The inaugural meetup of the London Salesforce Admins community (with an excellent turnout for the first event) took place on Thursday 2nd October at Dotmailer’s London offices - a great space overlooking London Bridge and the River Thames.
After some welcome drinks and networking, Matt Morris kicked things off with a short talk on the format and content for the evening:
The first talk was a comprehensive look at the GA features of Winter 15 from Mike Gill:
after a short break for “refreshments” (beer!) and some more networking, we were back for Francis’ Five Minute Feature with Francis Pindar, showing how to create images using formula fields:
and finally on the formal talks, Winter 15 hidden gems from Chris Edwards, giving a heads up on some of the pilot/beta features in the new release that will hopefully make it to GA before too long:
The presenting side of the evening was then wrapped up with the Open Mike session (so called as its hosted by Mike Gill!), where anyone can step up and talk for a couple of minutes on a subject of their choosing. If you’ve been wanting to take the plunge in public speaking but have been nervous of a length session, this is a great way to get your feet wet.
I spoke to a number of people during the subsequent networking and the consensus was that the organisers have found a definite gap to fill - the Salsforce User Group is quite high level and user-oriented, while the London Salesforce Developers tends to be focused on code rather than clicks.
The next meetup is on Thursday November 6th, and will no doubt have some news and features from Dreamforce, so if you are working as (or want to work as) a Salesforce Adminstrator in the London area make sure to add it to your diary.
On a related note, the October meetup of the London Salesforce Developers has been cancelled as it was scheduled a little close to Dreamforce, but we’re back in November.