Talent Hub Talk
Rohit Kumar on the Indian Salesforce ecosystem and nurturing upcoming talent

Rohit Kumar on the Indian Salesforce ecosystem and nurturing upcoming talent

October 19, 2021

In today's episode, we're joined by India based Salesforce CTA and CTO of Venerate Solutions, Rohit Kumar.

Rohit talks us through what first attracted him into the world of Salesforce, and to pursue the CTA path, as part of what has been a varied and successful career to date, having worked directly for Salesforce previously, and utilised his Salesforce skills for a period of working in Europe. 

He explains how he benefited from his time working in the European market, and shares a detailed insight into the huge Salesforce ecosystem in India. We talk about the unique challenges there, the growth that the region has experienced, how the perception of the platform has evolved over time, and his predictions for future growth.

Rohits explains the RPA space which he is now involved in with Venerate Solutions and how it complements Salesforce; how the business started, and the gap in the market that they capitalised on. We talk about developing talent, and how they are facilitating bringing more talent into the ecosystem. 

Finally, we talk about Rohit's journey to CTA, what worked for him and the tips that he shares with others considering undertaking the challenge.

Make sure that you're following Rohit on LinkedIn to stay connected, and if you have any questions, then he is happy to chat with you online.
 
You can check out our episode 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.
 
We hope you enjoy the chat!
Carter Wigell on the early days of Salesforce and the evolution of the consulting space

Carter Wigell on the early days of Salesforce and the evolution of the consulting space

October 12, 2021
In today's episode, we're joined by CEO of US based Salesforce consulting practice, Thunder, Inc, Carter Wigell.
 
Carter has a fascinating and unique story, having been one of the first circa 100 Salesforce employees back in 2001, and having been involved in a number of acquisitions within the consulting space throughout his career to date.
 
We discuss how he first became a part of the Salesforce ecosystem, what his initial thoughts were, and how he saw the business and platform grow exponentially over the years.
 
Carter explains why he made the decision to start his own business within the ecosystem, and we discuss the various ways that this can be approached, as well as his thoughts on optimising talent.
 
Having been involved in several high profile acquisitions in the past decade, he shares his insights in acquisitions, and the opportunities and challenges that come from them. There have been many developments in the market since then, and he explains his views on both the positive and more testing aspects, including his vision for his most recent business, Thunder, Inc.
 
Make sure you're following Carter on LinkedIn and continue to follow the Thunder, Inc journey, and we'd like to thank our episode sponsors, Form Assembly for their support in bringing you this episode. 
 
Form building can be a tedious and complex process when collecting loads of data for enterprises. Solve this issue with ease through FormAssembly, an all-in-one secure web form builder with a robust Salesforce integration. This seamless web to lead form building connection boasts features including sophisticated data collection, the option to pre-fill forms, create and update records, and more! Their advanced compliance standards offer prime solutions for companies in the government, finserv, healthcare, nonprofit, and higher education spaces. Visit www.formassembly.com/talenthub to find out why FormAssembly is the #1 Enterprise form building platform for Salesforce and how it can be customized to fit the needs of your company!
 
We hope you enjoy the chat!

 

Vinay Sail on enterprise architecture and the pursuit of the CTA

Vinay Sail on enterprise architecture and the pursuit of the CTA

October 5, 2021

In today's episode, we're joined by Netherlands based Salesforce CTA, Vinay Sail.

Vinay is an Enterprise Architect and talks us through what first attracted him into the technical space and the world of Salesforce, and more recently to pursue the CTA path.

We talk about how he first started designing Salesforce solutions, we cover the different types of architects and what each one does. Vinay explains the structure and planning aspects of architecture, and how TOGAF certifications and others similar, can assist professionals to build that framework.

We touch on architecture from the business's perspective; the outcomes that they can expect to see, and the return on investment from the work produced.

As a Certified Technical Architect graduating from the FlowRepublic Academy, Vinay explains his personal CTA journey, the study group that he was a part of, and shares the productivity tips that he adopted to achieve success.

Make sure that as well as checking out his blog referenced in this episode, forceenterprisearchitect.com, that you're following Vinay on LinkedIn to stay connected, and if you have any questions, then Vinay is happy to chat with you online.
 
You can check out our episode 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.
 
