Value of people and team work


Life at Nordcloud

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

I’m from Finland, but I never worked for Nordcloud in Finland. I was previously working in Helsinki for another company, but I heard from my friend that Nordcloud has an opportunity in Poland. (This happened in sauna by the way, the real Finnish way 😉) I had been previously working with a half-Polish team back in the days and also spent quite a lot of time in the country since 2013 both in business and private life, so I was like “Let’s do this!”.  

2.What is your core competence?

Team building, working with different types of people and stakeholders and getting things done together, seeing the big picture, combining the business view to the fact that we are all unique people, not numbers.

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

I strongly believe we are as a company on the right market and we have a chance to become a big player. So the foundation is solid. That gives me and all of us the possibility to get small and big wins every week. And what’s better than the feeling that we succeeded in something together as a team?

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

That in this business, the people you hire, they are everything you’ve got. Put effort to the recruitment and try to make sure they get to do interesting things and develop themselves.

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

I like building something new and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to help Nordcloud build the Polish operation together with my superb colleagues!

6.What do you do outside work?

I go to the gym, need to stay in shape. Also used to run a bit, but right now only HIIT on treadmill. I listen to a lot of podcasts: tech and popular science mostly. I highly recommend the Joe Rogan Experience, especially the episodes with scientists and entrepreneurs as guests. I also study Polish, but that’s a tough project 🙂

BTW, here are some additional fun facts of Nordcloud Poland:

1. A year ago we had much smaller office with around 20 people on board; today we have a new site in Poznan and 80 team members; mostly techie guys
2. At the very beginning we were focused on recruiting AWS & Azure Architects mostly and we still do, but nowadays GCP Architects as well! 
3. We managed to develop Platform & Tools Development team (only in Poland!) and set up new departments like Managed Cloud and Data Driven Business.

Poland keeps growing so stay tuned, keep and eye on our openings or let us know you’re interested in a chat with us:

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    Employee training is essential for an organisation’s success



    Talent shortage is a top emerging risk facing organisations

    According to a 2017 report by Global Knowledge, a massive 68% of IT decision makers faced a present skills shortage in their teams. 

    Gartner research 2018 indicated that companies need to shift from external hiring strategies towards training their current workforces. Statistics clearly show the importance and benefits of employee development: a more competitive workforce, increased employee retention, and higher employee engagement.

    “Organizations face huge challenges from the pace of business change, accelerating privacy regulations and the digitalization of their industries,” said Matt Shinkman, managing vice president and risk practice leader at Gartner. 

    The use of cloud has been growing rapidly in the last 4-8 years. Compliance, automation, improved security, infrastructure as code, better DevOps practices, and developing cloud-native applications, are just some common reasons corporations want to move to the cloud. 

    Adopting a new cloud environment involves extensive change, from skills to processes to technology. With the growing technology changes, it is hard for companies to keep up, and even harder for the average employees.  


    Skills development: hard and soft skills

    Skills development is a process where we turn from a beginner to a junior, and ultimately a senior. Skills development comes down to two key factors: identifying the skills gaps and developing those skills.

    When developing skills, it is commonly broken down into hard and soft skills:

    • Hard skills are specific to a task and tend to be knowledge-based. Having skills in programming, software, or even another language is classified as a hard skill.
    • Soft skills are what we as humans have been learning from our first breath. Personality, leadership, time and stress management, decision making, ability to deal with adversity, and most of all networking.

    Hard skills are commonly looked at. It is great to have a smart co-worker, but it doesn’t help the corporation if the employee is not willing to share information or can’t handle stress. Therefore it is best to help employees build both skills.


    Bridge the skills gap with cloud training

    According to a recent study, 2017 U.S. training expenditures increased 32.5 percent to $90.6 billion. 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.

    “Excellent course, materials and instructor! Gave good overview of AWS. There were also some interesting questions asked, the answer were good and the instructor seems very educated surrounding the topic. All in all, a good training!”
    “The pace was very high which was great for me. I really enjoyed the presentation and the trainer was very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about the basic AWS technologies and all the technical questions were well answered. Great instructor, any question and the answer comes out like from a machine gun. Very much knowledge of the topic in her.”

    As a cloud native Nordcloud knows the public cloud well, and we understand what it takes to succeed there. We provide cloud training for both individuals and companies.


    Check our Cloud Training here – and sign up!

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      Collaboration in a flat organisation


      Life at Nordcloud

      Happy New Year 2019 for everyone! 

