Building secure cloud environments for the customers in Sweden

We’re pleased to introduce you to Vladimir, who is our DevSecOps guru working at the Stockholm office. On a daily basis, he helps our customers in creating safe cloud environments. We decided to ask him about his experience in harnessing modern cloud technologies for our Swedish customers.

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

I’m originally from Russia but I have lived in Sweden since 2011. Before joining Nordcloud I used to work for Ericsson as a solution architect in the systems integration domain. At some point, I realised that I needed a major change, so I left Ericsson and joined Nordcloud to work on public and hybrid cloud projects.

2. What is your role and your core competence?

When it comes to core competencies, I have 25 years of experience spanning across many roles including software developer, UX designer, product manager and solution architect. Currently I’m addicted to building modern CI/CD pipelines with security focus, so called DevSecOps. 

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

I really like guiding customers in the best ways to develop and support modern containers / serverless-based applications and workloads.

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

I have the full freedom to do what I believe is best for the customer, I’m not limited by specific products, services, or processes.

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

Ultimately, ‘learned’ is not the right word being in the past tense, as I have realised we need to learn constantly in our fast-changing world of IT. Nordcloud is a community of great colleagues, who are willing to share deep technical and “how-to” knowledge and experience.

6. What do you do outside work?

Trying to help my daughters to do things right. Personally I do a lot of sport activities – alpine skiing, mountain biking, calisthenics, and table tennis.

7. How would you describe Nordcloud’s culture?

While this is not our official culture, for me personally I think it’s built around a fast paced environment, that encourages each individual to have the freedom to use their skills to help customers challenges, while always going that extra mile to find solutions.

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    5 Workplace health tips from Nordcloud

    As COVID-19 continues to effect our working environment,  lots of businesses have expanded their work from home policies. Many of us are being encouraged to self quarantine, avoid gathering places and to improve hygiene, but even when the pandemic is over, how can we all strive to improve the health of our teams in the coming weeks?

    1: Improve work-life balance

    Making sure you have sufficient time to wind down after a stressful day or week is not only important to reduce stress for your mental wellbeing, it will also improve your immune system! When you get stressed your body releases a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. Being stressed often or for long periods of time increases risk for heart complications, weight and sleep issues as well as a reduced efficiency of your immune system.

    Encouraging physical activities in and outside of your workplace can improve productivity, reduce sick days, and boost individual development. For example, in our Stockholm office we have a table tennis table which has greatly boosted physical activity amongst our coworkers (when we’re not working from home!).

     

    2: Clean your desk and equipment

    As COVID-19 has been spreading worldwide we have all gotten more information about how to improve our hygiene. In case you missed it the basic steps are:

    • Clean your hands with soap and water often
    • Cough into your arm or a tissue and throw away the tissue immediately
    • Avoid touching unclean surfaces (doorknobs, subway gates etc)
    • Avoid touching your face
    • Work from home if you can

    These are all important to remember, but what about our workplace? Do you have a colleague who only cleans his or her coffee cups every Friday? Keeping empty cans on their desk? Seldom cleans their keyboard?

    These are all places where germs propagate. With the latest studies suggesting that the Coronavirus can live on hard surfaces such as metal, glass and plastic for as long as nine days, when did you last clean your laptop?

     

    3: Keep some plants and keep them well!

    Studies have shown that indoor plants not only boost your mood and productivity. They also help clean the air indoors and reduce stress. By cleaning the air and reducing stress we go back to points one and two, less stress and cleaner air has large health benefits. We keep a couple of plants in the office and have roof windows to increase sunlight.

    Having employees responsible for their own small desk plant also gives a couple of minutes of therapeutic stress release for the individual every day, much cheaper than a therapist could be!

     

    4: Encourage healthy eating habits

    Here at Nordcloud we have our headquarters and many of our offices in the Nordics. During the colder half of the year, due to reduced sunshine we often get vitamin D deficiencies. Other vitamin deficiencies also make themselves known during this time as the common cold spreads faster and we have decreased immune responses when it does show up. We battle this by keeping fresh fruit and a jar or two of vitamins in our office which is an easy way to boost vitamin levels.

     

    5: Take care of your mental health

    We touched upon the subject of mental health in points one and three. The year is now 2020 and the subject of mental health has been destigmatized and brought to light. Mental health is today just as important as physical health yet is not widely understood everywhere. Promoting training and awareness in the subject has a lot of benefits not only for the employees productivity and creativity, improved mental health in the workplace has shown to improve physical health and work culture as well.

