About Me

My face I’m Fabrice Cathala, a Salesforce Architect, 9 times certified and Salesforce MVP. I'm working for CLOUT in the UK where I design applications and lead implementation teams to provide our customers business solutions based on the force.com platform. I'm interested in all aspects of delivering a robust and future-proof Salesforce solution within budget constraint. This goes with using the right tools, validated methods and the well-tuned team of skilled consultants.

My Certifications

I have been programming since 1981 on a Sinclair ZX81 first then other personal computers of the times. I have a Bachelor degree in "Electronics" and a Master degree in "Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications".

My Career Path

in 1994, my first job led me to manage the operations for a data centre with its associated European-wide infrastructure. My last IT project was the famous Year 2K bug. After that, I decided to change my career path toward CRM implementations. The first few roll-outs were on-premise until 2005 when I discovered SaaS and Salesforce. It was a revelation. All the pieces of the puzzle gathered during my previous 10 years in IT, made sudden sense. Outsourcing the burden of enterprise application management to the vendor who wrote the application and focusing on business outcome was the way to go! The Salesforce way...

At work

I've been working for several Salesforce partners of all sizes and shapes: Acumen Solutions, Kerensen (now part of Salesforce), Capgemini and then CLOUT. I’m not only working on projects but also developing the Salesforce practice which includes pre-sales work and recruitment. So, don’t hesitate to contact me if you're looking for a new role and in any case, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn.

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At home

I’m French; I have been living in the UK for more than ten years with my wife, daughter and two bassets hounds. I’m a good food enthusiast and a cheese freak in particular. I used to be a competitive swimmer, and I still go regularly to the pool with my daughter.

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In The Salesforce Ohana

At the weekends, besides outdoors activities, I like to play around with my DE orgs. It can involve some fidling around with Electon, Littlebits, Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

And then, of course, there is Trailhead. I managed to pass through the 100 badges milestones just before the end of 2016. So, I'm now a Ranger. My next challenges will certainly involve Superbadges.

I'm also a speaker at various Salesforce events including Dreamforce, London's Calling and the Salesforce Tour.

During the year, I'm a co-organiser of the Thames Valley Salesforce Developer User Group. We’re meeting every first Wednesday of the month. So, if you’re in the Reading (UK) area, don’t hesitate to join us.

In what's left of my spare time, I read quite a lot of Salesforce blogs. I'm also well active on Twitter answering #askforce questions or sharing my own stuff.

Welcome to my blog!

I hope you enjoy reading my blog. Don't hesitate to ping me on Twitter if you have any comment or just want to say "hi". Bye for now!

Fab 🐸