Nordcloudian story of Briana Romero!

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Life at Nordcloud

1. Where are you from and how did you end up at Nordcloud?

I’m from northern california, USA and moved to Finland about eight years ago as an exchange student and intended just to just stay a few months. The point to being a part of Intergalactico design studio for Nordcloud today and when I moved involved a lot of different jobs, and experiences plus completing my masters in design. After I started to specialize more in service design in Finland I knew I had found a career I could get passionate about, and I learned more about Nordcloud after some research and applied for an open position. 

2. What is your role and your core competence?

I am a service designer but also do UX design. I am specialized in CX customer experience & UX user experience design and also have a background in sustainability processes and teaching. 

3. What sets you on fire / what’s your favourite thing technically with public cloud?

It’s exciting that the public cloud could lead the door to a more sustainable future when it’s in the right hands. It’s also interesting to learn something I thought I would not learn so much about since my role is in design. 

4. What do you like most about working at Nordcloud?

I like the ability to learn more all the time and bring up new ideas for ways to work with clients and how to integrate service design more. It’s also cool to get the chance to learn about development too. 

5. What is the most useful thing you have learned at Nordcloud?

 Be flexible and brave with ideas about design. You never know what project you will be in and where you can use different skills. 

6. What do you do outside work?

 I like a lot of outdoor sports as well as dancing. My hobbies really change during the season though since I moved to Finland. I love the sauna and always find a way to go. I also love making art and visiting new cafes, & listening to good music.

7. Best Nordcloudian memory?

Taking an inprov course during our team day was pretty fun. I enjoy also sharing knowledge about design and processes with our clients when they don’t know what it is. When doing a workshop it’s awesome when you can get in the creative flow and ideas start coming out easily. 

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Microsoft awards Nordcloud Partner of the year for 2020

Nordcloud has been awarded the 2020 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Finland. The awards recognises partners that have demonstrated leading expertise and delivery for Microsoft cloud solutions across a range of key customers over the past 12 months.

The award is further recognition for Nordcloud as the leading cloud native provider in the market, combining highly technical resources in a truly agile way of working. This approach is proving valuable for customers seeking the pace and agility needed for successful cloud adoption.

“We chose Nordcloud as our Partner of the Year for the second year in a row thanks to their meritorious and strong cloud technology work.” Says Katarina Engblom, Microsoft’s Oy’s Director for Partners.

“Nordcloud makes extensive use of our Azure cloud technology for the benefit of our common customers, and our cooperation has been further strengthened over the past year. Nordcloud’s strength also lies in the continuous development of new cloud-based services. They truly set a benchmark for all partners in the way they are able to continue growing their cloud service business with their ambitious goals and they are leading the way in supporting customers’ digitalization,” continues Engblom.

“We are accelerating our customers’ digital transformation by supporting a secure and fast cloud journey to Azure. As Microsoft’s partner of the year, we are focussed on constantly developing our leading automated services to be compatible with Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF). This is driving even greater value to our customers.” Says Jan Kritz, CEO of Nordcloud.

How can your business benefit from the Nordcloud Azure partnership? Click here to find out more. 


Nordcloud is recognised as the leading cloud-native Managed Services Provider that with over 1000 successful deployments has a proven track record enabling organisations to achieve their digital ambitions by leveraging the power of the public cloud. Nordcloud has 10 hubs in Europe, over 500 employees and has delivered over 1000 successful cloud projects to date. Nordcloud powers organisations from mid-sized to large corporates.


Learn more at https://nordcloud.com/

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Challenges of virtual workshops

In March 2020 I was supposed to give a full-day training about Google Cloud Platform fundamentals. Unfortunately two days before the date I had to prepare it in the remote form so it was a bit challenging to me as I have never hosted a webinar nor remote training before.

Luckily I am working in a cloud company so we are using tools that help with remote communication on a daily basis, I have a good internet connection and remote work is nothing extraordinary.

At first, I had to get access to an online training platform. Fortunately, our company has been using Zoom for some time so I had to contact a particular person to get access to it as a host, generate whole-day meeting information and reserve the slot to make sure nobody else will need it that day.

Secondly, I had to prepare my training room. I reserved a separate call room for that day in our office in Poznań, made sure that I have good Wi-Fi range and a stable internet connection with good throughput. Then I had to move an external screen and my laptop there and connect everything. The second screen is important because my laptop’s screen was a “director console” and I was presenting the second screen to the audience.

