A CTA is someone who demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to design and build high-performance technical solutions on the Salesforce Platform across all domains.
To be a Technical Architect, you need to be both a big-picture thinker and in-depth problem solver, your knowledge and skills being both broad and deep. This Global Master Instructor at Salesforce shares his habits for developing an Architect mindset, which you can practice on your journey to becoming a CTA.
Engage the community
We all live in a social media culture, and everyone loves a “follower.” But remember to schedule time in your busy schedule to engage your peers and the Salesforce community with true intention. Try to commit at least 10 minutes each day to engage in a meaningful discussion.
Answer a technical question, post your own, share useful resources you have discovered (or created), or encourage someone to take the next step in their journey. But most of all, be part of the conversation. The more you engage with the community, the more you’ll get out of it.
Architects must think at the speed of business… and always be correct! You need to fully understand the concept before you apply it to a business problem. Initially, this will take some time, but once you’ve built this skill, you can practice thinking faster.
The invaluable Salesforce Architect Trailmixes are a great place to start building these fundamentals.
Brush up on your presenting skills
Communication and presentation skills are essential for all Salesforce Architects. To move an organisation forward, you must be able to clearly articulate a point of view, pivot quickly to address questions, and defend your recommendations. Just because you don’t present to the C-suite today doesn’t mean you can’t start developing the skills needed to do so.
Use your peers, colleagues and community groups and events to learn more and discover best practices and tips and tricks.
It goes without saying that giving back, applies to Architects too. In fact, Architects are the ultimate sharers when it comes to career advice, experiences and insights. Propagating design best practices helps everyone and contributes to customer success at scale, not only for today but for the future. Mentor a junior member of your team, host a lunch-and-learn session, present at a community user group, or write a blog like the industry experts in our Salesforce Q&A series.
Regardless of your job title or role, and as you develop your Architect mindset by practicing these seven habits, give back and share! Why not start today? If you’re interested in getting involved in our Salesforce Q&A series, contact us today.
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