Salesforce is bringing together the power of the Trailblazer Community and Trailhead to create a new, seamless experience, optimizing the ability to learn and connect from anywhere, with other Trailblazers in the Salesforce ecosystem.
The New Trailblazer Community
By unifying the Trailblazer Community, Salesforce’s collaboration site (detailed later), and Trailhead (Salesforce’s free, online learning platform), Salesforce are taking steps to remove silos, and make it even easier to access learning resources and community support on a single platform.
This brings several exciting Trailhead features to the Trailblazer Community (my favourite is that the Trailblazer Community will be accessible via the Trailhead Go mobile app):
- Today Page: A personalized homepage that brings the Trailblazer Community feed, in-progress learning and recommended Trailhead modules into one destination.
- Learning Panel: Surfaces relevant Trailhead learning content in the flow of community interactions on the Topics and Questions pages, by suggesting learning modules that match your conversations and questions.
- Community in Trailhead GO: Brings the Trailblazer Community to mobile through Trailhead GO, Trailhead’s free mobile app. Members will be able to post questions to the Community to get answers quickly and access direct messages to connect with Trailblazers from anywhere.
“The path to a great job requires more than just new skills — it requires the support of a community. Technology that enables and fosters those connections virtually is critical. That’s why we’re adding the power of learning into our community — to help people skill up with others and succeed from anywhere.” Kris Lande, SVP of Trailblazer Ecosystem, Salesforce.
Wait, what’s the big deal?
If you’re not familiar with these two key Salesforce platforms, then it will help to have some context. Until now, they have been separate:
- Trailblazer Community: an online community that enables communication and collaboration. Members can submit and upvote ideas for the feature roadmap, ask fellow community members questions, and join groups.
- Trailhead: Salesforce’s free, online learning platform. Users complete modules and trails to gain points, which lead to badges. These demonstrate their expertise in various Salesforce products and features, as well as more general skills such as project management or requirements gathering.
Here’s what both of these platforms look like pre-June 2021:
Year Up Grant
As well as the new Trailblazer Community announcement, Salesforce have also reported a new $700,000 grant to non-profit Year Up. Year Up helps to train and place young adults facing barriers to accessing “high wage, high-demand careers”.
Although demand for Salesforce professionals has skyrocketed over the past few years, there is a shortage of professionals to fill these roles. By pairing up with Year Up, Salesforce is helping to close the tech talent gap.
Combined, the Year Up grant and new Trailblazer Community will create new pathways into the technology industry, making it more accessible and closing the skills gap. What do you think of the new Trailblazer Community? Let us know in the comments!