Dreamforce Diaries


This is my Ninth Blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called Dreamforce Diaries” #DreamforceDiaries.

Dreamforce is the biggest and the most awesome event organized by Salesforce.

A lot happen at Dreamforce you learn, share your knowledge, and make connections, memories, and friends that you may cherish a lifetime.  This may surprise you; this Dreamforce had the biggest number of attendees of all time, so I reached out to some of the lucky people who got the chance to attend this year’s Dreamforce about their experience.

Here I share Awesome!! Dreamforce Experience of:

Amanda Malloy

 

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

Dreamforce 2016 was my third Dreamforce and I have to say that this year I finally felt “prepared”, much more so than the first two years. I had a solid plan going into it. I had spent time creating a schedule that wasn’t too overwhelming but would keep me on track and also allowed for down time to meet people- because meeting people is one of the BEST things about Dreamforce!

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

 

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I don’t know that I have a funniest moment. However, as I think back at the whirlwind of activities that week, one thing that always makes me smile is that I got to attend Dreamforce with several people that were there for the first time. Seeing the look of “awe” on their face and excitement in their voice the entire week was great! Until Friday, then it was a look of pure exhaustion. J But it reminds me of how lucky we all are to be on this path, to be able to share experiences like this and to be able to meet so many incredible people that share the same passion. Cant’ wait for #DF17!

 

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Dreamforce Diaries


This is my Eighth Blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called Dreamforce Diaries” #DreamforceDiaries.

Dreamforce is the biggest and the most awesome event organized by Salesforce.

A lot happen at Dreamforce you learn, share your knowledge, and make connections, memories, and friends that you may cherish a lifetime.  This may surprise you; this Dreamforce had the biggest number of attendees of all time, so I reached out to some of the lucky people who got the chance to attend this year’s Dreamforce about their experience.

Here I share Awesome!! Dreamforce Experience of:

Gillian Bruce

 

 

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

Dreamforce 2016 was amazing! It was the first year where the whole campus adopted our Trailhead theme, and it was magical to see our new mascots Codey, Astro, and Einstein walking around the conference. I was blown away by all the great content our #AwesomeAdmin community shared on the Admin Theater stage and in the Admin Track breakout sessions. My personal highlight was being able to demo some fantastic new Admin features on stage during the Admin Keynote to thousands of my favorite Salesforce Admin friends.

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

 

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Dreamforce has a ton of great content, but there is also a little room for fun and celebration. One of the funniest moments was watching the Lip Sync Battle on the Admin Theater stage. I had no idea how much the contestants were going to get into it, but WOW their costumes and performances had me cheering and laughing for a solid hour! I mean, Amy Oplinger’s MJ routine was as killer as her outfit – some might even call it thrilling. And the mysterious appearance by TSwift / Tay-Tay / Swifty was shocking! Who knew Shannon Hale had such a famous alter ego. Dreamforce never disappoints. I’m already excited for Dreamforce 2017!

 

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Dreamforce Diaries


This is my Seventh Blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called Dreamforce Diaries#DreamforceDiaries.

Dreamforce is the biggest and the most awesome event organized by Salesforce.

A lot happen at Dreamforce you learn, share your knowledge, and make connections, memories, and friends that you may cherish a lifetime.  This may surprise you; this Dreamforce had the biggest number of attendees of all time, so I reached out to some of the lucky people who got the chance to attend this year’s Dreamforce about their experience.

Here I share Awesome!! Dreamforce Experience of:

Erica Kuhl

Vice President, Community at Salesforce

 

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

Dreamforce 2016 was a big breakthrough year because of the focus on our amazing community.  Among many other things, we rallied over 150+ community viewing parties and had a few highlighted on stage at the keynote kick-off.  One very proud moment was when Marc Benioff himself talked about how the community has changed his perspective and he highlighted and welcomed User Groups.  This was huge for our community because it’s such an amazing program that’s really hit full steam in the last few years.  Big thanks to Holly Firestone who really spearheaded this momentum and was instrumental in getting Marc’s awareness of this special Program.  We also had community members present everywhere around Dreamforce – including posters, booth staffing, breakout session speakers, hands-on training instructors, volunteering, and the list goes on and on.  Some other incredible highlights of Dreamforce ’16 but two more to focus on was 1) the first ever joint User Group and MVP appreciation party dubbed the “Awesome People Party”- including great food, great networking, great demo jam and great swag!  And 2) Steve Molis was given 2 VIP tickets by our Vice Chairman, President, and COO, Keith Block for his incredible contributions to our Community and he picked little ole me to join him!  What is so special about this (beyond just VIP U2 tickets alone!) is that all other Salesforce employees were there hosting their customers and it was the other way around for me.  This is so representative of our amazing Community #Ohana.

 

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

 

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By far my funniest moment at Dreamforce ’16 was a 250+ person sing along (led by LT Smooth) to “Harvest Moon” while we waited for Marc Benioff to join the stage and kick off a Community Q&A.  I was sitting next to Tony Prophet, who I had met moments before, and the next thing you know we are belting out Harvest Moon together.  Definitely, something I will never forget.

I can’t imagine how I’ll top my Dreamforce ’16 experience because it definitely goes down in history as a very memorable one….and I’ve been to EVERY SINGLE Dreamforce so that’s saying a lot!

 

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Dreamforce Diaries


This is my Sixth Blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called Dreamforce Diaries#DreamforceDiaries.

Dreamforce is the biggest and the most awesome event organized by Salesforce.

A lot happen at Dreamforce you learn, share your knowledge, and make connections, memories, and friends that you may cherish a lifetime.  This may surprise you; this Dreamforce had the biggest number of attendees of all time, so I reached out to some of the lucky people who got the chance to attend this year’s Dreamforce about their experience.

Here I share Awesome!! Dreamforce Experience of:

Eric Dreshfield

Salesforce MVP | Founder of Midwest Dreamin | Southern Indiana Salesforce User Group Leader | Advocacy Manager of Apttus

 

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

Dreamforce Experience: 2016 was my 6th year to attend Dreamforce. This year was just like the first year I attended. I met some awesome people in real life that I have known through the community and Twitter for a while. 2016 in-person meetups included the likes of Atul Gupta; Vinay Chaturvedi; MonicaLauren Touyet; Kevin Phelan & Laura Boggs from Allsalesforce.com, and a whole lot more. This year was just like every other Dreamforce I’ve attended in the past. I walked too much and slept too little. This year was just like every other Dreamforce I’ve attended in the past. I saw amazing speakers present great sessions & I was nearly overwhelmed by the massive crowd of people and by Peter Coffee (Video) as well. (Nearly…my first DF saw attendance about 30,000, which I thought was a lot. This year it was about 170,000, and to be honest, the crowd didn’t feel any bigger.) This year was just like most other years I attended in the past. I co-presented a session with Salesforce MVPs Kyla Longe and David Liu. It was titled “Building your Career and your Personal Brand with the Salesforce Ecosystem.” It was a great session with a lot of interaction from the crowd attending. It’s also where my funniest moment of Dreamforce took place.

