Announcing Auctions for Salesforce version 4

I am happy to announce that I’ve just released a major upgrade to Auctions for Salesforce, version 4, to the AppExchange.  To entice you to upgrade, here are some of the new feature hilights:

  • Complete support for the Non Profit Starter Pack
  • Support for Households
  • Integration with credit card processors in the Ticket wizard
  • Usability improvements in Check In and Check Out pages
  • Help panel added to all custom pages
  • A new Donated Item Converter Wizard
  • Over 40 enhancement requests addressed!

And if you are still on version 2, then you are missing out on an even larger set of great new features!

Please check out for all of the details, including Documentation, FAQ’s, Release Notes, and Videos.

Here’s the AppExchange listing:



Salesforce MVP

I was recently chosen to become a Salesforce MVP!

From Salesforce:

This program recognizes exceptional individuals within the community & social channels for their leadership, knowledge and ongoing contributions.  This is a select group, chosen three times a year, that exemplify the Salesforce community.  

Salesforce MVP Logo

Thank You Former Colleagues!

My former colleagues at Groundwire recently hosted a thank you party for me, and presented me with this great Wordle.

DJH Wordle


I liked it so much I just had to share it out, but I’ll probably have to reduce the size of “Humble” now!

Thanks Everyone!


Practicing with Auctions before the event

The contents of this post have been replaced with the Practicing with Auctions PDF available on the Auctions for Salesforce Documentation page.

Caroline Renard works with arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and has been using Auctions for Salesforce since it was first released in spring 2010. You can find out more about her at

Thanks Caroline for sharing your great expertise!

Microsoft Alumni Foundation 2012 Integral Fellows video

The Microsoft Alumni Foundation just released its nominations request for 2013, and provided videos of the 2012 Integral Fellows finalists and winners.  Here is my video.



Welcome Volunteers for Salesforce

With the restructuring of Groundwire, I am now hosting the Volunteers for Salesforce website, providing all of the documentation, videos, FAQ’s, and manuals.  Please check out Volunteers for Salesforce and all of its pages.

Volunteers for Salesforce

Welcome Auctions for Salesforce

With the restructuring of Groundwire, I am now hosting the Auctions for Salesforce website, providing all of the documentation, videos, FAQ’s, and manuals.  Please check out Auctions for Salesforce and all of its pages.

Auctions for Salesforce

Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellows Finalist

I recently was honored as a finalist in the Microsoft Alumni Foundation’s 2012 Integral Fellows award.  From the MSAF’s website:

The Integral Fellows award recognizes and supports a Microsoft alumnus who has made a meaningful difference in the daily lives of others by using his/her talents, time and resources to contribute to the world, whether on a local, regional, national, or global scale.

Well I didn’t win, but I’m still quite honored to have been a finalist among this group of outstanding individuals who are doing so many great things here and around the world!

MSAF Integral Fellows Award

Salesforce is my preferred platform

Having been developing exclusively on for the last 3 years, I can say it is my preferred platform!  As a solution for non-profits, I believe it has many great benefits:

  • 10 free enterprise licenses (worth over $15,000 a year)
  • Remotely managed by Salesforce, so your data is safe, secure, and backed up.
  • A system that can grow to handle many different needs in the non-profit, including donor management, volunteer management, email lists, client lists, service tracking, etc.
  • A 3rd party marketplace, AppExchange, that provides additional applications such as bulk emailing tools, event management, auction management, website integration.  Many of which are provided at discounts to non-profits.

The features I love most as an application developer include

  • I don’t have to install and help maintain software that is located at the non-profit on every staff member’s computer.  All that is needed is an internet connection and a browser.
  • I don’t have to spend lots of time creating forms and pages for each new piece of functionality I add to the system – all the pages are consistently provided by Salesforce.
  • Common subsystems and applications I create can be packaged and shared between non-profits.
  • Salesforce continues to add new features and evolve the system, while always maintaining strong support for older applications.

I still fret that the reporting tool built into Salesforce is not as powerful as Microsoft Access.  But I am hopeful that it will continue to improve, and I know there are more 3rd party tools that make reporting easier.  Luckily, lack of reporting has not been an issue for any of the solutions I’ve created with Salesforce so far.

Goodbye Microsoft Office Live, Hello WordPress

I was quite surprised to recently see that Microsoft is closing down all web sites running on Office Live in April 2012.  Current Office Live users are going to be offered 6 months free on Microsoft’s Office 365 service, and then will need to pay.  OK, I can accept that you can’t expect free forever.  But here’s the real surprise:  you must manually recreate your website, as well as manually migrate your contacts, email, calendar, and documents.  No thanks!

If I have to recreate my website, I’m going to find a better CMS than Microsoft provides!  I’ve been frustrated multiple times with Office Live losing all my content when changing themes!  Never again!

So now I’m trying out WordPress, and so far, I’m happy!