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It’s time to say thank you to the men of Movember


collage last blog post imageSadly, Movember has now come to an end. On Saturday 1 December, thousands (maybe even millions) of men all over the world said goodbye to their mos as they shaved them off to mark the end of this – now very famous – month. But their fundraising efforts will be felt by many for years to come.

We’d like to thank all the guys who put aside their vanity for 30 days for this great cause and to everyone who donated to the the Tquila team. Our hairy chaps raised an impressive £1,380!

We must also say a huge thank you to Paul Andrew, Mark Wakelin and John Turner from our executive team, who agreed to personally match whatever we raised this year – doubling our contribution to £2,760.

And congratulations to Karsandas Liladhar (father of our very own Jay Liladhar) who donated to the Tquila team and won the draw for a coveted Tquila T-shirt!

Until next year! Movember Out.

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Offline Salesforce on an iPad: Tquila Anywhere


You know we love Salesforce – and we’re very proud to have pioneered the ability to work with Salesforce when you’re offline, on your iPad.

Ever wondered how easy it really is to use Tquila Anywhere? Check out our nifty new video and see for yourself!

Interested in seeing Tquila Anywhere in the flesh? Get in touch!

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We’ve appointed a new CEO!


Alistair Wildman, CEO of TquilaWe don’t blog about it a lot, but the Tquila team is continuing to grow. Our hire is Alistair Wildman, who’s been appointed our new CEO!

Alistair was most recently salesforce.com’s UK SVP of Enterprise Sales – and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team. His experience and passion for driving business transformation through mobile and social innovation mean he’ll fit in nicely with the Tquila team!

Curious to find out more about Alistair? Follow him on Twitter: @alistairwildman

Our former CEO Paul Andrew will remain closely involved with us. He’s retaining his role as Chairman, and will continue to fly the Tquila flag for us around the world.

See the full press release on the Tquila Thoughts blog

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Meet the Tquila Team: Alfredo Bianco


Meet Alfredo Bianco, Senior Salesforce Consultant. Alfredo joined Tquila in September 2011.

An avid table tennis player he recently dragged many of the team out to play some ping pong and show off his skills!

Here’s what Alfredo has to say about his role at Tquila:

What I do

“I implement business solutions using the salesforce.com platform. Mostly using declarative configuration but I also give myself the chance to ‘get my hands dirty’ and write little bits of Apex code.”

Why I love my job

“It’s incredibly rewarding to help clients bridge the gap between what they explain to you, what the business analyst describes, what marketing advertises and what they really needed from the start. Sometimes this journey leads you through turbulent waters but the final outcome and the clients satisfaction makes it worth it.”

Why I love Tquila

“It’s fun working amongst such smart people and with some great clients. The team come from all around the world with such diverse work and life experiences. It makes you interested in learning more and developing both personally and professionally.”

Want to be part of this? Check out our current roles or send your CV to careers@tquila.com

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It’s an interesting thing you know, a Mo…


Many of us spend a lot of time and money ensuring that we don’t look like an incredibly hairy animal most of the time. We shave and get haircuts regularly so that we always look our hair-free best. For 20 Tquila team members (and many more men across the globe) this has changed for the past 16 days. They are fighting hard against the urge to whip the razor out and shave off their Mo’s in order to raise money for Movember.

So far the Tquila team have raised an impressive £670! And they still have baby mo’s… Imagine what they can achieve with another two weeks of hair growth!

We still need your help – so please dig deep and give anything you can to support the Tquila team and this great cause. You can donate here!

Here are some of my favourite quotes from three of the team members so far…

Simon Parker – “I was at a client site on Monday, and when I pointed out the mo was for Movember, one lady said ‘Oh, I am glad you’re growing it for Movember, I was starting to get worried about you’ !!

Contrary to popular belief, I’m not after the ’70’s porn star look’ – it’s just the way it grows”.

Dave Hands – “Someone asked me if I was ‘doing that ‘move over’ thing?’. I laughed so much it almost changed the shape of my Mo forever!”.

Steve Aitkin –  “I was asked yesterday to ‘please move my truck as it’s blocking the entrance to the building’ “.

Don’t forget – if you donate to the Tquila Movember team you will be put in the draw to win some Tquila goodies!

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Week 2 in the Tquila-Movember House


We are one week into Movember and so far the Tquila team is growing strong. We have some clear leaders at the moment:

Simon – He’s a pro – we expected no less

Lorenzo – Taking very good care of his Mo – impressive

Olu – Questionable…

In another week’s time there are going to be some very enviable mo’s around, I’m sure of it. Now all they need to do is decide what style they will go for.

Remember, water is to grass what money is to mo’s… The more you give, the faster it grows!

Want to donate? Follow this link and donate to the Tquila team!

Stay tuned for more Movember updates! Follow us @tquiladotcom

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What’s a little stubble rash between friends?


Support Tquila in our quest to raise money for Movember and join the fight against prostate cancer

 
So, it’s almost that time of year again for all you handsome devils to have one last shave before throwing away the razor blades and the shaving foam…

To learn how to trim and shape your MOUStache into something like this    or perhaps this is more your style    

Anything goes!

Whether you are a chap yourself, or perhaps you are of the female variety, you can’t swing a cat around the place without hitting a man now can you? We have husbands, sons, brothers, fathers, uncles, boyfriends, friends and colleagues. In one way or another these boys are very important to us and so you have two choices to help in the fight against prostate cancer:

1)  Join our  (currently) 14 Tquila team members tqui.la/T8DdLO and grow a mo and raise funds for the very worthwhile cause

2)  Put your money where your mouth is and donate some moolah tqui.la/PlylI1 A little or a lot, every little helps

We will be keeping everyone updated with regular pictures of the team’s mo-grow, so stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page and watch out for our tweets @tquiladotcom

So, for the men in our lives… let’s do this!