 

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

 

 

Funniest Moment of Dreamforce 2016: As many people may recall, I went clean-shaven for Dreamforce. I had not been without a full beard since graduating high school, over 35 years! I wondered if people would recognize me. Most did, but when I was standing at the front of the room where I was to present my session, I saw someone in the audience, who I have known personally for about 5 years.I knew she was attending my session because she wanted to talk to me during Dreamforce, and meeting after my session seemed like a logical thing. She was looking around the room, looking right at me from time to time, as if I wasn’t even in the room. She totally did not recognize me!  Once the session started, she got this silly grin on her face as she realized who I was. It was definitely good for a laugh with her after the session ended.

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Dreamforce Diaries


This is my Fifth Blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called Dreamforce Diaries#DreamforceDiaries.

Dreamforce is the biggest and the most awesome event organized by Salesforce.

A lot happen at Dreamforce you learn, share your knowledge, and make connections, memories, and friends that you may cherish a lifetime.  This may surprise you; this Dreamforce had the biggest number of attendees of all time, so I reached out to some of the lucky people who got the chance to attend this year’s Dreamforce about their experience.

Here I share Awesome!! Dreamforce Experience of:

Jennifer Davis

Salesforce MVP | Salesforce Admin since 2002 | Certified Admin since 2008 (First 250 Certified)
Currently working for Dazeworks as a Salesforce SME & Consultant
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A long time ago, in a land far far away, there was a Salesforce Admin who traveled to San Francisco for Dreamforce in November 2004. There were about 800 people, and they all fit at the top of the Hilton for the gala during the 2004 election. Marc and Parker roamed freely among the crowd to chat with their newest customers, including her! her memories were mostly of the following:
  • This event is HUGE & who are all of these people? She wondered many times if She was the only Salesforce admin in the room!
  • She was terrified to the point of passing out at the thought of speaking in a session in front of 50 people about being a new Salesforce customer.
  • She really really loves Salesforce as a product, her new Salesforce Admin career, and this event called Dreamforce.

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Fast forward into 2016 – The last Dreamforce (#13 for her) can only be described as traveling to the island of Salesforce where everyone who loves Salesforce as much as she does, was here! It was as if everything she had ever lost had been found in one place. Every few steps she took once she arrived at Moscone were filled with squeals, hugs, and even a few tears as she reunited with her people and met new members of her ‘Lost Tribe.’ The overall feeling was of being home where she belonged! Ohana is the definitely correct word for Salesforce employees, customers, partners, and newcomers to join together in a united passion for the platform!

Wandering through the vast sea of people over many past Dreamforces, She was always trying to figure out where she should go as an admin. Well, this Dreamforce, she couldn’t even see and do everything she wanted to that was geared towards admins! Since there was so much knowledge to be shared, activities to participate in, and oooh shiny things to see. Out of everything she did participate in, her highlights were:

  • Visiting with the Monks from Plum Village in the Dreampark and remembering to take care of herself on such a busy week! The monks were so kind and uplifting – if she felt tired or overstimulated, it was fantastic to have a quiet area to reflect with them. They constantly reminded her to stay on her path of being in service to others!

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  • Participating in the (RED) community service activities, wearing their shirts, and helping to spread the word of the lives they save! This is a cause close to her heart, so she even bought one for her 5 years old for Kano Developer Kits!

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  • She felt Moscone West was like walking onto a movie set! The decor was phenomenal, and there were so many activities to do both entertaining and educational that she lost herself in the ambiance. She loved the concept of Trailhead uniting Admins and Devs! She even had the opportunity to bring a few USF students with her to their first Dreamforce. She reveled in their excitement to see Trailhead brought to life and the future career opportunities available to them.

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  • The Ambassadors of Aloha Opening Dreamforce 2016 & The Aloha Song at the main keynote – how very lucky that they were as Salesforce customers at Dreamforce to receive blessings from the Aloha Ambassadors! As stated before, she felt a very strong connection with her lost tribe at Dreamforce. She had so much love in the heart when they sang the Aloha song, She even broke down and actually cried from all of the love She felt in the middle of this presentation. She has never been to Hawaii before, but felt very grateful that she could experience the roots of the word Ohana was right in front of her!

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  • She had the privilege of visiting with Salesforce’s Karen Mangia after her session and had her sign a copy of her book Success with Less. This book literally changed her life & Jennifer highly recommends it especially for anyone in a Salesforce career crossroad and/or admins that have been in the ecosystem a long time like her!

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  • The Admin Keynote – when Zac Otero received the gold jacket and award, She was so happy that she cried! He has been part of their Springfield user group and a friend for quite a while. To watch him blossom from wanting to learn Salesforce to featured Admin, She is so proud!

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  • The Marc Q&A on Friday was the pinnacle of her Dreamforce memories! If she could bottle the feeling in that room to bring home, she would! The whole audience danced to ‘Harvest Moon’ as a unified community. Then, she was able to watch her Salesforce community peers speak freely to Marc and see how he very much cares about each and every person in that room, it was surreal. What other CEO does that? He actually wants feedback and ideas about the product he created from the people that work with it every day. Other companies could take a few lessons from him!This is the favorite pic of her and Selina Suarez in the audience before she stepped up to the mic for her question to Marc!

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Dreamforce Diaries


This is my Fourth Blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called Dreamforce Diaries#DreamforceDiaries.

Dreamforce is the biggest and the most awesome event organized by Salesforce.

A lot happen at Dreamforce you learn, share your knowledge, and make connections, memories, and friends that you may cherish a lifetime.  This may surprise you; this Dreamforce had the biggest number of attendees of all time, so I reached out to some of the lucky people who got the chance to attend this year’s Dreamforce about their experience.

