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This Salesforce webpage says the world tour as "The best of Dreamforce headed your way". Has anyone been to this event? The whole information that I could get by searching online about this is more kind of Sales event talking about the different Salesforce Products. So here are my couple of questions.

  • Is this event helpful for Developers?
  • Can we learn anything from the technical perspective?

PS: I haven't been to Dreamforce yet and I can get to this event in Chicago on March 24th, 2016. So, I'm interested to know about this.

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    I went to World Tour Dallas this year. The networking and the big picture view of where Salesforce is headed with its products is what you'll likely gain the most from. There was very little that was truly developer specific, yet as Poet says, a lot of devs and vendors were there to network with along with the kiosks to see and interact with. It's well worth the time to go. It's also free. – crmprogdev Feb 25 '16 at 15:27
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I went to the one in London last year and am going to the one this year!

So effectively once you check in, you'll be able to have an explore of a few different kiosks. There's some from third parties that will try to sell you the apps they've made and some Salesforce ones. I remember this was just before they pushed out things like Sales/Marketing/Analytics cloud etc...

You could, as we sometimes do ask what they're doing and if the idea is good, replicate it yourself making it a bit more bespoke.

There's also several forums with topics specified times. There are indeed ones for developers and administrators. You'll get an information pack with a schedule. Some things you'll be interested in, other you maybe won't be.

Is this event helpful for Developers?

You won't be sat in a classroom being educated on how to build a super-duper-Apex-Visualforce-Lightning-Fully-Tested-With-100%-Coverage-App with all the bells and whistles. But some of the dialogue I found extremely helpful. Last year I found the talk on best practices really useful! Stuck out for me anyway.

Can we learn anything from the technical perspective?

Yes! Again as I said you won't be sat in a classroom, but some of the discussions are really helpful and useful. My advise would be to look at the schedule and pick and choose.

One great thing about it is networking too. You'll get the chance to talk to other Devs and Admins and share some frustrations, knowledge and information.

The whole information that I could get by searching online about this is more kind of Sales event talking about the different Salesforce Products

You're kind of on to something. Salesforce will talk about upcoming things, new products and releases and you'll find different vendors there too.

Personally, I think it's worth going to the World Tour Events! It's one day of the year away from the screen where you can share a few ideas and get up to speed on some of the new stuff Salesforce is doing. It certainly won't hurt attending the event.

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    Yes, thank you. That's all I need and that's why I love this community. – sam_s Feb 24 '16 at 17:38
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    @sam_s No problem, I really enjoyed it. One thing also: they normally do a big talk near the beginning of the day. In London they booked out a big hall and got a few thousand people in it, they usually have someone performing there too. Get there early! Seats go pretty quick and it's something you'd but gutted to miss! – Dan Jones Feb 24 '16 at 17:46
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    ps: the big talk is called the "keynote" and it's usually THE talk where they discuss all major announcements and vision for the future. – Samuel De Rycke Feb 25 '16 at 21:46
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    @SamuelDeRycke Thank you Sam. The term "keynote" completely escaped me! :P – Dan Jones Feb 26 '16 at 7:57
  • I've been unlucky in needing to be at a client on the last couple in London, but got booked again this year. It is useful and the video from a lot of the sessions will be available on the Salesforce YouTube channels or other SFDC sites. – Dave Humm Mar 3 '16 at 9:51

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