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How To Choose The Best Salesforce Consultants

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Salesforce is customer relationship management empowerment force and that is for good reason. The platform helps in streamlining different facts of the business organization starting from the sales process to the delivering and marketing of the product. Salesforce out of the box is the greater system and it really shines and grows the business when the resources are allocated in order to fit all needs. Hiring the best salesforce consultant is the best thing that a business can do to get the most from CRM salesforce.


A salesforce consulting partner is holding many good skills as well as experience that are needed to execute the best practices that will help one in business growth. But a question comes now that how to select the trustworthy and best salesforce consultant. With the numbers of official salesforce consulting partner, it really becomes difficult for one to depict that which one is the best as per your needs. Here we are listing down a few things to look into the reliable and trustworthy consulting partner.

Pleasing expertise- Hiring the salesforce consultant with great expertise in salesforce is greatly beneficial, but there are some skills that help one in ensuring the partnership successfully.

Sales- A business organization will work with the salesforce consulting partner for implementing the automation that is supporting the sales process. As such it is essential that the consultant has former sales manager in their team. They will provide real-world insight and opinion on the sales strategies that are going to be highly effective for the business organization.

Management of project- The practices that are instituted here at the atmosphere of salesforce do not just live online they are having real-world implication all across different teams and departments. No doubt the best salesforce consulting partner is having project management experience and it can help one in ensuring the execution of salesforce makes sense online and offline.

They are having the experience the running phases and also the iterations for ensuring the project to stay on course, delivery is implemented and post-execution training is successful. The best partners are having project management professionals that are delivering the initiatives.

Implementation methodology- When an individual is looking for hiring the reliable salesforce consulting partner, it is essential to understand the execution approach of the partner. The agile based incremental delivering is the best practice that accounts for the iterations and phases that helps one to ensure that project work to stay on time and within the budget.

The approach is ensuring the greater degree of teamwork in between salesforce consultant and the team that is often assuring a better outcome. Ask to the partner for the details like what tools can be used for the flowcharting and prototypes. If they can t do so then it is better that you choose another partner.

Budget- When comes to hiring the salesforce support, the charges are all across the map. It is essential to discuss all about the budget from the beginning of the process so that focus on the partner within the ranges can be put. Do not agree on the number and select the first partner falling into that ranges. With many things, it is not necessary for the costly choice to be the best. Just ask to the partner for various proposals and then compare the offerings. Even though there is no formal RPF one can learn a great deal about the partner that is including the informal learning relating to the level of details and delivering.

Ongoing Support- before signing up with the salesforce consultant, talks to those all about happening after the execution is completed. Also, ask them how they are going to support the business moving ahead. It is really better to work with the partner that keeps a laser focus on an ongoing salesforce update that the business organization can remain ahead of the curve as well as the competition. Ensure that the partner won't de-prioritize the support needs all over the bigger project needs. Certain partners are there providing the designated salesforce managed services that are solely focusing on the clientele on the going support and maintenance.

Location- Even though the technology is having a blurred border, you would like to consider working with Salesforce consulting partner that is geographically nearer. This not only will eliminate the time zone nuance but will provide the work opportunity closer with the salesforce consulting team. The face to face talks done on a timely basis will help in ensuring all parties that are involved and is aligned better.

Pricing- You might think all about the pricing qualifies under the financial statement but when coming on the ongoing supporting it really is differing. Make sure that you have 100% clear and doubtless understanding of an hour pricing that will be coming into the invoice. Few questions might go a long way towards keeping more of the hardly earned money into the pocket. Are any extra fees charged above the stated per hour rate? Is any on the boarding charges there?

Is the charge for the initial meeting, discovery session and presentation etc are charged. If its yes, then answer will be yes. There will be no small charges. Be fully aware of the contracts and ask the question upfront before being far down the line.

Passion- This quality can be easily hardened for quantifying but is worth considering. As a salesforce, it is business integral part as well you and other team members that will spend substantial time with it and with the consultant that is chosen ultimately. Just ensure that the business is doing well with the company that is having a passionate team towards technology as well as about the success.

