Lars Ulrich and the guys from Metallica weren’t the only rockstars we celebrated at Dreamforce ‘18. We also honored our amazing partners at the 2nd annual Lightning Bolt Trailblazer Awards. Community Cloud customers have connected over 300 million users on the platform, and we continue to see massive growth as companies race  to transform the digital experience for their customers and partners.


We push 29 communities live every day, which basically means a new community is about to make its debut as you’re reading this.


In 2016, our partners helped Salesforce customers take their communities to the next level by by building Lightning Bolt solutions designed to meet the needs of virtually every industry, including retail, consumer goods, manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare.


50+ amazing Lightning Bolt solutions for industry-specific needs


With Community Cloud, companies can build branded communities, websites, and next-gen portals that seamlessly integrate with the entire Salesforce ecosystem. Lightning Bolt takes it a step further by helping  customers go to market 80% faster — with packaged solutions for industries.


Today, we have over 50 partner-built solutions tailored to specific industry use cases, including

  • Supercharging insurance agent productivity

  • Empowering patient engagement

  • Building retail and franchise communications

  • Simplifying supplier relationship management

  • Innovating connected manufacturing


Last month, we presented 19 Boltys to partners who have combined deep industry expertise with the power of the Salesforce Platform to drive new levels of customer success. Winners were recognized at a private event at Dreamforce ‘18 on September 26.


2018 Bolt Award Winners


Trailblazer of the Year: Accenture

Best Bolt for Retail: OSF Commerce

Best Bolt for Consumer Goods: PwC

Best Bolt for Manufacturing: CGI

Best Bolt for Financial Services: PwC

Best Bolt for Healthcare and Life Sciences: Accenture

Best Bolt for High Tech: 7Summits

Best Bolt with Lightning Flow: Appirio

Most Repeatable Customer Success with Bolt: Groundswell

Best Performing Bolt on AppExchange: PwC: Source2Pay

Codey's Fan Favorite Bolt: Traction on Demand

Most Active Bolt Trailblazer: Phil Weinmeister, 7Summits

Breakout EMEA Bolt Partner: Advanced Communities

Best Bolt for Higher Education: Appirio

Best Bolt for PRM: Sundog

Best Bolt for Self-Service: Magnet360

Best Bolt for Migration: Paladin

Best Bolt for Employee Engagement: Cadalys

Best Bolt for ISV Innovation:  Appinium


Salesforce + Partners = Trailblazing dream team


Salesforce has ambitious goals;  our partners are the fuel that helps us achieve those goals faster. With the Salesforce Platform, partners can accelerate time-to-market for our customers and tap into over 150,000 Salesforce users through the AppExchange. Additionally,  our customers can create new digital experiences that  extend the power of the platform — without huge investments in time or  resources.


Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners! We can’t wait to see what you build in 2019.