    Click here to learn more about how we are helping businesses during COVID-19

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      Six capabilities modern ISVs need in order to future-proof their SaaS offering

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      Successful ISVs are leveraging public cloud capabilities and becoming SaaS providers. The move to public cloud-based SaaS offering provides ISVs a potential for business growth that cannot be matched with traditional on-premise single-tenant solution. In fact, Gartner estimates that the market size of the SaaS marketplace this year will be $99.7B while growing at the rate of 21% [1].

      ISVs can benefit from moving to SaaS in several different ways. It helps them to:

      1. Unlock new customer segments through lower customer acquisition cost and easier geographical expansion
      2. Reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) through elimination of customer-specific support costs
      3. Reduced time-to-market through leveraging built-in components available in all the public cloud platforms
      4. Leverage data and insights through a unified data platform 

      Moving from a traditional license-based business model to a subscription model also lowers customers’ barrier to buy while improving financial predictability for the ISV. In contrast to the traditional licensing model, subscription models allow customers to use the software without committing to long licensing periods – lowering their barrier to buy. It also smoothens the revenue curve through monthly recurring revenue, resulting in improved financial predictability.

      Successful SaaS providers have built their business around 6 core capabilities

      Having worked with many SaaS providers on their cloud migration journey, we have identified a set of capabilities that separates the successful companies from the rest. These capabilities are:

      The key for building these six capabilities effectively is to use the capabilities provided by public cloud platforms like AWS, Azure and GCP. I’ll go through each one of these capabilities in some detail below.

      Multi-tenancy

      Successful SaaS vendors provide standardised service to all customers through multi-tenancy. This means that they provide a single shared application and data layer to all customers, without customer specific instances.

      In contrast, the traditional single tenancy model results in high costs due to maintenance overhead of keeping application instances in sync across the installation base. Your different instances will also easily drift apart from each other in terms code and configuration. 

      Some organisations opt for limited multi-tenancy where all the customers share a common application layer, but the data layer is kept in separate customer-specific instances. This can be a useful model for organisations whose customers are following strict data compliancy regulations and must keep their data in a specific geographical region, for instance.

      The full multi-tenancy model provides the most value by allowing teams to focus on developing and maintaining a single version leading to lower TCO and easier maintainability. In full multi-tenancy customer specific variations can be built into the software as components that can be turned on or off based on the need.

      Automation

      Successful SaaS vendors minimise any manual steps and build end-to-end automation across development, testing, deployment and operations. Automation capabilities and DevOps toolchain can drastically improve delivery quality and speed-to-market. 

      For instance, on the infrastructure side companies should use Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) tools like AWS CloudFormation or Terraform to increase automation and consistency of environments, to templatise and automate infrastructure stack creation. 

      Companies should utilise the full DevOps toolchain that automates the workflow from coding to deployment. Automating the whole workflow is very important as any gaps in the automation will effectively become a bottleneck and kill the benefits that you were hoping to achieve. To achieve the end-to-end workflow automation, it is recommended to set up a dedicated team responsible for the DevOps toolchain and way of working.

      We recommend our customers is to use a managed DevOps tool service rather than building their own toolchain. For instance, Azure DevOps is a great SaaS service provided by Microsoft that is also compatible with other public cloud platforms like AWS.

      As your development teams will have more responsibility in the SaaS model, it is important to perform automated security and compliance tests. Start with automated reporting and compliance checks inserted into CI/CD pipeline complemented with cloud environment best-practices / anti-pattern checks.

      Microservices and Serverless

      Microservice architecture and serverless let companies focus on functionality rather than integration. We tell our customers that whenever they start developing something new to their SaaS solution, they should always think if it can be implemented using serverless services like AWS Lambda, Azure Functions or GCP Cloud Functions. If serverless is not an option, they should build new functionality as microservices.

      Serverless services allow you to build your functionality as event-driven components that are executed on-demand triggered by specific events, like database change, log activity etc. Serverless functions speed up development and deployment time and can significantly reduce cost as you only pay for the requests, not for the idle time.

      Microservices architecture has been around for a while, but it is interesting that so many ISVs are still stuck in the world of traditional monoliths. Microservices are built to separate functionality as independent components, where the functionality is offered through APIs, and that can be developed and maintained without having to worry about dependency issues (given you don’t alter the APIs).