Conclusion- Selecting and searching for the reliable salesforce consulting partner can really be a difficult task. One as a consultant seems to dime a dozen, it can be complicated for deciphering the right choice for the business. Just keep all those qualities in mind and find the right salesforce consulting partner as per own desires.

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Judge Tanya Acker On Overcoming Racial Barriers And Her Rise To The Top


You may recognize Judge, Tanya Acker, from her political and legal commentary on different networks and shows like Good Morning America, The Talk, Wendy Williams, CNN Reports or The Insider. Acker is more than an experienced commentator. She is also a Judge on the fifth season of Emmy nominated CBS show, Hot Bench.

The show, created by Judge Judy, is a new take on the court genre. Alongside Acker, are two other judges: Patricia DiMango and Michael Corriero. Together the three-panel judges take viewers inside the courtroom and into their chambers. “I feel like my responsibility on the show is, to be honest, fair, [and] to try and give people a just and equitable result," Acker says. She is accomplished, honest and especially passionate about her career. In fact, Acker likes the fact that she is able to help people solve problems. “I think that efficient ways of solving disputes are really at the core of modern life.

“We are a very diverse community [with] different values, backgrounds [and] beliefs. It's inevitable that we're going to find ourselves in some conflicts. I enjoy being a part of a process where you can help resolve the conflicts and diffuse them," she explains.

Acker's career has been built around key moments and professional experiences in her life. Particularly, her time working right after college impacted the type of legal work she takes on now.

Shaping Her Career

Acker didn't foresee doing this kind of work on television when she was in college at either Howard University or Yale Law. “I was really open in college about what would happen next," Acker comments. “In fact, I deliberately chose a major (English) that wouldn't lock me into anything [because] I wanted to keep all of my options open." Her inevitable success on the show and throughout her career is an example of that. In fact, after graduating from Yale, Acker served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Dorothy Nelson who sits on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

It was not only her first job out of law school but also one of the formative experiences of her professional life. “[Judge Nelson is] certainly, if not my most important professional influence," Acker says. “She is really the living embodiment of justice, fairness, and believes in being faithful to the letter and the spirit of the law," she exclaims. “She delivers it all with a lot of love." Judge Nelson is still on the bench and is continuing to work through her Foundation: The Western Justice Center in Pasadena, California, where Acker serves on the board. The foundation helps people seeking alternative ways of resolving their disputes instead of going to court.

"I enjoy being a part of a process where you can help resolve the conflicts and diffuse them," she explains.

“It was important to her to try and create platforms for people to resolve conflict outside of court because court takes a long time," Acker explains. “I'm proud to be a part of that work and to sit on that board."

After her clerkship, she was awarded a Bristow Fellowship and continued building her career. Outside of the fellowship, Acker's legal work incorporated a broad variety of matters from civil litigation, constitutional cases, business counseling, and advising. One of her most memorable moments was representing a group of homeless people against the city. “They were being fought for vagrancy and our defense was, they had no place to go," she shares.

As part of her pro bono work, Acker was awarded the ACLU's First Amendment Award for her success with the case. Though, she has a hard time choosing from one of many memorable moments on Hot Bench. Acker does share a few of the things that matter to her. “Our show is really drawn from a cross-section of courtrooms across America and the chance to engage with such a diverse group of people really means a lot to me," she discusses.

How Did Acker Become A Judge?

In addition to Judge Nelson, Judge Judy is certainly among her top professional influences. “I think it's incredible [and] I feel very lucky that my professional career has been bookended by these incredible judges," she acclaims. “I've really learned a lot from Judy about this job, doing this kind of job on television." Before Acker was selected for Hot Bench, she hadn't been a judge. It was Judge Judy who recommended that she get some experience. Acker briefly comments on her first experience as a temporary judge on a volunteer basis in traffic court. “I was happy to be able to have the chance to kind of get a feel for it before we started doing the show," she comments. “Judy is a wonderful, kind, generous person [and] she's taught me quite a lot. I feel lucky."