At that stage, I had to test my toolset. I was presenting a slide deck on the second screen to my colleagues while talking and reading the chat. It took a while until I got familiar with it. Everything needs some practice.

As I mentioned before I am used to remote discussions and webinars on a daily basis while working on customer projects for customers from all over Europe. However, these meetings never lasted longer than one and a half hours so I was a bit worried about talking to the computer for the entire day.

On training day everything was fine. Taking part in a remote training was a new experience not only for me but for all participants as well. I asked the audience to mute the microphones and enable them only while asking questions. I was organizing breaks between modules as during normal business training – everybody needs to get up and take a short walk, get a coffee, water or tea or refresh themselves. We also set up one one hour lunch break.

The most challenging to me were three things:

  1. Observing the chat window while presenting the knowledge to the audience if anybody asks a question there. 
  2. Asking people about questions more often than I would do if I was giving conventional training in the same room. 
  3. Reminding myself that I am not talking to a red dot near the camera the whole day but there are real people who are listening to me and learning.

The downside of the remote form of training was that it is hard to do training labs in that form. I wasn’t able to walk through the room and watch people doing a practice scenario and helping here and there if someone got stucked. One can demonstrate that but is not able to see if people are getting it and are able to do it themselves.

I missed interacting with the audience. My perception of receiving information was very limited. There were almost no discussions between participants nor me. I felt more like a lecturer, not a trainer.

In my opinion, the training was a small success to me. From a technical point of view, everything worked as expected. I presented all modules of the training. The participants were disciplined and muted themselves while not asking questions. Most participants were satisfied with the training in the end. I had no bad opinions among ca. thirty people, who took part in the remote training.

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1. Where are you from and how did you end up at Nordcloud?

My professional background includes sysadmin, customer support, sales engineering, consultant etc roles. The common thing with all of them being helping others with technical challenges.

I started at Nordcloud the first time in 2013 when we were less than 10 people. Finland is a small country and in IT everyone knows everybody. I had been working with Ilja at Nokia earlier and I knew he was building this new company focused 100% on a public cloud. It did sound an interesting idea and a great opportunity to learn new things …

Since that, a lot of things happened. I took a two-year “field-trip to customer side”, and joined Nordcloud for a second time at the beginning of 2019 as CTO of Nordcloud Finland. We have changed a lot in 6 years but what brought me back was getting back into a position where I can help people, my colleagues & our customers, and have my hands-on latest-n-greatest of IT technology. Knowing there would be a great team to work with made the decision easy.

2. What is your core competence?

I’m coming from what I would call “legacy IT” (or what was the state-of-the-art in the late 90s) thus things like data center infrastructure still close to my heart. Many things have changed but even in modern serverless architecture you still need a network, especially if you plan to communicate with legacy systems in on-prem data centers.

I would like to think I have something to offer for modernizing existing services but also helping new people to understand why some (strange) requirements (but not all) should be taken seriously. Kind of building a bridge between past and future.

3. What sets you on fire / what’s your favorite thing technically with public cloud?

The biggest thing in the public cloud is definitely granting access to the same state-of-the-art IT resources for everyone. If you have an idea you can just build it. If you find later it wasn’t quite as good as you first thought, just shut it down. And then start building the next version of it.

Working with people who have this “getting it done” attitude and helping them to build new stuff is what makes my day.

4. What do you like most about working at Nordcloud?

Flexibility and freedom to innovate. It’s not just thinking outside of the box, but you will get support from your peers and company to make it really happen. Of course, it takes some effort on your side to sell the idea, but I haven’t met too many naysayers.

5. What is the most useful thing you have learned at Nordcloud?

It’s about learning every day a new thing (or two). I can not really pick a single thing that is more valuable than others as the sum is far greater than the parts. Development of public cloud platforms is so rapid you can not manage it alone. To stay up-to-date you must have a great team of like-minded people around you who will notice things you missed and challenge your ideas.

6. What do you do outside work?

I love movies and live music. My taste in movies is biased towards art house cinema, directors like Peter Greenaway, Lars von Trier, and Aki & Mika Kaurismäki. But I wouldn’t say no for a good action movie either. For music, a small venue and interesting stage persona are more important than a specific genre.

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