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At just slightly over a week ago, I traveled to New York for the launch and inaugural meeting of the Salesforce Platform Partner Advisory Board.

Salesforce has been running Customer Advisory Boards for a while but this is the first time they’ve held it for Partners and focused primarily on Platform.

I was fortunate enough to be selected as part of 12 people globally who will interact with Platform Product Management and leadership to help shape the product roadmap by providing feedback from the ground based on ours (and our extended teams’) extensive experience in implementing solutions for customers on the Salesforce Platform.

- R -

Read the full post on Medium.

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) is widely considered to be the world's best airline and is certainly one of the most awarded on a yearly basis.

The fourth edition of their AppChallenge welcomed participants from Singapore and all over the world to participate in both Singaporean Students and Open categories.

SIA provided problem statements from the following 5 different areas, namely:

  • Improving Mobile App Engagement

  • Offloaded Passenger Compensation Process

  • Enabling the KrisShop Experience

  • Tracking Inventory Usage

  • Tracking F&B Consumption

The Challenge

Being Mav3riks, we decided to go with what we felt was the most challenging out of these.

Offloaded Passenger Compensation Process How can we improve the overall experience for offloaded passengers so that they would continue to fly with SIA, while also reducing the time and effort needed to effectively manage their compensation?

Find out more details on the specific challenge here.

Why did we consider it the most challenging? To start with, it produced the most negative experience for the customer. While other challenges were focused on enhancing engagements and reducing wastage, the premise of this was to ultimately figure out how to turn an extremely negative situation into something positive... and as a “stretch” target, to maybe even make it a delightful experience for the customer.

Although it usually doesn't turn into this - the incident gives you a good idea on how bad the situation can get for both the airline and more importantly, the customer.

Our Approach

Taking a human-centered design approach to tackle an app challenge that is relevant to the airline industry, Mav3rik conducted user research to discover insight into the problem before defining the area to focus upon, which included the creation of personas and user journeys.

The team developed an innovative and researched-based solution for SIA, supported by an architecture revolving around the Salesforce Platform - from Service Cloud to Community Cloud to Mobile and Web engagement apps on Heroku - integrated to existing systems.

Even though we did not get shortlisted from the several thousands of submissions and we were not able to reach the final pitch round in Singapore, we gave it our best shot and are proud of what the team produced in just a matter of weeks. We also had fun while doing it!

#challengeaccepted #customerobsessed #humancentereddesign #beamav3rik

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We have just reached two important milestones in our journey as Mav3rik.

First of, we are celebrating our (belated!) official first year anniversary. It was just slightly over a year ago today when our core team was formed, with Sean and then myself and finally Gary coming onboard.


Secondly, extremely excited to share that in this relatively short period, we’ve achieved Gold status as a Salesforce consulting partner. Can you believe it?!?

Check out the full blog post from Richard here.

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