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Sharayu Sable and Emily McCowan on balancing projects and parenthood

Sharayu Sable and Emily McCowan on balancing projects and parenthood

June 21, 2022

In today's episode, we are delighted to be joined by Sharayu Sable and Emily McCowan, two experienced Salesforce Architects working with Salesforce partners based in Melbourne.

Sharayu is a Salesforce Certified Technical Architect and Emily is currently on her journey to CTA, studying and preparing for the review board. Sharayu and Emily are both parents, and as a new parent himself, Ben was keen to understand how they balance their busy work and demanding project schedules with their family life. We talk about consulting, boundaries, guilt,  prioritisation and sacrifices. 

Make sure you are following Emily on Twitter and Sharayu on LinkedIn. We hope you enjoy the episode.

Gourav Sood on life before Salesforce and his journey from 0 certs to Salesforce CTA in 3 years

Gourav Sood on life before Salesforce and his journey from 0 certs to Salesforce CTA in 3 years

June 14, 2022

In today's episode, we are excited to be joined by Gourav Sood, a Salesforce CTA and the Head of Engineering and Architecture for Ingenuity in Sydney.

Through the episode, Gourav shares why he pursued a career in IT and what the first decade of his career looked like, before he found the Salesforce ecosystem. He explains how he first came across Salesforce and what he initially thought, and then how he became much more aware and interested in the platforms capabilities later in his career when he was working in an Integration Architect role, working with Mulesoft but in a Salesforce environment. Gourav then actually joined Salesforce without having worked in a Salesforce role before, so he explains what this was like and how he was able to get up to speed quickly with the internal training programs.

Gourav talks us through how he went from no Salesforce experience and 0 certifications to Salesforce CTA within 3 years. He talks about the challenges that the CTA presented and how this journey evolved for him. Finally, Gourav talks about his new role with Ingenuity, why he chose it and what skills he hopes to build within the practice over time.

You can connect with Gourav on Linkedin for his updates and we hope you enjoy the chat.

Atif Saad on his career journey, running Salesforce practices, acquisitions and talent shortages

Atif Saad on his career journey, running Salesforce practices, acquisitions and talent shortages

June 7, 2022

In today's episode we are joined by Atif Saad, the CTO and Co-Founder of SaasGuru.

Atif has been a client to Talent Hub in the past, and has a broad range of experience in the Salesforce ecosystem. He has worked for an end customer to deliver a Salesforce Program, joined a Consulting firm as their COO and helped them scale and realise a sale to a global Systems Integrator, where he then ran a large Salesforce practice and faced the challenges of team retention and attraction through the Covid period.

Now at SaasGuru Atif and his team are looking to solve the cloud skills crisis by creating the bridge between learning and certifications. 

Atif shares insight on his career and all of the things he has experienced during his time in the Salesforce ecosystem, plus what he is most excited about with SaasGuru. 
Make sure you are following Atif on Linkedin  and you can find more about SaasGuru and the work they are doing here - https://www.saasguru.co/

We hope you enjoy the episode. 

Satyashil Awadhare on his journey through the Salesforce ecosystem and embracing new challenges

Satyashil Awadhare on his journey through the Salesforce ecosystem and embracing new challenges

May 31, 2022

In today's episode we are delighted to be joined by Satyashil Awadhare, a Salesforce Certified Technical Architect.

Satyashil talks us through his early career and how he fell into Salesforce having explored some different career paths. He explains what his first day as a 'Salesforce Expert' looked like and how his journey evolved, from Developer to Architect and then Salesforce Certified Technical Architect.

Satyashil explains what it was like when he first emigrated to Australia from India, and what the early challenges were. He talks us through when the CTA became a goal for him and what sparked the interest, as well as what it was like preparing for the Review Board as a Salesforce employee.

Having worked for Salesforce consulting business as well as Salesforce themselves, Satyashil explains the difference between a Program Architect and a Technical Architect role, and then explains what he is most excited about from his most recent move and a new experience, working on the customer side with Google in San Francisco.

Make sure you're following Satyashil on Linkedin for his updates and we hope you enjoy the chat.

Justin Gavette on growing personally and professionally in the Salesforce ecosystem, and the importance of open communication in the workplace

Justin Gavette on growing personally and professionally in the Salesforce ecosystem, and the importance of open communication in the workplace

May 24, 2022

In today's episode we are delighted to be joined by Justin Gavette, a Salesforce Platform Manager and the Atlanta Non Profit User Group Leader.

Justin shares his career journey before Salesforce, how he moved into the Salesforce ecosystem and some advice for people that come from a non technical background, who may be looking to join the Salesforce ecosystem themselves.

Justin explains what being a member of the Salesforce ecosystem has meant for him both professionally and personally. He shares some of the challenges he faced with remote working through the pandemic and we discuss depression, social anxiety and the importance of open communication in the workplace.

Finally Justin highlights some of the initiatives that he is most passionate about and the people that have inspired him most in the Salesforce community. 

Make sure you're following Justin on Twitter (@sfdcjunkie__c) and his website www.sfdcjunkie.com for his updates and we hope you enjoy the chat.

