Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dreamforce 15 Tips from Salesforce Rock Star Jeff Rogers

Dreamforce, Salesforce

Written by Laura Thompson Laura Thompson

Jeff Rogers is a Salesforce Consultant at Luxent. Having attended four previous events, he is also a Dreamforce expert. We spent a few minutes picking his brain, hoping to glean any tips and tricks he’d offer fellow Dreamforce attendees and to see what he’s most looking forward to.

What are some tips and tricks you can offer Dreamforce 15 attendees, being a Dreamforce veteran yourself?

The very first and most important is to have a good pair of shoes on. Over the years, Dreamforce has grown quite a bit. It used to be centered at the Moscone and the nearby Hilton, but now it’s all over the place. So, literally, you could be walking 20-30 minutes between sessions. A good pair of shoes is the most important thing.

Second thing, build some time in between sessions. You have a full session load and your agenda built out, and because sessions could be a 20-30-minute walk, so you have to ensure that you’re not booking sessions back to back.

To what are you looking forward at this Dreamforce?

With the recent announcement about major changes on August 25, I would like to learn more about Lightning specifically. I think [Salesforce is going to announce] a major UI overhaul. There isn’t anything that hints at that in the sessions for DF, but I think it’s going to be closely related to a lot of the recent Salesforce Lightning UI enhancements through the SF1 platform. I’ve signed up for a lot of those different sessions to get a good foundation on Lightning from both an administrative and development perspective. I’m excited for the keynotes that will talk about the future roadmap as well. The hallmark of this Dreamforce will be a transitional period about where they’ve been in the past and where they’re going in the future. There’s going to be a lot of changes, as well as a lot of support and services needed by a lot of our customers to handle those changes that are coming to the platform, so we’ll be prepared.

In today’s environment, we have to be mobile, responsive, and supportive to all sorts of different devices and platforms and I think that’s where they’re going. First it was pretty much just VisualForce pages, now different technologies are working their way into the platform, such as HTML5, Javascript, and CSS. It’s as if the whole platform is going away from VisualForce and going towards Lightning (and related web technologies). Basically, Lightning is a whole new development platform for custom UI pages. The development community will go in that direction; the AppExchange will have more Lightning applications. The development which we’ll be doing, from a consulting perspective, will be Lightning-based as well.

What else are you anticipating to at Dreamforce 15?

Meeting with some of our customers and hearing how they’re implementation is going, how things have evolved since we launched or went live with their implementation, talking about the future with them, as well as their plans. Since we’re in the transitional period, I think we’re going to be involved again with our customers. Even if they’re humming along just fine, there’ll be a need for someone who’s on top of that cutting edge of where SF is going in order to provide services and support for their existing customizations and the transition those over to the new enhancements.

And I’m a big Foo Fighters fan, so I’m excited for that.

For my perspective, I’m kind of techy/geeky, so I like the development sessions; I need to be looking out to the future, so the keynote and roadmap sessions are of interest to me.

Since you’re a San Francisco veteran, what are your favorite restaurants or spots?

The Stinking Rose. It’s an Italian restaurant that uses a ton of garlic in everything, so it’s definitely a spot to check out. The Starlight Club at the top of the Sir Francis Drake has great music, a great view, and cocktails. The Tonga Room at the Fremont is also good; it’s a theme restaurant with the Hurricane Bar in there.

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