      We here at Nordcloud have a strong feeling that this year is going to be even better than last year – more dreams to be filled and goals achieved! 

      It is time for the first Nordcloudian Story of 2019 so let’s share our Cloud Architect Dragoș Bacîtea’s thoughts: 

      1. Where are you from and how did you end up at Nordcloud? My name is Dragos and I’m from Romania. I started my career by working at a local TV company selling subscriptions and moved my way up to a Global Project & Program Coordinator & Management role at Atos. I considered my management expertise was enough for one of my goals so I started working in the technical field as a Linux Administrator. From there my career took me to Microsoft where I worked for 1.5 years (from support to Technical Cloud Engineer). I then got introduced to Nordcloud and saw it as a great opportunity as a smaller company in Amsterdam! One of my goals in my career was to be a Cloud Solution Architect and Nordcloud’s relaxed culture attracted me as it was a good combination of nice colleagues and a great learning opportunity.

      2. What is your core competence? Azure Solution Architecture. 

      3.What do you like most about working at Nordcloud? I really love the fact that we are a flat company, that gives us more chances to hang out more and to collaborate on different projects on different levels.

      4.What is the most useful thing you have learned at Nordcloud? Team work is very important and at Nordcloud I see all the colleagues help each other. You can count on them. 

      5.What sets you on fire/What’s your favourite thing technically with public cloud ? I’m keen on taking my Microsoft certifications and gaining more overall knowledge in the Cloud/Programming area. 

      6.What do you do outside work? I love travelling, driving my car in any part of the day, camping in the wilderness and getting to know new cultures and languages.

      Thanks for reading! 🙂 


      And btw, if you feel like you’re ready to explore new adventures this year then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and let’s talk about #AWS #AZURE or #TheCloudRevolution in general!


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        Integrating quickly to Nordcloud culture


        Life at Nordcloud


        Getting to know new people

        It’s always interesting to get to know new people in the 8+ Nordcloudian offices and seeing some of the cultural differences (and similarities!).

        Our growth story is pretty inspiring and many people often ask me how different are the cultures and teams from each other in different countries. Our Cloud Architect from the Amsterdam office, Martijn Scholten, gave me some answers (it’s really not that different!).


        Here is his story:

        1. Where are you from and how did you end up at Nordcloud? I grew up in the east of Netherlands, next to the border of Germany in a small town called Denekamp. In 2014 I moved to Amersfoort for a job where I started as a Software Engineer and gradually found my passion in AWS. I joined Nordcloud in August 2018, as I was actively looking for a next challenge where I could work with a big team of cloud architects.
        2. What is your core competence? That would be AWS because I’m a double pro-certified AWS Cloud Architect and I’m also a skilled programmer in Java, Scala, Python, Bash, Javascript (React). By combining these two disciplines I’m able to design and implement good infrastructural designs using Infrastructure-as-Code.
        3. What do you like most about working at Nordcloud? Flexibility (like when and where to work) and open & flat organisation with great colleagues. Also the fact that I get the possibility to travel and to work with the latest technologies makes it an awesome company to work for.
        4. What is the most useful thing you have learned at Nordcloud? I think so far it’s the business side of things like proposals and I’ve realised how well our colleagues work together even though we are in different countries.
        5. What sets you on fire/ What’s your favourite thing technically with public cloud? Helping people out is something I really enjoy; this could be a customer or a co-worker with a difficult technical question. The favourite thing about public cloud is that it moves so fast that I keep learning new things everyday.
        6. What do you do outside work? One of my hobbies is Brazilian jiu-jitsu as I’ve practised martial arts for 13 years from Taekwondo, Kickboxing to MMA. I also like travelling to distant countries to experience different cultures. The highlights so far have been Vietnam, Indonesia and Morocco. I also enjoy watching movies, playing video games, hanging out with friends and family of course, and every now and then drinking a beer.
        7. Best memory at working as a Nordcloudian? Friday afternoon beers together. Those are great moments to wind down from a busy week and share thoughts together.

        I hope that gave a good overall picture of a Nordcloudian, who’s relatively new to the company and has already gotten integrated to the team with great responsibilities, freedom and trust and of course, keeps learning new things every day. If a team like this sounds like a match to you, don’t hesitate to get in touch!!


        We are hiring a Cloud Architect to our Dutch team so we’d love to hear from you. Click the button to the job description and guidelines on how to apply!

        Apply now!


