2013 MVP Summit

Summit MVPs

Opportunities like this happen very infrequently which makes the MVP Summit even more exciting! Words can’t express the excitement, anticipation, passion and sheer exuberance of those who participated in the first ever Salesforce MVP Summit!

Last week 90+ Salesforce MVPs from all over the world gathered in the wonderful city of San Francisco to meet with Salesforce executives as ambassadors to the larger Salesforce community of users. The executives shared with us their near-term and long-term product road map (we are talking like Winter’ 15 features here). I was very surprised with the access that Salesforce provided to the MVPs and it proved to be beneficial for both groups!

Unfortunately, I won’t be discussed because all MVPs are under a NDA (non-disclosure agreement) with Salesforce I won’t be spilling any beans today, but what I can tell you is that Salesforce has been working hard. Really hard. Some of this stuff is going to blow your socks off! Thankfully, you won’t have to wait too long to start seeing some of these cool “things” because Salesforce will be making a number of announcements at Dreamforce ’13! (Click here to Register and use D13MVPREF to save $100). You aren’t going to want to miss Dreamforce this year – trust me! I have seen things…

During our one-day summit, we had presentations from Parker Harris (Co-founder), a keynote from Peter Coffee (VP, Platform Research), and even a couple of product demos from Dan Darcy (SVP UX & Technical Product Marketing)! Presentations and discussions spanned the entire Salesforce platform from Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud (including Exact Target), Trust and Security, Support, Mobile and UX (user interface). Plenty of surprises to come from all of these groups in the next year and beyond!

Okay, so what was the best part of the summit? While it was exciting to see the future of our favorite enterprise platform, having the chance to interact with high-level executives and voice our thoughts and opinions with them directly was fantastic! I have not heard of any other company which provided this level of access to their customers. To put that into prospective, I was able to each lunch with Parker Harris and John Zissimos (Chief Creative Officer). At dinner, I sat with the hilarious Steven Tamm (CTO) and learned about his background and history at Salesforce. It was refreshing to hear these executives excited about what is happening in the future, and apologetic at times for some of the muddy vision and lack of road map in some areas (Content/Files/Libraries/Attachments anyone)? Either way, the dialogue proved to be beneficial for all parties.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, this was the first event I have attended as an MVP which meant that it was the first time I have been able to meet the other MVPs face-to-face! It was very exciting to meet these individuals as many of them have helped me become an Admin Hero! Having drinks with SteveMo and having a great one-on-one conversation about his involvement in the answers community (and the hilarious story of how his dog got the name Mr. Brown)! Eating dinner with Mr. Button Click Admin Mike Gerholdt and having an insightful conversation about his blogging philosophy and best practices. The event was amazing on so many levels!

Several other MVPs have written their thoughts and I happen to concur with all of them! If you want to read more, check out some of these posts:

Recap 2013 MVP Summit

Thoughts on the Salesforce Community MVP Summit

History was Made

MVP Summit 2013 Recap

Looking forward to future MVP Summits! Until then, I look forward to seeing the crew and YOU at Dreamforce in November!

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  1. Kyla Longe (@seriouslykyla)

    September 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Fabulous post Brent! Of course love reference to the “Documents, Attachments, Content, Files: Go!” moment. 🙂 Thanks for the work you do in the community…


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