Passed My Platform App Builder Certification Exam

Platform App Builder Certification for Darren S. Kowitt

Though I tried to use the online proctored exam, their software didn’t recognize my Logitech Brio, and so I was forced to reschedule and schlep across town to a testing center. Still, it was gratifying to pass on the first try.

Podio is Producing: An Update on The Spirits Importers, and It Seems Another Tutoring Client

The Podio Product Roadmap call on the 19th was perhaps a little less impressive than I had hoped for. But I must confess that I like the colors on the UX Beta. And I’ll have to retire my well-worn, well-recieved line about how in a cloud platform industry on innovation overdrive, there stands the Podio User Interface, as if frozen in Amber.

My Wine & Spirits Importer Client project is moving ahead steadily. The data model for SKUs, Brands, Wineries & Varietals is coming together nicely, as is a Globiflow automation that looks up the producer based upon brand terms (sometimes 1:1 more often 1:many). Researching all the terms takes the time; adding it to Podio is what triggers the iterative search over the hundreds of SKUs.

My Tutoring of an Atlanta area Operations Manager for a Real Estate firm may pay a divident of a second such client.

Take a look at the Sway below.

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ChartGrids Dashboard Visualizations for Podio

One of Podio’s longstanding weaknesses has been dashboards and business intelligence visualizations. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover this app, ChartGrids.com

By drilling down through Podio Org to Workspace to the App whose data you want to visualize, you can combine charts from different apps into a dashboard. Right now it’s only bar charts. But area charts, pie charts and donughts charts are on their way.

Drill down through the hierarchy
Podio Data Dashboard

Webassessor & Trailhead Profile Linked Correctly at https://trailblazer.me/id/dkowitt

Platform App Builder Certification for Darren S. Kowitt

Late last summer as Salesforce was upgrading its identity management processes for Trailblazer Community and Trailhead Training, when logging in, a bunch of my identities were consolidated, and a fresh profile page created for me. But the existing original profile page was the one linked to my Webassessor Account, which governs certifications. And I no longer had access to that. So, after much hue and cry, I finally got a case opened and set with Salesforce and now my Trailhead Profile displays my badges.

Link to Profile

Next goal: a Super Badge and Sharing & Visibility Designer.

Nifty Thing About Salesforce Anywhere Chats

Production and Sandbox orgs link to the same Quip/Salesforce Anywhere org. So when you’re knee-deep in testing triggers and flows in a sandbox, when one of your core change management colleagues messages you via an Anywhere chat, it appears in the Sandbox user interface as well — alerting you to the fact that some attention likely must be paid.

My Sandbox with Salesforce Anywhere

For my part, I appreciate this immensely.

The Same Salesforce Anywhere message in Production

More on Podio, Globiflow & Procfu Scripts

An old sway and a new sway.

Some growth would appear to have taken place.

Go figure. Here’s the new one.

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And this next one from 3 years ago is worth it if only for the tall schema shot towards the end.

Image or this link launches the Sway

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Meta

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A Sway about Meta Management Triggers and Actions Across the Major Codeless Integration Platforms

It would only be a matter of time before the API economy set sights upon itself. See what it means in this Sway.

Screenshot of the Sway
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