Back in 2012, I setup the North UK Salesforce Developer group and began meeting more members of the wonderful Salesforce community across the north of England. At some point I also attended the North England User Group for the first time and met its leader Phil Walton. Over the next few years we would work together on the groups, helping each other and running a number of combined events.

A little over 12 months ago at the end of an event Phil and I were having a beer together and began talking about what Cloud Galacticos were doing, where he was taking the business and what they were looking to achieve. We also started discussing if this might be something I would be interested in helping with and where I might fit in.

Over the next few weeks we kept chatting and putting some plans together along with our CTO Neel, whom I had actually worked with in a different IT role nearly 15 years earlier (it’s a small world after all!) After some discussions we came up with a plan and a year ago I joined the team here at Cloud Galacticos as the COO.

It’s been a whirlwind year involving travelling across 3 continents, developing relationships with Cloud Galactico’s existing customers and helping to drive our growth with new clients. As I look back over the past year I am extremely proud of what we as a team have achieved including:
Hitting Silver Salesforce Partner status
Launching our Managed Services offerings
Growing our team with some amazing people
Delivering the same consistent quality for a range of clients – from FTSE 100 to brand new startups
Supporting the Salesforce Community across a number of events including Inspire East, London’s Calling, DreamOle, YeurDreamin, North Africa Dreamin and India Dreaming
Expanded into new specialisms such as Healthcare and Life Sciences
Began delivering training courses on behalf of Salesforce

I’m extremely excited to continue to build on this next year and can only imagine some of the great things we will be looking back on in 12 months time.

It’s been a fantastic first year and for that I want to thank everyone I have had the pleasure of working with and speaking to during that time, the CG team, our customers and our partners.

In what I can only describe as fate intervening, Phil and I found ourselves together at a User Group in Manchester on the actual anniversary date and managed to enjoy a beer together where the conversations all started from.

Cheers to a great first year and to many more!

Paul Battisson & Phil Walton celebrate 1 year of Paul at Cloud Galacticos