and many more. Some are long established &#8211; others just started.</p>
  255. <p>For example, here in Europe, there are besides French Touch Dreamin&#8217; also London&#8217;s Calling and Dream Olé.</p>
  256. <ul>
  257. <li><a href="https://www.londonscalling.net/" target="_blank">London&#8217;s Calling</a> started last year and they had their second event this year with more than 350 attendees.</li>
  258. <li>Just a couple of days ago the Spanish community held their <a href="http://dreamole.es/" target="_blank">first one-day event</a>, Dream Olé, in Madrid with 130+ attendees.</li>
  259. </ul>
  260. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  261. <p>It is an amazing time to see how organisers and members from the <a href="https://www.meetup.com/pro/salesforcedevs/" target="_blank">numerous developer meetups</a> or <a href="http://events.salesforceusergroups.com/" target="_blank">user groups</a> (these are different, check out the links) step up, take the risk and workload and make those bigger events happen. Thank you all!</p>
  262. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  263. <p>There&#8217;s still some whitespace to fill on the map &#8211; but I know some people who are working on that&#8230; 😉</p>
  264. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  265. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  266. <p>Sidenote:</p>
  267. <p>What&#8217;s interesting for me is how self-funded the events are. You find some of my colleagues as (keynote) speakers, but you find us rarely as a sponsor on any event. And if it&#8217;s only a medium or low level sponsoring. IMHO that&#8217;s great &#8211; this kind of events shouldn&#8217;t rely financially on a vendor.</p>
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  273. <title>Call for Papers &#8211; Dreamforce 2017 &#8211; RUSH!!!</title>
  274. <link>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/call-for-papers-dreamforce-2017-rush/</link>
  275. <comments>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/call-for-papers-dreamforce-2017-rush/#respond</comments>
  276. <pubDate>Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:45:07 +0000</pubDate>
  277. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  278. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  279. <category><![CDATA[Dreamforce]]></category>
  280. <category><![CDATA[Speaking]]></category>
  281.  
  282. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/?p=2396</guid>
  283. <description><![CDATA[The Call for Papers for developers and administrators for <a href="https://www.salesforce.com/form/dreamforce/df17.jsp" target="_blank">Dreamforce 2017</a> is open NOW! Rush!]]></description>
  284. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The Call for Papers for developers and administrators for <a href="https://www.salesforce.com/form/dreamforce/df17.jsp" target="_blank">Dreamforce 2017</a> is open NOW! Rush!</p>
  285. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  286. <p>You want to see what to see what we offered last year for developers and administrators at the world-largest vendor event?</p>
  287. <p>See here:</p>
  288. <ul>
  289. <li>My (not-so-high-quality, sorry) <a href="https://www.pscp.tv/muenzpraeger/1lPKqqMaQgEKb?t=518" target="_blank">periscope video</a> of the Trailhead Zone from last year, an hour after we opened the gates. If you&#8217;ve ever been to Moscone West in San Francisco &#8211; that&#8217;s the ground floor of that location. Not sure if you recognise it. 😉</li>
  290. <li>High-quality pictures on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/salesforcedevs/photos/?tab=album&amp;album_id=1095937207109129" target="_blank">Salesforce Developers Facebook</a> page.</li>
  291. <li>The <a href="https://developer.salesforce.com/dreamforce#keynotes-sessions" target="_blank">Salesforce Developer resources</a> from Dreamforce &#8217;16 (incl. tons of session videos).</li>
  292. </ul>
  293. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  294. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Call-to-action</strong></p>
  295. <p>Get your thinking hats on and submit your abstract/s.</p>
  296. <p><a href="https://developer.salesforce.com/blogs/developer-relations/2017/06/dreamforce-2017-developer-call-for-presentations-is-open.html" target="_blank">Developer CfP announcement</a></p>
  297. <p><a href="https://admin.salesforce.com/dreamforce-2017-admin-track-call-presentations" target="_blank">Administrator CfP announcement</a></p>
  298. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  299. <p>T-5 months to go&#8230; can&#8217;t wait&#8230;</p>
  300. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  301. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  307. <title>Next stop &#8211; #DevTrails @ Salesforce Essentials Tel Aviv</title>
  308. <link>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/next-stop-devtrails-salesforce-essentials-tel-aviv/</link>
  309. <comments>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/06/next-stop-devtrails-salesforce-essentials-tel-aviv/#respond</comments>
  310. <pubDate>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:36:12 +0000</pubDate>
  311. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  312. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  313. <category><![CDATA[Essentials]]></category>
  314. <category><![CDATA[Salesforce]]></category>
  315.  
