How Do I Become a Salesforce Solution Architect? Take the First Steps!

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The Solution Architect role has been on the rise in line with the demand for skilled professionals that can look at the wider picture (multi-cloud) when approaching a Salesforce project.

The Salesforce Solution Architect learning journeys are exceptional – made for architects, by architects, with a good deal of passion thrown into the mix. The program takes a new approach to enablement, driven by “delivery and implementation guidance and best practices”. In fact, this new vision for Salesforce enablement extends company-wide, the first of many future pathways rolled-out in this way.

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I recently connected with the Architect Success Program team to find out more about the highly anticipated Solution Architect training paths and get some key questions answered.

Salesforce Solution Architect Learning Paths

Becoming a Solution Architect requires more than following traditional training modules. Instead, preparing for this role requires enablement that is driven by “delivery and implementation guidance and best practices”.

You can compare this to the opposite approach, narrowed study on features and functionality, Shoby jokingly said: “hey, we’re Salesforce, of course we can enable on product…!”

Solution Architect study is focused on use cases.

“The surface area of products is so vast…taking use case approach focuses on understanding constraints, data patterns, implementation considerations” – Abraham Lloyd

Learning with use cases means that, as an architect, you will be equipped to sort through the jumbled mess a real human consumer makes in their customer journey. You will be able to transform the left-hand side back-end complexity into the right-hand seamless consumer experience:

There are two learning journeys, each curated by a dedicated evangelist, Abraham Lloyd (B2C) and Shoby Abdi (B2B).

Here’s what you can expect from the B2C Solution Architect Learning Journey:

…and the B2B Solution Architect Learning Journey:

Why is there a B2B and B2C split?

It’s worth explaining the context to how the study pathways have been architected.

The reason for the B2B/B2C split boils down to how your customers sell, market, and support their customers. Multi-cloud is the norm now. That’s why Salesforce is not creating disparate ‘Community Cloud Architect’ or ‘Field Service Architect’ learning pathways and role labels.

This how the Salesforce platform is categorized between the two:

Not so fast! Traditionally, B2B or B2C use cases pointed towards a specific product; as organizations have innovated, and the Salesforce platform has expanded, the lines separating each have blurred.

This is why learning with use cases comes into the light – in other words, how do you make products work together in context? The programs are designed for you, as an architect, to go into any organization with the confidence that you can deliver an optimal solution that doesn’t ‘pigeon-hole’ your client strictly into B2B or B2C.

How to Get Started as a Solution Architect

How can you access these resources to prepare yourself? Depending on your relationship to Salesforce, here is how you will access the Solution Architect study materials:

If you are a Salesforce partner:

Fact: did you know that 85% of Solution Architects work at Salesforce partners?

Stay tuned for future announcements when these paths will become more broadly available.

Summary

Becoming a Solution Architect requires enablement that is driven by “delivery and implementation guidance and best practices” – more than following traditional-style training modules.

The Salesforce Solution Architect learning journeys are exceptional, taking a new approach to enablement, driven by “delivery and implementation guidance and best practices”.

Get started today by following the Salesforce Solution Architect Learning Paths on the Partner Learning Camp (PLC) – and stay tuned for more ways to access these pathways.

Our thanks goes out to the Architect Success Program team Allison, Shoby, and Abraham who contributed to this article. Their passion for the program shines through, and I hope it won’t be too long until we hear more announcements from them!

6 thoughts on “How Do I Become a Salesforce Solution Architect? Take the First Steps!

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    How does someone leverage these learning opportunities if they are not a partner or Salesforce employee?
    I am a SF customer and cannot access the material.

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      Christine Marshall

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      Hi David,

      Thank you for checking out the post! Right now, the resources are only available to partners but we will update the blog as soon as we know when they will become more generally available.

      Christine

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    I consider myself a solution architect but don’t work for a partner org — I’d love to have access to these learning pathways to increase my skills. They should really be made available to users more broadly.

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      Christine Marshall

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      Hi Wayne,

      Thanks for checking out the post. Right now, the resources are only available to the partner community, but keep your eyes peeled for future updates on when they might become more generally available.

      Christine

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    What about those that are wanting to extend to Solution architect that are Salesforce customers? Is there resources that we can tap into?

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      Christine Marshall

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      Hi Stefan,

      Thanks for checking out the post. As of now, the resources are only available to the partner community. We’ll be sure to update the post as soon as we hear when they might become more generally available.

      Christine

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