2012 ExpoThe core of the Dreamforce experience for attendees is to connect in a meaningful way.  When it comes to finding solutions from the 350+ partners at Dreamforce, connecting with the right partners is critical to making the most out of your time. Here are five of the ways that you can get the most out of Dreamforce partners.

1.  Get to the Cloud Expo 

Block out your expo hours now, just like you would with a session.  And before you get to the conference, do your research!  Tour the Cloud Expo section of Dreamforce.com to see if there are any partners or ISVs that you can’t miss.  But don’t stress too much, no matter what, you won’t get lost. The Cloud Expo has maps, lots of maps.  Not only will the Dreamforce mobile application have a map of the expo and partners, but there will be self-guided tours based on handouts for specific segments and needs.  You can also sign up for guided tours on Monday and Thursday in the Dreamforce app.  These tours will be done based on the solutions you need and your segments. This will enable you to easily find the partners in the Cloud Expo that can help.

2.  Find Breakout Sessions for You

This year we will have almost 20 standalone AppExchange sessions.  No matter what type of application you are focused on, there will be a session directed at you.  And beyond these sessions there are also customers of ISVs being utilized in one of the other 1,100+ sessions.  Don’t miss the technical sessions and partner success clinics available during the conference as well.

3. #AppThat

Have you ever wished you “had an app for that"? Dreamforce has the potential to make all of your crazy app ideas happen.  Our partners are second to none, and maybe, just maybe, could create your wildest app dreams for you.  Use the hashtag #AppThat on Twitter with your application idea to notify partners of your needs.  Start now to get a head start!

4.  Enjoy the AppExchange Partner Zone

In the AppExchange Partner Zone there will be great opportunities to network and share best practices with your peers.  Beyond intermingling there will be games and fun activities, including silk-screening your own shirt.  Also look for the “Mobile App Garage” to see mobile apps coming out of the AppExchange ecosystem,  “Meet the Experts” including successful app designers, where you can ask questions, get inspired and learn how to improve your business.

5.  Party Down at the AppBash

580x280_CityViewEd1111The week’s biggest party, Cloud Crawl, has been renamed!  Join the App Bash on Wednesday evening at City View at the Metreon to get to know peers, partners and more in an informal and enjoyable atmosphere.




Did you miss “How to Engage with Partners” on Salesforce Live: The Road to Dreamforce yesterday?  Learn more about the AppExchange and how to connect with partners at Dreamforce here:

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