About Me

Hello and welcome. I am so glad you are here.



Hi! My name is Rakesh Gupta. Thank you for being a part of my community! After reading the introduction you will be convinced, beyond doubt, that in life, nothing is impossible, if you put your heart and mind to it! This is far from a cliché – I am living proof!

I will achieve my objective if, after reading about me, you begin doubting your doubts – about yourself, your skills and your ability to achieve heights beyond your expectations!

A peek into my childhood:

I am a graduate of SRM University, Chennai, with a degree in information technology. I previously worked at iGate Computer System Ltd (now a part of Capgemini).

I come from a small village (where people still walk a few miles to find a good school) of Sonaili (District – Katihar) Bihar and live in Mumbai, India.

Life has not been easy, to say the least. There have been many ups and downs – especially, a healthy dose of the latter, during my childhood. I am deeply grateful to my dad, mom, and my sister, for shielding me, as much as possible from life’s hardships, by bestowing on me their love, dedication, and disproportionate sacrifices.


My dad is a retired teacher. To-date, I remember my dad walked for miles, on rainy days during floods, due to the scanty irrigation system, to go to his ‘office’ (i.e. School). I will never ever forget those days when my dad did not get paid on time (sometimes, he would not get paid for 6 months).


Our situation became so dire that, at the age of 13, for the first time, I took up a small job to earn money to contribute towards buying food for the family. My dad took loans from others to pay for my education. My parents refrained from buying basic necessities for themselves, even things like clothes, to save money so my sister and I could go to a good school and a better college.

Not only did we not have any good schools in my village, but there was no English Medium school for miles.  As a result, I did not receive any formal training in English. Consequently, occasionally, I still struggle to write blogs. Writing in English continues to be a challenge for me. However, fortunately, my desire to help others – to achieve mastery in Salesforce – is stronger than the challenge!

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I am a six-time Salesforce MVP, evangelist, Author, Salesforce coach, and an avid blogger! I have been working on the Salesforce.com platform for over 8 years.

I am Mumbai based Salesforce MVP, an evangelist with experience in Salesforce as a Developer, Consultant, and Solution Architect. Best known as an automation champion in the Salesforce ecosystem, I have penned over 180 articles on Lightning Flow and Process Builder to show how someone can use Lightning Flow and Process Builder to minimize code usage. Furthermore, I am a principal team member of a biweekly online webinar, Automation Hour (http://www.automationhour.com).

Recently, I was featured on Salesforce corporate website. Check it out here: https://www.salesforce.com/products/salesforce-advantage/

In addition to the above, I offer online and corporate training for various Salesforce certifications. I have trained more than 1000 individual professionals around the globe and conducted corporate workshops.


I offer training for various courses such as ADM 201, ADM 301, App Builder, Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Community Cloud, Platform Developer I, Platform Developer II, Pardot, and Lightning Flow. 

I am boundlessly passionate about the Salesforce platform! I frequently share my insights through various channels including Salesforce Trailblazer Community, lead user groups and, continue to get certified in as many Salesforce Certifications as possible.

Read my complete story here

  1. My Journey: From Helping My Family Put Food On the Table to Salesforce Essentials Customer and MVP
  2. Why This Trailblazer Says Adversity Is Essential to Success

Honors & Awards:

Thank you Mr. Benioff.
Thank you, Mr. Benioff.
Salesforce happens to be an app builder platform that, in addition to doing it so well, builds careers and develops mentors! It has played a pivotal role in my, and the lives of many others. I am grateful for the same, as are many others.
I am indebted to Salesforce for bestowing on me, for four consecutive years, the honor of #SalesforceMVP! Thank you! Today, however, I am speechless!
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I am pleasantly surprised, honored, and humbled for being selected as one of Mason Frank’s 30 recommended bloggers! Thanks again!
  1. Top 50 Salesforce Influencers on Twitter for 2015
  2. The Top Salesforce Influencers for 2016
  3. Salesforce MVP Summer ’14
  4. Salesforce MVP Summer ’15
  5. Salesforce MVP Summer ’16
  6. Mason Frank’s 30 recommended Salesforce bloggers
  7. Salesforce MVP Summer ’17
  8. TOP 124 Salesforce Influencers of 2017
  9. Salesforce MVP 2018
  10. TOP 200 Salesforce Influencers on Twitter for 2018
  11. Salesforce MVP 2019
  12. Salesforce MVP 2020
  13. Salesforce MVP 2021
  14. 20 Most Popular Salesforce Admin & Developer Blogs 2020 
  15. 20 Most Popular Salesforce Admin & Developer Blogs 2021

Below is a glimpse of my various involvement in the community:

Leader of several User Groups as listed below:

  1. Navi-Mumbai Salesforce Developer User Group
  2. Mumbai Salesforce User Group

Mastery in the following areas of Salesforce Platform:

  1. Salesforce Certified Administrator
  2. Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator
  3. Salesforce Certified Force.com Developer
  4. Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant
  5. Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant
  6. Salesforce Certified Community Cloud Consultant
  7. Salesforce Certified Nonprofit Cloud Consultant
  8. Salesforce Certified Einstein Analytics and Discovery Consultant
  9. Salesforce Certified Platform App Builder
  10. Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I
  11. Salesforce Certified Platform Developer II 
  12. Salesforce Certified Pardot Specialist
  13. Salesforce Certified Pardot Consultant
  14. Salesforce Certified Sharing and Visibility Designer
  15. Salesforce Certified Data Architecture & Management Designer
  16. Salesforce Certified Application Architect
  17. Salesforce Certified Development Lifecycle & Deployment Designer
  18. Salesforce Certified Identity and Access Management Designer
  19. Salesforce Certified Integration Architecture Designer
  20. Salesforce Certified Certified System Architect!
  21. Salesforce Certified User Experience Designer

About My Blog:

If this your first visit to my website, you might want to start with my tutorials. Here are the tutorials that I have published so far:

You can also check my latest blog posts or use the search function on the sidebar.

In addition to my blogs, I penned the following books:

Furthermore, I have been a technical reviewer of the following books:

  1. Learning Force.com Application Development
  2. Mastering Application Development with Force.com

Speaking engagements:

  1. Dreamforce’15
  2. Dreamforce’16
  3. Netherlands Nonprofit User Group
  4. Southeast Dreamin’17
  5. Midwest Dreamin’17
  6. Dreamforce’17
  7. Atlanta Developer User Group – April’17
  8. North Fulton Salesforce User Group – July’17
  9. Dreamforce’18
  10. Dallas Developer User Group– March’19
  11. TrailheaDX’19
  12. Texas Dreamin’19
  13. Midwest Dreamin’19
  14. Salesforce Saturday – Dallas – August’19
  15. Austin, TX Administrators Group – September’19
  16. San Antonio, TX Administrators Group – January’20
  17. Salesforce Saturday – Dallas – September’20

Upcoming Speaking engagements:

  1. ParDreamin’2021

Currently, in addition to offering online and corporate training for various Salesforce certifications, I am working as a Salesforce solution/Technical architect.

In light of the above, I hope, by now, you have begun doubting your doubts – about yourself, your skills and your ability to achieve heights beyond your expectations!

Why not take the next step and Contact Me!? Or, follow me on Twitter:  @rakeshistom @automationchamp

Thank you for reading!
Rakesh Gupta
– Salesforce MVP | Author | Coach
– Founder AutomationChampion.com, AutomationHour.com, and Virtual Dreamin.

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