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Dreamforce ’12 technical take-aways


Nic TassiniWhat an amazing week at Dreamforce X – with an awesome vibe and feature announcements. The Tquila team attended a lot of interesting sessions, but the developer keynote was the most mind-blowing for techies!

Here are my technical take-aways:

Touch
It’s now incredibly quick and easy to create hybrid and native mobile apps using Touch. A set of templates is already available – you just need to clone one and develop your idea. Everything’s set up for you already – even integration and authentication.

In addition, a completely new set of mobile VisualForce components is now available, enabling you to build mobile apps only using Force.com as the main platform. It’s easy to then reference these new pages into a native app cloned from a template.

Here’s everything you need to get started: http://developer.force.com/mobile

Don’t forget to download the free mobile development guide!

Canvas
Definitely a game changer! At first glance it may seem that it’s just embedding an external application using the well-known iframe. But it’s not! You can embed your existing app and leverage an inbuilt integration layer, which enables you to understand who the logged-in user is, and to query Salesforce to fetch and update data. Everything is designed to be simple: just include a javascript library and go for it!

There are 2 key use cases for Canvas: retooling your old apps, and building next-generation social apps.

Inside the Canvas creation page you also have the option to create a new app hosted on Heroku, and choose between Java and Ruby templates. This example app will be the baseline for your development and it already includes the code for the integration with the logged-in user and Salesforce.

Identity
Another big shift! With this new feature you can log in to several different external services and platforms directly from a Salesforce tab through a SingleSignOn process.

Even better, while you’re working on your favourite SFDC app, you can be notified if another service has an update for you.

Identity can also be used as a SingleSignOn provider. The consumer world already has the Facebook ID – and with Identity, we can now think about using our Salesforce login as the sign-in source for social networks, custom applications, services and existing platforms.

Heroku Enterprise for Java
Absolutely one of my favourite announcements: you can finally leverage an enterprise offer on Heroku, where you can select your preferred stack, with OpenJDK 6, 7 or 8, Tomcat 7 as servlet container and Memcache to support distributed caching.

It’s now also possible to better manage the deployment process, adopting Atlassian Bamboo as a continuous integration server.

Last but not least, a brand new Eclipse IDE plugin has been launched, making app management easier. Import them, change the main information, browse logs and scale up and down… all directly from your IDE.

The enterprise package isn’t free, but it does give you premium support.

More info here: http://blog.heroku.com/archives/2012/9/19/announcing_heroku_enterprise_for_java/

There were lots more exciting announcements – like ChatterBox, which lets you store files in a trusted, secure, enterprise-grade storage system; Chatter Communities, which enhances customer communication though external community functionality; Work.com Cloud, which brings gamification to the office; and the Marketing Cloud, where the baseline is a mix of Radian6 and BuddyMedia.

Check out all the highlights on the Dreamforce YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/dreamforce

See you next year!

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Headed to Dreamforce? Win a limited edition Tquila DFX t-shirt!


Cross-posted from Thoughts from Tquila

Tquila's DFX t-shirt?Our Tquila word cloud t-shirts have been a hit – with our team, clients, partners and even people on the street!

So as I’ve been preparing for Dreamforce, I’ve been thinking about a t-shirt design that our DFX team would love to wear – and that shares the Tquila message. (Hey, I’m a marketer, what did you expect?)

There’s a lot of inspiration – 10 years of Dreamforce, great speakers, loads of exciting announcements on product and platform, and an AMAZING band. And of course, I’m excited about sharing the experience with some of my colleagues!

Taking all this inspiration, we’ve come up with a great new design – a limited edition, once-only t-shirt for the Tquila DFX team and a few of our closest friends.

I’d share more details, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy on the design. All I can say is that it’s very cool, and that I can’t wait to wear it!

Want your very own Tquila DFX t-shirt?
Because I’m a (reasonably) generous sort, I’ve had a few extra t-shirts printed to share with people like you.

If you’d like your own Tquila DFX t-shirt, all you need to do is leave a comment below, or tweet @tquiladotcom with the hashtag #tquilatee – and tell us why you think you deserve one!

Get creative – only the best 3 answers will win!

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Tips for candidates: How to join Tquila


If you follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook, you’ll know that we’re hiring.

Hiring is an important job at Tquila – we want the best and brightest people, but we’re also building a strong team who live and breathe our brand. It’s not enough to simply be the best – you also have to fit in with our rapidly expanding team.

Curious about what gets you hired? Read on to find out who our ideal candidates are:

  • Salesforce specialists
    Our business revolves around the Salesforce platform, and the majority of our open roles require on-platform experience.

    If you’re a star consultant, Apex guru or Heroku evangelist, we’d love to hear from you.

  • Professionals with personality
    We’re not hiring super-talented robots – we’re looking for both skills *and* personality.

    Don’t just demonstrate your expertise – show your passion for it! And while you’re at it, give us insight into who you are as a person.

  • Passionate people who want to build a company
    Tquila is a high-velocity start-up – we’re growing quickly, and everyone who joins the team helps us to grow the business.

    At Tquila you’re not a cog in a corporation – you’re a valued team member whose actions impact the future of the company.

 
Ready to join us? Check out our current roles, or send your CV direct to careers@tquila.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to the team!

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