A successive article from my previous blog, a Study Guide for the Salesforce Certified Sharing and Visibility Designer Certification

To obtain your Salesforce Application Architect certification, you must pass the Salesforce Data Architecture and Management designer examination. I am an experienced, Certified Technical Architect and have decided to share and make public my study guide that I used to pass this exam. This is a successive article from my previous blog “A study guide for the Salesforce Certified Sharing and Visibility Designer Certification”. If you’re still unsure whether the Salesforce journey is for you, you read up on more details regarding Salesforce Architects here. This study guide has already assisted many of my colleagues and friends to pass the Salesforce Data Architecture and Management designer examination with ease.  This certification exam was the final exam that I passed to gain my Salesforce Application Architect certification.  I sat this examination in 2019, therefore the majority of the content in this study guide is up to date. Join me in my journey as a fellow prospective Certified Technical Architect.

Available resources for the Salesforce Data Architecture and Management Designer Certification examination

My previous article “A study guide for the Salesforce Certified Sharing and Visibility Designer Certification” went into detail describing the various useful resources available for styling for your certification, for this reason, I will not elaborate too much in this blog. Salesforce trail mix is, in my opinion, the best resource as it contains the majority of the content you will require for the examination. As previously mentioned, you will have to dedicate a few study hours to go through all the trails, as they can become daunting. The second resource is the focus on force website, this site includes all the essential content in a single place, as carefully curated by the owner.

My Salesforce Data Architecture and Management Designer Certification Study Guide Overview

To prepare for the Salesforce Data Architecture and Management Designer Certification examination, I created a study guide. I accumulated information that is available online in a concise manner to make it easier to work through and obtain the bigger picture. I am an experienced Technical Architect and have experience in working with large volume data within Salesforce. Within Salesforce, my previous projects data went up to 40 million of records. For this reason, in this document, I have incorporated a few of my real-life/hands-on experiences and workarounds. I trust this guide will not only help you with your preparation for your Salesforce Data Architecture and Management Designer Certification examination but on a more holistic level when dealing with real-life big data or governance situations

Included high-level topics:
  • General guidelines for data import and export
  • Data Model design and issues
  • Data loading and configuration strategy
  • Sharing, Ownership, and Lookup Skews for high volume data
  • Query, Search, PK chunking and Indexing
  • Data extraction, archival and backups
  • Lightning Platform APIs (SOAP, REST, Bulk, Streaming)
  • Strategy for improving Data quality
  • Techniques for optimizing performance
  • Field Audit Trail
  • Best practices for large data volume
  • Salesforce Anti-pattern
  • Data Governance
  • Master data management (MDM)
  • Analytics
As an experienced Certified Application Technical Architect, I strongly advise that you prioritize the following topics:
  • Data Governance
  • Performance and tuning
  • Metadata management

Supplementary Reading on High Data Volume Salesforce Sharing Strategy

I recently presented at the Cactusforce 2020 , during my presentation, I spoke through all the options for external user visibility and its’ impact on high volume data. During this session, I dove deep into the topic of how the account relationship works and what takes place in the backend. A few of the design considerations included how much time it takes for sharing recalculation of large volume data and how much salesforce can afford. I highly recommend viewing the recording of the session. This recording can be found here

Find your free download of my Salesforce Data Architecture and Management Designer Certification Study Guide here

Feel free to download the study guide for the Salesforce Data Architecture and Management Designer Certification Examination here. 

Please reach out with any queries, I will gladly assist!

Details on the author

Tahsin Zulkarnine is a qualified and experienced Technical Architect at Groundswell Cloud Solutions. Groundswell is a premier systems integrator and a silver partner of Salesforce. Tahsin Zulkarnine is a renowned Certified Cloud Architect in both the Salesforce and AWS domains. Within Groundswell, Tahsin is the Subject Matter Expert (SME) of code architecture and data security (sharing and visibility). Tahsin is an experienced Certified Cloud Architect with over 12 years of experience in architecting, leading, and developing scalable, high-performance web and cloud solutions. Tahsin also holds expertise in enterprise design patterns and is a generous contributor to the open-source financial force library. Tahsin holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science, specializing in software architecture that was obtained from the University of Lethbridge. Tahsin currently holds seven various Salesforce Certifications including Salesforce Certified Application Architect and he is also an AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate.

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