First month at the Nordcloud UK Azure team

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What a month it’s been!

Well, just a little over a month but an incredibly exciting, busy and interesting 6 weeks. I started with Nordcloud on the 29th, March 2019 and it’s a move that I’m really pleased I made.

I had worked within a consultancy environment for many years, travelling the country and working with customers of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Having made the decision back in 2017 that I’d had enough of travelling the length and breadth of the UK I decided to take a more local position at the Co-op as a Cloud Solutions Specialist working with the team there to establish their Cloud strategy. I’ll be the first to admit ‘the grass wasn’t greener’ and I soon missed the challenges, customer relationship building and variety of the consultant’s ‘lifestyle’.

I spoke to most of the big consultancy firms, had the same conversations, had telephone interviews and generally got invited to face-to-face interviews which I turned down – they were just not exciting or interesting. I didn’t want to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire (how many clichés can you put into one blog post?). I was conscious that I hadn’t been at the Co-op too long and wanted to make sure my next move was considered and somewhere I could be for a long time. The criteria was to; be somewhere fun, where I could grow, help to build something, learn something new every day, not just be a faceless number, somewhere I could get the consultancy ‘lifestyle’ but all without the endless travelling of the country and be appreciated (OK, my list of requirements was long!).

Being a bit of an avid LinkedIn user (sorry for the number of posts, likes, and shares that I do!) I noticed an interesting company, one that seemed to be a little fun with its posts, not generic a corporate approach  – ‘Nordcloud’. I spent some time researching the company and it looked like they had the exact culture and fit I was looking for! I got my CV updated and submitted it online and hoped for the best. It wasn’t long before I got a call back from Anna who talked me through Nordcloud, the opportunities, what I was looking for and the possibilities of a Northern office.

The process of me starting took some time with my notice period and Nordcloud working through their Northern office plans but one thing throughout the process that kept me interested and assured me that I’d make the right decision was the communication and honesty they gave me throughout the process, something that I think can really lack in the recruitment world.

Since starting at Nordcloud it has lived up to everything that was promised and that I was hoping for. As with all companies growing at the pace and scale of Nordcloud across Europe, there are things that can be changed but everyone is happy to listen, from your colleagues, team leader, country manager, and wider Nordcloud team, it’s a very flat, no hierarchical structure. Being a company that’s growing it’s a fantastic opportunity to put your stamp on something and not just be a faceless person (one of my requirements!). If you have an idea you’d like to do to help yourself and the company Nordcloud will be more than happy to help support and organise with you – something I think is often promised but often never lived up to in businesses. To succeed you really do need to be a self-starter and make your own opportunities, the company will help and support you as much as you want if you do. Being one of the fastest growing companies in Europe (an incredible achievement for such a young company) the opportunities are endless.

Being the new starter and first Nordcloud person up in the North of the UK it would be easy to be forgotten or ‘not in the loop’ but it’s not been like that at all, from the Azure team, the wider UK team and even Nordcloud people across Europe have all made sure I’m included and part of the team, there’s fantastic team spirit and culture, team calls, team drinks, Slack channels, Meetups, one-to-one’s, company feedback questionnaires, and support in going to the fantastic London office when I want (the office is located in Holborn, central London in a big, bright and fun building with countless hotdesking and quirky offices.

Another area that I have been incredibly impressed with is the induction which was very well organised, thorough, and planned. The induction really helped me get a really good start. From arriving on the first day and finding my brand new MacBook ready and waiting and my induction plan sorted with both local and company-wide inductions organised for me it was a fantastic first impression to the company. I’ve started at places before where nothing is ready and you’re left for a week with nothing to do while people run around trying to sort it out.

And as you can probably tell I’m loving Nordcloud but as with everyone I can’t come to work for free but the compensation has been fantastic, from brilliant pay (yes, you may be able to find somewhere that will give a few pounds more but they’re nowhere near as fun and interesting to work at as Nordcloud), not only are your exams paid for but you’re also paid a bonuses for passing!, talking of bonuses you get a quarterly bonus – no more waiting an entire year, recruitment bonuses for finding other fantastic people to work here, the list goes on and one, safe to say you’re well looked after. Even with all those benefits work-life balance is really important to the company and you’re fully supported with a good process in place to make sure that happens. I’ve worked for companies before that will happily have you running all over the country – that won’t happen at Nordcloud, you feel respected and appreciated for the work you do. Being a modern company and at the forefront of cloud technology you can obviously work from anywhere; home, the London office, the Manchester office, customer site, a cafe or wherever you want to and can get your work done.

Well, that’s it – I could go on about how great Nordcloud has been to start at and how much I’ve enjoyed my first 6 weeks but find out for yourself and have a look at the current opportunities or drop myself or Anna in the talent team a message (anna.makinen@nordcloud.com).

/Joe Hodkinson, Senior Cloud Architect

joe.hodkinson@nordcloud.com

Drop me an email or connect with me in Linkedin !

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Nordcloud recognized as 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for Finland

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Nordcloud today proudly announced it has won the 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Finland. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“As the pioneer in public cloud, we are excited to be able to answer to the growing demand in the market with the best technologies and our world-class expertise. Together with Microsoft, we provide our customers with the most advanced solutions and benefits of Azure. We thank Microsoft Finland for magnificent co-operation”, says Jan Kritz, CEO of Nordcloud.

Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,900 entrants from 115 countries worldwide. Nordcloud was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as representing excellent subsidiary engagement in Finland.

Since 2011, Nordcloud has accelerated the digital transformation of its customers with public cloud infrastructure solutions and cloud native application services. As the public cloud pioneer Nordcloud has played a significant role in evangelizing the added value of cloud and Microsoft Azure, making Finland a global leader in public cloud adoption.

Nordcloud has distinguished itself as an exemplary partner, demonstrating remarkable expertise and innovation to help customers achieve more.

Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp

The Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Awards honor partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple customers over the past year. This award recognizes Nordcloud as succeeding in effective engagement with its local Microsoft office while showcasing innovation and business impact, driving customer satisfaction, and winning new customers.

“We are honored to recognize Nordcloud of Finland as a Microsoft Country Partner of the Year,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “Nordcloud has distinguished itself as an exemplary partner, demonstrating remarkable expertise and innovation to help customers achieve more.”

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognizes Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.

Nordcloud is a Microsoft Gold Cloud Partner and Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider. Nordcloud, with its 400 cloud experts, provides a full range of services using the Azure cloud platform, allowing delivery of comprehensive solutions and sophisticated IT infrastructures to clients in 10 countries.

Earlier this year, Gartner positioned Nordcloud in its Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide for the third consecutive time.

 

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Webinar: Get to know the coolest of Google Cloud tools

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Ready to unlock Google Cloud?

In this webinar, you’ll hear

1. Coolest Cases: Hand-picked case studies of the best tools in Google Cloud
2. Are you Cloud-Ready: What it takes to supercharge your organization with Google Cloud
3. Most Common Challenges: What look out for when moving to Google Cloud?
4. Navigating the Obstacles: Nordcloud’s end-to-end solutions to secure your cloud journey and unleash the potential of Google Cloud

Since 2011, Nordcloud, a Google Cloud Premier Partner, has completed more than 1000 successful cloud deployments. Nordcloud has worked with Europe’s largest enterprises, e.g. most of OMXN40, to harvest the full benefits of the public cloud, such as increased security, agility, scalability and reduced costs.

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Kubernetes makes it easy to scale, manage and deploy containerized applications. Nordcloud provides proven best practices for all aspects of cloud-based Kubernetes adoption with both managed services as well as virtual machine based deployments.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday the 20th of August at 2 PM.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to 

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The webinar is held by Dariusz Dwornikowski, Head of Engineering.

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The Top 3 Reasons Right Skills Are Key to Succeed in the Cloud

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IDC predicts that by 2020, a lack of IT skills will affect 90% of all European organizations — resulting in $91 billion of lost revenue annually.* In particular, the IT skills associated with cloud implementations, migrations, and net new deployments are in very short supply.

Therefore, to accelerate the delivery of these cloud projects, organizations will increasingly have to upskill existing employees or leverage external service providers that have the know-how to deliver these capabilities at scale. In this blog post we will explore these numbers a bit further and argue, why exactly upskilling is such a crucial – and possibly cost-saving – step on any company’s cloud journey.

Trained organizations are  80% faster to adopt cloud and 3.8 times more likely to meet cloud ROI requirements.

1) Transforming technology is not enough

The value of cloud is realized with the changes in technology and changes in how the organization works. On the technology side this means DevOps, new architectural patterns and cloud native technologies in addition to hyperscale cloud. On the process side this means adopting agile ways of working and embracing lean tools like constant improvement and optimization. These have an impact on the entire organization, not just IT. You could say that to get the cloud benefits, you need to transform the technology, people and processes.

2) A trained organization can respond to market changes in real time

Lack of IT skills and enough knowledgeable experts is something we at Nordcloud have seen in practice throughout our customer base. Hiring more experts is very hard since there is a huge shortage of talent on the market and the cost of recruitment is very high.

To solve this issue, we provide upskilling for our customers. We feel that in the long run our customers themselves also need to have the right knowledge. Knowing how cloud works also make the cooperation between customer and consultant work more seamlessly. Not to mention that trained organizations are also 80% faster to adopt cloud and 3.8 times more likely to meet cloud ROI requirements. **

The value of cloud is realized with the changes in how the organization works.

3) Achieve your goals

Besides learning to know the technology you are working with there are some other forces driving the cloud upskilling. Some of the main reasons for training is being able to deliver new innovations for the business to be able to grab bigger portions of the competitive market and having the ability to find new revenue streams with the help of the right competence and hyperscale cloud. Companies are starting to understand that new approaches demand new digital skills and that they need to upskill existing employees to increase their productivity and start building new digital products faster.

 

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We at Nordcloud have also seen a drastic increase in our cloud training business. During the last year we saw a 66% increase in participation numbers. As an example, last year we arranged 101 AWS courses with an excellent (4,50/5 average in) participant satisfaction.

To cater for all needs Nordcloud has a wide selection on different trainings varying from very basic Awareness trainings to official AWS, Azure and GCP courses to comprehensive 6-week Talent Acceleration Programs which all are used for our own needs as well.

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References

*IDC Infobrief sponsored by Nordcloud (2019): Hyperscale Cloud Platforms as an Accelerator for Digital: the Role of Transformational Partners

**IDC White Paper sponsored by AWS (2017): Train to Accelerate Your Cloud Strategy.

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