Getting from A to B with AWS Team Lead

This week’s Nordcloudian Story is shared by AWS Team Lead, Tamas Kiss, from our London office. Tamas has worked at Nordcloud since 2017 and is a big fan of cloud, Open Source, infrastructure as code, heavy configuration management and deep monitoring. Let’s hear his story!

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

“I am originally from Hungary. Prior to Nordcloud, I was working with DevOps but started to get a bit bored so I was ready for new challenges with more variety. I looked up different consultancies, and got approached by a headhunter. Even if I wasn’t actively yet looking for a new job, Nordcloud’s type of projects, flexibility, size of the team, quick recruitment process and new line of work attracted me to join!”

2. What is your role and core competence?

I wear many hats! My official title is AWS Team Lead, but I also work as Senior Cloud Architect and Solution Architect supporting sales team.

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

I really enjoy the initial phases of project where we are figuring out the customer goals and get to do design and play around to get from A to B to achieve the business goals.

As an example from air crafts, Aériane Swift or Cessna 150 or Magnus Fusion UL, Airbus A380 or Antonov An-225, or something unusual like the P-791 or the Horten Ho 229, all can get you from A to B (with some luck), but they all have something unique which makes them the best choice for a problem. I strongly believe in the right tool for the right job; having the whole landscape in front of me when picking is a lot of fun. 

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

“Every estimate must be multiplied with two. This means if you think you are done in a week, count it with two!

Project management is hard. At least for me it’s much harder than the technical stuff.

I also learned that having a good head set for calls is crucial, as every meeting starts with “can you hear me?!” 😁

5. What’s your favourite thing with public cloud?

“It’s a full time job to just stay up to date with the demand of changes and new features.

You can reinvent yourself every second week. Right now I’m learning about Kubernetes, serverless and CDK”.

6. What do you do outside work?

“I have couple of open source pet projects going on and I enjoy spending time with my family.”

7. Best Nordcloudian memory?

“So this one time I took Ilkka, our new Cloud Engineer, to a client of ours. I was introduced as the Senior Engineer and walked in with t-shirt and shorts (as I do). 

The management joked around; “how much do we pay this guy again?”, as in “he must be good as he’s got the confidence of walking in in shorts!”. Ilkka then walked in, wearing a suit, and the client went “He must be new”. 😂

Keen to hear more about our UK AWS team? We are growing and looking for senior architects to Tamas’ team. 

Check out the opportunity HERE!

Aarne TalmanGlobal Machine Learning Practice Lead @ Nordcloud
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