Why FAILING Identity and Access Management Designer was actually a good thing

This week hasn’t been too good; for the first time in ages, I failed an exam. I won’t lie, I spent two days with my tail tucked firmly between my legs. I was hacked off. But I wasn’t massively surprised. Here’s why.

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Salesforce Certified Community Cloud Consultant Exam Tips

I’ve decided to have a little break from architecture exams and take on something quite interesting and useful. Chris and I set ourselves a target to pass the Community Cloud certification together and booked our exams for the same day, one after the other. While¬†Chris has practical experience of setting up a Salesforce community, as he is currently working on implementing one at work, I have never implemented one; I’ve just been involved in the design discussions at a very early stage. This makes for an interesting challenge!

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The Salesforce Community and Motherhood Clash

This morning I had a conversation with a man, concerning work and Salesforce-related events and how they stand with regards to family time. It was a simple chat, which stayed with me all day. I feel compelled to discuss it with you, dear reader, but first, I must paint you a picture.

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Which order should I take the Salesforce architect exams in?

A few people have asked me, whilst on my CTA journey, in which order I’d recommend taking the certifications.

Opinion is undoubtedly divided on this matter. There are a few overlaps between the certifications in terms of content but the main thing I’ve learnt to date is that as you piece it all together, you start to gain a broader understanding of how the Salesforce platform is orchestrated, so it all ties in, probably to ensure you are as prepared for the Certified Technical Architect review board as you can possibly be.

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You Don’t Have to Code to Become a Certified Technical Architect

For the last month or so I’ve been thinking a lot about using downtime at work to improve my skills and standing as a Salesforce professional. When I started working at Bluewolf, I scoffed at the thought of jumping up the triangle and reaching Certified Technical Architect. I went as far as to say that there was “absolutely no way” I would even attempt to do it.

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Why Salesforce Users Should Switch to Lightning – Right Now!

It was my privilege to attend Salesforce’s Lightning Now tour in London, with colleagues and friends. It was a fantastically productive couple of days and we learnt lots about how easy it is to switch to Lightning Experience, even in spite of having lots of incumbent Visualforce and code to update in order to make the switch.

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More Useful Tips: Process Automation Specialist Superbadge

I passed the Process Automation Specialist Superbadge on Salesforce Trailhead a couple of weeks ago and got very confused when it said I’d also got a First Ascent flag….I genuinely had no idea what it meant until I put a message out on my company Chatter and they told me it was because I’d got each challenge right the first time. Then I felt a bit sheepish, thinking people who had seen that would think I was showing off!!

Obviously, if you’re reading this now, you’ll have unlocked the badge by completing the pre-requisites; you may also have started working on the superbadge. For anyone in a consulting role with a few years’ experience, you should find it fairly straightforward, but for those who aren’t, I hope this helps in some way.

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