Here I share Awesome!! Dreamforce Experience of the following:

Samantha Safin (Member of #GifSquad)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

Unfortunately, I had less time at Dreamforce ’16 than in previous years, but I packed a lot into that short time. I spent most of my time in the Admin Zone – volunteering at the Ask the Expert booths (one of my favorite pastimes!), running into so many members of the #Ohana, enjoying and learning from the multiple small theater sessions. I danced to Apex ‘n the Limits. I celebrated one of my best friend’s engagements. Perhaps the most memorable part of Dreamforce ’16 was getting to participate in the first ever NerdforceCon! I got to play DnD (Dungeons & Dragons) with friends from all over the country while at Dreamforce. Who else can say that their job allows them to do something like that? We had fun, all while raising money for a great cause. Two and a half days was not enough to do everything I would have liked, but it’s only encouraged ideas and excitement for next year.

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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I laughed a lot at Dreamforce – there was a lot of joy. But the funniest moment may have been the Admin Lip Sync Battle. Everyone did a great job; I did not expect there to be costumes, though.

Gaurav Kheterpal (Salesforce MVP, Jaipur Developer User Group Leader, Dreamforce speaker)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

This was my 5th Dreamforce in a row as an attendee and a speaker. I’ve seen the conference grow both in terms of size and overall quality over the years. Of course, it’s a lot more crowded with nearly 150,000+ people attending this year but the overall experience is pretty much the same. I attend a lot of conferences every year and I’ve been to some of the biggest conferences in the world including Apple WWDC, Google IO, and several others – but the scale of Dreamforce beats everything.

Since I was presenting 2 sessions and was volunteering for multiple activities, it was an incredibly busy but satisfying Dreamforce 2016  for me. Of course, I did get time to interact with my friends from the community and that as always was the most satisfying part of Dreamforce for me.

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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Not exactly a funny moment but I had a rare coincidence. I presented the same session in the same room ‘Building App Cloud Mobile Extensions with Swift’ at Dreamforce in the year 2015 as well as the year 2016. In fact, the best part was when I mentioned this during my session, there were a couple of people (I don’t know them personally) who attended my session both years. It was quite a special moment!

I’m looking forward to being a part of Dreamforce 2017!

Atul Gupta (5X Salesforce Certified | Leader of New Delhi Salesforce Developer Group)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

My First Dreamforce – A dream which became a reality

Dreamforce 2016 was my first ever Dreamforce and it was full of great surprises and pleasant experiences for me. It is aptly named Dreamforce, it is a dream event for everyone anyway related to Salesforce. Be it Salesforce Users, Developers, Admins, Companies.

I had a blast. Let me tell you just a couple of awesome things (out of 100s) that happened with me at Dreamforce.

The #Awesome Roommate

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For any Indian guy, the biggest issue going to Dreamforce is the cost. San Francisco is a long way from New Delhi. But I got really really lucky with PerchTravel who gave me a free stay very near to Moscone Center. Thank you PerchTravel 😀

And the best part I got to share the room with the #AwesomeAdmin Bill Powell. Such a great guy. I still regret missing the Admin Keynote where he received the award and picture with him

Starbucks Surprise

Atul Gupta9Now another awesome thing that happened, I was cursing my decision of getting down near Moscone as my Hotel was 6-7  blocks away and I highly miscalculated the size of a block in San Francisco.

Here I was dragging my bag through the blocks and in front of the Starbucks near Moscone Center and I heard someone scream “Atul”, I stopped and looked back and it was Ryan Headly. You know him as the Vocalist and Guitarist in ApexNTheLimits

http://www.apexandthelimits.com/

It was so great seeing a familiar face after a long flight. I went to Starbucks with him and I saw Rachel Rogers, Vocalist in ApexNTheLimits sitting there.

It was so awesome to see her and Ryan. This was just the start, I was telling them how I am totally lost in the city and there Rachel spotted this awesome group people passing the Starbucks, she ran and invited everyone in, and thank god she did. I got the chance to meet

Jeff May

Francis Pindar

Dale Zieglar

Brent Downey

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And other awesome people. Here’s the group photo and the twitter status

https://twitter.com/rrogers09/status/782992156654874625

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Fantastic. I never thought I would meet all these people together in one place. This was enough to make my Dreamforce Trip totally worth it.

The Unexpected Lunch 

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There I was among all these awesome people and quite overwhelmed to meet all of them in the first hour of arriving in San Francisco.

And there came another surprise, I got invited to a lunch with Chris Duarte. I first thought they were just joking but then they told me to meet in the lobby of a nearby hotel.

I still needed to check into the hotel. But I said yes. How can I lose a chance to have lunch with ‘THE’ Chris Duarte I was feeling giddy as a kid in a candy store.

Here’s an awesome video I made of the lunch and games we played.

https://www.facebook.com/atul31/videos/1186753778030589/

And then I met Zachary Jeans and David Liu. It was great meeting Zachary again almost 6 months after his #SFIndiaTour in May.

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Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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Let me tell you the story behind those white and red glasses, yes a lot of people were curious about them.

As soon as I got down from the Cab I took from Airport to Moscone Center, I realized I left my Glasses in the cab. Thank God I had an extra pair with me. So these became my glasses for the rest of Dreamforce.

I’ve more awesome stories to tell but let’s keep them for a detailed post.

I just need to make sure that I get that post out before the next Dreamforce:-P

You can see all my fantastic updates, pics and adventures by going to the following Twitter feed links

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23df16%20atul31gupta&src=typd

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23df16memories&src=typd

Tom Blamire (Member of #GifSquad)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

Dreamforce 2016 was my first ever which kinda scared me in a way. My personal goal was to get a betterer understanding of Lightning, best practices and what were the things that the ‘cool kids’ were using. I can honestly say that Dreamforce allowed me to do this plus a whole lot more. I made friends with people that I had never met before who were from all over the world which I still keep in touch with to this very day. This was an experience that I will always cherish and remember for the rest of my life. As a result of Dreamforce 16, a few of us have set up the #GifSquadForGood who are supporting the i.am.foundation by selling t-shirts. Again, something I never would have never done without meeting some of the awesome people I now call friends.

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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Funniest moment for me was meeting Amy Oplinger. Amy is an intelligent, brilliant, caring and an infectiously funny person to be around. As a result of meeting Amy, on a Thursday night, she managed to get us a queue jump at the MapAnything party which was awesome as we got to meet Forest Gump. Moving from there, we tried to get into the Bourbon Force party but couldn’t so she decided to make our event at a bar nearby. After a few tweets, we ended up with our own party called #DougForce attended by about 15 or so people. By the way, if you’re reading this Doug, you’re awesome!