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          Cloud Computing News #12: Secure top IT talent with cloud training



          This week we focus on cloud training.

          Competition for cloud professionals is fierce so how can you ensure your company has the top IT talent? Research firm Gartner reports that “by 2020, 75 percent of organizations will experience visible business disruptions due to [infrastructure and operations] skills gaps.”


          Talent Shortage Considered A Top Risk Among Executives

          Recent Gartner survey of 400 executives (10/2018) found that a shrinking pool of qualified candidates surfaced as a top business risk for global executives in risk, audit, finance and compliance.  Cloud computing, which was ranked the No. 1 risk in 2Q18, remains a concern. Cybersecurity disclosure and the artificial intelligence (AI)/robotics skills gap round out the top five concerns among executives surveyed. Digital transformation initiatives have only increased this pressure.

          “In this strong economic environment of significant business growth and record-low unemployment levels, the battle for talent is heating up as employees now have more bargaining power,” said Matthew Shinkman, practice leader at Gartner. “As a result, talent is harder to find and even more difficult to keep.”

          To mitigate the risk of talent shortage, Gartner recommends a market-driven approach to sourcing strategy that ensures it adapts to evolving external labour market realities and organization needs.

          Read more in Gartner


          Train your IT professionals for cloud success with Nordcloud

          As an Amazon Web Services Training Partner and Azure Training Partner, Nordcloud delivers a variety of engaging and hands-on official cloud training courses that cater to all needs. Whether you’re new to the cloud or have experience with AWS or Azure services, we have something for you. Please note that you do not have to be our customer to sign up for training – they’re for everyone!

          We base our trainings on our in-depth understanding on public cloud and to the latest development of cloud. Our approach to learning is very practical, courses have lots of hands-on activities and immersive exercises. By completing introductory and advanced courses built around self-paced labs, you’ll deepen your skills and learn best-practices for architecting, developing and operating infrastructure and applications on the AWS and Azure cloud.

          We also offer customised, organisation-specific training, if that’s something you’re interested in. We can significantly increase the adoption of Public Cloud usage and ensure the investments are paying off by upskilling your organization.

          By attending our cloud training, you’ll guarantee your cloud success when you learn to do things right from the start.

          Connect with our Cloud Training team


          Nordcloud Talent Acceleration programme trains future cloud superheroes

          The challenge at the moment is the lack of cloud natives capable of creating the solutions that enable the future. People with the skills, knowledge and ability to apply the latest tech to the most recent challenges.

          As the leading cloud solution provider in Europe, we can’t wait for the world to catch up. We’ve decided to gather the most capable future cloud experts together and provide them with the opportunity to brush up their skills and join the movement toward a frictionless future.

          Nordcloud Talent Acceleration programme is the gateway into the world of Nordcloud. At Nordcloud Talent Acceleration, we provide a fast-track learning program that brings forward thinking people to a visionary community.

          We offer two training programs that transform IT specialists into the next generation of cloud natives. Pick from either our public cloud (AWS/Azure) ready Cloud Engineering or Cloud Development curriculum, developing your skills and completing your certificates.

          Interested in accelerating your skills and becoming a cloud superhero? We are now recruiting for Microsoft Azure tracks that start in January 2019 and March 2019. We are looking joiners from Poland and Germany for both of the tracks. 

          We offer you a permanent employment from day one, six weeks intensive cloud bootcamp and large variety of interesting customer projects to kick start a new cloud superhero career!

          Apply here

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            #NordcloudianStories: “Constant new improvements”


            Life at Nordcloud

            Cloud Architect

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

            I started in Storvreta, lived in Göteborg and studied in Luleå. There I started a company doing internet radio and moved to Malmö. Company unfortunately went bankrupt after six successful years, but it was one of the best learning points for my career and I got interested in cloud and AWS there. I then worked in government sector but wanted to get into a more fast paced company, so joined a start up in Denmark and worked in-house on premise to cloud implementations and automation from where I then moved again to a satellite communication company. Nordcloud then found me at the right time as I was ready for a change and it’s now been 3 years!

            2.What is your role and core competence? 

            Cloud architect, mostly enablement. I have also worked with implementations and automation. I advise companies how to best work with the cloud.

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

            Mostly flexibility and variety of projects. We are not a big consultancy, but are one of the best working with all of the top cloud providers. I get to learn a lot and I am constantly expected to be expert. As the organisation has a flat structure you have the chance to get engaged more and you have a voice and can influence the business decisions.

