Editor’s Note: By now, you’ve probably heard of Trailhead, the fun and free way to learn Salesforce. But with so much amazing content and only so many hours in the day, wouldn’t it be helpful to hear from others who have already blazed their trails?
That’s why we’ve started our Trailhead Reviews series. Every other Friday, Internet Creations employees of all levels of Salesforce expertise will share their experiences with Trailhead trails and modules to help you get the most out of your Trailhead time.
And what better way to kick off this new series than with the trail designed to help you get ready for the biggest Salesforce event of the year? In our first review, Steve Wood, Partner Liaison at Internet Creations, explores whether someone who isn’t going to Dreamforce can benefit from taking the Dreamforce Trail.
With Dreamforce right around the corner, Salesforce has dedicated a specific trail to this year’s event on Trailhead. Although I am not one of the lucky thousands of people to be attending this year’s Dreamforce, I decided to take the trail anyway. Being relatively new to the Dreamforce experience, I wanted to learn more about the conference and see how Salesforce preps attendees before the big event.
The trail is very light compared to some others, with only one module composed of three units to complete, taking a recommended 30 minutes (and rewarding you with 300 points, if the gamification interests you). The units are meant to educate and prepare you for Dreamforce so that you can get the most out of your trip – a good thing since maximizing your time would prove difficult on the fly with the amount of sessions and options available.
Overall, I found the modules to be insightful. I have a better understanding of what Dreamforce is and what to expect. For example, I had no knowledge of the customizable agenda builder, which is a useful tool, prior to taking this trail.
I felt the unit on maximizing your experience was excellent and really tries to help people prepare and make the most of their time at Dreamforce. The unit include information on how to connect with the community, top hashtags to use, and key influencers to follow, which is useful even for people who aren’t attending the event. Salesforce really wants to make sure no one comes away disappointed or overwhelmed, and that was evident in the Dreamforce Trail.
The unit on getting ready for Dreamforce provided a good overview of Dreamforce and some useful pro tips, but the text and video content in general felt more promotional than informative. The agenda and map for example were meant clearly more to build excitement than to be useful. Also, some things, like the agenda builder, were not available at the time I took the trail. They may be up now, but mentioning something very useful and not having it ready detracted a bit from the learning experience for me.
Bottom Line: Overall, I do feel more educated about Dreamforce after completing the trail, and were I going, I would know what to expect and how to prepare. I also now know about resources available to non-attendees, which is great since I won’t be there but will want to watch some sessions and keynotes. While I did come away with more knowledge of Dreamforce, a big portion of the trail is dedicated to preparing for the conference and, therefore, would not be as relevant to people who aren’t attending Dreamforce. If you will be going to San Francisco, however, I would highly recommend taking the Dreamforce Trail.
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