Judge Acker in white pantsuit with her dog. Photo Courtesy of Annie Shak.

Acker's Time Away From Home

Outside of Hot Bench, Acker took recent trips to Haiti and Alabama. They were memorable and meaningful.

Haiti, in particular, was the first trip she excitedly talks about. She did some work there in an orphanage as part of LOVE Takes Root, an organization that is driven to help children around the world whether it's basic aid or education. “Haiti has a special place in my heart," she began. “As a person who's descended from enslaved people, I have a lot of honor and reverence for a country that threw off the shackles of slavery."

She was intrigued by the history of Haiti. Especially regarding the communities, corrupt government and natural disasters. “They really had to endure a lot, but I tell you this when I was there, I saw people who were more elegant, dignified, gracious and generous as any group of people I've ever met anywhere in the world," she goes on. “I think it left me with was a strong sense of how you can be graceful and elegant under fire." Acker is optimistic about the country's overall growth and success.

“[Judge Nelson is] certainly, if not my most important professional influence," Acker says. “She is really the living embodiment of justice, fairness, and believes in being faithful to the letter and the spirit of the law."

“There are certainly times when people treated me differently or made assumptions about me because I was a black woman," Acker says. “I've got it much better, but that doesn't mean it's perfect...it certainly isn't, but you just have to keep it moving."

Her other trip was different in more ways than one. She traveled there for the first time with her mother as part of a get out to vote effort, that Alabama's First black House Minority Leader, Anthony Daniels was organizing. “It was incredible to take that trip with her [and] I've got to tell you, the South of today is not the South of my mother's upbringing," she explains. Originally from Mississippi, Acker's mother hasn't been back in the South since 1952. “Every place has a ways to go, but it was a really exciting trip [and] it was nice for me to connect with that part of the country and that part of my history."

Overcoming Racial Barriers

As a black woman, Acker has certainly faced challenges based on her race and gender. But it doesn't define who she is or what she can accomplish. “There are certainly times when people treated me differently or made assumptions about me because I was a black woman," she says. “There's no sort of barrier that someone would attempt to impose upon me that they didn't attempt to impose on my mother, grandmother or great-grandmother." In a space where disparity is sometimes apparent, she recognizes that there is no barrier someone would try to impose on her that they didn't attempt to impose on her mother or grandmothers. “I've got it much better, but that doesn't mean it's perfect...it certainly isn't, but you just have to keep it moving," Acker states. The conversation continues truthfully and seriously. Acker shares what it can be like for black women, specifically. “I think we're underestimated and we can be disrespected, whereas other folks are allowed the freedom to enjoy a full range of emotions and feelings," she articulates.

At times black women are often restricted from expressing themselves. “If someone wants to make an assumption or jump to a conclusion about me because of my race or gender, that's on them, but their assumptions aren't going to define me," Acker declares. “If something makes me angry or happy I will express that and if someone wants to caricature me, that's their pigeonholing; that's not my problem." A lifelong lesson she learned and shared is to not let other people define who you are. It is one of three bits of wisdom.

Three Pieces Of Advice From Judge Acker

The Power Of Self-awareness

“It's really important that you have a really firm sense of what you want to do and be, and how you're moving in the world because when people try to sway you, judge you or steer you off course you've got to have some basis for getting back on track."

Know Your Support System

“Have a strong community of people who you trust, love and who love you," she advises. “But also learn to love and trust yourself because sometimes it's your own voice that can provide you the most comfort or solace in something."

Learn From Your Experiences

“Trust yourself. Take care of yourself. Don't be too hard on yourself. Be honest with yourself.

“There are times when it's not enough to say this is who I am. Take it or leave it. Sometimes we've got things that we need to work on, change or improve upon," she concludes.

Acker stands out not only because of her accomplishments, but the way she views certain aspects of her life. These days, she's comfortable accepting what makes her different. “I think there's a time when you're younger when conformity feels comfortable, [but] I'm comfortable these days not conforming," she laughs. She enjoys being a decision maker and helping people work through it on Hot Bench.

This article was originally published May 15, 2019.