So You Wanna be a Salesforce Admin…

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Salesforce AdminI often get asked by people in the community… “I want to become a Salesforce Power User” or “I want to become an Admin” or “I want to learn more about Salesforce”.  I feel like I often write the same email over and over with suggestions for resources to check out (and there are many, many of them).The purpose of this blog is to do nothing other than share my favorite resources for Salesforce information and offer a few options to aid your path to Salesforce stardom.  As I talked about in this post, being helpful to your admin, or desiring to become an admin can greatly enhance your usefulness with your employer and open up doors for future career growth.  Instead of just being nice and helpful, what about being an integral part of the Administration team?  Well, here’s some suggestions of things to read, watch, learn, and master.

Baseline

I often refer to Salesforce.com as “Access on Steroids, in the Cloud” to help communicate some of the underlying data structure abilities and technology.  I know that’s not exactly fair, but to set some context, if you are not familiar with what a relational database is or how it works, check out these links:

Getting up to Speed:

  • Force.com Fundamentals –  This self paced course/exercise guide will cover many important concepts for every Salesforce.com implementation.  Data modeling, setting up objects, fields, security, workflow, reports and dashboards.  Take your time and follow these exercises.  It’ll fuel your thirst for knowledge! –   http://wiki.developerforce.com/page/Force_Platform_Fundamentals
  • Introduction Training Videos – This free series of training videos covers many of the basics of Salesforce.com Sales Cloud and general best practice (including Chatter and Reporting) – http://www.salesforce.com/services-training/training_certification/online/
  • ADM-201 – Administration Essentials – This class builds upon basic platform knowledge to teach how to be a Salesforce Administrator (and covers much of the test content if you want to become certified).  Worth it to try to get on your learning plan –  http://www.salesforce.com/assets/pdf/datasheets/DS_ADM201.pdf
  • Dreamforce – Are you able to go to Dreamforce?  A 4-5 day immersion in Salesforce will definitely leave you primed up with hands on training and networking with your peers.  This year it is September 18-21.   http://www.dreamforce.com
  • Premiere Support Onboarding – If your company purchased Premiere Support, you are entitled to use the onboarding video library resources.  Talk to your admin or Salesforce Account Executive about using these resources.

Test Resources:

Here are some resources to help get you thorough that first milestone Salesforce exam – ADM-201 to gain your certified administrator credential.

Community Resources:

Leveraging the Salesforce Community will greatly accelerate your ability to learn and solve problems.  Having connections outside of your company will help you be exposed to a greater number of solutions and Salesforce environments.  Getting to know the community is a huge step in improving your mastry of Salesforce.

Good References:

And there you have it…

These are my favorite resources to recommend to people who are up-and-coming on the platform. Please use these as you will to improve your knowledge of Salesforce and connections to the community.  Please bookmark this page and share it with your friends, I will try to keep it updated as I am made aware of improved resources.

Also, if you have any that you’d like to add, please, please, please comment!

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