We hope you enjoy the chat!
Patrick Reynolds on the emerging trends he‘s seeing within the Salesforce ecosystem

Patrick Reynolds on the emerging trends he‘s seeing within the Salesforce ecosystem

September 28, 2021

In today's episode, we're joined by Sydney based, Salesforce Principal at Deloitte, Patrick Reynolds.

As a previous guest on the show, we were eager to catch up with Patrick for his views on the increasingly buoyant Salesforce market here in APAC, and available Salesforce talent.

We discuss the trends he's seeing across the ecosystem, where he sees the volume of opportunities coming from, and whether the talent shortage in Australia will be alleviated when the borders reopen.

Within the episode, we touch on everything from the licencing models across digital platforms, to the evolution of the traditional CEO profile in future decades.

Patrick explains the progression he's seeing around industry specialisation, competitors within the industry and why Salesforce is in a very strong position to continue on their growth trajectory. 

Make sure that you're following Patrick on LinkedIn to stay connected, and if you have any questions, then he's happy to chat with you online.
 
We hope you enjoy listening to his insights!
Jyothsna Bitra on the world of Marketing Cloud

Jyothsna Bitra on the world of Marketing Cloud

September 21, 2021

In today's episode, we're joined by USA-based Salesforce Marketing Cloud professional and Marketing Cloud User Group Leader, Jyothsna Bitra (JB).

JB talks us through what initially attracted her to a career in the technical space, how she first became exposed to Salesforce, and what led her to specialise in Marketing Cloud.

We talk about the materials and courses available in the Marketing Cloud space for those who want to learn more, including AMPscript, and what exactly AMPscript is.

Jyothsna explains Pardot, how it differs from Marketing Cloud, and it's best-use case, before delving into the different roles within a Marketing Cloud team and or project, and how the various skill sets are essential for success.

In addition to sharing her insights into the growing Marketing Cloud space, JB explains her last few years and contributions to the ecosystem. As the recipient of the Golden Hoodie recently, she relives the moment that she was presented with it, and what it meant to her.

Make sure that you follow Jyothsna on LinkedIn or via the Phoenix Marketing Cloud User Group to stay connected, and if you have any questions, then she's happy to chat with you online.
 
We hope you enjoy listening to her story!
Kevin Boyle on the evolution of DevOps in the Salesforce space

Kevin Boyle on the evolution of DevOps in the Salesforce space

September 14, 2021
In today's episode, we're joined by UK based co-founder and CEO of Gearset, Kevin Boyle.
 
Kevin talks us through what initially attracted him to a career in the technical space, how he first became exposed to DevOps and then Salesforce, and what led to him co-founding a business.
 
Gearset is a comprehensive DevOps tool and so we discussed what DevOps actually is and some common misconceptions around it.
 
Kevin explains how he identified the need for DevOps tools in the Salesforce ecosystem, the perception shift in the market, what the catalyst was, and how it has continued to evolve.
 
Kevin explains when companies should consider utilising DevOps tools over change sets and why DevOps isn’t just for Developers.
 
Finally, we talk about the growth of Gearset, what he enjoys about running a business, and what he's excited about for the future.
 
Make sure that you follow Kevin on LinkedIn to stay connected, and if you have any questions, then he's happy to chat with you online.
 
We hope you enjoy listening to his story!
Maria Huemmer on finding balance within a thriving Salesforce career

Maria Huemmer on finding balance within a thriving Salesforce career

September 7, 2021

In today's episode, we're joined by USA based Lead Salesforce Solution Architect, Maria Huemmer.

Having originally come from a non-technical background, Maria talks us through what initially attracted her to a career in Salesforce, the career moves she made to get there, and how she continues to progress in her development.

As a Salesforce professional within the consulting space, we discuss the reality of consulting, her experiences, and dig into whether there are misconceptions around a role within Salesforce consulting.

Maria holds firm life values and clear goals, and we discuss how she approaches selecting the organisation which is going to align with them best, and how she maintains balancing Salesforce consulting with family life. We talk about how organisations can attract working parents and strategies people can adopt to find balance with their work and home lives, whether that's parenting or outside interests they're passionate about.

As Maria holds a number of Salesforce certifications, we also talk about certs, her approach to them, and whether the CTA path is the right one for her.