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

            Communication is key both internally and externally and also to never stop learning!

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

            Constant new improvements. You blink and there are 10 new different things.

            6. What do you do outside work? 

            I have a lovely dog and partner and my current big passion are board games !

            7. Best Nordcloudian memory?

            Most recent one where we all planned our new office in Malmö, everyone was so engaged and involved and we got to have own voice in the decision making.

            Thanks for sharing Hamin and thanks for reading!


            If you feel like you could be a good fit to the team, please have a look at our open vacancies here

            Nordcloud Careers

            Swedish team is also looking for more Nordcloudians!

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              Pinja’s day at Talent Acceleration


              Life at Nordcloud

              Hi everybody!

              You are warmly welcomed to follow my day in our Talent Acceleration team! 

              Who am I and what do I actually do, besides talking a lot while waving my hands and hanging out in Linkedin? And what is talent acceleration actually? Those are the things I hope to answer with this short story.


              First of all I’m going to tell you a bit more about myself. You may call me Pinja, one of the Talent Acquisition Ninjas of Nordcloud. I joined the company in June 2018 and jumped on a fast-forward moving train of a rapidly growing tech company with huge potential to untap. This ride has been an absolute pleasure so far and suddenly I’ve found myself in the most interesting, new and exciting situations. Our growth has been impressive, and there is still a lot to do. For a recruiter and HR person like myself, this is a very challenging but especially rewarding situation to be in. As our company’s motto states, ‘we power up our customers’ business with an unlimited source of energy: our people”. This is people business to its core. For me, the feeling of getting things done and seeing some of my recruits walking around at the office with a Nordcloud hoodie on is the best possible reward.

              My background

              My own background is very far from tech savvy, but I claim to know something about people. I’ve always been intrigued by all things humane and therefore studying social psychology was a perfect match for me. Recruiting was a quite natural career path to take after that, as working with people is my greatest source of motivation. Matching great talent with new opportunities, seeing people step up their game when given the right chance and seeing the sparkle in their eyes while doing so is what makes me happy. The years working with tech recruitments have also created the little engineer in me and suddenly I see myself doing bits of coding stuff, fighting with Excel and reading about all things technical – you really are the company you keep!

              My regular day looks like..

              Well, honestly there isn’t a regular day! I do a lot of basic recruitments stuff, such as interviews, hunt and gather CVs and send out technical assignments, job offers and take care of our new joiners. I work closely with our managers and try to solve their business needs from a resource point of view. Our talent acceleration works hard to solve the need for people in a field where there are not enough cloud-skilled people existing. We have created our own solution for this and are training our own pros.

              Currently I am recruiting people for Poland and Germany, where we are offering a permanent employment and a full-time six weeks of training in Microsoft Azure to start with. This is a big project, where everything has to be orchestrated carefully, so I’ve been spending recently a lot of time networking with the right people, planning, researching and just testing things that could work out. This is ramping up growth and creating market entry at the same time, in addition to the normal recruitment activities.

              What is Nordcloud talent acceleration?

              The basic philosophy of this ‘talent acceleration as a strategy’ is to accelerate the skills and productivity level of new hires and existing staff too. Basically this makes it possible for you to hire into specific roles at an “underfill” level and rapidly accelerate new hires to full performance. Shortly put, it is critical for talent acquisition to create talent strategies that meet future challenges now, not next year. Job market, especially in tech, is in constant flux and shifting so fast that normal recruitment processes and traditional talent acquisition can’t catch up.

              PS. You can find me at Linkedin, feel free to connect there!

              Check our open positions here

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                #NordcloudianStories: “Legends and union of cloud architects”

                As a company that is rapidly growing, there are a lot of different people and new starters almost every week and as all 300+ of us are working in different cities, countries and in remote locations, communication is a massive key for success. It’s also about getting to know each and every one. We have pretty solid systems for communicating internally and people are always welcoming new joiners warmly as well as helping each other to get up and running and integrated as efficiently and smoothly as possible.

                One of the first tips I got, in the beginning, was “get to know the people”.

                Nordcloudians are helpful and willing to go the extra mile. By knowing our people, we build even more transparent and successful business.

                I had a chat with one of our Cloud ArchitectsPeter G. Marczis, who was happy to tell about his story.

                1. Where are you from and how did you end up at Nordcloud?
                I am Hungarian with a background in electrical engineering, programming, software development and dev ops (for example at Nokia and Rovio). I have lived also in Finland and when Nordcloud opened an office in Denmark, I wanted to get back in the company!

