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Salesforce Admin, Developer & MVP Blogs: Jonathan Baltz

Salesforce Admin, Developer & MVP Blogs: Jonathan Baltz

Jonathan Baltz

Jonathan Baltz

Jonathan  Baltz

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Author: Jonathan Baltz

Information technology professional with experience in all areas of application design and support, including planning, development and integration. A creative, yet rational programmer with a strong Business Analyst and Quality Assurance background, who genuinely comprehends all aspects of the Software Development Life Cycle. Able to provide solutions and ideas to technical and non-technical people alike using a consistently clear communication and analytical skill set. Constantly learning new software development technologies through industry seminars, professional organizations and published materials. Ambitious and motivated worker who is known as an efficient problem-solver when working independently or within a team. Salesforce.com Certified Administrator, Consultant and Force.com Developer.

Official Salesforce.com and Admin Blogs: ButtonClick Admin

Official Salesforce.com and Admin Blogs: ButtonClick Admin

Mike Gerholdt

ButtonClick Admin

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Author: Mike Gerholdt

I am a Salesforce Admin Evangelist at Salesforce who is passionate about technology, social media, and learning more about cloud computing.

I am a Certified Salesforce.com Admin, Salesforce.com Adv. Admin, Developer and Sales Cloud Consultant. As a blogger and podcaster I run the site ButtonClickAdmin.com which is the top Salesforce site for Admins and Developers to learn about new Salesforce features and best practices.

I bring my passion for social enterprise technology and experience in communication studies to assist organizations of various sizes to successfully implement the right technology that provides business value. As a sought after speaker for Salesforce User Group meetings I frequently present to standing room only crowds.

Salesforce MVP Blogs: Disrupted Thoughts (Nick Hamm - Last Updated 2014)

Salesforce MVP Blogs: Disrupted Thoughts (Nick Hamm - Last Updated 2014)

Nick Hamm

Nick Hamm

Disrupted Thoughts

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Author: Nick Hamm

Related Blog: trekbin

I'm a firm believer in the power of technology to bring about change. Everyday I apply my experience in engineering, marketing, sales, and consulting to help people build systems and technology that make a positive impact on their business.

I've helped hundreds of Salesforce customers get the most out of their investment in both the CRM and the Force.com platform. In 2011 I was nominated and confirmed as a Salesforce MVP, a program started by Salesforce to recognize exceptional individuals within the Salesforce community for their leadership, knowledge, and ongoing contributions (www.salesforce.com/mvp). I view this as one of the proudest and most meaningful moments of my career.

I currently serve as the Managing Partner and CIO for Trekbin, a Salesforce focused development firm helping Salesforce customers and partners deliver the highest quality solutions with Salesforce and the Force.com platform.

Salesforce Developer & MVP Blogs: Life With Ryan

Salesforce Developer & MVP Blogs: Life With Ryan

Ryan Headley

Ryan Headley

Ryan Headley

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Author: Ryan Headley

Currently a Salesforce Certified Developer and Salesforce MVP with Radial Web, Inc.
Strong background with a focus in open source solutions. Well versed in Python/Django, PHP, CakePHP, Code Igniter. Fluent in Java, EJB3, as well as HTML5, Javascript, and Ajax technologies. 

Where it all began:

I never wanted to do this for a living, I’ve always wanted to be…a lumberjack musician!

Clearly that didn’t work out for me — at what seems to me like the absolute last minute, I changed my major from Music to Computer Science and Engineering in the hopes actually being able to make money.  I was lured by the green.  However, it introduced to my second love — technology. I got a rather generous job offer my sophomore year of college, took it and never looked back.

My first I.T. job found me doing PC support in the Engineering department for Monroe Auto Equipment. It was there that I learned the art of troubleshooting, and to never leave someone’s desk without showing them what I fixed and how I fixed it. Somehow, that got the attention of the I.T. department upstairs and when my paid internship with the engineering department had ended, the helpdesk picked me up the next day and it was there that I slurped up every last bit of knowledge that I could.

