This is my Fourth blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called “MVP Vibes”.
MVP Program by Salesforce include so many benefits but biggest of all is an invitation to speak at Dreamforce where it sounds so awesome, becoming MVP is not that easy, it takes continues contribution in Salesforce Community and real-time efforts.
Salesforce MVP is the one who guides community and recognizes for their Passion, Integrity, Knowledge, Courage, Vision, and Awesomeness.
Today I am introducing one of our new WINTER 2017 MVP
Salesforce MVP | 5x Salesforce Certified | NYC Developer User group Leader
How did you start your Journey?
My name is Ohad Idan and I’ve been a Salesforce aficionado since late 2010.
I started, like so many others, as an accidental administrator when my boss handed me off the keys to the company’s Salesforce Org without neither him or I knowing what it is.
I quickly realized the potential to impact our company and started to teach myself how to get the most out of the platform, and when I reached the end of the declarative capabilities, started to teach myself to code.
I was able to single-handedly drive tremendous business impact by using Salesforce to automate so many of the company’s manual processes – which is a testament to the power this platform holds.
The local Salesforce community in NYC was a phenomenal tool for me to network, learn, and interact with others, and a few years ago I joined the leadership of the NYC Developer User Group.
How do you feel?
I was surprised and extremely honored to be named an MVP. I’ve always enjoyed contributing to the local and online community. The sense of satisfaction I get by helping people reach new places in their journey is extremely fulfilling, so I never really expected to get anything beyond that.
To me, being an MVP doesn’t mean that I’m in any way special, since there are so many others in the community who contribute their knowledge and time. To me it’s just a spotlight that allows members of the community to identify some users who have helped others in the past and that they should feel comfortable enough reaching out to with questions.
What have you been working on?
The timing of my MVP nomination was crazy, I received my MVP in March, and just a month later, in April of 2017, I started my own consulting company. I’ve been working on creating relationships with new customers, and starting to build what I hope will one day become a prominent Salesforce consulting company. It’s been a wild ride already!
I am planning to start cranking up more certifications (I only have 5) in the next few months.
When you first got involved in Community?
I got involved in the NYC Community a few months after I started administrating Salesforce. I used to come to the morning sessions that the NYC User Group had. I honestly had no idea what I would learn there when I first started coming, and I knew no-one. It didn’t take long to start making friends, though.
I just wanted to learn what others are doing, how they are doing it… figure out what I don’t know that I don’t know. The community meetups were a great place for that. There was always someone sharing something they’ve done, and I always came back to work with a bunch of new ideas to try out.
On the User-group side, Cheryl Feldman has always been an unstoppable force, kind, friendly, and happy to help in any way she can. On the Developer User Group, Luke Cushanick has been guiding me and helping me grow as a developer and as a member (and later a leader) of the community.
What do you find most challenging after becoming MVP?
I’m not really sure how to answer this question… My biggest challenge has been keeping up with all of my existing commitments while working on creating and establishing my new business.
It’s easy for me to contribute when I’m at a UG Meetup or any Salesforce event, but it’s been harder to find time to contribute online.
What can Community Expect from their MVP?
The local community is where I shine. I love the face-to-face conversations, getting to know local Salesforce users or developers, talking to them about their journey, and helping when asked. I will always be at any UG Meetup that I can join, and will always continue to contribute.
Over the next couple of months I plan to redirect a lot of my energy back to my blog. It was a lot of fun when I started it, but once I started my business it was hard to keep writing – I want to get back to that.
I Hope you liked my blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called “MVP Vibes”.
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