Lightning Web Components (LWC) were initially released in 2018 and effectively replace Aura Components (which took over for Visualforce). Companies now have the ability to take control over the user interface (UI) and customize how the page looks for both internal and external users thanks to LWC. This is a very different skill set from a core Apex Developer, so you want to find individuals that have focused in this area specifically
Salesforce Community Cloud Developers
Communities (now called Experience Cloud) is a Salesforce platform that allows companies to build experiences for external users. This is done with a separate license than what is used by internal users and the process for deploying Community Cloud is different. It requires specific knowledge of the Community Cloud platform architecture and features. Additionally, you will need a Lightning Developer to design the custom interface, which is a primary reason to leverage Community Cloud.
Hire Salesforce API Developers
While there is a lot of simple integrations a Salesforce Administrator can setup in your org, particularly for products listed on the AppExchange, when it comes to complex data flow, trigger-based automation between systems, and enterprise application environment with specific security requirements, you will want to build custom integrations. This is often achieved by using the Salesforce API or tools like MuleSoft (Integration Cloud), which require experience that is different from your standard Apex Developer.
Salesforce CPQ is a core element to Revenue Cloud but used to be a standalone company, SteelBrick, that was acquired by Salesforce. While SteelBrick was a managed package (natively built on top of the Salesforce platform), it has a set of features that are distinct from the core Sales Cloud or Service Cloud products and requires highly specialize knowledge in order to properly setup.
CPQ Cloud is a Salesforce tool that is highly dependent on an established business processes within Sales and Finance, engaging a specialized Salesforce CPQ Developer, Administrator, or Architect is critical to success with this tool.
Salesforce Lightning vs Visualforce
The old way of doing front-end Salesforce Development was to use Visualforce pages. Until the release of Aura Components and Lightning Web Components, companies weren't able to customize the user-interface as much.
Companies we helped hire Salesforce Admins
Partnered with Deel during their explosive growth from $4m ARR to $50mm ARR in 2021, helping to identify multiple Salesforce Administrators to drive Sales Cloud and CPQ forward.
Series D, SaaS
AuditBoard's Director of Revenue Systems was working to scale the in-house Admin team and we provided 2 Freelancer Admins to pick up the slack in the meantime. Both 6 month engagements.
Series B, SaaS
SCCA was piloting Health Cloud and Salesforce Maps but needed help with the initial setup and configuration of Maps, so we found a hybrid Admin / Business Analyst to lead the way!
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Following a $125m Series D close in November 2021, this was just a matter of getting quality Salesforce Admins in place FAST.
Series D, SaaS
Identified a Salesforce Admin / Consultant to lead a small scale Service Cloud implementation and work on a variety of Sales Cloud improvements and new automation builds.
Small startup that had no need for a full-time SalesforceAdmin but wanted 'fractional' help on Sales Cloud and Pardot, which meant about 5-10 hours per week on an ongoing basis. 😍
Series A, EdTech
All kinds of work done by a Lead Salesforce Admin and Sr. Salesforce Admin (both Freelancers from FoundHQ) across Sales Cloud, CPQ, Conga, and various other AppExchange integrations.
Late Venture, SaaS
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Collaborate cross-functionally with Sales, Marketing, Support, Finance, and Engineering teams to map an end-to-end view of data flow, build triggers and automation events, and lead the technical implementation to streamline flow of information
Build features and functionality to drive maximize value today, while understanding the processes most likely to change in the organization, and ensuring Salesforce is set up to scale with the business.
Focus on data security, integrity, and visibility to deliver a 360 view of your Customers, closing data gaps, accelerating insights, and increasing overall actionability of the data across all systems
Manage cross-functional teams of Administrators, Business ANalysts, & Developers, helping to guide work and remain on time and in budget, or play an all-around Architect & Developer role on smaller projects.
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The way Customers utilize a Salesforce Contractor varies depending on whether you have an ongoing need or a temporary fix.
We mostly work on projects with SMBs but occasionally win a larger, mid-market deployment and need a subcontractor Architect, which we found in 48 hours.
VP of Enterprise Apps
Communities, Service, FSL
We don't have a need for a Senior Architect but when we go through major projects, we hire 1 to Lead - we hired on Found in 48 hours for a big FSL overhaul.
Our org is ~50 users and had been using Salesforce out-of-the-box, so we engaged an Architect for 5 months to really build out our system and implement CPQ.
VP of Sales
Engaged a Salesforce Technical Architect to help us implement Sales Cloud - he had 1 Developer + 1 Admin on his team that he managed.
A Guide to Working with a Salesforce Architect
Salesforce Architects are one of the most important and highly sought after functions in the Salesforce ecosystem. Given the complexity of the Salesforce platform, there are a variety of different skill sets that fall under the 'Salesforce Architect' umbrella - we help breakdown the difference between each, the job they do, and the Salesforce skills you should be looking for when hiring an Architect.
What does a Salesforce Architect do?