Benjamin Bolopue  (Salesforce MVP | Member of #GifSquad | Dreamforce Speaker)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

This was my 5th Dreamforce. My first four were nothing short of amazing and this year was no different! The people, the learning, the giving back and the overall sense of Ohana’. All things that can only be found in San Francisco, CA during one week of every year! This year I came a few days early uptake an Advanced Admin class. It was GREAT!  SO much learning spread over three days. Coincidentally, I ended up sitting next to a couple of WONDERFUL ladies that live not more than 30 minutes from my house in Minnesota!

I’m happy to say that thanks to that class and some hardcore studying, Becky MillerKate Bennet and I all now have our Advanced Administrator certification!

After the three day class, I started the actual conference with my first breakout session “Requirements Drive Processes. Processes Drive Solutions“.

What an amazing opportunity! Both of my breakouts were standing room only and the reception, according to the surveys, was really great! I went in with the simple intention of leveraging my career as a Continuous Improvement Coordinator to help others in Salesforce Administrator roles. As my “Process Twin” Jennifer Lee knows all too well… Processes need to come first!

Side note: If you haven’t already, you NEED to check out her blog and make it a point to listen to the Automation Hour. Anyway…

In all, I spoke seven times. Twice during breakout sessions, and five times with Squire Kershner in the Automation Station. (Squire’s a GREAT guy!)

. Our presentation was a combination of process improvement (my part) and process mapping (Squire’s part). While Squire’s part got into the nuts and bolts of process mapping and the use of Elements.Cloud, my part was really a condensed version of my breakout session presentation.

I can honestly say, there are few experiences I’ve had that were so humbling. I’m truly grateful for the opportunities I was granted and can only hope that I didn’t squander them!

In addition to speaking, I had the (hopefully not) once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with Apex and the Limits to officially open up the Dream Park! What an AMAZING experience! Being from all different parts of the world (Minnesota, Texas, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Australia!), we’d never actually played together prior to Dreamforce. Not while everybody was in the same room and with their actual instruments anyway. That said, after a series of video calls and countless hours of playing along to practice tracks, everything came together just splendidly! This was yet another experience I’m truly grateful to have had. In case they’re reading this… Rachel, Ryan, Mark, Peter and Brian, thank you all for that amazing experience!

So that brings us to Wednesday. The highlight of this day was ABSOLUTELY “The Administrator, a Dramatic Reading of #AdminFiction” in the Admin Meadow Theater. John Graf, Nana Gregg, Samantha Safin and me reading a scripted story about Clara Oswald, Ashildr, Nespax, and the Temporal Ministry of Gallifrey. I was fortunate enough to be asked on board as the ad-hoc troupe’s narrator. Think of the story line as Star Wars meets Dr. Who meets Salesforce meets (specifically) the plight of the Solo Admin/BA.

For many, Wednesday night was the night they spent a couple hours trying to get to the Cloud (Cow) Palace to see U2’s concert, then another couple of hours trying to get back. For me, it was the birth of what many hope will be just the inaugural year of #DougForce. Long story short… A group of folks from the community, all being either semi-connoisseur level fans of bourbon whiskey… or just fans of bourbon whiskey… or just great people…, had been trying to figure out when we could all get-together and kick-off what we were going to call #BourbonForce.  It just so happened that there was an event being hosted by (company name left out on purpose…) that touted a time where all attendees would be able to sample and enjoy several types of bourbons. It SEEMED perfect! We all met in front of the venue and commenced waiting for the doors to open. We waited… and waited… and waited… After what was literally a couple of hours, we asked what the hold-up was. Turns out the event was over capacity and they could only let people in that were 1.) on the guest list and 2.) taking the place of somebody that was leaving. The communication was horrible. The line was getting longer by the minute. The evening was slowly dying on the vine. So… we decided to walk a couple of blocks to a place most of us had passed on the way to (intentionally not named location). It was the best thing we could’ve done.

The group of us took up three tables. Each of which was highly visible to passersby, several of which at least one or two of us knew. The crowd shrank and swelled over the course of a few wonderful hours filled with laughs, idea sharing, story-telling, and comradery. People from all over the world sat with us at one point or another. Some of them had nothing to do with Salesforce. They were just there! It was brilliant and I don’t know that any of us will ever forget the very first… #DougForce.

Thursday started out with NerdforceCon16. An AMAZING event organized by the wonderful people over at nerdforce.co Picture a room full of these incredible people. Some playing board games. Some playing a live-streamed game of Dungeons and Dragons. Some just standing around chatting with good friends over a cup of coffee. Everybody, though, was there in support of the event. You see, this wasn’t just any gathering… it was a fundraiser, too! In addition to their Dream Crate auction concluding (Adam Olshansky grabbed the winning bid!), their DF16 fundraising came to a head as well. Something like $900 was raised during the event alone! Oh… the money? Yeah… It was being raised in support of the Extra Life Charity (healing kids through playing games!).
Unfortunately, I had to leave this event early due to an allergic reaction I had. Long story short (again…), after realizing idiopathic anaphylaxis was coming for me… I made my way to the store on the ground floor of the Marriott; purchased one of every anti-histamine they carried, found a place to sit and waited for my symptoms to subside. I’m not sure exactly how long I sat there, but I do recall Samantha Safin stumbling upon me and stopping to see if I was OK. Sam had to head home a day early and was on her way to the airport. Thank God she stopped by. The brief conversation snapped me out of the stupor I’d found myself in and directly afterward I was able to convince myself that I needed to stand up and walk around. (Thanks, Sam.)

The Friday of Dreamforce (as always) was a mixed bag of the last few amazing sessions/keynotes, sad goodbyes, and excitement to return home to my family that (while it was an amazing week), I missed dearly. Those last few pictures with Community members from around the world. The last few handshakes. The last few hugs. Dreamforce Fridays can really be the pinnacle of both the best and… I don’t want to say “worst” so I’ll say toughest parts of what the event has to offer its attendees.

I feel I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that through every outstanding experience I had this year, a member of my beloved GIF Squad was present. This motley crew of 11 (including myself) has become a daily source of help, humor, and humanity. Try as I might, I’d be hard pressed to come up with a better example of Ohana within the Salesforce community. We watch out for each other, cheer each other on, and, seeing as only a hand full of us live less than a several hour car rides from the next closest squad member, we offer each other a pretty incredible level of friendship and support. It’s events like Dreamforce and other Regional Salesforce-related events that really brought us all together. Now… less than a full year after we all started falling in together… we have our own site, Slack channel, and even our own fundraising site!

If you’re reading this, and have never been to Dreamforce, make it a point to get it on your calendar for 2017. I’ve never encountered another experience where there’s so much learning, personal and professional growth, and #Ohana cultivating crammed into such a short amount of time. It’s truly been an amazing experience every time I’ve gone! If you DO go. PLEASE… look me up. If we don’t know each other, introduce yourself.  I love getting to know new folks! If we do know each other… well then you already know how excited I am to shake your hand and (most likely) pull you in for a great big Stuart Edeal-like hug.

