Need to leave Common Ground? Analyze first. Then react.

In the interest of full disclosure, let’s get this out of the way first: I’m employed! Or I will be as of November 1 when I join KELL Partners full-time as Solutions and Support Services Manager. I’m very excited about this opportunity to join a team that I’ve gotten to know a bit over the past few years. I’m also thrilled to be taking on a role that will have me working with nonprofits post-implementation. More on that in the future, I’m sure.

During my month of unemployment I had the pleasure of working on a few meaningful Force.com projects that have nothing to do with my upcoming role at KELL. If you’re a Common Ground (or Common Ground Enterprise) client still overwhelmed trying to figure out what to do next, this one is for you.

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IFTTT (If This Then That) where have you been my entire connected life?

I used to try everything just for the sake of checking it out. Now, with soooo many tools, apps and startups out there I’m more cautious. I’m tired of apps and technologies that sure, solve a problem, but in order to do it you have to completely change the way you think or work. It sucks that app A doesn’t do (whatever) but that’s usually not reason enough for me to start over with something else.

IFTTT is not new. It’s been around for a year or so. I knew it had a lot of buzz, I just hadn’t bothered digging in before. All that time wasted!

What is IFTTT? If This Then That is a simple web app (that works beautifully from an iPad, by the way) that allows you to set up automated recipes that connect and extend already existing web apps. What makes IFTTT killer isn’t what it can do. It’s all API and oauth, not rocket science for us nerds. What makes IFTTT killer is how approachable and easy it is. I can show this to my mother and she’ll get it.

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Real-world Salesforce Visual Workflow for a nonprofit

I love the new Salesforce Visual Workflow.

I can’t code a line of Apex but with Flows, I can automate processes in ways that just warm the heart of my inner wannabe geek. As hard as Salesforce is trying to make Flows approachable, it still comes across as scary to many admins, especially those working at small nonprofits. I’m not finding many Flow use cases for nonprofits built out in enough detail that folks can follow/adapt for themselves. So I thought it might be fun if I documented a Flow I recently built.

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