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Monday, 6 October 2014

Meet the BrightGen Team

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On November 12th 2014, BrightGen will be hosting a meet the team event at our London offices on the 18th floor of Salesforce Tower. This is an informal networking event where you can find out more about what its like to work for BrightGen and meet some of the people who work here, both old-timers and new-joiners.

Doors open at 6:30pm and we’ll be providing pizza, beer and a great view of London:

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 I’ll be joined by a couple of other members of staff to give a short presentation covering:

  • An overview of BrightGen
  • Moving over to Salesforce Development from .Net/Java
  • Joining as a graduate

So if you are a Salesforce Developer looking for a new challenge, or a .Net/Java developer thinking about making the jump to Salesforce development, or just plain curious about what life is like with a rapidly expanding Platinum Partner, come along and join us for the evening.  If this isn’t for you, but you know someone who might be interested, send them along to find out more.

Space is limited for this event, and to keep security happy we need to know who is coming along in advance, so reserve your space here.  

I look forward to seeing you in November.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

London Salesforce Admins - First Awesome Meetup

The inaugural meetup of the London Salesforce Admins community (with an excellent turnout for the first event) took place on Thursday 2nd October at Dotmailer’s London offices - a great space overlooking London Bridge and the River Thames.

After some welcome drinks and networking, Matt Morris kicked things off with a short talk on the format and content for the evening:

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The first talk was a comprehensive look at the GA features of Winter 15 from Mike Gill:

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after a short break for “refreshments” (beer!) and some more networking, we were back for Francis’ Five Minute Feature with Francis Pindar, showing how to create images using formula fields:

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and finally on the formal talks, Winter 15 hidden gems from Chris Edwards, giving a heads up on some of the pilot/beta features in the new release that will hopefully make it to GA before too long:

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The presenting side of the evening was then wrapped up with the Open Mike session (so called as its hosted by Mike Gill!), where anyone can step up and talk for a couple of minutes on a subject of their choosing. If you’ve been wanting to take the plunge in public speaking but have been nervous of a length session, this is a great way to get your feet wet.

I spoke to a number of people during the subsequent networking and the consensus was that the organisers have found a definite gap to fill - the Salsforce User Group is quite high level and user-oriented, while the London Salesforce Developers tends to be focused on code  rather than clicks. 

The next meetup is on Thursday November 6th, and will no doubt have some news and features from Dreamforce, so if you are working as (or want to work as) a Salesforce Adminstrator in the London area make sure to add it to your diary.

On a related note, the October meetup of the London Salesforce Developers has been cancelled as it was scheduled a little close to Dreamforce, but we’re back in November.