Sunday 1 January 2017

Success Story of : - Shivanath Devinarayanan

Welcome to my 4th 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

CEO/Technical Architect at Dazeworks Technologies Pvt Ltd

2) Success Story

Shivanath:- Ever since my first job in 2010, I fell in love with Salesforce and in spite of less relevance of the platform at that time, I took the risk to invest my career in it. Later on in 2013, I shifted to Gurgaon as Lead Associate at Simplion Technologies to learn more about Salesforce. Being a company that focuses solely on Salesforce, Simplion was just what I needed to realize that there was so much more to the platform. I also started getting involved with Gurgaon Salesforce User Group and organizing events.

I owe a lot of my ‘expert’ status to the Salesforce community as well as the detailed workbooks on that were available then. These paved the way for expanding my knowledge on the platform and have come to my rescue at the toughest of times. My interaction with the Salesforce community made me realize the huge potential that the platform holds for developers in India. This realization led me to kick-start the Kerala Salesforce Developer User Group, a community that educates like-minded individuals interested in Salesforce and the cloud.

My next role was at Groupon, a top player in the Salesforce community and this was a crucial step in my career. The company being located in Chennai helped me get closer to the Salesforce community in the city. I started the  Chennai Developer User Group as well, another great community of Salesforce lovers. By then, I had also become the proud holder of the elite and MVP titles. This honor further exposed me to a much wider Salesforce community – one that consisted of people I had always looked up to.

Events like Dreamforce brought me closer to the community and the platform.
Meeting up with a whole lot of dynamic and inspiring Salesforce MVPs and successful business heads slowly gave wings to my own long-term dream of becoming an entrepreneur. I began to seriously consider the prospect and thus was born Dazeworks – a pure-play Salesforce consulting and development firm based out of India with expert teams also in the  US, Europe, Middle East Asia, South Asia and Africa. Our team consists of certified developers, architects and consultants including awesome MVPs like Deepak Anand and Vinay Chaturvedi. ( Amit:- Shivanath is role model for all NCR Salesforce Developer group )

 3) Why we should join a Salesforce User/Developer Group

Shivanath:- Joining a user or dev group can provide you with some amazing resources. You get to learn new stuff, bring out innovative ideas and the best part - networking! You meet a lot of amazing people from the community with whom you can exchange information and widen your knowledge. What you learn, you will be able to give back to the community too. You get to interact with so many other brains that do the same thing as you with the same level of passion. ( Amit:- I agree i also meet to many awesome person in Meetup only )

4) Advice for new Salesforce Developer

Take the Trail: If you are a newbie, the best way to wade through Salesforce is with Trailhead. Learn the INs and OUTs of the Salesforce platform with Trailhead. Even if you’ve been around Salesforce for some time, Trailhead is the recommended way forward because some of those badges are REALLY tough to win.

Join a nearby User group: Find a user group near you and start attending meetings. Learn all you can, share your knowledge, your passion and your challenges.

5) Trailhead badges: 

8 - Not my best score! I really should try and join a Race for Trailhead to keep up with the numbers :D

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Amit Chaudhary

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