It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again already. Salesforce.com’s annual Dreamforce conference is a month away. I’m not sure why, but I’m finding myself really excited about this year’s show. I thought it might be my 20 year crush on Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but honestly, I think it’s because I’m prepared. This conference has grown exponentially in the last decade and every year that Dreamforce improves it's performance, I try to as well. With that said I’d like to share with you my tips for maximizing your experience at the Cloud Computing Industry Event of the Year.
1. Register for your sessions ahead of time. Rachel Thornton and her team have done an amazing job reworking the Agenda Builder. There are over 750 breakout and training sessions scheduled this year. Even still, they will fill up. Spend some time thinking about the areas you want to focus on, and book those sessions asap. Don’t think you’re going to wing it when you get there. This is a BIG conference. Sessions are varied and spread out, you’ll get a lot more out of these if you do some preparation in advance.
2. Network, socialize, network. This is the big show for us salesforce geeks and it’s not your typical 9-5 event. Rest up and embrace it. Seek out your Sales and/or Support reps, check out the Birds of a Feather lunches, join Chatter groups to connect with other attendees, participate in the volunteer activities, go to the partner sponsored happy hours and events. We'd love to see you at the ReadyTalk party! Don’t try to handle your usual workload while you’re out there. You, and your company, will get the most out of Dreamforce if you’re learning and focused on the conference, and not what’s going on back at the office.
3. Schedule time to visit the Campground and the Cloud Expo. Don’t fill up your session card to the point that you leave no time for the Expo area. Want to get a personal demo of that cool new functionality introduced during the keynotes? Head to the Campground. Got a burning platform question you need answered, again the Campground has got you covered. Same with the Expo. This is where you can get up close and personal with all of those great app venders/developers from the AppExchange. I'd recommend meeting with your company's stakeholders in advance to get an idea of what might make their lives easier when it comes to salesforce automation and integration. With 350 venders on hand it's easy to get overwhelmed. It helps to have a starting point in mind before jumping in. Be sure to plan on at least a couple of hours to explore the Campground and Cloud Expo. It will definitely be time well spent.
Editor's Note: While you are checking out the CloudExpo, be sure to stop by the ReadyTalk booth (#1429) for great prizes. Want to schedule a Dreamforce demo of ReadyTalk for Salesforce? Sign up now.