      Data as a Platform

      Shared platform allows SaaS vendors to leverage insights from data aggregated across applications. In fact, a shared data layer is fast becoming the number one capability many ISVs and SaaS providers are after and which sets apart the successful providers from the rest. There are still many organisations that are not able to leverage data across their customer instances in an effective way. 

      Public cloud offer unparalleled capabilities to build a consolidated data asset from your service. Even if you’re keeping your customer databases in separate locations, you can still benefit from having a shared data lake for insights and analytics. However, you might have to do anonymization in case of strict data policies. 

      Shared data layer for applications is important not only for sharing data and getting platform wide analytics but also for compliance and auditability. Using cloud platform services (e.g. AWS Lakeformation) it is possible to build shared data layer with detailed access controls and audit trail. 

      Single Codebase

      Having a single codebase can sound like an obvious thing but maintaining a strict single codebase policy requires dedication. SaaS vendors with multiple different versions of the code end up spending more on change implementation, deployment and maintenance. Instead of building customer specific functionality to different codebases or versions, you should have a single codebase and build customer specific functionality into common build through config options. This is in line with what I already wrote about multitenancy.

      Velocity of Innovation

      The last common capability for successful SaaS vendors based on our experience is enabling velocity of innovation through public cloud. Having the possibility to shoot up a development environment in minutes or building your prototype as a serverless functions utilising cloud-native pre-built components can have a massive impact on the way you introduce new value adding services to your customers. 

      We recently worked with a SaaS provider who wanted to create a new mobile service from scratch. Using AWS Lambda, we were able to develop the first prototype overnight, which would potentially have taken them weeks to develop in their old on-premise environment.

      Building a roadmap for the six capabilities

      Public cloud is a natural choice for SaaS providers as it offers unmatched range of components and functionality to build the six key capabilities SaaS vendors need to compete in the highly contested market.

      Nordcloud has helped many SaaS vendors to migrate to public cloud and to build the six capabilities increasing their potential to grow faster than their competitors.

      Based on our experiences we have developed a capability maturity model that helps our customers to map their current state and future aspirations. 

      Let me know if you’d like to hear more about how your organisation can benefit from public cloud and our experience in helping SaaS vendors to succeed.

      [1] Gartner, Forecast: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2016-2020

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        Nordcloud positioned in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide

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        Nordcloud positioned in Gartner´s Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide

        This Is The Third Year In A Row Nordcloud Has Been Included In This Report

        2019 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure, Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide report evaluated 19 different vendors.

        Nordcloud achieves highest placement for its ability to execute in the Niche Players’ quadrant.

        According to Gartner, “this Magic Quadrant is focused on MSPs that have deep technical expertise with hyperscale providers, effective cloud management platforms (CMPs), and managed services that leverage automation, where possible. The MSPs must also possess the ability to deliver cloud-optimized solutions, regardless of whether a customer is deploying new cloud-native applications or migrating legacy workloads from an existing traditional data center. This depth of expertise and technical integration, including exploiting the API-enabled automation of hyperscale providers, distinguishes these MSPs from data center outsourcing (DCO) providers. Traditional DCO providers usually offer solutions that largely treat hyperscale providers as if they were simply virtualization platforms.”

        According to Gartner, “by 2024, more than 50% of cloud service deals will include both application development services and cloud infrastructure professional and managed services, up from 10% in 2019.”

        “We believe Nordcloud has landed in the Magic Quadrant for a third year in a row because we combine cloud infrastructure and cloud application development in order to provide full-service cloud transformations to our customers. This is expected to be a key feature in the majority of deals within the next five years” says Jan Kritz, CEO, Nordcloud.

        “Our hyperscale focused MSP strategy and European market focus ensures our customers get local access to the capabilities to drive success on their digital transformation while reducing IT costs.”

        Nordcloud Recognized Also By Financial Times

        The Magic Quadrant recognition is the latest acknowledgement Nordcloud has received. Previously, The Financial Times positioned Nordcloud in their 1000 fastest growing companies in Europe (FT1000) listing in March 2019.

        Nordcloud is a rare company worldwide to have audited partner certifications with all three leading hyperscalers: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. Nordcloud operates in 10 European countries and employs over 420 cloud experts.

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        Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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          Why The Financial Services Industry Needs To Rethink Its It By Embracing The Cloud

          To be relevant in the future, financial institutions should partner with hyper-scale cloud providers and enablers like Nordcloud.

