Saturday, June 12, 2021

Salesforce Ideas

Salesforce has that nice feature to allow users suggest and vote on new ideas to be implemented. There are many times when the feature you are looking for is not there and if you'd contact Salesforce support they just suggest to vote that specific idea, which very likely was already proposed.

But this is also a two edged sword because also allow you to see what is actually missing from Salesforce and highly requested by their customers: IdeaExchange sorted by popular items.

Surprised to see proposals made more than 10 years ago and voted or commented by thousands? Don't be. this is the reverse of the coin which many times the manuals are just forgetting to mention.

I voted some, but not too many, as I don't think that the sheer number of votes matter too much.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Some more free services available with an Azure free account

 Microsoft added some more services for their Azure free account:

  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL
  • Azure Database for MySQL
  • Azure Key Vault
  • Azure Logic Apps

Nice. Some more reasons to start trying Azure for free.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert

 I passed yesterday AZ-303 exam so now I call myself 


Next step: data engineer associate, coming soon.

Monday, April 26, 2021

AZ-304 certification

I passed yesterday Microsoft's AZ-304 certification, one step towards Azure Solutions Architect Expert.

I prepared pretty well for this exam so I didn't find it too difficult. I used Pluralsight series for this exam, Sybex's Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies and Design (Study Guide), plus a few other materials including quite a lot MS documentation (read well Overview or FAQ pages), but I found interesting Mark Grimes' YouTube videos (1, 2, ...).

Next obvious step is AZ-303 scheduled in a few days. Sure is easier to prepare for both at the same time.

The only negative was waiting an hour on VUE online app to be verified before starting the exam. They talk about 15 minutes but in my case was a full hour.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

PMI-ACP renewal PDUs

 Also today I've just finished the last online course to maintain my PMI-ACP certification, due for renewal in Feb 2021. For this cycle of 3 years I had to do 30 PDUs to maintain it.

For last few days I was watching some videos, approved by PMI, to earn those PDUs. As you may know, the rule of thumb is 1 PDU for 1 hour of conference or virtual event, so you can do the math. Quite a lot of information to review all theory tested by ACP exam, and even more.

Salesforce Sharing and Visibility Designer certification

Two days ago I got my 3rd Salesforce certification, Sharing and Visibility Designer:

This is the 1st one for architect level, one more to go for Salesforce solution architect. Yay!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

ServiceNow certification

I got my ServiceNow Admin certification more than 2 year ago and since then I took a few delta exams, an open-book exam about changes introduced by new releases. Until now those delta exams were free, and mandatory to maintain the certification, but with current release ("Paris") they introduced a $200 annual fee.

It was announced almost half a year ago but I didn't actually pay attention to that small detail. Today I received an email reminding me the calendar, as the exam should happen before Jan 7th, 2021.

Sorry ServiceNow, but I think I'll just let this certification expire. My initial plans were different and didn't use this certification at all, so paying $200 / year just to maintain it is out of question. I intend to maintain some other certifications I have, and I'd do it for ServiceNow, too, if they were free, but not in these new conditions they introduced.