Madhu Ramanujan and Brad Gross on the Salesforce CPQ Implementation Handbook and the role of an Architect

Madhu Ramanujan and Brad Gross on the Salesforce CPQ Implementation Handbook and the role of an Architect

May 17, 2022

In today's episode we are joined by Madhu Ramanujan and Brad Gross. Madhu and Brad are both Salesforce Architects and have recently collaborated for the Salesforce CPQ Implementation Handbook, with Madhu as the Author and Brad assisting as a Technical Reviewer.

In the episode we discuss their backgrounds, where Madhu got the idea for the book and why Brad was her choice as one of the Reviewers. We delve into CPQ space, how Salesforce's CPQ offering has evolved, where projects go wrong and considerations for designing CPQ solutions. Finally, we look at the role of an Architect and how you can set yourself up for success in a new business, as well as how the role of an Architect compares when working on the customer side to working for a partner.

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PwC and FlowRepublic on developing and nurturing the next generation of CTAs

PwC and FlowRepublic on developing and nurturing the next generation of CTAs

May 10, 2022

In today's episode, we're thrilled to be joined by Taryn-Lee Potgieter, Manager, PwC South Africa, Kevin Jackson, Salesforce Consultant, PwC Belgium, Sam Wadhwani, Senior Manager, PwC UK and Sebastian Wagner, CTA and Master Coach of FlowRepublic.

PwC has in recent times, worked hard to build their internal architecture capability, and as a result, has moved from zero to eight CTAs in the EMEA region. Theirs is the largest number of CTAs in one practice in the region, and so we discuss with the team the impact that the shift has had on the success that they've seen with clients, as well as the team itself.

PwC have developed their people with the support of the external training expertise of FlowRepublic and we explore the details of the initiative further, as well as the Architecture tracks currently in development to get team members CTA programme-ready.

Lastly, the PwC guests explain the value of CTAs within the business, how mentorship has played a big part in their commitment to nurturing talent, and the impact that their dedication to training has had on current team members and future hires alike.

You can check out our sponsors, FlowRepublic for details about the Elite Salesforce Academy coaching programme mentioned in this episode, and a big thank you for their support in bringing you this episode.

Make sure you're following Taryn, Kevin, Sam and Sebastian on LinkedIn for their updates and that you check out their careers pages for current opportunities. We hope you enjoy the chat!

Kel Henderson on giving back to the ecosystem and his insight into the Western Australia Salesforce market

Kel Henderson on giving back to the ecosystem and his insight into the Western Australia Salesforce market

May 3, 2022

In today's episode we are delighted to be joined by Kel Henderson, Founder of Two21 and recent Golden Hoodie recipient at Sydney World Tour.

We touch on Kel's background, how he found his way into the Salesforce ecosystem and the vision for his business, Two21. Kel is passionate about giving back, so we talk through some of the initiatives that he has driven, to help people upskill on the Salesforce platform.

Kel is a prominent figure in the Western Australia Salesforce ecosystem and he provides insight on the local Salesforce market, the talent pool and the increased interest that WA is receiving from some of the bigger Salesforce partners.

Finally, Kel explains what it was like to receive the Golden Hoodie and share the experience face to face with others at the Sydney World Tour.

Make sure you're following Kel on Linkedin for his updates and we hope you enjoy the chat.

Melissa Shepard on her CTA journey and the importance of having a ”why”

Melissa Shepard on her CTA journey and the importance of having a ”why”

April 26, 2022

In today's episode we're thrilled to be joined by Melissa Shepard, Salesforce CTA, Golden Hoodie recipient and Founder of Lizztech Consulting, a Salesforce consulting business based in the USA.

 

We discuss Melissa's background, how she first joined the Salesforce ecosystem from roles in Java and .Net, and what her career trajectory has looked like since, including a period working in product development.

 

We discuss the difference between a Developer or Engineer and an Architect, why she decided to pursue the CTA initially, what her personal journey looked like, and how her role has shifted since passing the Review Board.

 

As a Golden Hoodie recipient, Melissa shares what the acknowledgement means to her, and we also touch on her new venture, a not for profit called ScaleUp Archs. She explains what it is, and what her plans and goals are for it.

 

Make sure you're following Melissa on LinkedIn for her updates and we hope you enjoy the chat.

 

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PART 2: Ben Duncombe on the ANZ Salesforce Talent Survey 2022: Insights

PART 2: Ben Duncombe on the ANZ Salesforce Talent Survey 2022: Insights

April 12, 2022

In this week’s episode, we cover the results of Talent Hub’s annual ANZ Salesforce Survey, of which Part 2 focuses on the results from Salesforce professionals.

 

You can download your copy of the ANZ Salesforce Market Survey here. In this podcast, listen to Ben’s response to the data, what he believes that it means and why, and how it compares to what he’s seeing on the ground day-to-day.

 

We look at what Salesforce professionals look for in a new role, where their ambitions lie, and where they most want to work, amongst other data points.

 

You can also take a peek back at our 2021 survey to see how the market has evolved over the last 12 months.

 

We hope that you enjoy the episode!

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