Podcast : Peter Coffee on historical references and future successes

In conversation with Peter Coffee (@petercoffee) at the November 2016 French Touch Dreamin’ conference in Paris.

Peter is VP for Strategic Research at Salesforce and his Twitter bio describes him thus; “I work with app developers and CIOs to build a global community of innovation, service and success”.

As you will hear, Peter is never stuck for a quote, a metric or a research finding to support his arguments that when building modern software architectures, there is no advantage in duplicating what has been done in times past.

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Podcast : Benioff, “The Internet Of Things Is Real!”

This week we are paying a visit to the Dreamforce IoT Zone.

We’ll hear from Doug Merrett and his robot Sparky.  Doug is a Principal Enterprise Architect at Salesforce.


Doug Merrett

Sparky is a MeArm pocket sized industrial robot.

Sparky The Robot

Sparky The Robot

Even though it is 2015 and these techniques have been used for decades to build cars and sort parcels for delivery, not everyone makes the connection that the software which they use on their phone or web browser can affect and interact with the physical world, and for me this is really what the IoT Zone at Dreamforce is all about, helping people imagine what is possible and apply what they have learned to their own situation.

The technology of IoT has progressed rapidly and has made its way into many products we come into contact with every day.  Before we get to Doug and Sparky, we have a tour of the IoT Zone from Pat Patterson.  Pat is Developer Evangelist Architect at Salesforce https://www.linkedin.com/in/metadaddy and he walked and talked me around some of the major products on show which are connected through the new Salesforce IoT cloud.  You can tweet Pat @metadaddy

Pat Patterson

Pat Patterson

All the technology related zones at Dreamforce on the second floor of the Moscone West building were buzzing and they clearly made an impact on Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff as he gave mention in his Q&A session to both Adam Seligman, Senior VP Developer Relations and to Pat.

Adam Seligman, "The Trail Man"

Adam Seligman, “The Trail Man”

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Podcast : Chewing The Lightning With LeeAnne Templeman And Justin Edelstein

It’s been a month since Dreamforce 2015, so I thought that it might be interesting to replay some of the hot topics of conversation from around the Dev and Admin Zone.

I was joined in the AdminZone podcast studio by two experienced and talented people from the community to help me understand what we need to make the transition to using Lightning.

LeeAnne Templeman is a Developer Evangelist at Salesforce, she can be found on twitter @leeandroid.

LeeAnne Templeman

LeeAnne Templeman

Justin Edelstein is co-founder and CIO at, Arkus a Salesforce partner based in New York, he’s a Salesforce MVP and you can tweet him @JustEdelstein.

Justin Edelstein

Justin Edelstein

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Podcast : Thunder and Lightning with Peter Coffee

This week I have for you a conversation with Peter Coffee who is the Vice President for Strategic Research at Salesforce.

Many of you will recognise Peter as the host of pre-keynote conversations at many Salesforce events. I think I am right in saying that it is his voice which announces every keynote session at Dreamforce, which he has to pre-record in the run up to the conference.

Peter Coffee and the IoT Hierarchy Of Needs

Peter Coffee and the IoT Hierarchy Of Needs at Dreamforce 2015

If you’re interested in “the future”, then Peter is your man. He leads the emerging trends track at Dreamforce, which from what I have seen gives a 2-3 year view into the future of Salesforce and the technology industry.

Before he was hired by Marc Benioff in 2007, Peter was a technology journalist. He’s also a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and back in the day he even wrote a book entitled How to program Java.

If you want to improve your understanding of how technology and business work together and where they are leading us Peter is your man.

I sat down with Peter in the press room at Dreamforce on the very last day with the hope that he could help straighten out my thoughts about all the announcements and technologies which were on show that week.  Clearly my head was still spinning as you’ll hear we made reference to the I’m a Mac adverts which ran from 2006 to about 2009, so a good 6 years ago. Not the 2 or 3 that came out of my mouth. Things move fast today it seems.

You can find Peter on twitter @petercoffee

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Podcast : Learn Lightning With Don Robins

This week I’m speaking with Don Robins, who is an award winning instructor for Salesforce University and he has been a pioneer in providing education and advice for Salesforce admins and developers wanting to learn how to exploit Salesforce’s new Lightning technologies.

Don and I got together in a San Francisco bar, directly across the road from the Dreamforce conference which had just closed.  This conversation came almost exactly a year after our first conversation about the release of Salesforce Lightning components.  We started by talking about how quickly the time had passed, and how people (including me) can catch up and start understanding how to exploit the power of Lightning.

Over the past 18 months, Don has produced some excellent materials which introduce developers and admins to building with Lightning.  Top of the list is Don’s Salesforce University online course which you can access for FREE.  Don also produced a series of 6 blog posts which introduce the concepts of lightning and are a great primer for the training course.

