HEDA has arrived.. and so has Winter?

That’s right, we’re in that odd place watching the cherry blossoms bloom while our weather apps call for more snow. I warned that Winter was coming… but I was just kidding, now I’m for real! 

But more importantly, HEDA has come, too! And I couldn’t be more excited to announce that we’ve crossed this big milestone. It wasn’t easy, and I can’t take any of the credit (your other Admin Michael did all the work, and lost a lot of sleep). I just get to be the one to write about it!

First, let’s take a quick moment to celebrate!


After watching presentations at the Higher Ed Summit of our peer schools talking about the painful ordeal, the hiccups, the unexpected error logs, the delays…. I was pretty worried. 

We had one hiccup, threw out 911 calls to some peers, submitted a Salesforce help ticket and was saved by their super fast response time to make this happen all in a day’s work … and all throughout Monday night… while we all slept (thanks, Michael)! 

But we DID IT!!!

Now what? You’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about. Nothing looks different….. except this notification you’ll find in your Salesforce environment. 

You guessed it, this HEDA roll-out comes complete with a trailhead competition that will last the month of April.

Each week will bring a new badge and new prizes! 

Here is what this means for Smith:

  • We are one step closer to finalizing our Advance –> Salesforce integration as a result of the migration 
  • We now have an affiliations object (we had a custom one before so this will look familiar) that allows us to track multiple company and organization affiliations tied back to a single contact. This is exciting news for student records who may be affiliated with student organizations, sports teams, academic programs, and company internships! 
  • We now have a relationships object (we had a custom one before so this will also look familiar) that allows more tracking of a particular records connections to fellow students, staff, and faculty 
  • We have more objects that are still in hiding at the moment, such as course enrollments, course offerings, terms, and MORE! 

We can’t WAIT to start rolling out some big changes but didn’t want to do anything that might scare you away too soon. We’ll roll these out slowly and keep you posted when we are ready to begin the next phase of our HEDA journey. 

Thanks to our Salesforce users for your continued patience and enthusiasm! 


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