          2018 has witnessed PR failures from some of the major global financial institutions in the UK after the breaching of certain regulatory compliance due to outdated technical architecture and processes which fail to manage risk within these businesses.

          This is not only a huge reputation risk but also highlights the weak areas and slow pace of innovation at these big conglomerates.

          At the same time, these financial institutions are taking a hit on their customer satisfaction and loyalty due to operational glitches/service non-availability. In an industry where the competition and cost of customer acquisition is fairly steep, this is an anti-pattern which should be avoided.

          Regulators and banking associations have significantly improved their messaging. Instead of giving hints and tips, they are coming out in the open and offering solid guidelines & directives for the Financial Services Industry to think about the changing technology landscape, business dynamics (as new customer products & offerings emerge), and increased regulatory overhead which is mandatory to gauge the health of the FSI vertical.

          How To Improve Operation Resilience For Financial Market Infrastructure

          Recently, Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) and Bank Of England (BoE) published an article and also kicked off a joint discussion paper (DP) to improve operation resilience for financial market infrastructure in the light of recent incidents. Yet another great example of how regulators are trying to push the boundaries and asking these firms to think ahead and embrace new technology to solve business problem.

          They laid down a few key concepts:

          • Business continuity planning (BCP) to manage operational resilience

          BCP is key to operational resilience, a lot needs to be done (from procuring to testing to maintaining) to have a truly good BC plan. Buying upfront capacity and taking a hit on CapEx is an option but clearly losing out on the opportunity costs (what else can you do if not this?) and also not viable long-term strategy. Public cloud offers amazing business agility and with automation that can manage back-ups, auto-provisioning and disaster recovery across the globe they can significantly improve operational resilience at much lower costs and let you focus on what you’re best at.

          • Board approved tolerances and level of disruption

          This again highlights the holes in the existing IT governance and how an exacerbated IT demands good governance. Cloud not only offers the right tools to give management level visibility and KPI tracking, it also enables smarter governance by automation & effective risk management through infrastructure as code and compliance as code. It’s important to re-organise, up-skill, and operate with a new governance model to set tolerances and manage them better.

          • Planning for failures

          This is a great point. Financial institutions often plan for service operations and not really for failures. This requires significant scaling capabilities along with full infrastructure for IT teams to perform a series of non-functional tests before they can ship their products to the market. Cloud is perfectly suited to offer the on-demand scalability along with tools that boost staff productivity and improve code quality through DevOps process improvement.

          Public Cloud Providers Can Solve Operational, Technology and Security Issues

          We think it’s a great start and a perfect way to start discussions within the FSI and to help them re-focus on operational challenges. More importantly, it will help with what they want to do today, tomorrow and next year to make them profitable.

          It’s clear that financial institutions are great at creating financial products and public cloud providers are great at solving operational, technology, security issues as they have the skills and the resources to do so. It’s important that financial institutions start off-loading these non-core functions and look for partnerships or create joint ventures with hyper-scale cloud providers and enablers like Nordcloud to be relevant in the future.

          Cloud Computing Is On The Rise In The Financial Services – Are You Ready?

          Download our free white paper Compliance in the cloud: How to embrace the cloud with confidence, where we outline some of the many benefits that the cloud can offer, such as:

          • Lowered costs
          • Scalability and agility
          • Better customer insights
          • Tighter security

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            A story of a busy bee from the Copenhagen swarm by Casper Bøgeholdt Andersen

            Casper works as a Sales Director in the Copenhagen office. He decided to share with us what motivated him to join Nordcloud and how it’s like to work here.

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

            I’m responsible for our market activities in Denmark. Ever since I was a kid, I have always found great passion in building and commercializing topics … from creating worlds with LEGO up until earning money as a 15-year-old by organizing parties for high school students. As a 30-year-old I established software-vendor iSpoc, which I exited at the beginning of 2019 in order to try out new projects. In addition, I have co-founded three other tech startups and worked at Egmont, Siemens Business Services and the ISV-company Fischer & Kerrn (with the responsibility of creating new markets). When I heard that Nordcloud planned to strengthen the position in Denmark I saw a golden opportunity to use my skills and to take part of a promising company. Therefore, I took contact with our CEO Jan & Co. for an introduction…

            What is your core competence? On top of that, please also tell about your role and projects shortly.

