Salesforce Certified Data Architect Exam Guide.

1. About the Salesforce Certified Data Architect Exam

The Salesforce Data Architect credential is designed for those who assess the architecture environment and requirements and design sound, scalable, and high-performing solutions on the Salesforce Platform as it pertains to enterprise data management.

  • Content: 60 multiple-choice/multiple-select questions and 5 non-scored questions
  • Time allotted to complete the exam: 105 minutes
  • Passing score: 58% (35 out of 60 Questions)
  • Registration fee: USD 400 plus applicable taxes as required per local law
  • Retake fee: USD 200 plus applicable taxes as required per local law
  • Prerequisites: None

2. Exam Outline

Data Modeling/Database Design: 25%

  • Compare and contrast various techniques and considerations for designing a data model for the Customer 360 platform. (e.g. objects, fields & relationships, object features).
  • Given a scenario, recommend approaches and techniques to design a scalable data model that obeys the current security and sharing model.
  • Compare and contrast various techniques, approaches and considerations for capturing and managing business and technical metadata (e.g. business dictionary, data lineage, taxonomy, data classification).
  • Compare and contrast the different reasons for implementing Big Objects vs Standard/Custom objects within a production instance, alongside the unique pros and cons of utilizing Big Objects in a Salesforce data model.
  • Given a customer scenario, recommend approaches and techniques to avoid data skew (record locking, sharing calculation issues, and excessive child to parent relationships).

Master Data Management: 5%

  • Compare and contrast the various techniques, approaches and considerations for implementing Master Data Management Solutions (e.g. MDM implementation styles, harmonizing & consolidating data from multiple sources, establishing data survivorship rules, thresholds & weights, leveraging external reference data for enrichment, Canonical modeling techniques, hierarchy management.)
  • Given a customer scenario, recommend and use techniques for establishing a “golden record” or “system of truth” for the customer domain in a Single Org
  • Given a customer scenario, recommend approaches and techniques for consolidating data attributes from multiple sources. Discuss criteria and methodology for picking the winning attributes.
  • Given a customer scenario, recommend appropriate approaches and techniques to capture and maintain customer reference & metadata to preserve traceability and establish a common context for business rules 

Salesforce Data Management: 25%

  • Given a customer scenario, recommend appropriate combination of Salesforce license types to effectively leverage standard and custom objects to meet business needs.
  • Given a customer scenario, recommend techniques to ensure data is persisted in a consistent manner. 
  • Given a scenario with multiple systems of interaction, describe techniques to represent a single view of the customer on the Salesforce platform.
  • Given a customer scenario, recommend a design to effectively consolidate and/or leverage data from multiple Salesforce instances.

Data Governance: 10%

  • Given a customer scenario, recommend an approach for designing a GDPR compliant data model. Discuss the various options to identify, classify and protect personal and sensitive information. 
  • Compare and contrast various approaches and considerations for designing and implementing an enterprise data governance program. 

Large Data Volume considerations: 20%

  • Given a customer scenario, design a data model that scales considering large data volume and solution performance.
  • Given a customer scenario, recommend a data archiving and purging plan that is optimal for customer’s data storage management needs.
  • Given a customer scenario, decide when to use virtualised data and describe virtualised data options.

Data Migration: 15%

  • Given a customer scenario, recommend appropriate techniques and methods for ensuring high data quality at load time. 
  • Compare and contrast various techniques for improving performance when migrating large data volumes into Salesforce.
  • Compare and contrast various techniques and considerations for exporting data from Salesforce.

3. Salesforce Certified Data Architect Exam Guide

4. Salesforce Certified Data Architect Exam Trailmix

5. Important Topics for Salesforce Certified Data Architect Exam

5.1 Data Modeling/Database Design: 25% (15 Questions)

  • Data Modeling
  • Data Management
  • Salesforce Anti-Patterns
  • Data Skew
  • Data Quality
  • Duplicate Management
  • Query Plan Tool

5.2 Master Data Management: 5% (3 Questions)

5.3 Salesforce Data Management: 25% (15 Questions)

5.4 Data Governance: 10% (6 Questions)

5.5 Large Data Volume considerations: 20% (12 Questions)

  • Large Data Volumes
  • Query and Search Optimization
  • PK Chunking

5.6 Data Migration: 15% (9 Questions)

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