If your job is as Salesforce developer or Admin then you should to continue to the on-line training, which is a high quality Salesforce University production with video and slides.

All of these great resources can be seen by going to the link http://bit.ly/lightningDon.

Take a look at the blog at http://www.technologyflows.com, you can tweet me @matmorris.

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Podcast : Salesforce Lightning With Skip Sauls & Doug Chasman

This time we hear from 2 people right at the heart of Salesforce’s Lighting technology evolution.

Skip Sauls is a Director of Product Management at Salesforce and he is working alongside Doug Chasman who is Principal Architect on the Platform team.

The work of their team is making it possible for developers and admins to customise Salesforces’ user interface like never before.

Doug was one of the two original architects of Visualforce, and I started by asking him if Lighting components will replace VisualForce.


This interview was recorded about 2 weeks prior to the announcement of the new Salesforce Lighting Experience, so we we’re able to discuss that on tape. Skip and Doug were extremely open about the technologies which they have waiting in the wings and Lighting Out sounds like it has the potential to be a transformational technology.

Dreamforce 2015 is taking place next week from the 15th September, if you’re going be sure to seek out Skip and Doug. If you’re staying at home, watch the online broadcasts and keep an eye on the Salesforce YouTube channel for the sessions to be published in the weeks following the conference.

Take a look at the blog at http://www.technologyflows.com, you can tweet me @matmorris.

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Podcast : London Salesforce Admins Summer Of Trailhead

This is the first episode of the new Technology Flows podcast, recorded at the London Salesforce Admins “Summer Of Trailhead” event at the end of July 2015.

Thanks to everyone who took part.  More details about the group can be found at http://www.meetup.com/London-Salesforce-Admins/ and on the Salesforce Success Community site.

trailhead-emblemTry Salesforce Trailhead for yourself at https://developer.salesforce.com/trailhead

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Lightning Strikes The U.K.

Attend a user group near you!

Monday the 9th March 2015 signals the official start of Salesforce Lightning Developer Week.  Have you registered to attend and event at one of the UK groups?  It may not be too late to sign up!

What can I expect?

These events are going to allow you to get hands on with many of the new Salesforce Lightning product family members.  Lightning Components and Lightning App builder, for the creation of the next generation Salesforce user interface.  Lightning Process Builder, for the next generation of workflow, and Lightning Connect for (what I think is) a paradigm shift in line-of-business data integrations.

If HM Revenue & Customs have allowed the boxes through the border, you can can also expect some nice swag items.  Maybe stickers, definitely t-shirts and possibly some sponsor give away prizes.  Make sure that you arrive on time to maximise your chances!

The biggest benefits though will be the people you meet and the conversations that you have.  Whether that is with one of the presenters or with people “just like you”, we are all going to need to work together to digest and apply all this new stuff in our projects.

Who should attend?

If you have anything to do with the configuration and customisation of Salesforce, Lightning Developer Week is for you.  You may go by the label of being a Salesforce “developer”, or you may refer to yourself as a Saleforce “administrator”, maybe your job title may contain words like “solution architect” or “business analyst”.  The content (I have seen it) is going to be relevant to you, and you’re are going to find out about, and try out first-hand, the tools and techniques which we’re all going to come to rely on to get our jobs done in the next couple of years.

It’s not too late to sign up!

There is still time! Whilst the London event is sold out, there are a total of four events running in the U.K. this week.  If you really can’t make it, then make sure that you join the meet up groups and attend an event soon.  You’ll be glad that you did!

Bristol Salesforce Developer Group – Bristol


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My home town, so I am doubly disappointed to not be there with a team of talented Salesforce experts that I know well.  You are assured of a warm welcome in Bristol, so what are you waiting for?

Birmingham Salesforce Developer Group – Birmingham

Thursday, March 12, 2015

I’ve not visited yet, but have heard good things about this group.  Check it out if you’re based around the Midlands.


North UK Salesforce Developer Group – Leeds

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Salesforce MVP & Maven, Paul Battisson will be supported by Salesforce MVPs Phil Walton & Josh Hoskins.  This is a great group with lots of talented people happy to share their knowledge.


London Salesforce Developers & London Salesforce Admin

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Devs & Admins!

Currently sold out.  This is a joint meeting held by the developer and admin user groups.  The total number of RSVPs was capped at 150, and there was still a waiting list!  Just goes to show how strong Salesforce technologies are in the capital city.



Along with some famous names, I will be here too!  I am presenting the section about Lightning Connect.  Wish me luck & I hope that you have a great Lightning Week!  It’s going to go lightning fast!