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Salesforce MVP Means True Credibility

We are thrilled to announce that Adam Kramer has been elected by his peers to become a Salesforce MVP! In his announcement letter, the selection committee said this about Adam, "You were chosen as a Salesforce MVP based on your contributions to the Salesforce Community and because you have demonstrated leadership, expertise, responsiveness, and advocacy.  You have answered countless questions, addressed tweets, written blogs, led user groups, submitted ideas, written formulas, shared best practices and so much more." Adam has been a KELL MVP for more than four years, so it's great to see the larger community acknowledge what we've know for so long, Adam is a Superhero.

Today's announcement (see the full list here of all 26 appointments) provides a great opportunity to talk about credibility. You see, the MVP program is not something you can "game". You cannot buy membership into this program. You are nominated and then voted in by other MVP's. There's no campaigning, no advertising, no politicking, you're awarded this prestigous designation because your peers recognize you as a true expert who contributes to the larger community.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Forcelandia, a developer-focused conference here in Portland, OR. Throughout the day each speaker would cite their "dev cred". Each had different justifications for their credibility, all well deserved. The best came from Dan Appelman. Dan revealed a secret to the audience, that he only has one certification. I actually checked and couldn't find it! Yesterday he said that whenever he needs to prove his credibility, he holds up his book, Advanced Apex Programming for Salesforce.com and Force.com and drops the mic. Indeed, that's credibility, no certification required.

Certifications are important. Community involvement is important. Blogging is important. But none of these earn you credibility.

Your "cred" must be earned the hard way. Dan wrote his book because he learned his lessons the hard way. After a major project "failure" he spent 6+ months dissecting, researching and documenting solutions to avoid the same problems from occurring again. He's gone on to deliver countless successful projects.

Adam has earned his cred the hard way as well. Adam came to KELL in 2012 after working with Habitat for Humanity - New Orleans where he helped them implement Salesforce for volunteer management. Since working at KELL Adam has delivered more than 10,000 hours of consulting and his clients have publicly applauded his work. Here are a couple of examples:

David Reed - Excellent migration experience from Raiser's Edge
5stars
We had a great experience working with Kell to migrate from Blackbaud Raiser's Edge and NetCommunity to the Salesforce platform with NGO Connect. Project manager Adam Kramer was very hands-on and engaged, gave us the type of support we needed, and worked with us to implement solutions to our complex needs. The project was a success.

Jonathan Bechtle - Great experience
5stars

We've only done a small initial project with KELL, but found it very useful. As Adam walked us through our install, he made lots of helpful suggestions, many of which didn't cost anything, or didn't require KELL help to complete. It felt like he was in our corner, and only trying to get us to use KELL for upgrades if it made sense to do so. I would definitely recommend KELL to other organizations.

 

Adam earned his credibility by helping so many nonprofits solve their unique problems.

His gift is in his ability to translate complex challenges into discrete requirements that can be solved with technical solutions. But Adam is more than just a problem-solver. He's able to to envision future challenges and opportunities for our clients and look past the current "hot" problems and provide durable solutions that will stand the test of time.

We've got a bunch of amazing superhero's here at KELL and each deserves praise and credibility. But today is Adam Kramer day, I'm so glad the Salesforce ecosystem and community has acknowledged his value. Congratulations Adam!