                2. What is your role and core competence?
                Cloud Architect. I have software development background and many years with Linux. I now work mostly with AWS.

                3. What do you like most about working at Nordcloud?
                Flexibility and investment on our people. We have the opportunity to work remotely as well as have social and customer facing role. Our environment is never settling and always changing, so there are always new challenges. We have a very good training program – I am encouraged to take any courses and learn new things every day.

                4. What is the most useful thing you have learned at Nordcloud?
                To speak with both IT&Business people and being able to fill the gaps between, as you really need these social skills.

                5. What’s your favourite thing with public cloud?
                Nowadays it’s so easy to start new things from scratch, for example, apps from anywhere. You can learn new things quickly and anybody can start a huge journey and make a big difference without big investments.

                6. What do you do outside work?
                I have 2 small kids whom I spend most of my free time with. I also like to repair my car, I am also dj’ing, and I am learning to play piano.

                7. Best Nordcloudian memory?
                We have a lot of fun! Our amazing staff is open and friendly and we have a great team spirit. I really feel part of the family, and we are more than a company, more like “legends and union of cloud architects”. We share the same mindset and I really like our tech&beer events. Our management is always pushing us to learn the newest technology, tools and processes. Everything moves quickly, not a single day is the same, there are no limitations and communication is easy.

                Sounds pretty awesome! If you feel like you could be a good fit to the team, please have a look at our open vacancies here: Nordcloud Careers

                Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more #NordcloudianStories


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                  My journey to AWS Certification



                  Getting AWS Certified is only half the battle. A certification is much more than a piece of paper – it is used as an assurance to showcase that you have the basic understanding of the product that you’re looking to be certified in and each certification uses strict requirements and procedures.

                  AWS certified

                  Understanding the organisational challenges

                  Everything starts with you and ends with you, but of course, having an organisation that values training and improving employees is a big plus. Organisations are constantly weighing in options for transitioning into the cloud. Everyone has heard of the vast number of enablers like faster time-to-market, infrastructure as code, DevOps, automation, a fresh start, and most of all the growing cloud services.

                  Organisations have been overworking IT employees for a long time and now they want them to be trained in a new mindset. This is easier said than done because people usually resist change, but in fact, the organisation already has these invaluable resources. This knowledge usually consists of networking, operating systems, database, managed services, and so much more.

                  The issue now is that some organisation’s executives do not have the understanding of the key services provided by the different cloud platforms. So they push the employees to get this training, but don’t provide the incentives.

                  Employees who are willing to continuously self-develop and improve themselves are becoming very valuable in the market. This increases the competition in the growing market. Every day, certified employees are being contacted by HR or headhunters who are offering 10%+ raise. Money is a big enabler for a lot of employees, but so is dedication and respect of the current organisation. Most people are juggling life and work responsibilities, but some still have the motivation to add another commitment to their already hectic schedules, especially the ones that are taking technical courses to gain proficiency.

                  Offering competitive wages and keeping those wages fair amongst current and future employees should be something that the organisation automatically does, but since this is usually not the case providing incentives can be the motivation that keeps that employee committed to their current organisation. This can be anything from a pay raise, one-time bonus, stocks, donation to a charity of choice to something as simple as giving flexible work hours during the study period.


                  How to become an AWS Partner

                  It is not just for you to show growth in the industry, but your organisation also needs it to become an APN Partner. Currently, there are three performance tiers (Standard, Advanced, Premier) based on training, customer engagements, and overall business investment and getting certified will help your organisation look more mature compared to other competitors.

                  At re:Invent 2014, they announced a change to the APN Partners requirements for 2015, showcasing that AWS wants to help customers identify successful APN Partners. One way was by increasing the certifications needed to achieve the different tiers. The Premier Tier was “8 Associate Levels” and “4 Professional Levels” certifications needed. Below is the current 2016 requirements:

                  As you can see from the 2016 APN Partner requirements that Associate Level has increased by 250% and Professional Level by 200%.

                  AWS Certification roadmap:

                  There is a lot of material available to help you prepare for an AWS certificate, but the internet is also full of older material that can lead you down the wrong rabbit hole. The first place to start is by looking at the AWS Certification Roadmap:

                  *Note that you have to take an associate certification before you can take a professional cert. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate is broken up into 5 domains.

                  Each domain will challenge your understanding of AWS Services, AWS Best Practices, and most of all the Well-Architected Framework.