A must-listen for anybody on the fence about a career in consulting, or if you're struggling to find balance in your own role.

Make sure that you follow Maria on LinkedIn to stay connected and if you have any questions, then she's happy to chat with you online.
 
We hope you enjoy listening to her story!
BONUS MARKET UPDATE: Chris Hopper and Ben Duncombe on Salesforce recruiting in 2021

BONUS MARKET UPDATE: Chris Hopper and Ben Duncombe on Salesforce recruiting in 2021

August 31, 2021
In today's episode, we catch up with USA-based Salesforce Recruiter, Christopher Hopper, for a chat about Salesforce recruiting in the current market.
 
We delve into topics such as how many interviews people should ideally be attending, the dreaded counter offer, and what companies need to do if they're not finding talent for their roles. 
 
We regularly catch up with Chris on the podcast, as he's a popular voice with our listeners. There are several previous episodes that we have recorded at past Dreamforce events and throughout the year with him, including candid chats, predictions and observations. If you've missed any of these, then head back through the show to catch up on what you missed.
 
Chris comes from a technical background himself which gives him a unique insight, and he's a valuable voice and content creator to follow on social media. You can find him on LinkedIn, or visit his website for articles, videos, and information.
 
Additionally, we'd like to thank our episode sponsors, Form Assembly for their support in bringing you this episode. 
 
Form building can be a tedious and complex process when collecting loads of data for enterprises. Solve this issue with ease through FormAssembly, an all-in-one secure web form builder with a robust Salesforce integration. This seamless web to lead form building connection boasts features including sophisticated data collection, the option to pre-fill forms, create and update records, and more! Their advanced compliance standards offer prime solutions for companies in the government, finserv, healthcare, nonprofit, and higher education spaces. Visit www.formassembly.com/talenthub to find out why FormAssembly is the #1 Enterprise form building platform for Salesforce and how it can be customized to fit the needs of your company!
 

Enjoy the insights!

Pooja Ramesha and Tanya Anglin on innovative and effective ways to secure your first Salesforce role

Pooja Ramesha and Tanya Anglin on innovative and effective ways to secure your first Salesforce role

August 24, 2021

In today's episode, we're joined by two inspiring women in Salesforce!

Pooja Ramesha and Tanya Anglin have transformed their careers in recent times, breaking into the ecosystem with hard work, perseverance and some innovative thinking.

Having set their sights on a career in Salesforce, they talk us through how they used resources such as Trailhead alongside LinkedIn, to network and build personal brands within the ecosystem.

They employed tactics outside of simply applying for jobs online with real success, and they explain the individual strategies that they undertook throughout the episode.

It was fascinating and inspiring to hear more about their personal journeys, as well as tips for others who are in a similar position.

A must-listen for any Salesforce newbie or aspiring Trailblazer!

Make sure that you follow Pooja and Tanya on LinkedIn to stay connected and check out the work discussed in this episode, and if you have any questions, then both are happy to chat with you online.
 
We hope you enjoy listening to their stories
Jitendra Zaa on the significance of having a mentor and community when undertaking the CTA journey

Jitendra Zaa on the significance of having a mentor and community when undertaking the CTA journey

August 17, 2021

In today's episode, we're joined by USA based Salesforce CTA, Author and MVP, Jitendra Zaa.

Throughout the chat, Jitendra shares his early career background, how he initially became a part of the Salesforce ecosystem and why he commenced on the path of working towards the CTA.

We talk about how he persevered and overcame challenges getting his first foot in the door with the Salesforce experience he had, and how his career has taken him across the world.

Having previously set up a 600+ team overseas, we touch on what he looks for when he interviews candidates, and how Salesforce professionals can put their best foot forward in interview situations, no matter their level of experience.

We discuss his journey to CTA, the importance of working with a mentor to adjust your approach, test yourself, and why he considers himself an Engineer at heart.
 
Jitendra gives a really candid insight into the value of building a support network with others on the same path, and giving back to others in the global Salesforce ecosystem through initiatives such as his speaking engagements and blog, Jitendra Zaa.
 
Make sure as well as checking out his blog that you're following Jitendra on LinkedIn or on Twitter @jitendrazaa to stay connected, and if you have any questions, then Jitendra is happy to chat with you online.
 
You can check out our episode 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.
 
We hope you enjoy the chat!
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