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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So… No matter how thoroughly you prepare, and (for most) no matter what similar prior experiences you may have, I don’t think that anything can really have you 100% ready for a gig like opening the Dream Park at Dreamforce with Apex and the Limits. I’ve played in front of big crowds before. Sometimes having practiced way less than I had prior to Dreamforce. For this gig, it wasn’t a matter of forgetting the notes or words to a tune (although I did that a couple of times, too!), it was a matter of forgetting the actual items I needed to bring on stage! Things like my glass slide and my extra capo. These are things that there’s just no excuse for forgetting. Ryan, on the other hand, unfortunately, forgot something not so obvious.

You see, with certain types of guitar straps, the strap itself is secured to the neck of a guitar with a rather thin (yet strong) piece of string-like material. Sometimes this is a piece of nylon twine or strips of leather. 99 out of 100 times, this little string never leaves the strap it’s intended to secure a to a guitar. Sometimes, though, these little things slip off straps, never to be seen again. Regardless of how Ryan’s little string slipped off his strap and didn’t make it to the stage. This was a somewhat major problem. Upon discovering this, we had to do some quick thinking. As luck would have it, I was wearing a pair of tennis shoes. The laces of which ended up making a perfect “interim string”. Thankfully I don’t move around too much on stage and it didn’t matter that my laceless left shoe kept falling off. If you pause the video of that performance at just the right moment, you can actually see my shoestring holding Ryan’s strap on his guitar!

I Hope you liked my blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called “Dreamforce Diaries”.

In case you missed first blog: (https://nitinguptasalesforce.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/dreamforce-diaries/)

In case you missed the second blog: (https://nitinguptasalesforce.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/dreamforce-diaries-2/)

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Dreamforce Diaries


This is my Third Blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called Dreamforce Diaries#DreamforceDiaries.

Dreamforce is the biggest and the most awesome event organized by Salesforce.

A lot happen at Dreamforce you learn, share your knowledge, and make connections, memories, and friends that you may cherish a lifetime.  This may surprise you; this Dreamforce had the biggest number of attendees of all time, so I reached out to some of the lucky people who got the chance to attend this year’s Dreamforce about their experience.

Here I share Awesome!! Dreamforce Experience of the following:

Mohith Shrivastava (Salesforce MVP, 18X Salesforce Certified)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

This was my first time to Dreamforce. It was an amazing event where I took a lot of learnings and ideas. The sessions from experts all across the globe were excellent. It’s a place to network,  learn,  collaborate and have fun. I was so glad to be part of such an amazing event.

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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The most fun moment was running into folks whom you have not met in person but you always follow them online or you have seen them via video calls.The other most fun moment was meeting all my fellow MVPS.

Misty Jones (3X Salesforce Certified)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

#DF16 was all about getting social! But, as the leader of Flyin’ Solo, I guess that’s every Dreamforce for me.

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A wise friend of mine always says that for him one of the greatest strengths of the Salesforce ecosystem is its people and the connections that are shared.

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I’m so glad I listened to him because at Dreamforce five years ago, I knew no one. I knew nothing. But, I networked as much as possible and was lucky enough to meet this girl (Monica Sandberg):

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Fast forward to now. Monica & I were first time Dreamforce presenters! We had so much fun presenting.

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Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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Funniest moment at #DF16? It’s difficult to choose just one, but all my time hanging with my Salesforce bestie was fun!

Vinay Chaturvedi (Salesforce MVP, 5X Salesforce Certified, Leader of Noida user Group and Noida student SFDUG)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

It was the first time for me to attend Dreamforce and it was really an awesome and unforgettable experience to meet so many awesome people over there and being part of the MVP Family.

What I realized about Dreamforce is that though the schedule is always tiring but you get a lot of chance for fun as well.

I participated in many Community Events and here are some of my favorites:

User Group State Leaders Session

Awesome People Party

Trailhead Badger Breakfast

Developer Breakfast

Among them ‘User Group State Leaders Session’ which was on day 1, was my most favorite as I met Holly and team for the first time there and was awarded for the community contribution.

I had an awesome experience in Volunteering at Power of Circles, Admin Meadow, and Developer Forest.

Also, the Unofficial Events Baldforce and DF16 Newbie “Reunion” Breakfast was an awesome place to connect with people.

It was also a great Fun to attend App Bash U2 and MichaelForce.

Not to forget, I was also part of Dreamforce Viewing Parties live for our Noida UG and Chandigarh DUG.

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

I got a chance to meet many awesome people I admired like Eric Dreshfield, Kavindra Patel, Regina Walton, Holly, Puja, Erica and the complete salesforce team. There was a lot of fun with so many of my friends like lot of funny talks with Shiv, Deepak Anand and Sonia Arjan from Dazeworks and especially with Deepak, He was the best company I had at Dreamforce 🙂

Had a lot of fun party with Phil, Neel, and Sharif.

Loved to hang out with my sweet WIT friends Stephanie and Amy. We really had a lot of fun together.

There are so many awesome pics here at this album, Check that out 🙂

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Rupesh Bhatia (Salesforce Architect, 9X Salesforce Certified)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

How was my first ever Dreamforce? Just one word – AWESOME!!

It was my 1st Dreamforce and it lived up to the excitement and expectations which I had heard from all the community members via Twitter.

Flight to DF was just 2 hours from Seattle to San Jose, in all the excitement I did forget to pack few things which I believe is normal with the first time attendees 🙂

Day 0: Monday 3rd Oct – Couldn’t hold back myself as I took a train from San Jose to SFO and walked down the lanes to see the Dreamforce venue getting its final touches. Met Zachary Jeans at Moscone North and while we were waiting for Atul Gupta arrives from New Delhi, met some of the other folks from the community.

My biggest moment for Day1 was meeting inspirational David K Liu at Moscone West and finally meeting Atul Gupta in person.

Day 1: Tuesday, 4th Oct 2016: Tried running around to attend few sessions but soon realized it’s impossible to catch up with everything. When I decided to split my time between meeting and exchanging ideas with Community members, visiting our booth in Cloud expo, hanging out in Developer zone.

Day 2: Wednesday, 5th Oct 2016:

Started my day with Salesforce Community Breakfast organized by Eric Dreshfield and it was the best opportunity to greet and meet people whom I wished to meet in real life.

