March 3 by Cordelia Solomon
Think arcades are just a great childhood pastime? Think again. Some 70 members of the Los Angeles Salesforce User Group gathered at the ever popular Dave and Busters for their first meeting of 2015, ready to learn about all things Salesforce, and, of course, challenge each other to their favorite arcade games!
Kicking off the meeting was Jay Hunter, Senior Cloud Success Technologist at Salesforce, who delved into the Lightning Process Builder–a new workflow tool that allows you to automate multi-faceted processes by creating visual analysis as you’re building. The builder is redefining how workflows should function, and provides users with seemingly endless possibilities with a just a few clicks.
Lightening up the mood, Chris Duarte, Managing Editor for Trailhead at Salesforce, took over the stage for her presentation – Mapping the Path in Trailhead. Choosing to forgo the podium and mic, Chris got the group engaged with a few Salesforce jokes followed by some general questions. Her presentation illustrated the newest method of learning about visual and programmatic app development, as well as how to effectively utilize Salesforce. While Trailhead has three recommended trails to take, users can opt for a more custom learning path by selecting one of the other several modules available. Each path offers challenges and reward points, making Trailhead a fun and effective learning process, guaranteed to prepare anyone for a certification exam!
Breaking up the meeting, group leader, Sum-Sum Chan, held the first drawings of our three prize raffle. A Visa gift card was presented to both Ethan Weltz from Wisdom Edge and David Mascarena from Annenberg Digital Division.
Rounding out the presentations was Apttus’ very own, Elliott
Yama– Director of Apttus’ Center of Excellence. Elliott offered some visual stimulation, and comedic relief, by showing how the number of honey producing bee colonies in the US is directly correlated to juvenile arrests for possession of marijuana. Once he had the group’s attention, Elliot demonstrated how companies are harnessing predictive analytics to make data influenced business decisions beyond the typical dashboards. Focusing on Sales, Legal, Finance, and Operations, he discussed the Salesforce Analytics cloud, Wave, and how to identify which
KPIs can significantly impact your business.
After a few more drinks and some post-presentation networking, attendees grabbed their game cards and hit the Dave and Busters arcade floor for some good old fashion fun. The highlight, a four way air hockey tournament!