Wednesday 1 March 2017

Success Story of : Eric Dreshfield

Welcome to my 6th 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.

( Eric is one of the person who inspire me to write success story series )

1) Your Job Title: 

[Eric] Advocacy Manager @ Apttus; also Founder, Midwest Dreamin'; & Leader of the Southern Indiana Salesforce User Group

2) My Success Story:  

[Eric] Like most people in the Salesforce ecosystem, I didn't start my career there. I stumbled my way into that morphed into a business analyst helping a company implement the Service Cloud. That was my first exposure to Salesforce. My manager told me to find a user group to network and learn all I could, which set me on a 6 to 8 month journey of traveling 1 or 2 days a no 4th to attend user group meetings where ever I could find one, since my home town didn't have one. After hundreds of miles, I wondered if there were other in my town using Salesforce so I asked someone at Salesforce what it took to start a user group & her response was, "Congratulations, you just started one!" lol and behold there were others in my area using Salesforce and the group was a hit. Over time, I changed to a different local company that was getting ready to rollout the Sales Cloud and Veeva to its medical sales representatives. Then Dreamforce 2014 came and I saw a demo of X-Author for Excel by Apttus and my whole world changed. I fell in love with the tool instantly and decided that Apttus was the next place I wanted to work. It took almost 2 years to make that happen, to convince them that what I was offering would bring them value. Ultimately, Apttus created a role for me supporting X-Author for Excel from the marketing perspective. short: of you can't find a job you want, find a company you want to be a part of and work to create the need for your talents there. You can read my full success story here: (Amit:- You are supper star of salesforce community )

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

[Eric] I say this all the time in my blog posts: For me, one of the greatest strengths of the Salesforce Community is it's people and the connections that are shared...and that's why you should join your local user, developer, women in tech or other group. The Community is the lifeline and support system for Salesforce users. Its an amazing place. You never know what questions you can get answered there, or who you will meet. At my first Dreamforce I had a random meeting at the breakfast table with a co-worker of my brother-in-law. I've also met future managers of mine through the Community in more than one occasion.

4) Advice for new Salesforce Developer:

[Eric] I'm stll what most would call an aspiring developer, so I may have a different perspective than others. Salesforce Developer skills are in high demand, so as someone new to it, my advice would be this: learn all you can through things like Trailhead, Pluralsight, and other online resources. Make sure you practice in a free Developer org so your knowledge isn't just "book smarts." Try to find a nonprofit organization that needs some help with Salesforce and do are your time and skills to help move them forward. Once you have knowledge and some real world experience, go after the certifications that will help you move forward in the path you choose.

5) Trailhead badges: 

[Eric] I have a few...very few. I wish I had more time to be able to knock out more on a regular basis, but I tend to go to Trailhead when I encounter a specific need, that is, when I have a challenge to do that I know is possible, but I'm not certain how to accomplish it. Most likely there's a Trailhead module for it!

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