Whom I Met: Chris Duarte, Ali Waheed, Amy Oplinger, Stuart Edeal, Hamza Abib, Shivanath Devinarayanan, Abhinav Gupta, Mayank Srivastava, Mohith Shrivastava.

Day 3: Attended Developer and admin keynotes amid collecting swags from wherever possible 🙂

Met some more awesome people like Jennifer Lee, Rakesh Gupta, David Giller, Justice Sikakane, Mike Greholdt, Vinay Chaturvedi  and Gaurav Kheterpal

Day4: Didn’t had much energy left to go around but I was happy that I made it to this event and got to know people whom I have admired over the years.

Accidentally got to meet Regina Walton and Jim Cramer (Mad Money fame) as well during DF16.

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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Have always been a reserved person as a result did miss out on many community events but there were many happy and sweet moments that made my DF16 memorable.

While I thought I did a good job in meeting everyone, one-week post-DF while unwinding I recollected some more names whom I couldn’t meet and hoping to see them next year DF17.

For all folks in India who couldn’t make it to DF with us, hoping to see you all next year 🙂

For me, it was the exchange of thoughts and mutual respect within our Salesforce Ohana that makes this event much more than just a conference.

Adam Olshansky (Salesforce MVP, 11X Salesforce Certified)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

I loved my DF16 experience! Was great to be able to see everyone again, some people that I had only met through Twitter, and some that had traveled from all over the world. I also loved seeing the direction that Salesforce is going. Was very excited to see the progress being made on SalesforceDX and Einstein and hope to be able to put them to good use in the not too distant future. I also got some info on the direction of Lightning Experience and am definitely encouraged by it. I’m hoping to help roll it out at my job in the coming year. I also had the honor of giving a couple presentations and somehow made it into Marc‘s keynote!

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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The most fun moment was actually a few moments, catching up with everyone, Seeing the GIF of Astro falling down! https://twitter.com/TimxClarke/status/784058095668297729

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Always love seeing my Ohana!

I Hope you liked my blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called “Dreamforce Diaries”.

In case you missed first blog:(https://nitinguptasalesforce.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/dreamforce-diaries/)

In case you missed the second blog:(https://nitinguptasalesforce.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/dreamforce-diaries-2/)

If you also want to share your experience with Salesforce Community, please contact me.

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I will be introducing other ambassadors soon and will be sharing their stories too

Dreamforce Diaries


This is my Second Blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called Dreamforce Diaries.

Dreamforce is the biggest and the most awesome event organised by Salesforce.

A lot happen at Dreamforce you learn, share your knowledge, and make connections, memories, and friends that you may cherish a lifetime.  This may surprise you; this Dreamforce had the biggest number of attendees of all time, so I reached out to some of the lucky people who got the chance to attend this year’s Dreamforce about their experience.

Here I share Awesome!! Dreamforce Experience of the following WIT:-

Stephanie Herrera (Salesforce MVP, Started #SalesforceSaturday in Austin)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

I look forward to Dreamforce EVERY YEAR!! This year was the first year I attended as a Salesforce MVP, and believe me, it did not disappoint! Just when I didn’t think the experience couldn’t get any better, it did!

We also had our first Salesforce Saturday Global HH, where we all got to come together in one place and hang out, and it was without a doubt one of my FAVORITE memories of Dreamforce 2016! It brought me so much joy to hear what others are doing in the Salesforce Community for others, first hand and to see their smiling faces as they talked about it! Shout out to all my Salesforce Saturday Peeps!! Always Be Learning!! I was also FINALLY able to meet Atul Gupta and Vinay Chaturvedi, who are leaders in Salesforce Saturday in India. It was so much fun being part of their first Dreamforce experience too!

Another Favorite moment for me was taking a picture with Cheryl Feldman’s picture!! Cheryl had gotten sick and could not attend Dreamforce this year, which of course was a loss for all of us!  However, Jennifer Wobser & Selina Suarez were carrying Cheryl’s Beautiful picture around everywhere!! It just reminded me of the AWESOMENESS of our Ohana family here at Salesforce! It was the next best thing to having Cheryl there! Though, I will be VERY happy to have her there in person next year 🙂

Without a doubt, my Favorite moment was Marc’s fireside chat! We had so many AMAZING women, speak up, and voice their concerns about issues that needed to be discussed, and Marc listened. It was AWESOME! They all made me SO PROUD to be a Woman In TECH!

Speaking of WIT, the Salesforce WIT panel blew us all away AGAIN! I do wish they recorded it, so we can share it with other women who are not as fortunate as us, to travel to Dreamforce, as it motivates me, and really drives me to do more!

As you can see, I’m all about the amazing Connections you make at Dreamforce! It’s what feeds my soul!

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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When Jade Fisher and I RAN around ALL of Moscone North looking for the Plural Sight Booth so that we could get a David Liu SFDC 99 t-shirt before they ran out.  Once we covered ALL of Moscone North, we found out, their booth was actually in Moscone West.  We did eventually get our t-shirt after we took a short break to catch our breath of course!

Another funny moment for me was seeing Atul Gupta and Vinay Chaturvedi dressed up in Trailhead gear!

Also, the Bus situation at the U2 concert, I think we can all laugh about that now, right?

My favorite funny moment is when Willie Hooykaas and I got photo bombed by Charlie Isaacs 🙂

Jennifer Wobser (Salesforce MVP)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

2016 Dreamforce (#13 for me) can only be described as traveling to the island of Salesforce where everyone who loves Salesforce as much as I do, is here! It was as if everything I had ever lost had been found in one place. Every few steps I took once I arrived at Moscone were filled with squeals, hugs, and even a few tears I as I reunited with my people and met new members of our ‘Lost Tribe.’ The overall feeling was of being home where I belong! Ohana is definitely correct word for Salesforce employees, customers, partners, and newcomers to join together in a united passion for the platform!

Top DF16 Moments:

Visiting with the Monks from Plum Village in the Dreampark and remembering to take care of myself on such a busy week!

The Ambassadors of Aloha Opening Dreamforce 2016 & The Aloha Song at the main keynote – how very lucky we are as Salesforce customers at Dreamforce to receive blessings from the Aloha Ambassadors! I’ve never been to Hawaii, so I appreciate the roots of Ohana being brought to me in San Francisco!

Participating in the (RED) community service activities, wearing their shirts, and helping to spread the word of the lives they save!

Moscone West Trailhead Zone – I love the concept of Trailhead uniting Admins and Devs! I even had the opportunity to bring a few USF students with me to their first Dreamforce. I reveled in their excitement to see Trailhead brought to life and the future career opportunities available to them.

