130,000 participants, more than thousand different sessions and events, large tech companies from around the world in attendance and two new technology platform being unveiled – Welcome to Dreamforce 2014! If I say that the Dreamforce conference came at par with the WWDC and Google I/O events, then I am not going off the mark. Dreamforce is Salesforce.com’s premier conference event. It is both informative and fun at the same time and one of the best ways to make new business connections.
This year’s Dreamforce was all about two new Salesforce offerings: Salesforce Analytics Cloud powered by Wave and Salesforce Lighting Mobile platform. All keynotes and a large number of events revolved around both these platforms and as I said in my previous post, a whole floor of Moscone Center, San Francisco, was dedicated to Salesforce Analytics Cloud.
In the 1300+ Salesforce sessions and events running one after other and side-by-side at the conference, the sessions I did attend turned out to be as helpful and productive as I had planned. Learning from last year’s experience, choosing to attend few but concerned sessions actually helped.
It was not all work without play. Keynotes were inspirational and the wit of the chosen few indeed mesmerized the audience more often than not. And then the biggest attraction of the event were the performances by various bands and Bruno Mars. Ecstatic. And of course how can we forget parties at the end of each day? I think I spent most time post-evening socializing and connecting with existing partners as well as meeting new ones. The parties had all flavors for every attendee and the awesomeness was simply worth it.
This year’s Dreamforce was bigger than the last as expected. As much as it was a genuinely wonderful learning experience, it was as much productive into getting in touch with really good people and personalities from the world of Salesforce. With so many new friendships, business connections and soon-to-blossom-partnerships at an event so meticulously organized at such a grand scale, I will be heading back home from San Francisco genuinely impressed and with lots of positive experience to share with my colleagues, friends and family.