            My core competency is developing, planning and executing sales and marketing activities as well as creating relationships with customers and their stakeholders. I strive to build a good atmosphere around our activities, to establish the best starting point for long-term, sustainable partnerships.

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

            That we challenge customers to make the right decisions when they want to cloud-enable their businesses. Public cloud as a whole is democratizing the technological opportunities for organizations across countries, sectors and professional functions with – practically – limitless access to use the newest cloud-native services and to scale their activities. That’s a true game-changer and will launch a new wave in digitalization and automation.

            What do you like most about working at Nordcloud?

            Nordcloud is a small and agile business with a strong startup spirit but at the same time among the leading cloud consultancies in Europe with huge ambitions. It’s amazing to be a Nordcloudian and to work with great, highly skilled colleagues with various nationalities.

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

            Enabling public cloud via best practices and strong, market validated methods.

            What do you do outside work?

            I run in the woods or by the sea that we are living next to, and I also keep fit by biking. I enjoy being with my family and socializing with our friends. Plus, I like cooking, travelling and exploring museums.

            How would you describe Nordcloud’s culture in 3 words?

            Professional, pragmatic and progressive.

            Best Nordcloudian memory?

            I got a very inclusive and empathetic welcome when I started my journey as a Nordcloudian.

             

            Casper is also an active contributor to Linkedin. You can read his latest article on the 10 good reasons to move to Denmark here

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              From Azure padawan to Azure knight

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              Going into the Azure Talent Acceleration Program, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that it would be an intensive learning experience but coming from a background of on-prem infrastructure management, I knew it would be extra difficult to get out of that on-prem mindset and into a cloud one.

              WEEK 1

              Week 1 was very interesting. We had the whole group turn up to Poznan in Poland. People coming from Finland, Germany, Netherlands and of course Poland.

              It was a great time to meet who we will be working with, what their backgrounds are and what they want to achieve in Nordcloud. With the team going out for dinner at Brovaria it was a good place to break the ice.

              I was nervous to say the least, with no idea what to expect, but we all just jumped straight into AZ-900 learning materials, with Jarkko (MCT) as our trainer for the first few weeks. Following the learning materials and the online labs, there was a ton of information to digest. To say it was overwhelming is an understatement, but over time as we started to pickup on those fundamentals, the materials started to become clearer.

              While week 1 was primarily an introduction to those fundamentals, Darek spoke to us about our career paths in Nordcloud, giving us an overview of what we can expect working here.

              We also took part in a workshop with Teemu (Azure Guru). This workshop was jumping ahead to Azure Architecture with small case studies. There’s an existing blog with more details covering that workshop here.

              WEEK 2

              We went into Week 2 expecting a similar experience. But this time it was a bit more in depth with Powershell. Remotely deploying resources through a few lines of Powershell code? Awesome. Being familiar with Powershell, it was my tool of choice as we went through labs. We also had the option of using this or CLI, which although looked intuitive and simple to learn, I’m a Powershell fanboy through and through, so I stuck with it.

              The labs were quite easy to follow, as they provided you with a step by step on how to achieve the goal. So, I, along with a few others in the group decided to try and perform these tasks using Powershell/ CLI instead of using the portal.

              This made it a bit more of a challenge, but it helped us learn much quicker.

              Later in the week were our self-study days to help us prepare for the subsequent weeks. Mostly using Pluralsight covering Git, Powershell, Docker and DevOps.

              WEEK 3

              With the first 2 weeks behind us, I was getting more comfortable with what was happening. Week 3 was focused more with classroom learning, specifically on AZ300. Although much of what was covered, we had already gone through in previous weeks, it was still good to keep our minds fresh with information.

              By this time, instead of doing the labs, Jarkko set us some challenges to complete with the information we just learned. Again, instead of using the portal, we’d be using Powershell/ CLI, maybe mix in some ARM Templates, or perhaps utilize key vault… adding bonus objectives with areas we hadn’t covered yet to help us learn the areas quickly. We enjoyed it, and it was fun coming up with different methods on achieving what Jarkko had asked us to do.

              Friday of that week though was the first kick off day to our case study. The case study would be the biggest focus for the following weeks.

              We were split into teams, representative of the cities we came from. The same teams we used in Teemu’s session.

              The case study was split into 4 phases:

              1. Design a solution for migrating a 3-tier web app to Azure.
              2. Implement the solution using the portal.
              3. Implement the solution using ARM templates.
              4. Implement the solution using Devops.

