Okay, so not quite Dreamforce yet, this event had a very different vibe to it. The event felt very intimate with around 270 delegates in attendance. It was casual, laid back and a lot of fun. The organisers had clearly worked hard to listen to the Salesforce community to understand what material they wanted at the event, and they were absolutely spot on with the delivery.
The message of the day was very clear that this event was by the Salesforce community and for the community. Being not only Europe’s first Salesforce recruitment company and a user of Salesforce within our own business, we felt perfectly at home. It was great to have the opportunity to remove our day-to-day work heads and enjoy just being part of a technology community. There were some great products and apps being showcased, and it was great to see some new faces demonstrating their own products.
The agenda was jam-packed with just the right blend of Admin and Developer talks. But by far the biggest highlight for us, was watching so many people that we have had the pleasure of working with since 2007, stand up before a room and demonstrate their own passion for Salesforce. There was some great talks on Pardot, Lightning, writing Apex Tests, plus a look at where your Salesforce career could lead to, which was of particular interest.
The keynote speech by Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at Salesforce, was both very entertaining and inspirational. And if a you can work a fire alarm test into a rousing speech, then you certainly have our vote.
Whilst the event was slightly rough around the edges, it was the fact that the event was not ‘overly’ organised that made it so much fun. That and the fact that Kerry could not stop bouncing around… although that could have been the twenty cups of coffee she had to get her through the day…
Well done to Francis, Jodi, Simon and Kerry for an absolutely awesome event… we can’t wait for next year!