Monday, January 29, 2018

Tips for passing Salesforce Certified Identity and Access Management Designer

Today (28th Jan'2018), I have successfully passed Salesforce Certified Identity and Access Management Designer (WI18) with an overall score 79% and finally acquired certified System Architect credential.

I have faced total 65 questions. Salesforce has added 5 unscored questions.  It has taken around 90 hours of preparation exactly one month time frame.

Exam Outline

The Salesforce Certified Identity and Access Management Designer exam has the following characteristics:
  • Content: 60 multiple-choice/multiple-select questions* (5 unscored questions will be added)
  • Time allotted to complete the exam: 120 minutes (time allows for unscored questions)
  • Passing Score: 65%
  • Registration fee: USD 400, plus applicable taxes as required per local law
  • Retake fee: USD 200, plus applicable taxes as required per local law
  • Delivery options: Proctored exam delivered onsite at a testing center or in an online proctored environment. Click here for information on scheduling an exam.
  • References: No hard-copy or online materials may be referenced during the exam.
  • Prerequisite: None
*Please note that as of November 16, 2017, all Salesforce certification exams will contain five additional, randomly placed, unscored questions to gather data on question performance. The duration of each exam has been evaluated and adjusted to accommodate the inclusion of the unscored questions. These five questions will be in addition to the 60 scored questions on your exam, and will have no impact whatsoever on your score.

Preparing myself

As usual before I started my preparation, I have prepared a document and noted down all the points and advice mentioned by these guys. Thanks to all of them.

Since this exam is well known as hard exam and didn't have much experience on Identity implementation, so I have changed my mode of preparation.

First one and half week, I have gone through all Salesforce Identity and Access related videos in youtube and taken all the notes on paper. Here are the most valuable videos and surprisingly 50% of the questions I have received from this video content.

Then, started going through all the links which have mentioned in study guide.

Topics I have received on Exam

  • Different types of OAuth scope (at-least 3 questions)
  • Diffferent types of OAuth flows (at-least 4 questions)
  • SP initiated or IdP initiated flow (at-least 3 questions)
  • My Domain configurations and why it is needed (at-least 3 questions)
  • Just-in-provisioning (at-least 4 questions)
  • Different types of licensing. Specially learn about External Identity License
  • Auth Provider
  • Different type of certificates and where to find those and how to use those.
  • Two Factor authentication: How that can be implemented, Whats the decision to be taken before implementing this.
  • Canvas implementation (at-least 3 questions)
  • Custom Login flow (along with Two factor authentication) 
  • Identity Connect, when and how to use it and whats the benefits.
  • Providing access to Customers, Partner and internal employees (7-8 questions).
  • Delegated and Federated Authentications: Advantages & what are the considerations to be taken.
  • Lot of questions on providing access to the Salesforce Ideas to the non-salesforce users.

Along with my points if anyone follows those above links then anybody can pass this exam.

Good Luck!

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Summary Report with Bucket Fields

Use case

Business has a requirement to display list of accounts created within specified range of days like, 30 days or within a year and wants to show the report like this way.

This type of use case is also applicable for meeting SLA purpose, like what are the list of cases solved within 24 hours or 48 hours.


This use case can be solved with the use of Summary Report with Bucket fields.


1. Create a formula field like Day Diff as Number which will calculate number of days from CreatedDate.

FLOOR( (NOW()- CreatedDate))

2. Go to Report and define Bucket field as follows. Here I have tried to define based on the data at my DE.

3. Now change the report type as Summary Report and place that bucket field for grouping and finally run the report. It will look like this.


This is a convenient way we can plot a report based on bucket fields.

Answering this question in stackexchange is my motivation of writing this post.

Link to stackexchange question: Create a report to show account details on different date range

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