Admin like a Consultant

It’s been six months since I made the leap from admin to consultant. Though I’ve been absent from the Accidental Admins, I haven’t forgotten my admin roots.  I often long for the days when I had a closer connection to my users, better familiarity with the business, and saw the longer-term impact of my changes. READ MORE

The Everyday Function: Got Milk?

This recurring series, ‘The Everyday Function’ brings Salesforce down from the cloud and into everyday life. You are working on a new Process Builder and when testing your creation, red text flies & the flow interview error email arrives in your inbox with the message ‘ The flow failed to access the value for Some Value READ MORE

Rounding to .25 Increments

Was working with someone this week that needed to calculate ‘Full-Time Equivalents’ from Part-Time jobs to meet some state requirements for grant money they manage.  For the last few years, their team has been downloading their year end surveys in a report, doing the math in excel, then manually updating records in Salesforce because a READ MORE

Variable Flow

I recently led a user group meeting about Flows and someone asked what the difference is between variables, collection variables, sObject variables, and sObject collection variables. It  can certainly be a little bit confusing and its even more confusing to know when to use each type. I certainly don’t get it right the first time READ MORE

5 Tips to Level Up Your Validation Rules

Validation rules are an extremely powerful tool to improve data quality and enforce business rules.  Validation rules verify that data entered in a record meets the criteria you specify before the record can be saved. With great power comes great responsibility, however.  Even in small doses, poorly executed validation rules can include side effects such READ MORE

Stop Worrying and Love Flows…

Now then, Dmitri, you know how we’ve always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the Bomb… The *Bomb*, Dmitri… The *hydrogen* bomb!… One of my favorite movies is Dr. Strangelove. While this fantastic cold war movie may not appeal to all audiences, it is a crazy satire of the ridiculous threat of READ MORE