Meet Richard Clark, our new Head of Salesforce Engineering

Here at Provar we’re delighted to welcome our newest UK team member, Richard Clark, who’s joining as our new Head of Salesforce Engineering. Read on to learn more about Richard, what he’s working on right now, and what he’s looking forward to in 2018.

About Richard

Richard Clark is an experienced IT consultant with a strong background in Cloud Computing, CRM, IT Architecture, Integration, and Application Design across a number of diverse industry sectors. He was previously a Managing Solution Architect at Capgemini, CTO at makepositive, and has been instrumental in establishing three Salesforce ISVs in the last decade.

Richard currently holds 6 active Salesforce certifications and recently achieved his Trailhead Ranger status! He is a three time Dreamforce speaker, regular user group speaker and co-organiser of the London Salesforce Developer Meetup group.

Welcome to Provar! What will you be doing in your new role?

My role is to focus on the integration of Provar with Salesforce specifically, ensure we stay up to date with the Salesforce roadmap, identify new features we can include in Provar and identity new strategic ISVs and System Integrators to partner with.

When did you start working in Salesforce?

I started in 2007 when as BrightGen Technical Director I was asked to develop a SaaS product in order to be the next Salesforce.com! During this journey we started implementing our first Sales Cloud implementation for a client, getting involved in the community, releasing apps on the AppExchange, building Force.com ISV apps and the Consulting partnership with Salesforce soon took priority over product development.

What do you enjoy most about working in Salesforce?

Salesforce has been revolutionary as a platform for being able to extend its capabilities through customisation, both declarative and code based, while being unique in its multi-tenant model and scalability. The modularity and reuse is second to none of all the applications and development frameworks I’ve used in the last 30 years. I enjoy that when we build, test and release functionality that it can be used by millions of end users worldwide and yet each can still customise it to encapsulate their individual USPs and business processes.

“Salesforce has been revolutionary as a platform for being able to extend its capabilities through customisation, both declarative and code based, while being unique in its multi-tenant model and scalability.”

How do you develop your Salesforce skills and keep them current?

I used to follow the release notes quite closely which was difficult during busy periods. I now solely use Trailhead and I keep my declarative and development skills current by developing packages for the AppExchange.

How did you first hear about Provar?

I was introduced to an early version of Provar when I started at makepositive in 2013. I saw the potential of the product and provided advice to the founders in their development roadmap to support the needs of makepositive’s product development. I then mandated its use on both the Passport Multi-Org and Community Chatter apps and our Retail Accelerator app library with great success. We achieved 97% automated test coverage with Provar and Passport.

What do you think makes Provar special?

Technically Provar is unique in how it identifies Salesforce fields across Classic, Lightning, page layouts, Visualforce and Lightning Components. It ensure tests are robust and reusable without needing a single line of code. It has greatly reduced the effort to build and maintain system and regression tests.

Provar is unique in also connecting to other platforms, not just Salesforce, including API testing and mobile testing, all within a single tool.

“Provar is unique in how it identifies Salesforce fields across Classic, Lightning, page layouts, Visualforce and Lightning Components. It ensures tests are robust and reusable without needing a single line of code.”

 What are you working on right now?

I’m focusing on three areas:

  • Moving our Customer trial process onto Salesforce Trialforce to automate our provisioning of trials and Proof of Concepts. I’m also extending our training content and knowledge base to include more use cases and examples, especially on Lightning.
  • Improving our integration for custom Lightning components to reduce manual steps.
  • Ensuring Provar is staying current with the Dreamforce 17 announcements for 2018 features, such as MySalesforce and MyTrailhead, as well as extending our SalesforceDX integration.

What are you looking forward to in 2018?

I’d love to launch Provar badges on Trailhead and demo our MySalesforce support… but it’s getting married in August 2018 that takes top priority!