The Salesforce Architect Group in London is a local resource that enables Salesforce architects, administrators, and developers to learn about Salesforce features and partners and network with one another. Francis Pindar, Tom Bassett and Sam Wadhwan have kicked off the new community group in London and we talk about why we started it all off and what we want the community to get out of it.
Tom currently works for Trigg Digital as a Solution Architect. He has over five years of experience working with the Salesforce platform and is also a Salesforce application/solution architect. Tom’s goal is for customers to get the most out of the CRM, maximise their return on investment, and benefit from working with him. Also, he helps to disseminate the Ohana culture by giving the broader Salesforce Community support in the form of new feature ideas and responses to questions that have been posted. On the other hand, Sam is a Salesforce-certified technical architect and the Chief Technical Architect at PwC.
During our discussion today, Sam and Tom shared their professional backgrounds and the path that led them to become a part of the Salesforce ecosystem for the first time. In addition, we discuss the widespread misperceptions surrounding architects and their work and the numerous campaigns and initiatives undertaken in recent years to dispel these misconceptions. Also, we talk about how the work of an architect needs a great degree of imagination and how important it is to explain a complicated notion in a way that is easy to understand as an architect. Moreover, Sam and Tom share what they are looking forward to experiencing in the community group, in which they highlight that it is impossible to be an expert in everything, and we must narrow our focus to our areas of expertise. Furthermore, they state that they are looking forward to the community group since they believe it will aid the architect community in London and those individuals who aspire to become Salesforce Architects.
[02:20] Background – Introducing Sam and Tom.
[05:24] Architect Group, London – Sam and Tom mention the motivations behind their aspiration to become leaders of the London-based architect group.
[06:42] An Architect – There is a stigma associated with architects and their work. In recent years, there have been numerous efforts and endeavors to refute these falsehoods.
[09:43] Creativity – We discuss how the work of an architect requires a significant amount of creativity.
[16.01] Communication – The ability to convey a complex idea in an understandable manner is akin to an art form.
[18:18] Community – Sam and Tom express what they are looking forward to experiencing in the community group.
[20:23] Individual Contribution – It is impossible to be an expert in everything. You must rely on others and narrow your focus to your areas of expertise.
Connect with Sam and Tom:
Tom Bassett: trailblazer.me/id/tombassett
Sam Wadhwani: trailblazer.me/id/swadhwani
Mentioned in the episode:
Architect Group, London, UK
Register for Meetings/Events here: https://trailblazercommunitygroups.com/salesforce-architect-group-london-united-kingdom