At that time I was more hardware/server focused. I was always told I had a knack for troubleshooting issues and I loved doing it. Fast forward a few years and Monroe’s parent company Tenneco Automotive announced that it’d be building a data center in conjunction with Pactiv (then known as Tenneco Packaging).   That was my first taste of corporate fear, jobs were being cut, relocated to Chicago, etc. I interviewed for a position with the helpdesk there out of fear for my job — thankfully, I was turned down.

Instead, their LAN support group hired me and brought me on board their team where I did mainly Novell and NT server support with some Unix mixed in for good measure. I spent many a night in hotels out in the middle of nowhere in the days leading up to Y2K, ate at fine restaurants and got to see a large portion of the country on the company dime.  I thought it was pretty nice living for a young midwestern punk like me form small town America…

Shortly after Y2K and completely burned out, I found myself moving to Madison, WI with my wife (whom I met at Tenneco). We both did a short stint at the local Compuware office where I spent most of my time getting farmed out to various helpdesks across the city. I could feel my career stagnating so I decided to teach myself to program.  I picked up Java. Eventually, one of my clients made me an offer to work for them full time on their helpdesk and I took the chance in hopes that I could work my way into a development position — which ultimately happened but it was a VB environment, and I being the Open Source, Linux advocate did not fit in well at all. Luckily, their IT department was part of a union and since I was one of the last in, I was the first to go when it came time for cuts (my second run in with Corporate America). I found myself actually excited the day I got the news that I would have to be let go because I already had an idea of what I wanted to do and the type of company I wanted to work for.

I started working with “The Isthmus Group” in March of 2003 and spent the next 10 years of my career honing my skills, learning new ones and helping create a culture among developers there that I really enjoyed. There was one small merger and then a complete rebranding  to Flexion, Inc. In that time I learned PHP, Python, Ruby and various web frameworks that go with each. I spent a very long time maintaining one of our largest clients and seeing them through a few very technologically trying times. It was very hard to leave but I once again began feeling the pains of stagnation. I began to search for a new home when a former employee and colleague of mine from the Isthmus Group days contacted me about doing Salesforce consulting. It just so happens that this person was pretty much the one single person that could have pulled me from Flexion — and he did.

So here we are — just shy of 9 months later and I’ve become a Certified Salesforce Developer for Radial Web, Inc. I’m learning new things everyday, working with some very interesting clients, and I still have that small company feel that I’ve loved over the past 10 years. I have my complaints about the technology itself, but all tech falls short somewhere (even my beloved Python/Django stack), but that is another story.

My quest now is to become what they call a Salesforce MVP — I don’t know why but I feel I want that honor so we’ll see if I can get there. I’ve never been much of a blogger and my social network interactions have rarely been something one would consider “professional” but its worth a shot :)

….At least until I get a recording contract….

Salesforce MVP Blogs: CRMFYI (last updated 2013)

Salesforce MVP Blogs: CRMFYI (last updated 2013)

Jeff Grosse

Jeff Grosse

CRMFYI

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Author: Jeff Grosse

Related Blog: Teach Me SalesforceAppirio Tech Blog

Good to know news, views, and stuff you can use about Salesforce.com.

There’s a lot of buzz around Salesforce.com.  I’ll never claim to be your one-stop blog for all things you need to know about Salesforce.  I do however want to provide you relevant information about Salesforce news, product features, company information, partner products, intriguing ideas, and maybe even a few things you never thought you’d learn about Salesforce.  Let me know if what I write about is relevant to you and I’ll always listen to ways you think I could improve.

CRMFYI is published by Jeff Grosse.  I have been a Salesforce MVP since 2010 and I hold Salesforce certifications for Administrator, Advanced Administrator, Developer, Sales Cloud Consultant, and Service Cloud Consultant. As a day job, I am a Salesforce Consultant for Appirio, and I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a family of five.  The views expressed at CRMFYI are wholly mine and do not reflect those of my employer.

