Cloud Co-Op: Unleashing the Power of Salesforce

David Franklin, Founder & CEO To an excited gathering of over 70 senior executives and business leaders at the CIO Summit in Austin, TX, David Franklin had an important piece of knowledge to pass on: “Leveling the playing field of businesses by leveraging Salesforce. Be it start-ups, companies powering up and innovating, or enterprise-level companies scaling for growth and increased productivity.” Franklin, a U.S. Navy veteran and founder and CEO of Cloud Co-Op, a national hub for Salesforce consultants, continues to explain how the power of Salesforce’s platform, connected environments, suite of business success applications, and cloud security can be utilized to gain a significant competitive advantage in the industry. And who better to lead the charge in this transformational journey than Franklin and Cloud Co-Op? With a two-fold mission of educating military veterans entering the workforce to be successful Salesforce Business Consultants through their VETS2CLOUD apprenticeship program, and to serve clients in a cost effective manner, Cloud Co-Op offers adept Salesforce consulting and implementation services to extend clients’ cloud capabilities. “We are focused on assisting companies to deliver enterprise-ready, cloud-based applications using Salesforce.com by providing solutions in three major conducts,” states Franklin. The firm assists Salesforce customers to reduce implementation and development costs, establish governance controls, increase user adoption, and develop growth strategies.

Cloud Co-Op serves organizations across the entire lifecycle of Salesforce. “We provide Salesforce Cloud Start packages for new customers, Salesforce Cloud Growth Services designed for established clients wanting to accelerate their software development and integration initiatives, and Salesforce Cloud Concierge Services as a fractional support extension for administration and development request,” says Franklin.

Delivering Across the Salesforce Spectrum

For beginners adopting Salesforce, the firm simplifies the adoption processes by providing consulting services that enable clients to decide upon the most apt Salesforce platform and AppExchange apps that yield best results.


We are focused on assisting companies to deliver enterprise-ready, cloud-based applications using Salesforce.com


The firm follows a strategic methodology which involves discovering a client’s needs, reviewing their business process and requirement documents, and delivering solutions according to their needs. Franklin mentions, “We believe that change management impacts the overall price of Salesforce implementation and drives Salesforce adoption.”

Additionally, Salesforce Cloud Growth helps enterprises rapidly recover their Salesforce investments and achieve the desired ROI—by guiding clients to further extend their Salesforce platform functionalities and rectifying security issues. In this regard, Cloud Co-Op offers schooled training, skilled guidelines on governance, and adoption strategies in addition to integration best practices and marketing automation. Cloud Co-Op’s mastery in recommending business success applications and optimizing Salesforce usage to drastically drive productivity is second to none.

“As a Product Development Organization (PDO), we develop custom applications for enterprises planning to launch on Salesforce’s AppExchange platform,” remarks Franklin. “Part of this development process is handled by our military veterans turned Salesforce experts—combining their product development expertise and deep knowledge of Salesforce AppExchange.” With Salesforce, Cloud Co-Op designs and develops enterprise level applications and processes faster than with traditional methods—without numerous iterations of development cycles around various device types. Cloud Co-Op works through a strategic lens, catering long-term value to their clients, ultimately allowing them to build their own growth.

Cloud Concierge Services

Alongside their key solutions, Salesforce Cloud Concierge Services allow companies to accelerate their application development operations—whether or not they have a Salesforce developer, administrator, or a dedicated team for that purpose. Cloud Co-Op’s devoted team gives valuable time back for users to excel in other high value activity. The Concierge offering follows an à La Carte model, catering to on-demand business needs.
“Our team of veterans are committed to providing Tier 1 support to ISV partners, providing implementation and configuration of many AppExchange applications along with a host of proactive tasks to maintain a healthy Salesforce instance,” states Franklin.

The Apprenticeship Program

Having transitioned from the military and into the corporate world, Franklin believes in giving back to the world that molded him into a successful entrepreneur. And thus taking a whole new approach towards transitioning military veterans into Salesforce representatives, Cloud Co-Op delivers VETS2CLOUD—a Veteran Apprenticeship Program.

With weekly coaching from senior consultants, online tutorials, and gamification sessions, the program augments veterans’ knowledge of the Salesforce domain. “We have put together a mentoring and coaching program that allows veterans to learn beyond the textbook—ultimately helping them earn consulting jobs,” assets Franklin.

Cloud Co-Op’s VETS2CLOUD is committed to bringing service veterans successfully to new careers in cloud computing. VETS2CLOUD provides veterans a start in the essential work of a Salesforce administrator, business analyst, or project manager. Transitioning military veterans start by working with organizations which provide assistance in certification and career assessment. Cloud Co-Op is a continuation of these organizations beyond the classrooms, offering employment opportunities as business consultants and the option of business ownership.

The Force Within

With their consulting services strongly poised to assist firms in the Salesforce domain, Cloud Co-Op intends to partner with key firms to further strengthen their service offerings. “The segmentation of the Salesforce Cloud and the acquisitions of non-native applications have made it mandatory for vendors to augment their skills,” believes Franklin. He further adds that Cloud Co-Op intends to partner with a network of boutique firms and align those senior industry consultants with transitioning veterans, helping them become stronger candidates for corporate or consulting endeavors while addressing the service needs of the community. “Here we will leverage the power of many to scale as the entire cooperative organization,” concludes Franklin.

Company
Cloud Co-Op

Headquarters
Austin, TX

Management
David Franklin, Founder & CEO and Andy Davidson, Principal, Dea Simon, Principal

Description
Provides Salesforce business consulting for clients to extend their cloud capabilities. Cloud Co-Op is a registered Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and a Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB)

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