LastPass: Making Magic of Passwords

Magic!
Magic!

If you’re anything like me, or even nothing like me at all, you are probably logging into multiple sites each day – several times a day!

On any given day, I can be logging into 4 Gmail accounts and 5 Salesforce instances. Remembering all those usernames and passwords can be quite a task.

Enter LastPass*, a simple application that sits quietly in your browser until you need it. And then the magic happens!

With LastPass, you can save usernames and passwords to just about any website.You can store them in folders and give the saved logins names for easy identification. When you reach a login page, you simply chose the correct login match and login. On a new website or using a new login? No problem – you can save the information on the fly! Also, you LastPass account can work across all your devices. Once installed, you have the same saved logins wherever you are.

While there are other browser extensions that retain passwords (especially for Salesforce), I chose this one not just because it was recommended by a friend*, but also because it can save all types of passwords.

Happy Passwording!

*As of 2014, 84% of consumers say they either completely or somewhat trust recommendations from family and friends about products – making these recommendations the information source ranked highest for trustworthiness.

Disclaimer: I am not advertising or receiving any kickback for this post.

#StruckByLightning – The Lightning Experience

Homescreen of the New Salesforce
Home-screen of the New Salesforce

As the Salesforce community celebrated Adam Seligman’s 16th birthday, thousands of users gathered at 100 locations across the world (with many more viewing it live) to experience the introduction to the Lightning Experience.

I happened to be in New York, so this was my 2nd Salesforce event that I got to attend.  The ambiance, décor and excitement really set the tone for what was to be an incredible announcement. And so it was.

Lightning Experience is more than just a revamped interface. It is a revamp of the entire user experience, setup and the way end users will use the platform. It comes with a sleek, modern feel and real time updates – 2015 here we come!

Here are some of my favorite takeaways:

  • To say it again; the sleek, modern interface is drool-worthy! The tab bar has been replaced with a sidebar and icons for each object, the crisp design is efficiency driven and will really put users ahead of the game.
  •  I love the real time capabilities! Searching for a list view is no longer a struggle – start typing in the name and results will appear! Need to edit a contact? No problem. A pop-up will appear, make the changes and press save. The list will automatically update with the new values. Entering addresses is now powered by Google and will populate as you type.
  • List views retain their awesome capabilities but are more data and results driven! The chart button on the right immediately displays the list view data in various chart formats. And check out the new functionality for opportunities! You can display opportunities in a board which align them according to stage, total the amounts and alert you if there are no related tasks or overdue tasks. More than that, you can create the task right from that page and even more than that….you can drag and drop opportunities as they move through the sales process! Totals will update in real time and totally keep you on the ball.
New Salesforce Opportunity Record
New Salesforce Opportunity Record
  • This Lightning Experience release really focuses on the sales cloud and that is why we are seeing so many incredible changes to the standard sales object. On a general level, each object record has its own layout and design, based on it’s use. The opportunity object was glorified with a highlights panel that indicates the stage, and can be customized to give you relevant tips to guide you through the next steps.
New Salesforce Dashboards
New Salesforce Dashboards
  • Reports & Dashboards are extra snazyy and can leave your head spinning with all the great changes. While creating a report is fairly the same, running it leaves you no doubt that you are experiencing the Lightning Experience. As to dashboards, with the feel of Wave, dashboards components can now be resized and arranged in more than 3 columns! This definitely got a great cheer!
  • The setup/backend is also part of the New Salesforce. Items are now grouped according to their functionality and as always have a quick find search box. No more separation of custom & standard objects

What does this mean to me?

As with any Salesforce release, it is a good idea to prepare and familiarize yourself with the changes to come. While Salesforce Classic (as we knew it until now) will still be supported, you will surely want to migrate your users to a better experience. Thankfully, Salesforce has been preparing for this and already has extensive documentation in place.

Here are some great resources to get you started:

Watch the release

Lightning Experience FAQ

Trailhead – there are 4 trails to blaze!

Sign up for a pre-release org – Currently not available

And of course, get social. Join the discussion. Come to Dreamforce!

A Piece of Heaven: Marshmallow Cream Cake

Cake Photo
Need I say more?

I know this is not Salesforce related, and not even technology related (other than oven usage), but it definitely falls into the more category and it’s part of my playground and so delish, I couldn’t resist sharing!

I discovered this recipe at a relative’s home and instantly loved the variety of flavor and the ease of make yet decorative appearance. Baking it myself reinforced my feelings towards it and made it a instant hit in my home.

Ingredients:

4 Eggs
1 1/2 C. Sugar
2 T. Vanilla Sugar
1 C. Oil
4 T. Cocoa
1 1/2 C. Flour
1 t. Baking Powder

Topping:

16 Oz. Marshmallow Cream
12 Oz. Baking Chocolate
1 1/2 C. Crunch Peanut Butter
3 1/2 C Rice Krispies

Directions:

Beat eggs with sugars. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Let cool.

Spread thin layer of marshmallow cream onto cake and then refrigerate for 1 hour. In double broiler, melt chocolate and peanut butter. Remove from heat and add rice krispies, mixing until completely coated. Spread topping over cake. Chill. Cut into circles or squares.

**Personally, I am not exact on the measurements of the topping. I simply spread the marshmallow cream until there seems to be a sufficient amount. The rest of the topping has yet to fail me if I don’t measure it perfectly.**

THIS CAKE FREEZES AMAZINGLY WELL. I LIKE TO BAKE A FEW BATCHES OF IT, FREEZE IT FOR AN HOUR OR SO AND THEN CUT INTO (SMALL) PIECES. THEN, I PUT IT BACK IN THE FREEZER, READY TO TAKE OUT ON SHORT NOTICE. IT IS DEFINITELY IMPRESSIVE AND GREAT TO GIFT TO OTHERS.