Avoid a Salesforce Nightmare Before Christmas

Halloween may come but once a year, but the nightmare of a failing Salesforce project can happen at any time. If you’d rather avoid the fright and frustration, take some time to ask yourself: Do I have a Salesforce Project Implementation Team? Are they coordinated by an Architect? Do I need a Salesforce Architect? How do I get the most out of my budget?

If you don’t have an answer to all of these questions, then it’s time to rethink your strategy. 

From torment to triumph as a team(Salesforce Project Completion)

You know in a horror movie when someone says “Let’s split up, we’ll cover more ground that way!” and you know it’s all over for them as they get picked off one by one? If that teaches us nothing else, then it’s the power of teamwork. 

Your single biggest asset as a business is your team. And none more so than the one you assemble for your Salesforce implementation. You don’t need a Jock, a Nerd and a Cheerleader, but you DO need experienced people who know the ins and outs of your business, understand how Salesforce works, the tools and insights it provides and where it can make the greatest impact to give you quicker ROI. You need people who think long-term and know how to share their knowledge across the entire business.

If your team isn’t familiar with Salesforce then hire that knowledge in. Salesforce expertise is the secret weapon your team needs to keep the nightmares at bay.

The Architech Club recommends a team made up of a:

  • Change Management Expert
  • Salesforce Admin 
  • Solution Consultant 
  • Project Manager
  • Engagement Manager
  • Client Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
  • IT Executive Sponsor
  • Business Executive Sponsor

This blend of operational business knowledge and Salesforce expertise will cover more ground – but together, leaving no nasty surprises to crawl out of the basement. 

Salesforce Architects save the day

Most businesses do have people who have used and loved Salesforce before, and who are passionate cheerleaders for it (look out – behind you!). But there is often still a vital knowledge gap in the end-to-end project process that is at the root of all project failures.

Salesforce Architects are the grizzled veterans who ride to the rescue in the final act of the movie, gathering up the wounded and vanquishing the horrors they’ve faced. They’ve seen  and done it all and have the certifications to prove it. They represent the pinnacle of Salesforce knowledge; Architects see the bigger picture of your system and identify any weak spots before they become a problem. 

There are just 1600 certified Salesforce Architects in the world, and they’re in high demand. So why wait til you’ve faced the terror? With an Architect on your team from the start, you can bypass the ordeal (not to mention wounds to the team spirit and budget) of a failed project.

If you want to avoid the nightmare of project failure and keep your Salesforce strategy safe from the clammy hands of disaster, book a discovery with one of our Salesforce Certified Architects here.

About the author

Gemma Blezard

CEO and Salesforce MVP

Gemma is founder and CEO of The Architech Club and a great inspiration to anyone dealing with life’s challenges. Gemma is also co-founder of Ladies Be Architects and an Award-winning advocate for diversity.
She is in demand as a conference speaker at Dreamforce, World Tour and Community events. She is open about being a Breast cancer survivor, and somehow balances being a mother, Salesforce MVP, 18 x Salesforce Certified (so far) and now an entrepreneur.

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