Friday 18 November 2016

Success Story of : Amy Oplinger

Welcome to my First Salesforce Success Story series. This series is focused on success story and to inspire/encourage new user/Developer. And why we should join our local Salesforce Developer/User group.

1) Your Job Title

Amy :
- Consultant, Coastal Cloud

2) Your success Story

I used SFDC as an end user for about 5 years in my sales career. I was lucky enough to work at a company looking to implement a CRM, and I suggested Salesforce. They made me part of the implementation team and their Super User! Learning more about the back end of Salesforce scratched an itch in my brain that sales by itself never could. I went to another company in a sales capacity, and quickly saw their SFDC instance was a mess. I took it upon myself to write up the issues I saw, how i could fix it, and how it would benefit them. My boss agreed, and made me their Administrator on the spot! While splitting my time between Admin and Sales, it became clear to me that I wanted my day to be filled with 100% Salesforce. I spoke to my manager, and because they were small, they couldn’t support a FT Admin. So, I graciously resigned, with the goal of pursuing my Salesforce dream. I put my resume online that day, and within 24 hours, I was contacted by a recruiter and immediately placed on the SFDC team at GE Lighting in Cleveland as a consultant. It was there I met the person who would become my Salesforce mentor! Learning from my mentor at GE was like being in Salesforce bootcamp; I learned a great deal very quickly. I am now happily in another consultant role, where I gain exposure to many different instances of Salesforce, each with their own unique needs. My dream of working 100% of my day in the platform came true very quickly, once I took the leap to pursue it!    

3) Why we Should Join a Salesforce User/Developer Group

In addition to the online Success Community, go to the Developer UG meeting. Go to the regular UG meeting. Go to the WIT UG meetings(yes, men are welcomed!)- anything to connect in person with others on the platform. These are people you will soon lean on and learn from! 
(Amit :- Totally agree with Amy. We can search our near by Salesforce Developer group from here )

4) Advice for new Salesforce Developer

I would tell anyone new in the field to embrace the community- admins and devs alike! You have the Success community, User Groups, and Twitter to connect with fellow Salesforcians. Use each avenue to its fullest! Don't be afraid to ask questions. I also feel it’s very important to seek out a mentor..they can talk you through when you are having doubts or feeling overwhelmed! I was lucky enough to work with mine, but the success community is so supportive, you are bound to also find many virtual mentors! (Amit:- Also please start using trailhead for leaning and developer forum for any question in salesforce)

5) Trailhead badges

137 ( Amit :- OMG )

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Amit Chaudhary
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