  316. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/?p=2385</guid>
  317. <description><![CDATA[One thing that we do at Salesforce are events. Many events. Around the world. For customers, partners, developers, administrators. And some of them are "Essentials".]]></description>
  318. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>One thing that we do at Salesforce are events. Many events. Around the world. For customers, partners, developers, administrators. And some of them are &#8220;Essentials&#8221;.</p>
  319. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  320. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>What is an &#8220;Essentials&#8221;?</strong></p>
  321. <p>Everything starts with the <a href="https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2016/10/my-1st-dreamforce-it-was-a-blast/" target="_blank">annual Dreamforce conference</a> in San Francisco. As not everyone can attend (the <a href="https://www.salesforce.com/blog/2016/10/dreamforce-16-by-the-numbers.html" target="_blank">171,000 registrations</a> go out quickly) we&#8217;re taking it throughout the year on the road. Kind of a &#8220;Dreamforce comes to you&#8221;.</p>
  322. <p>You can break it down into &#8220;World Tour&#8221; and &#8220;Essentials&#8221; events. The only difference between those type of events are the size. Depending on the country or the regional needs it&#8217;s either a World Tour or an Essentials. For example in the UK there was a <a href="https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/05/back-from-salesforce-world-tour-london-im-feeling-pumped/" target="_blank">World Tour in London</a>, but in Germany we&#8217;re doing for example four Essentials (the first one yesterday in Munich with a nearly 4-digit number of attendees!).</p>
  323. <p>Checkout the (upcoming) events in the EMEA region by clicking on the image.</p>
  324. <p><a href="https://www.salesforce.com/eu/events/" target="_blank"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-2387" src="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/salesforce-essentials-300x286.png" alt="" width="600" height="572" srcset="http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/salesforce-essentials-300x286.png 300w, http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/blog-winkelmeyer-com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/salesforce-essentials.png 767w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /></a></p>
  325. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  326. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  327. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>What is #DevTrails?</strong></p>
  328. <p>Besides customer and partner breakout sessions, roadmap presentations, and more at those events we&#8217;re running at the World Tours also theatres for developers and administrators, where people from the community share their knowledge all day long in short 30 minutes sessions. Based on the high demand in our growing developer community we started to bring that experience also to our Essentials events (like two days ago <a href="https://twitter.com/will_coleman/status/869539740198072320" target="_blank">in Milano</a>). And that&#8217;s what we call #DevTrails.</p>
  329. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  330. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>What&#8217;s up in Tel Aviv?</strong></p>
  331. <p>At the Essentials in Tel Aviv (June 12th) I&#8217;ll talk about <a href="https://www.salesforce.com/products/platform/products/salesforce-dx/" target="_blank">Salesforce DX</a>, our re-imagined way of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) for the Salesforce Platform. You can also learn from developer community members about Salesforce APIs, Lightning components and more.</p>
  332. <p><em>Sidenote: the current Salesforce DX pilot has more than 3,000 participants. Neat, right?</em></p>
  333. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  334. <p>So &#8211; if you&#8217;re in Israel and are a Salesforce developer, want to become one or just want to say &#8220;Hi&#8221; &#8211; checkout the agenda and register <a href="https://www.salesforce.com/eu/events/details/essentials-telaviv-12062017/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>
  335. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  336. <p><strong>עד אז</strong></p>
  337. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  343. <title>Two reasons why it&#8217;s a very good time to be/come a Salesforce Partner</title>
  344. <link>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/05/two-reasons-why-its-a-very-good-time-to-become-a-salesforce-partner/</link>
  345. <comments>https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/2017/05/two-reasons-why-its-a-very-good-time-to-become-a-salesforce-partner/#respond</comments>
  346. <pubDate>Wed, 31 May 2017 13:44:44 +0000</pubDate>
  347. <dc:creator><![CDATA[René Winkelmeyer]]></dc:creator>
  348. <category><![CDATA[Uncategorized]]></category>
  349. <category><![CDATA[Partner]]></category>
  350. <category><![CDATA[Salesforce]]></category>
  351.  
  352. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://blog.winkelmeyer.com/?p=2382</guid>
  353. <description><![CDATA[If you're looking to expand your footprint as a current partner - or if you want to join the Salesforce ecosystem - now is a good time for it!]]></description>
  354. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>If you&#8217;re looking to expand your footprint as a current partner &#8211; or if you want to join the Salesforce ecosystem &#8211; now is a good time for it!</p>
  355. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  356. <p>Read these announcements and you&#8217;ll understand &#8220;why&#8221;:</p>
  357. <p><a href="https://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2017/05/170531.jsp" target="_blank">New $50 million fund from Salesforce Ventures for cloud consulting firms</a> (or read on <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/31/salesforce-announces-50-million-fund-to-invest-in-cloud-consulting-startups/?ncid=rss" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>)</p>
  358. <p><a href="https://www.salesforce.com/company/news-press/press-releases/2017/05/170502-2.jsp" target="_blank">New $100 million Salesforce Platform fund and new AppExchange Partner Program</a> (or read on <a href="https://venturebeat.com/2017/05/02/salesforce-launches-appexchange-partner-program-and-100-million-platform-fund/" target="_blank">VentureBeat</a>)</p>
  359. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  360. <p>Make your thoughts and hurry up!</p>
  361. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  362. <p>PS: It&#8217;s not the <a href="http://investor.salesforce.com/about-us/investor/investor-news/investor-news-details/2016/Salesforce-Blazes-a-New-Trail-for-Developer-Success-Empowers-Anyone-to-Develop-Apps-Lightning-Fast/default.aspx" target="_blank">first time</a>.</p>
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