I had the privilege of visiting with Salesforce’s Karen Mangia after her session and had her sign a copy of her book Success with Less. This book literally changed my life & I highly recommend it especially for anyone in a Salesforce career crossroad and/or admins that have been in the ecosystem a long time like me!

The Admin Keynote – when Zac Otero received the gold jacket and award, I was so happy that I cried! He has been part of our Springfield user group and a friend for quite a while. To watch him blossom from wanting to learn Salesforce to featured Admin, I couldn’t be more proud!

The Marc Q&A on Friday was the pinnacle of my Dreamforce memories! If I could bottle the feeling in that room to bring home, I would! The whole audience danced to ‘Harvest Moon’ as a unified community. Then, I was able to watch my Salesforce community peers speak freely to Marc and see how he very much cares about each and every person in that room, it was surreal. What other CEO does that? He actually wants feedback and ideas about the product he created from the people that work with it every day. Other companies could take a few lessons from him!

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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My Best Friend, Cheryl Feldman, could not attend Dreamforce this year. She was featured in many of the keynotes in Trailhead film clips, but it wasn’t the same as having her there by my side in person. So, to cheer her up and still have her with us, our friend Carlos Frias printed a picture of her to bring to all the events. We laughed until we cried taking her picture around for selfies at the Admin Keynote, AppExchange Party, and Trailhead Breakfast! That’s what best friends do for each other, right? We’ve been around the Salesforce Admin block since before there was a community, the app exchange, and Trailhead – so there was no way she was going to miss this Dreamforce!

Amy Oplinger  (Certified #Salesforce Administrator | #CLE WiT User Group & #SalesforceSaturday Co-Leader)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

My #DF16 experience can be summed up in one word: Community. My plan this year was different from the previous year in that my focus was more on connecting with others in the Salesforce community. I had a list of Salesforce influencers that I wanted to meet, and several people had reached out wanting to meet me as well. I was very happy to have finally met Vinay Chaturvedi and Atul Gupta in person, amongst others.

The entire experience of #DF16 was a whirlwind of activities, with friends old and new. I look forward to seeing everyone again very soon.

 

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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I don’t really have the funniest moment, but there was a great deal of laughing daily! Dreamforce is like a family reunion of sorts…where you get to see all your long lost friends and make new ones. I feel at home around other Salesforce people and laughed a great deal as a result. I am always happy with my #Ohana.

Lauren Touyet  (http://Salesforce.com  Solution Architect for Symantec Ltd | Co-Leader of the Salesforce Ireland User Group)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

This was my second Dreamforce and it was completely different to my first! I got to engage more with the community and meet so many people I had met on twitter and the success community. I also didn’t jam pack my schedules with sessions like last year!

There were so many great sessions this year, I really enjoyed “workbench: an admins best friend”, “steps to trusted advisor”, “getting started with apex as an admin”. My favorite was how to “write the trailhead way” I am trailhead obsessed and getting to meet the people behind it was amazing!

I went to the Women in tech summit this year and it was a great kick start to the conference and it set the tone for a great week!

I was also lucky enough to be a volunteer for the admin meadow staffing the Admin best practices, be a security expert as well as train and onboard users booths. It was great to speak to other admins and see what issues they were having!

The highlight for me was meeting so many people who inspire me and want me to be successful! There are many people I want to thank for making my Dreamforce awesome so here goes Amy Oplinger, Ali Waheed, Chris whitehead, David Litton, Zachary jeans, Leanne wong, Annie shek-mason, Stuart Edeal, Ben Bolopue, Adam Olshansky, Meighan Brodkey, Ronald moyo.

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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How can I pick just one! There were so many seeing everyone sing the Solo Admin song by Apex & The Limits I listen to that song every day on my way to work! The Karaoke in Dreampark was great I’m a big scaredy cat so I didn’t get up and sing but I did sing in solidarity with them all and one that still puts a smile on my face the lipsync battle in the admin meadow I will be entering that next year!

Regina Walton (Program Manager: Marketing Events, @Salesforce@SalesforceDevs | I organize @SFTech4Good )

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

It was my first Dreamforce “behind the veil”. I started at Salesforce in August to cover while Jessica is on maternity leave. I miss being about to lounge in the Dreampark and head to the keynotes, but it was great seeing how Dreamforce comes together.

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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I’m not sure there is one funny moment. There were a bunch of them.  No, no, no…wait. The Goat-Pro was pretty funny: https://twitter.com/hashtag/goatprodf16

Melinda Smith (@Salesforce WIT User Group Lead, 4X Certified, Beer lover)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

Dreamforce 2016 was, by far, the best one yet!  The reason this is true is 100% because of the Salesforce community.  I got more involved, started a podcast, brought on a WIT co-lead and engaged on Twitter.  This made this Dreamforce feel like a BIG reunion with all of my favorite people.  My next favorite thing was Moscone West.  The way they made everything like Trailhead & their attention to detail was amazing!  The WIT Breakfast & the Badger Breakfast were really special moments as well.  This last Dreamforce was definitely more about making connections & building the bond with my community.

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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Funniest moment of Dreamforce…..haha, Amy Oplinger is gonna make fun of me for saying this AGAIN but for me, the funniest was hanging around with Amy

(My SaaLSoulmate) and this 1 person came up & was VERY excited to meet her because they knew her on Twitter.  After they gushed and shook her hand, they looked at me, deadly serious and said: “And you are?”  HA ha!  It cracked me up!  This whole Dreamforce had my sides hurting from laughter & that was all because of Amy.  We shared a room & laughed for 5 days straight!

Rebecca Fontanilla  (@salesforce#adminbootcamp alum & #DF16attendee + @google in Sunnyvale)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

As a first-time attendee of Dreamforce, I wasn’t actually sure what to expect. But it was simply amazing! There are so many sessions to attend, and keynotes to see. But my favorite part was Benioff’s keynote because it highlighted the notion of “paying it forward.” I think was drives Salesforce is not only its customers but their ecosystem. And thank goodness I wore comfortable shoes…walking around the Dreamforce campus was no joke.

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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I don’t recollect a funny moment but just moments of happiness seeing all my friends in the Salesforce ecosystem, as well as meeting new friends! Jennifer Wobser, Charlie Isaacs, Zachary jeans, Eric Dreshfield,  Daniel Peter, David Liu, @shivanathd  just to name a few – oh and I also got a picture with Peter Coffee too!! Everyone is definitely much taller than they appear on television/social media…haha, until next time, Dreamforce!