 

Salesforce Admin, Developer & MVP Blogs: Teach Me Salesforce

Salesforce Admin, Developer & MVP Blogs: Teach Me Salesforce

Teach Me Salesforce

Teach Me Salesforce

Teach Me Salesforce

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Author: Jeff Douglas

Contributors: Jeff Grosse; Ankit Arora; Daniel Llewellyn (Kenji776)Kyle Thornton; Luke CushanickLukas Vedral; Paul Battisson; Charly Prinsloo; Rebecca Dente; Siddhesh Kabe

I was flying home for San Francisco last week (April, 2011) and was browsing the salesforce.com message boards (i.e., I have no life). There are still a ton of people asking basic questions like, “how do I test a trigger” or “how do I set a default value in my Visualforce page” or “why is this validation rule doing this ….”. Some of these questions have already been answered but they are scattered around a number of community blogs. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a centralized location to teach people salesforce.com? [insert magic light bulb ding sound]

So during my red-eye-flight-stupor, I decided to start this blog to help people learn saleforce.com. I’m inviting everyone in the salesforce.com community to contribute. If you have a workflow tip, some sample Apex code or an explanation on territority management that you’d like to share, I’ll add you as a contributor and you can post it. Perhaps you saw a great recipe on the Force.com Cookbook site. Post a link to it. You found a great Ruby book on Amazon.com. Post a link to it. A cool demo on YouTube. Post a link to it. Get the idea?

Can you post content that already exist on your blog? Not a problem as long as the goal is to educate the salesforce.com masses. Feel free to cross-post away! The more the merrier. I’ve put together a few simple guidelines to help us focus and provide value.

If you would like to contribute, simply send me an email at jeff[at]jeffdouglas(dot)com with your wordpress.com email address and I’ll add you. If you don’t already have a wordpress.com account you must create one first.

My hope is that people will be interested in this site and not only read it but provide content. We’ll see. Let the crowdsourcing learning experiment begin! - Jeff Douglas.

Salesforce MVP Blogs: ericforcefield

Salesforce MVP Blogs: ericforcefield

Eric Dreshfield

Eric Dreshfield

ericforcefield

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Author: Eric Dreshfield

Business Analyst with over 20 years experience in accounting, governmental grant & contract administration, data mining, six sigma methodologies and process improvement, possessing superior analytical skills with the ability to glean data from multiple systems and transform into meaningful management and decision support reporting.

Salesforce MVP, Admin & Legacy Blogs: anothersalesforceblog (last updated 2013)

Salesforce MVP, Admin & Legacy Blogs: anothersalesforceblog (last updated 2013)

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3X Salesforce MVP, configuration/administration expert and business analyst. 5 years of Salesforce and technology experience including but not limited too: new implementation, recovery implementation, data architecture, business process optimization, integration, and general technology consulting.

Adam received the amazing honor of being inducted as a Salesforce Community with the Summer 13 class in 2013. When he is not working on Salesforce, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter as well as sneaking in some gaming time as well. You can connect with Adam on the Salesforce Community (http://sforce.co/1K4Wlq0) or follow him on Twitter.

Salesforce Admin  & MVP Blogs: A Force to Reckon With

Salesforce Admin & MVP Blogs: A Force to Reckon With

Elizabeth Davidson

Elizabeth Davidson

 A Force to Reckon With

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Author: Elizabeth Davidson

Hello!  My name is Elizabeth Davidson and I’ve been working with computers one way or another since I was a kid.  In 2010 I was handed a fresh Salesforce.com org and told I was the sole administrator! A bit of a shock but I love a challenge and learning new things. Thankfully for me I found the Salesforce community without whom I would not be where I am today. This blog is one avenue for me to try and give back to our community through sharing what I’ve learned and experienced along my own path. I also like to think out loud, so there may be some Salesforce navel gazing as well.

More about myself?  I’m a mom, drive a Subaru Outback, believe Han shot first, Matt Smith is an awesome Doctor, Phineas and Ferb are brilliant, and LEGO is the best toy of all time.  I love reading, writing, music, knitting, sewing, movies, and photography.

You can catch up with me online at @eliz_beth on Twitter as well.

Recognition and Honors:
Dreamforce Presenter 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Salesforce.com MVP 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Salesforce.com Certified Administrator
Dreamforce 2010 Chatterati