Salesforce1 Enterprise Deployment Strategy

This article was originally published for DeveloperForce on December 16, 2014.  See the following link:   In my experience with clients (both big and small), Salesforce1 deployments have a bad reputation. However in almost each instance, the deployment issues can be identified and their root-causes can be mitigated. This article will help you to plan, […]

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Salesforce1 Enterprise Environment Management

This article was originally published for DeveloperForce on December 9, 2014.  See the following link: Establishing an effective Environment Management strategy is critical for utilizing the Salesforce1 platform.  Salesforce has already established itself as a leader in cloud technology and innovation, however some aspects of dealing with the platform still require good-old-fashioned IT management skills.  Salesforce […]

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Integration Architecture for

This article was originally published for DeveloperForce on November 26, 2014.  See the following link:   As a Architect it is your role to lead your company in the evolution of it’s Integration Architecture. A good architect must understand both integration architecture and integration patterns.  The difference between the two is analogous to designing […]

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Designing Enterprise Data Architecture on

This article was originally published for DeveloperForce on November 5, 2014.  See the following link:   Designing a good data architecture (DA) on Salesforce1 can often be the difference between a great success story or an epic failure.  The DA of Salesforce affects almost ALL areas of your org – and therefore is not to be […]

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Multi-Org vs Single-Org Architecture Strategy

This article was originally published for DeveloperForce on October 23, 2014.  See the following link:   One of the most important decisions throughout your Salesforce journey is to decide your “org strategy”.  What this really means is: “How many instances of Salesforce will you have in your company?”  As a Certified Technical Architect I mostly […]

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Building an Enterprise Architecture with

I’m a huge fan of the SFDC platform. It has the potential to transform businesses if implemented and managed correctly. Unfortunately I’ve seen many companies come up short when trying to reap value from Salesforce. There are countless reasons for this but here are some of the top reasons I’ve seen: Strategy No organizational vision […]

Read More Advanced Developer Certification

It took me a couple tries but I finally finished my Advanced Developer Certification. It was harder than I expected – and easier. I wanted to share a little bit of my journey and some tips for those of you working towards the same certification. My background: I already knew how to code. I […]

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Becoming a Salesforce Architect – A Mind Map

There was a recent article by Business Insider ( in which technology salaries were rated and guess who came in #1?  That’s right – the Salesforce Architect!  I must say it is nice to have focused so deeply on something that is so hot right now.  But what does it take to be a good Salesforce […]

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My Unofficial Study Guide for the Certified Technical Architect

For more background on the whole process of CTA check out my lengthy post. Prerequisites – DEV401 or equivalent – DEV501 or equivalent – ADM201 or equivalent – ADM301 or equivalent – Sales Cloud Consultant Certification or equivalent – Service Cloud Consultant Certification or equivalent – Technical Architect Study Guide material – Enterprise Technical Architecture – especially […]

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My Journey to Certified Technical Architect

Today I received the best email I have seen in a long time: “Congratulations!  You have successfully completed the Review Board Presentation…” Passing the Certified Technical Architect (CTA) exam is the culmination of more than 3 years of dedication to studying the platform.  I was a late entrant to the program – I didn’t start […]

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