I’m Starting a New Job!!

March 18th, 2011

No… I’m not leaving Appirio …┬ábut I will have a new role starting next week! One of the great things about Appirio is that, like the cloud computing industry in general, the only constant is change and new opportunities are always being incubated within our company. Since I started with Appirio I’ve been on the delivery team working 40-60 hours a week on client projects. I absolutely love it! In between my “normal” working hours I squeeze in blogging, tinkering with new technologies, developing demos and writing articles for developer.force.com. It’s always a blast and never a dull moment.

About a year ago we started what is now called our CloudSpokes community. We ran it internally for awhile to flesh out the concept and work out the kinks and finally launched it last Valentine’s Day. CloudSpokes allows developers to participate in challenges, build a diverse portfolio of technology skills, learn something new, and even earn a little cash on the side as well (btw… take 15 seconds and join the commuity so you can see what cool things are going on). We’ve completed some pretty great challenges in our first month such as building out OAuth2 support for Ruby to authorize Heroku apps for Force.com, a Firefox plugin utility for developers, a “Cloudy Code Obfuscator” and some XSLT transformations for customer projects. We currently have challenges for HTML5, an iPhone app for salesforce.com Admins and a Google chat bot. There’s more fun to come as we will be announcing as series of related challenges to really energize the community site. We’ve pledged to give away $1 million in prize money so we have to get crackin’!

CloudSpokes is off to a great start but Appirio wants it make it #superfrickinawesome! So beginning next week I’ll start my new position as Developer Evangelist for Appirio and CloudSpokes. Half of my time will still be down in the trenches of Force.com client projects but the other half will be devoted CloudSpokes and the developer community in general. What does this mean for me and hopefully the community?

  • Part of my job will be helping the CloudSpokes team develop new challenges, judge contest submissions and manage the day to day operations of the community.
  • I’ll get to concentrate on blog posts and demos to help enterprises accelerate their adoption of the cloud. Since we focus on technologies such as Force.com, Google, Heroku, VMforce, Amazon Web Services, Workday, Twilio and mobile, you should expect to see more coming your way.
  • I’ve always been not-so-secretly jealous of the Force.com Developer Evangelists, so now I’ll get a chance to (hopefully) work with them more closely. We are also fostering relationships with evangelists from Heroku, Twilio, VMware and AWS so our goal is to include them more in the community. We may have an exciting announcement on this front soon.
  • I’m a little ADD (actually, my wife says I have ADSO… Attention Deficit… oh! Shiny Object!!) so anything new is fun for me. I’m really excited that I’ll be able to work with new and emerging technologies that I typically am not exposed to. I’m really getting my hands dirty with Ruby and Heroku and I think that will be a focus for awhile. I’ll also be getting into mobile stuff for iOS, Android, Sencha and HTML5.
  • My new role should also prevent my wife from divorcing me as my working hours shouldn’t be as crazy.

So if you have any ideas on what you would like to see or what you think I should do, the please drop me a line!

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  1. Tim Inman

    Congrats!

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  2. Wes

    Congrats champs! Sounds like an awesome job :)

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  3. Kevin Swiggum

    Great news Jeff. Congrats!

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  4. Joel Dietz / @fractastical

    Awesome!

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  5. JP Seabury

    Sounds like a blast! Congratz

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  6. Richard Vanhook

    Congratulations, I thought you already contributed a lot of content – no telling how much you’ll contribute now!

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  7. Chris O Davies

    Congrats!

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  8. Nick Simha

    Congrats Jeff!

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  9. ScottD on the Mic

    You are a beast.

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  10. Pat Patterson

    Congrats, Jeff! If you have half as much fun in your new role as I do as a Force.com developer evangelist, I’ll be having twice as much fun as you! :-)

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  11. Sandeep Bhanot

    Its always satisfying to know that Jeff is “not-so-secretly jealous” of your work title! Congratulations Jeff. You’re already a stalwart of the Force.com community – can’t wait to see what other cool stuff you come up with now that you’re focussed on this full-time.

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  12. Indy

    All the best Jeff,
    I am a great fan of your Salesforce Handbook.
    One question.How you are managing your time.I am always thinking about that.

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  13. Mati

    Hi Jeff,

    I looked at your blog for the first time and it is very interesting. Below is just a question for you, but it is not something about this post. I couldn’t get any means to contact you.

    I am really interested to pursue my career in cloud computing. It is not because cloud computing is the future, but I admire the idea very much. After having 2 years of work experience in developing desktop application in C#.Ne,t Java, and web application in PHP and JavaScript, I am now doing my masters in Computer Science (Actually it is in Software development).

    But, after 8 months (i.e internship time), I really wanted to develop apps for the Cloud specially I wanted to work at Salesforce.com. But I am confused selecting materials that will help me to prepare myself for the Cloud Computing. It is because, I am now learning desktop and web app development.

    Can you please guide me based on your experience.

    Thank you.
    Mati

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  14. Sanket

    Congrats Jeff !!
    Great to here that…
    Now i guess we will be get much more blogs now as you will be getting more time now. ;)
    I wonder is it that you get more than 24 hrs a day and we get only 24 lol…
    In some blog you should also give in some tips how you manage all these thing will help a lot..
    Your blogs came to rescue me a lot of time..
    Continue the good work…
    Best of luck..

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  15. Narasimha Krishna

    Hi Jeff:
    Congratulations – I wish you all the best in your new assignment. Now that you are a an evangelist, I want to draw your attention to Release Management for Salesforce.com. Even though Salesforce has the Force.com add-on to Eclipse, package creation for deployment is (to another Sandbox/ production) still a black art. Add to that the issues of release documentation, multiple builds and the whole Release management is a logistical nightmare in most enterprise deployments. To make the matter even more complex, we have the issue of cross track contamination where even the smallest change (field level security etc) can cause other major apps to fail. I am specifically interested in creating a holistic approach to Release management where the development /project/release teams work in synchronicity for zero defect deployments through the sandboxes and production.
    I would appreciate your feedback.

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  16. Sumit

    Hay jeff..Congratulations..You really contribute a lot to SF developer community..Still you are thinking of doing more..That’s really a great attitude..All The Best..:)

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  17. SP Singh

    Hi, I want to learn how to create salesforce widgets.
    Please guide me to a resource, or if you have any book or material authored by you please let me know.
    Any assistance in creating salesforce widgets is highly appreciated.

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  18. John Coppedge

    Awesome news Jeff! Looking forward to great things to come from Cloudspokes.

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  19. Jeff Douglas

    @Narasimha, we run into the same problem each day. So far the best approach is to lay out a release management strategy, communicate changes within the development group and follow the strategy set out. It’s painful right now.

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  20. Jeff Douglas

    @Mati, I would look at developer.force.com for all of the salesforce.com training. There’s also a great book called “Development on the Force.com Platform” that you can get from Amazon. You might also want to stop by cloudspokes.com and compete in some challenges to test your skills.

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  21. Umit Yalcinalp

    And you think that being a developer evangelist’s life is not crazy, eh? ;) Good luck dude, congrats. You are perfect for it.

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  22. Mitz Chauhan

    Congrats Jeff – great job!! Good luck in trying to reduce the hours, i think you’re going to have too much fun!!!!

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