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A Day In The Life Of A Silverliner: Brock Elgart

A Day in the Life

Job Title: Developer & Integration Specialist
Start Date: June 3, 2013
Fun Fact: I took Krav Maga lessons for a year and a half and now train in Muay Thai.

What is your position at Silverline and what do you do?

As a Developer and Integrations Specialist, I focus on integrating my clients on-premise and cloud-based systems with Salesforce through a variety of methods. These include the use of middle-ware like Informatica Cloud and the use of Apex development to call out to API’s.

What does your average day look like?

I am lucky to have the opportunity to work from home. I get up at 6:30 am and either go for a morning run or practice striking on the heavy bag at the gym next door to my apartment. I’m able to shower and get to work by 8:30 am. My work for the day is incredibly variable. I could be writing a design document, walking an active directory admin through setting up single sign on with Salesforce, or building a custom integration with a client’s proprietary REST API. I take an hour to eat lunch and stretch around noon, then get back to work. A few days a week I meet up with friends after work and go to Muay Thai, which is sort of like a Martial Art without the Art.

What motivates you at work?

Silverline has a reputation of providing real value to customers, and I strive to build up my expertise and live up to the reputation built by a team of really talented and smart people.

What do you like most about your work?

My favorite things to do are writing SQL Views and building Apex integrations with APIs I haven’t worked with before.

What are some challenges you face?

Every new system and API that I integrate with presents new challenges, but in a broader sense, I am always being challenged to work with new technologies.

What new things have you learned since you began working at Silverline?

The ability to quickly and effectively learn a new technology or programming language is a more important skill than expertise in one specific area because technology is constantly changing and evolving.

What do you think makes Silverline a successful company?

Silverline is successful because the people here know how to hire and train knowledgeable Salesforce consultants. From the company’s willingness to train people right out of college to the amazing benefits, they’ve built a strategy to bring in the best people in the industry.

What is your favorite perk?

For me, it’s the ability to work from home. I get to work with an amazing team of people based out of New York while continuing to live near my friends and family in Massachusetts.

What is your favorite memory?

We had a company retreat at a resort in Florida. My favorite memory is building a cardboard mini-golf course as a team building exercise and our team trying to vastly over-complicate it.

What do you hope for your future at Silverline?

I want to advance my career by growing my skills rather than trying to move into a management position.

If you had a friend who was thinking about working for Silverline, what advice would you give them?

Wear a suit to all your interviews and dress clothes for your first week at the job. By a couple of months in no one will blink if you show up in flip flops, board shorts, and a Fonzi t-shirt. For client visits: always wear a suit.

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