August 13, 2017 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
My SFDC Heroes

Mike Gerholdt the ButtonClick Admin! Of course the ButtonClick Admin is first on my list! This was the very first website that appeared in my very first Google search when I first started administering! I haven’t stopped following his blog and podcast ever since! David Liu at SFDC99 David taught me how to write my […]

January 1, 2016 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
It’s Your Time to Win this Year

Ever wonder where your time goes at work? Ever think how great it would be to tell your stakeholders exactly how much time a project is taking you to complete (vs. the time you are spending on other daily tasks you have to complete as part of your #AwesomeAdmin job)? Ever ponder if the time […]

September 30, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
Be a Change Agent: An Epic Battle

A change agent is a person from inside or outside the organization who helps an organization transform itself by focusing on such matters as organizational effectiveness, improvement, and development.” I know that Salesforce administrators are the embodiment of the “learners” referenced in this quote: “In times of change, learners inherit the Earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped […]

September 22, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
Trailhead is a Playground in the Matrix

If you want to learn more about Salesforce, it has NEVER been easier. As a Salesforce Administrator we are often asked by people in our organizations how they can start learning more about using Salesforce (because SFDC RULES!). Now, we have a great resource to direct them to.. and it is FREE and it rewards you with […]

September 20, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
My SFDC Project Plan: Lightning Experience Migration

This year, Dreamforce 2015 has inspired me to write a project plan for migrating my users to the Lightning Experience UI. I used my core project plan template and modified it for this Lightning Experience migration project so that you can see how to put my core template into practice in real life! I propose Salesforce Admins […]

September 18, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
#AmbitiousAdmin’s Don’t Fear the Code!

As you might know, if you have ever watched my Admin to Admin Academy Podcast, I strongly believe that formulas are the super powers of any #AwesomeAdmin! And for #AmbitiousAdmins… well we keep taking  more steps and begin dabbling with Flow variables, Visualforce and even Apex Code. There is no barrier we won’t cross when we have a […]

July 26, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
7 Quick Win Examples for Admins

I started my career as a waitress, then an administrative temp, an administrative assistant, and later found myself on a path to being an executive assistant with a process improvement focus/specialty. When I began leveraging the platform as my go-to solution to help solve people’s problems (and turning into a business analyst), I found […]

July 26, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
The 8 Steps to Managing Successful Salesforce Projects

This is a high-level representation of the project lifecycle that I have found to be the most effective in managing successful projects. To download the full ebook and project template that goes along with these 8 steps subscribe to the mailing list now! Step Deliverable 1. Current state Identify the business owners of the current […]

July 19, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
Salesforce Admins are Employee-preneurs

One of my favorite ways to pass the time is to reflect on the choices and events of my life that have lead me to this point. It is fascinating that so many specific choices had to come into play for me to end up right here, right now. The reason I do this is always because I […]

May 17, 2015 Melissa VanDyke 0 Comment
The Formula for #AmbitiousAdmins

As an ambitious admin I know you have a strong desire to achieve process efficiencies, and there is no better way to solve a specific business problem than to leverage the power of formulas in your Salesforce implementations. Formulas can be used in formula fields, workflow rules and validation rules, all of which are extremely powerful… […]