Manages Business Stakeholders
Typically, the Salesforce Architect will lead the strategy across end-to-end implementations and a key piece of that role is managing both Business and Technical stakeholders. The value of a Salesforce Architect comes from the fact that they are able to help optimize business processes, while translating those into technical solutions on the Salesforce platform, and bringing all of your systems & data together in one place.
Designs Technical Solutions on Salesforce
A Salesforce Architect knows the capabilities and limitations of what the platform can do - they are versed in multiple Clouds and understand when to use configuration vs. custom Apex development, how to use out of the box integration tools or work with APIs and custom integrations, and they are able to guide both Technical and Functional Delivery teams.
Depending on the Salesforce platforms being deployed and complexity of the broader systems environment, degree of difficulty with integrations will vary. Salesforce offers a 'native' integration platform - Mulesoft - that requires technical expertise but is a simple way to connect Salesforce with other applications being utilized. The methods will vary but Salesforce Architects can identify the right integration / middleware platform and design the integration roadmap.
Builds a Security & Data Model
As part of platform architecture and integration strategy, Salesforce Technical Architects will build a security and data model to ensure company data isn't vulnerable. Particularly when dealing with Health Cloud, Financial Services Cloud, and other industries with compliance requirements, this is a key element to the Architect's skill set.
Oversee Salesforce Project Team
In addition to leading the strategy, a Salesforce Architect will often manage the day-to-day Deliver team. Technical Architects will write technical requirements, lead Scrum meetings, and manage the Salesforce Engineering team while Solution Architect will play a similar role over top of Business Analysts or Administrators.
Different Types of Salesforce Architects
Salesforce Solution Architects
In general, think of a Solution Architect as the Business Strategist that understands Technology but isn't as well versed on the technical limitations of what Salesforce can do. Their knowledge of customization is typically centered around configuration / "point-and-click" but they aren't able to write Apex code from scratch.
Salesforce Technical Architects
The Technical Architect is a combination of a Solution Architect and a Salesforce Developer. Bringing much of the business savvy you'll get from a Solution Architect, they are able to get hands-on with programming in Apex or building Lightning Web Components, managing Engineers, and leading technical solutions discussions with CTOs or CIOs.
The term 'Application Architect' is typically used to describe the more functional discipline and concentrates on things like complex configuration and workflow automation, sharing & visibility, and basic platform app development. This side of the Architect pyramid is the less technical aspect and more about the basic concepts and components of a Salesforce implementation like developing and building data architecture tools and applications for enterprises.
The knowledge that serves as the building blocks for an Application Architect, include: Sharing and Visibility Designer (understanding sharing structure, who see what in Salesforce ecosystems etc.); Platform Developer and Platform App Builder – ability to navigate complex configuration and declarative development on the platform; and Data Architecture and Management Designer.
The more technical side of the Architect pyramid is someone that can manage the development lifecycle and deployments on Salesforce, while also understanding how to work with outside systems. This is a step beyond just application architecture and involves data security models, integration architecture, and solutions design on Salesforce.
You will typically see a Identity & Access Management Designer background as well as Integration Architecture Designer accolades with a Certified System Architect.
While a System Architect focuses on both Salesforce platform architecture and integration strategy, an Integration Architect is more heavily concentrated on the middleware layer used to build enterprise-grade, scalable, highly secure integrations between Salesforce and other applications.
An Integration Architect works with a variety of tools, including Integration Cloud (formerly Mulesoft), Boomi, Jitterbit, and a number of other applications built specifically for creating two way syncs between Salesforce and other enterprise SaaS products.
Salesforce Architect Certifications
Application Architect Certification
As described by Salesforce, the Salesforce Application Architect has a deep understanding of native Salesforce features and functionality, as well as the ability to model a role hierarchy, data model, and appropriate sharing mechanisms.
B2B Solution Architect Certification
The Salesforce B2B Solution Architect is well-versed in working across multiple 'Clouds' and leading functional solutions design that deliver business value for the customer - typical focus will be around core products like Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, CPQ, Marketing Cloud, and others.
B2C Solution Architect Certification
The Salesforce B2C Solution Architect designs multi-cloud solutions on Salesforce that delivered powerful customer experiences - Salesforce Architects focused on B2C digital experiences are typically working with Experience Cloud (formerly Communities) and Lightning Web Components.
B2C Commerce Architect Certification
The Salesforce B2C Commerce Architect has experience designing global eCommerce experiences that support multiple brands and channels using standard design patterns within Commerce Cloud.
Heroku Architecture Designer Certification
The Heroku Architecture Designer credential sits a bit outside the 'core' Salesforce product offering and is reserved for Architects with knowledge architecting scalable solutions, deploying and managing apps, and managing teams and build-workflows on Heroku.
System Architect Certification
System Architects focus on off-platform systems, integration, securing access between systems as well as managing governance and testing capabilities for deployment and ongoing Salesforce modification requirements.
Certified Technical Architect
This is the highest accreditation an Architect can receive in their Salesforce career.
The Salesforce Technical Architect possesses broad knowledge across multiple development platforms and draws on their skills and experience to assess customer requirements and architecture in order to design secure, high-performance technical solutions that maximize the potential of the Salesforce platform.
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