Each month we recognise a K2 consultant who has received outstanding client feedback on their recent project.
This month the K2 Consultant of the Month is Nathan Shinn, a part-time SFDC Developer based in the US for his project with a Health and Nutrition retailer there.
Read our interview with Nathan below.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I have been independently consulting with the Force.co platform for 11 years and overall IT consulting for the past 15 years. I specialize in all things Salesforce but started as a Software Engineer and have experience with Oracle, SQL Server, C3 and Java that I do leverage on my current projects from time to time. Most recent, relevant salesforce experience is with Lightning for companies like Amtrac and Deutsche bank.
What was your most recent K2 project?
My most recent and complete, K2 project was with a company called Collective Goods. The project was to enable their point of sales data with Salesforce.com. Among other things I integrated their SQL server database by creating Database stored procedures that leverage the salesforce API to push data into salesforce on a nightly interval from several different tables in a relational schema.
I also wrote a couple of .net services and some visualforce pages used to check inventory stock levels from their internal systems given a product SKU.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy all the different people and variety of industries that I am exposed to within a relatively short period of time. Its creative work and in my role, I interface with the customer regularly while maintaining the ability to develop creative solutions for a wide variety of diverse scenarios.
Which technical development do you think will have the biggest impact on your field over the next few years?
I think that we will see continued growth and proliferation of cloud platforms and a lot of consolidation in consulting as well as software providers as evidenced by recent acquisitions of companies like Cloud Sherpas and Netsuite. Microsoft is making significant advances with Dynamics and Office 365 and we will see competition from that front as well as growth in consulting opportunities there.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting out as a freelance IT consultant?
Have an eye toward the big picture as it relates to your career. We have enjoyed a lot of opportunity with Salesforce.com and their tremendous success. Make sure that you are able to provide business value with everything that you specialize in and don’t be afraid to develop new and more marketable skills to help you remain relevant during times of rapidly accelerating change.
Nathan Shinn is a part-time SFDC Developer based in the US.