Phil Walton

CEO at Cloud Galacticos, Salesforce MVP, Blogger and North England Admin User Group Leader

Phil is the CEO of Cloud Galacticos, a UK-based team of super-experienced Salesforce experts. He is celebrating his 15th year in the Salesforce ecosystem. He lives in Manchester with his wife and two young sons but travels a lot with Salesforce projects and events. As well as his laptop, wherever he travels he takes his running gear; it is a great way to see a new area and keeps him sane when the busy times kick in.

Phil was working at a start-up in Manchester when one of the US sales guys suggested a website called www.salesforce.com – that was in 2004 – and it has been a big part of his life since then. Once he had set up everything for that company, Phil worked on more implementations in the local area before finding some bigger roles in Financial Services that took him around the UK and beyond. Around 2011, Phil started to hire other freelancers to help with projects as they were coming thick and fastm which eventually led to where we are now and relaunching and rebranding in 2016 to ‘Cloud Galacticos’.

Phil says “I run Cloud Galacticos with some of the most experienced Salesforce people around. It’s a lot easier when you can leave people to get on with their work, knowing that they will do a great job, and reach out to the team when they need support. But I still like to be hands on, I got into this role because I love working on the platform, so I like to stay involved in every project in some way. ”

 

What are your biggest goals in your life/Career?

“I am very fortunate that I am running a business that has been successful for over a decade, I have a house and family, and good health. So I don’t have any major need to push for crazy goals, but I still want the business to keep growing, for us to learn new things, create new solutions, and be an even bigger part of this amazing ecosystem! Gold Partner and an ultramarathon by 2019?”

 

Which three technologies do you think will change business in the next decade?

“I am currently reading a book about programming for the Sinclair Spectrum (anyone else used to have one of those?), it says that one of the exciting future trends will be to be able to have computers share information with another computer at another part of the building! The book is from 1984, it’s amazing how far we have moved in 35 years. Whatever will happen in the next decade and beyond, the important thing is to be inquisitive, and to keep learning! Push yourself to do a new certification each year, or a Trailhead badge each week…once you step off the learning treadmill it is harder to get back on.”

 

If you could do any job, what would it be?

“In recent years I have travelled to Uruguay, Argentina, India, US, Netherlands, France…soon I will be back to San Francisco, travelling around the UK, then India, then Europe in the new year…I have met amazing people, stayed at astounding hotels, ate food to die for…I have been to great parties, great gigs, and learnt a lot…and that is all because of my job! Sometimes I don’t even think it is ‘work’. I have no plans to change jobs ☺”


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