              Our first task, designing the solution.

              We had most of one day to design the solution. This took us back to our original task with Teemu for designing a solution in the cloud. All of us learned a lot since then, and felt that this time, our design was clear and informative.

              The key part was to remember that what we were designing, was what we were implementing. So, making it overcomplicated would impede us later. Keeping it simple was the way to go.

              WEEK 4

              This week we were primarily focusing on the next 2 phases of our case study. We had a day to implement our solution via the portal. It wasn’t too bad to get through. Using the portal to implement our solution was a great way to learn more features that we hadn’t used previously, but with that said, the knowledge we had already learned helped us get through the implementation without an issue.

              But on Tuesday, that was when the difficult part began. Implementing our solution via ARM templates.

              It wasn’t just writing out a single template and throwing it up into Azure, we needed to ensure that we were using features such as nesting and linked templates. The extra challenges made it extra difficult.

              It was tough, but at the same time the difficulty of the task helped us learn more about ARM templates.

              We were still split into teams, but that didn’t stop the groups from helping each other. We would often reach out to other teams to get their take on what we were struggling with and vice versa. After all, although we were in mini-teams, we are all trying to achieve the same goal. There is no shame in asking for help and advice, and it was great to see teams helping each other throughout the tasks.

              WEEK 5

              Our colleagues who were with us in Week 1 came back to Poznan in Week 5. It was great to see each other again after a few weeks. We took the time to go out for drinks to catch up as well as talking about what we had learned and how we accomplished the case study the previous week.

              Starting off the week with going out was a good idea considering what we were going to be learning that week.

              It was a very detailed and intensive few days of DevOps with Krzysztof, learning Azure DevOps, Git and CI/CD Pipelines.

              Considering our next task was to implement our solution using DevOps, the trainings we had were super helpful, and well taught. The lessons were tailor made to our group, and really opened our eyes to the possibilities behind CI/CD processes and automation.

              Once we had gone through these trainings and labs, we had half a day focusing on our soft skills. Hosted by a third party, it was primarily focused around public speaking, and getting us used to being able to talk openly to a large group of people. It was a nice break from the intensive technical training, as many of us were still processing the raw information provided to us the days before.

              And then came Friday, Kubernetes day. Piotr hosted a workshop not only for us, but for anyone who wanted to join. Going through the many subjects surrounding Kubernetes, performing labs using either our existing clusters from labs before, or using MiniKube.

              The workshop was once again super helpful.

              That evening though, it was nice to relax at an office party. The timing was great as we still had our colleagues on the TAP in Poznan who could join us. A fun party to get to meet and greet people who we hadn’t yet spoken to, drinks, pizza, it was great!

              Not to mention a couple of surprise birthdays on that day too with 2 of our TAP colleagues. An excellent evening that was most definitely needed, after a super intensive week.

              FINAL WEEK

              In our final week, we had the whole week to complete our DevOps task. This was truly a step up, as we had heard that in the past TAP teams had struggled with this case study. The intricacies in the task were difficult to deal with, but it didn’t stop us.

              Building our repo through to building the branches and pipelines… we found ourselves restructuring a few times as we were trying to automate the entire deployment.

              Once again, we were reaching out to other teams to get their take on certain methods and vice versa. We also had a lot of help from Krzysztof guiding us in the right direction.

              After multiple failures…

              We finally managed to get it working. We were super happy with what we had accomplished. The feeling of accomplishment was one of a kind.

              That afternoon we talked about the TAP, giving overall feedback and what happens next. We received our diplomas and now… fully qualified Azure Knights! Next step? Becoming an Azure Master.

               

              One thing! We haven’t planned a new TAP yet, however stay tuned since after holiday season it might happen again! So far, we don’t stop recruiting for Azure Cloud Architects in all countries where we have the offices. Follow the link here and check our current openings.

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                Nordcloud zum dritten Mal in Folge im Magic Quadrant von Gartner

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                Der 2019-Bericht Magic Quadrant für Public Cloud Infrastructure, Professional und Managed Services, Worldwide, hat 19 verschiedene Anbieter bewertet.

                Nordcloud erreichte die höchste Platzierung im Quadranten der Nischenspieler.