                  AWS recommends a three-day training course titled “Architecting on AWS” and a 4-hour “AWS Certification Exam Readiness Workshop”. Before taking the certification exam, I recently joined a Nordcloud “Architecting on AWS” Training course and was able to use it as a refresher course. Architecting on AWS is a course designed to teach solution architects how to optimise and get a deeper understanding of AWS Services and to showcase how the numerous services fit into Architecting on AWS.

                  The key focus for the Solution Architect – Associate is High-Availability, In/outs of VPC, EC2, RDS, and the plentiful storage solutions.

                  My journey to Amazon AWS Certification:

                  I am going to share with you how I prepared for the certification because I believe it’s best to hear from the source. When I was new to AWS, I started by taking the AWS Accreditation courses: “AWS TCO and Cloud Economics” and “AWS Technical Professional” AWS Accreditations are only provided to APN Partners. It took me just under one week to get accredited following the curriculum during my spare time.  

                  As I started to prepare for the Architect exam, another exam called “Cloud Practitioner” came out and I wanted to make sure that I knew the basics of AWS and had a good feeling about how to take the exam. I changed gears and took some AWS training courses that focussed on “Cloud Practitioner” exam. This took me about 3 weeks.

                  My cloud practitioner training path

                  AWS Free Training Path:

                  AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials

                  AWS Solutions Training for Partners – Best Practices: Well-Architected

                  AWS Well-Architected Training

                  Nordcloud Training

                  AWS Technical Essentials Day

                  I picked a date and signed up for the exam. I also knew that I was going to take the Architect exam about 1 month later so I  registered for this too as I didn’t want to wait until I felt like I could take the test. Nobody is ready to take a test because of the fear of failure!

                  Note: If you do not hold a passport from a Native Speaking Country you are able to request up to an additional 30 minutes.


                  Non-English Speaker Steps:

                  To request a 30-minute extension for your exam, please log into your AWS Certification Account (not the PSI account) and take the following steps:

                  1. From the top navigation, click Upcoming Exams
                  2. On the right, click the Request Exam Accommodations button
                  3. Click the Request Accommodation button
                  4. Select ESL +30 Minutes from the accommodation dropdown
                  5. Click Create

                  Now when you go to schedule your exam the time will be 30 minutes longer than normal. Note that you MUST request the accommodation BEFORE you schedule the exam.


                  My solution architect: associate training path:


                  AWS Free Training Path:

                  AWS Security Fundamentals

                  Preview Course: Deep Dive into Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)

                  Preview Course: Deep Dive into Elastic File System (EFS)


                  Nordcloud Training:

                  Security Operations on AWS

                  Architecting on AWS


                  Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

                  Introduction to Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

                  Introduction to AWS Lambda

                  Introduction to Amazon DynamoDB

                  Introduction to Amazon Route 53

                  Challenge Lab

                  Maintaining High Availability with Auto Scaling (for Linux)

                  Working with Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)


                  Days leading up to the Exam

                  My mindset ever since my first test/exams in grade school has always been understanding things and not just memorising them. The same goes for AWS exams because I really want to understand how each service works and all each feature helps to enhance the key services.

                  Does this hurt me on exams? Of course, as I can’t remember the exact IOPS or throughput of the various EBS Volume Types. I do know that HDD EBS Volumes are mainly used Big Data or log processing. I know that Provisioned IOPS SSD allows for more than 10,000 IOPS and are mainly used for large databases.

                  Spot Instances cost more than a regular EC2 instance, but I do not know by how much. I do know it depends on the region and that they are primarily used for a short burst of intensive jobs in CI/CD pipelines or batch processing jobs.

                  Exam Day!

                  It was finally the exam day and I was very nervous. I didn’t want to let the organisation down or be a failure. I arrived at the testing centre about 20 minutes before and had a coffee to try to calm my nerves.

                  Exam Tips!

                  Sometimes I didn’t understand what the question was trying to ask. I just moved on and came back to it at the end of the exam. AWS Exams allow you to mark the questions so you are able to identify the ones you skipped or needed more in-depth thinking on.

                  Scenario-based questions are time to consume, but what I did was skip them until later. I understand this could be risky if I didn’t finish the exam on time, but spending a long time on understanding the harder question could make me miss out on easier ones later.

                  Exam Results:

                  When I finished the Solution Architect: Associate and Practitioner Exam the results came about 2 days later. PASSED

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