I Hope you liked my first blog post as part of the series of articles I am writing called Dreamforce Diaries.

In case you missed it (https://nitinguptasalesforce.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/dreamforce-diaries/)

If you also want to share your experience with Salesforce Community, please contact me.

If you like my Blog, please share it on Facebook and Twitter.

I will be introducing other ambassadors soon and will be sharing their stories too.

Dreamforce Diaries


What am I celebrating today? It’s my first blog post as part of the series of articles I will be writing called Dreamforce Diaries.

Dreamforce is the biggest and the most awesome event organized by Salesforce.

A lot happen at Dreamforce you learn, share your knowledge, make connections, memories, and friends that you may cherish a lifetime.  This may surprise you; this Dreamforce had the biggest number of attendees of all time, so I reached out to some of the lucky people who got the chance to attend this year’s Dreamforce about their experience.

I am so excited, are you? let’s see who answered what!!

Charlie Isaacs (Salesforce CTO for Customer Connection)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

In a word, incredible!

It all started with Dreamforce “Day 0” – before people arrived. We spent Sunday at Moscone getting things set up. The camaraderie and teamwork from the folks in the IoT Cabin under the leadership of Josh Birk was amazing.

In less than a day, the team was able to build and integrate a Lego city, an IoT pathway for the sight-impaired, connected robots, and many other connected devices to Salesforce. It really demonstrated the power of the platform.

People coming in at the last minute — oh, we just bought Haywire, can we send SMS texts on this demo scenario? Oh, we have this cool new Scio mass spectrometer device, can we hook this up? How about SigFox’s Sensit Communication device? SURE! The answer was always yes.

I can’t really pick a favorite moment during Dreamforce–of course, the keynotes were all great. It was fun interacting with the audience with connected beach balls during the IoT Cloud Keynote.

Every one of my 13 “formal” customer meetings was interactive, engaging, and resulted in many follow-up activities. And running into people on the fly, non-stop hugs and selfies…how can you beat that?

At the top of my Dreamforce “experience” list was probably seeing APEX and The Limits on the main stage at Dreampark. Everyone dancing, singing along, it was like a mini-Woodstock within the Technology Woodstock that is Dreamforce 🙂

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

 My funniest moment was probably at my Connected Vehicle breakout session.

When I arrived in the room, the stage was configured differently than anticipated. There was no way people in the back could see my connected vehicle demo…so we added a table on top of the stage.

I reconfigured the demo to shorten the distances (I was using beacons and an IoS app connected to IoTCloud for the notification-triggering.) To make a long story short, I drove my remote-control vehicle across the table and it was a much shorter distance than my coordination abilities would accommodate…so of course, I drove the Truck off the table.

Fortunately, one of my co-presenters caught the vehicle and saved it from crashing onto the floor. The Truck eventually made it to Minnie Mouse’s Bake Shop and delivered the ingredients for Goofy’s Birthday Cake. Disaster Averted.

It was really great seeing everyone, especially all of my friends in India whom I don’t see very often except on Social Media.

Daniel Peter  (Salesforce MVP, Bay Area Salesforce Developer User Group Organizer)

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Your experience at  Dreamforce 2016?

 Despite the Moscone construction, Dreamforce 2016 was the biggest and best yet!

The epic collection of people to network with, information, and fun gatherings was one for the record books.  I met so many people in person for the first time, as well as met up with those I already had met.

I learned the state of the art of all things Salesforce Development related such as all the new Winter 17 lightning features, and the best way to build apps on the App Cloud.  As an MVP I was invited to special events such as the Awesome People Party.

I also was fortunate to get the chance to volunteer as a floater in the Admin Meadow where I got my own green Trailhead vest and was able to answer a large variety of Salesforce questions the attendees had.

The U2 concert at the Cloud Palace was epic.  Bono and company delivered an inspirational performance.  Salesforce Developer Relations organized an amazing “Beautiful Day” community breakfast the morning after the U2 concert with great food and a collection of some of the most influential people in the Salesforce community.

One of the highlights of the conference for me was getting to be on the Top ISV Architects Panel with Andrew Fawcett.  We got some difficult questions from the audience and put our heads together to give them our best advice.

One of my favorite parties was the CRM Science puzzle party.  They create a great atmosphere that is conducive to connecting with so many great people.  Make sure not to miss this one next year!

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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My funniest moment was seeing myself pop up on the big screen at Marc Benioff’s keynote.  I was surprised to see myself up there, and it always makes me laugh to see a recording of myself.

The big screen with that many people magnified the effect!  It would take me much more time than I have to describe all the memorable moments I took away from Dreamforce, but hopefully, this gives you a little sampling of some of the memorable moments.

David Liu (Salesforce MVP, Works @ Google)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

 Dreamforce is always my favorite week of the year, I am still sad it is over!

What shocked me the most about Dreamforce this year is how many of the attendees were new to the industry.

It just shows how strong the industry is and how quickly it is growing!

Can’t wait to try out the new Lightning features and Einstein too!

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

 The funniest moment is when I saw Astro and the Trailhead team dancing like maniacs outside the Dev zone. I was ashamed that a person inside a giant raccoon costume was a far better dancer than me.

J-Michel Mougeolle (Salesforce MVP, Salesforce France User Group Leader)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

 My experience at DF16 was really special. It was my very first time as a sponsor with SharinPix. It made me frustrated not being able to enjoy all the networking, the sessions, and the Dev/Admin/Trailhead fun… even if I had time to go and discover a few of those places where I used to spend days before!

However, I managed to spend a great time with my MVP fellows and can’t wait to return there once again!

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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This selfie with Ombr, Ana Q was definitely the funniest time, a lot of people enjoyed our booth, but this one is really really really #awesome! We had great laugh taking it and I still have the smile ON each time I look at it, don’t you?

Fabrice Cathala (Salesforce Architect, Baldforce)

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Your experience at Dreamforce 2016?

 Einstein, Trailhead, SalesforceDX. These are my top 3 takeaways.

– Einstein is still small but it’s got a massive potential to impact the users’ life.

– Trailhead is turning into a platform and this is great news. I was a speaker at the panel      “map-out your career with Trailhead” and we discussed the impact this great tool has on  Salesforce professional’s lives.

– Salesforce DX is a developer’s approach of ALM. It should take a good year before it reaches GA though…

Funniest moment of Dreamforce 2016?

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The funniest moments for me were hanging out with my friends from the community. #DF16 has been amazing in this respect. I bumped into so many people I knew either from DUGs or from the online community. The Developer User Group Leaders, #Baldforce and Trailhead events were awesome.

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