                Laut Gartner „konzentriert sich dieser magische Quadrant auf MSPs, die über tiefes technisches Know-how mit hyperskaligen Anbietern, effektive Cloud-Management-Plattformen (CMPs) und Managed Services verfügen, die nach Möglichkeit Automatisierung nutzen. Die MSPs müssen auch in der Lage sein, Cloud-optimierte Lösungen bereitzustellen, unabhängig davon, ob ein Kunde neue Cloud-basierte Anwendungen nutzt oder ältere Workloads aus einem bestehenden traditionellen Rechenzentrum migriert. Es sind eben diese Kompetenz und technische Integration, darunter auch die Nutzung der API-fähigen Automatisierung von hyperskaligen Anbietern, die diese MSPs von Data Center Outsourcing (DCO) Anbietern unterscheidet. Klassische DCO-Anbieter bieten in der Regel Lösungen an, die hyperskalige Anbieter weitgehend so behandeln, als seien sie lediglich Virtualisierungsplattformen.”

                Unsere hyperskalige, fokussierte MSP-Strategie mit der Ausrichtung auf den europäischen Markt stellt sicher, dass unsere Kunden lokalen Zugang zu den Möglichkeiten erhalten, den Erfolg ihrer digitalen Transformation zu steigern und gleichzeitig die IT-Kosten zu senken.

                Jan Kritz, CEO von Nordcloud

                Laut Gartner „werden bis 2024 mehr als 50 % der Cloud-Service-Deals, gegenüber 10 % im Jahr 2019, sowohl Anwendungsentwicklungsdienste als auch professionelle und verwaltete Cloud-Infrastruktur-Services umfassen.“

                „Wir glauben, dass Nordcloud zum dritten Mal in Folge im Magic Quadrant gelandet ist, weil wir Cloud-Infrastruktur und Cloud-Anwendungsentwicklung zusammenführen, um unseren Kunden Full-Service-Cloud-Transformationen anbieten zu können. Dies wird voraussichtlich innerhalb der nächsten fünf Jahre bei den meisten Geschäften eine wichtige Rolle spielen“, sagt Jan Kritz, CEO von Nordcloud. „Unsere hyperskalige, fokussierte MSP-Strategie mit der Ausrichtung auf den europäischen Markt stellt sicher, dass unsere Kunden lokalen Zugang zu den Möglichkeiten erhalten, den Erfolg ihrer digitalen Transformation zu steigern und gleichzeitig die IT-Kosten zu senken.“

                Nordcloud auch von der Financial Times anerkannt

                Die Anerkennung des Magic Quadrant ist die neueste, die Nordcloud erhalten hat. Zuvor hatte die Financial Times die Nordcloud unter den 1000 am schnellsten wachsenden Unternehmen in Europa (FT1000) im März 2019 positioniert.

                Nordcloud ist eines der weltweit seltenen Unternehmen, die Partnerzertifizierungen mit allen drei führenden Hyperscalern vorweisen kann: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud und Microsoft Azure. Nordcloud ist in zehn europäischen Ländern tätig und beschäftigt über 420 Cloud-Experten.

                Über Gartner

                Gartner unterstützt keine Anbieter, Produkte oder Dienstleistungen, die in seinen Research-Publikationen dargestellt sind, und empfiehlt Technologieanwendern nicht, nur die Anbieter mit den höchsten Bewertungen oder anderen Bezeichnungen auszuwählen. Gartner Research-Publikationen bestehen aus den Meinungen der Forschungsorganisation von Gartner und sind nicht als Tatsachenaussagen zu verstehen. Gartner übernimmt keine ausdrückliche noch stillschweigende Garantien in Bezug auf diese Forschung, darunter keine Garantien der Marktgängigkeit oder Eignung für einen bestimmten Zweck.

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                  Join us at Cloudfest, Germany

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                  Join Nordcloud at CloudFest in March 23–29.

                  CloudFest | Europa-Park | Germany

                  CloudFest embraces and celebrates the cloud industry, showcasing everything new and exciting in technology and internet innovation.

                  Join Nordcloud for a full week of innovation, opportunity, and fun. There will be hundreds of exhibits, as well as insightful keynotes by leading voices in technology, deep dives into the industry’s latest advancements, and an agenda full of exciting activities.

                  Check the event agenda and speakers here.

                   

                  Date

                  March 23 – 29, 2019

                  Location

                  Europa-Park Europa-Park-Straße 2 | 77977 Rust, Germany

                   

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                    Value of people and team work

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                    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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