San Francisco: In a sign of the growing importance of the Indian market, CRM services giant Salesforce Inc is bringing its skilling platform Trailhead's flagship event TrailheaDX to India in December 2019.

Trailhead is Salesforce free learning platform that helps people acquire not just technology related skills but also management skills and soft skills. The tech company started the platform five years ago. Users can earn over 700 badges and multiple certifications on the platform that can aid them build a better resume. Apart from skills related to Salesforce, users can also pick up skills for Amazon Web Services and Google Analytics, among others.

This is the first time Salesforce will be organizing the event outside of San Francisco.

Salesforce's India plans for its learning platform complement prime minister Narendra Modi led BJP government's efforts in the area of vocational training with its flagship program Skill India.

"This is the first time we are doing this event outside of San Francisco. The first time we are going international and we are going to India. And I think that shows the commitment to the community out there and how important India is to our future," said Megan Petersen, director - Trailhead evangelism, Salesforce APAC.

Trailhead has a huge community in India and it is growing very fast, she said. "The India community, I would say, are the most passionate trailblazers," added Petersen.

TrailheaDX India will have developer focused content, given that community in the country is largely comprised of software developers.

"There will be a career fair. We are also doing a lot of student alignment in India as well," said Petersen.

So far, over 1.8 million people have used Trailhead to acquire new skills or upskill themselves, of which the Asia Pacific region, including India, comprises of just over 450,000 users. Salesforce doesn't give out country specific number for Trailhead users.

"We started Trailhead so that we could scale learning within Salesforce. However, over the years it has become a bigger mission than that. It is about making learning accessible to anybody," said Petersen.

While the majority of users currently use the platform for tech skills, the ratios are shifting as the company adds more soft skills, she added.

The writer is in San Francisco on Salesforce's invitation.

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