Salesforce has made its myTrailhead learning experience play globally available, touting the platform as empowering organisations to "create a culture of learning". Launching the offering at Salesforce World Tour in Sydney on Wednesday, Salesforce president and chief product officer Bret Taylor described the platform as one that creates a cycle of re-skilling and up-skilling employees within an organisation. Reimagining business for the digital age is the number-one priority for many of today's top executives. We offer practical advice and examples of how to do it right. "Think about the impact you could have building a culture of learning in your company," he said.
Salesforce.com this year has been working to expand its developer ecosystem, in part by gamifying its online learning experience, Trailhead. Now, the CRM giant is helping its "Trailblazers" showcase their hard-earned Salesforce skills to potential employers. The company on Tuesday unveiled an updated version of Trailhead that makes user profiles more like a digital developer resume. The new profile pages give a more complete picture of what a user has accomplished on Trailhead: In addition to listing "badges" earned, the new pages also include their points earned from Trailhead challenges and the number of "trails" completed. The new pages also include information like a person's job history and their product expertise.
Salesforce on Tuesday is announcing a new version of Trailhead, its online learning platform, tailored for higher education. The cloud company is partnering with universities, community colleges, workforce development programs and educational nonprofits to roll out Trailhead for Students. The platform provides educators with a curriculum that can complement existing coursework or serve as standalone educational content for a classroom or "bootcamp" setting. It promises students an opportunity to build up skills that could potentially help them land a job after graduation, as well as opportunities to connect with other students and mentors. As companies look for prospective employees with cloud skills, and as schools attempt to keep up their technology-focused curriculum, Salesforce saw a "clear opportunity to make an impact on the digital skills gap," Lisa Tenorio, senior director of Trailhead, said to ZDNet.
"I'd always been interested in technology, but my degree was in linguistics and business studies; I had no technical skills," he says. Wasowski's chances of making such a transition seemed unlikely--until he began spending several hours a week (in the office and on nights and weekends) on Salesforce's online learning platform, Trailhead. Within a year, he learned two programming languages, earned certification as a Salesforce application developer, and got a job configuring Salesforce software for customers. There are, of course, conventional ways to pick up that knowledge, including reading textbooks, watching educational videos, taking in-person classes, and finding industry mentors. But San Francisco–based Salesforce--one of the world's largest software companies, with $8.4 billion in annual sales--has found that self-guided, online, interactive training is an effective way to teach skills to its 26,000 employees worldwide.