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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Ensuring the Growth through Talent Acquisition

Marko leads our global team of talent acquisition professionals and plays an important part in ensuring that we have a strong talent base with the right skillset. Talent Acquisition team is there to make sure that – thanks to having skilled tech experts and other Nordcloud pros – we are able to deliver high-quality solutions to our customers.

Among many other things Marko is appreciated by his positive can-do attitude, human approach and team play spirit – he’s always ready to deliver and you can 100% trust he’s there with you. Here’s his story!

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

I have a long background from HR and recruitment related roles from mainly larger global organizations. So, when I was given a chance to join Nordcloud in spring 2018 I was eager to hop onboard to a frontrunner operating in public cloud industry. The strong growth mindset combined with agile ways of working helped my decision to join. Naturally very talented and easy-going colleagues proved my decision was right 😉

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

As an HR person working with people and supporting the growth of our business is naturally in the core of everything, we in Talent Acquisition do. My own core competence is within Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding. Engaging with talented candidates across the globe is naturally very important and something I find very valuable to me and the company. 

In my current role as Global Talent Lead, I’m responsible our Talent Acquisition functions. Luckily in this role I’m also able to roll my sleeves and support our business in their concrete recruitment needs. Also all the development projects, big and small related to TA are on my agenda. Very cool!

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

Being an HR person, I’m looking at things from a bit different “HR”-angle. The thing that sets me on fire is engaging with people externally and internally. Technically the most inspiring thing for me is the sheer speed the public cloud scene is evolving and changing constantly. New features in the systems and the ways we can bring added value to our clients amazes me every day.

What do you like most about working at Nordcloud?

The number 1 for me has been sharing my days with and learning from the talented colleagues in the company. No matter the country or role, everyone is very skilled and hardworking and bringing their best to the table in all occasions. This combined with the fact that Nordcloud is a very easy company to enter, everyone is warmly welcoming you to the team. Though not a start-up company anymore but the fact the startup mindset is still somewhat present in a good way (problem solving attitude, how to improve the processes and how to make a difference every day). Me like! 

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

First of all, during my tenure In Nordcloud I’ve learned to know very talented new colleagues. From Talent Acquisition perspective I’ve learned a lot about how to scale up recruitment to make a difference and to support the growth of our company and business in the best possible way. 

What do you do outside work?

Having 2 kids (10-year old boy and 8-year old girl), wife and 2 dogs – family life comes as a high priority quite naturally. Whenever having time, different types of sports (crossfit, cycling, skiing, etc) are also very close to my heart. 

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

Open, Honest and Collaborative

Best Nordcloudian memory?

Those numerous after-works with colleagues after a hard day’s work. Just to sit back and relax 😉

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Leading Azure team in the UK by Harry Azariah

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Harry Azariah joined UK Azure team almost 1,5 years ago as Senior Cloud Architect, and was quickly promoted to lead the local Azure team. Here’s his Nordcloudian story. Enjoy!

 

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

 

I’ve lived in South London my whole life. I had been following Nordcloud for couple of years and then my ex colleague who had joined Nordcloud was talking about how great it was and he invited me for a chat with the team.
After the meeting, I was really interested in joining and contributing to the success and the vision of the company.

 

2. What is your role and core competence?

 

I am the Azure team lead in the UK; I have come originally from an infrastructure background but have been working with Azure for the past four years. Doing everything from solutions down to implementation.
My role in the team is to ensure quality in all UK lead Azure engagements and to build a strong team culture through social events and group activities.

 

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

 

I like our dynamic, young, modern thinking – we build processes in a new way compared to big consultancies and system integrators etc. I also like our general flexibility and that we are not managed from top down; everybody can contribute and influence.

 

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

 

Constant change, always things to learn and new stuff to play with.

 

5. What do you do outside work?

 

Socialising, watching sports, occasionally playing sports. I’m also a massive foodie so naturally cooking and eating are too of my favourite past times.

 

6. Best Nordcloudian memory?

 

I have a lot of good (and fun) memories from our social team evenings (Christmas party, leaving or welcoming parties etc).

 

Harry is one of our UK Technical interviewers, and if you like his story and can imagine working closely in his Azure team, have a look at our openings here!

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A Series of Fortunate Events

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Meet Mika Haapsaari who is working as a Senior Azure Cloud Architect at Nordcloud! Mika is one of our senior pros and his responsibilities include leading one of our Azure teams in Helsinki. Here’s his story.

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

I’m originally from a small town in Western Finland. After I decided to study IT, I wound up in Tampere, which I still like to call my “spiritual home” – now I’m part of the Nordcloud HQ right here in Helsinki! 

Me ending up at Nordcloud is actually a pretty strange series of fortunate events, which could be a whole separate story on it’s own. I was actually never “supposed to” end up working with the cloud to begin with – I studied networking and software development in college – but, long story short, after meeting the right people almost a decade ago, getting into Azure from the very beginning and then Reeta from our recruitment calling me at a really opportune time, here I am!

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

I like the big picture stuff. Designing the architecture from the ground up on a detailed level alongside with the customer is what I like to think is my strong suit. My role currently is to work as a technical lead for one of our major accounts. Not to forget the getting-your-hands dirty technical stuff as well.

3. What’s your favourite thing technically with public cloud?

This is a tough question actually, there’s so many things to choose from. I love the different options you have for automation, everyone can pick and choose the tools you would like to use for building the automation workflow and it will work just as well as the one next to it. Public cloud in general is a really interesting field because there’s a lot of new stuff coming out all the time. There’s new possibilities every week to do things differently that you necessarily did not know existed the week before!

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

There could be a lot of things listed here as well, but the #1 thing I would bring up is the level of support you get while working here. In my career I’ve mostly been working as a one-man wolf pack (yes, that’s a timely reference to pop culture) and working with such skilled colleagues is a little new to me. But here, whether you need help with anything, there is always a person ready to help or point you in the right direction.

 5. What do you do outside work?

I read that Paul is building space suits in his spare time, and now I wish I had something as cool to share with you.. 

I love to travel as much as I can. While I’m waiting for my next trip, I like to participate in some social activism. These days I am on the board of my labor union plus I try to be active in a certain political party. Elections are the best! If I want to just de-stress, I play videogames 😎

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

Open.

Trusting.

Fun.

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Expert of two platforms

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Our AWS and GCP Cloud Architect Nico is part of the DACH team and is one of the colleagues who are working remotely. Recently he was chosen for hero of the month after our customer gave him great feedback, so we decided to introduce him and his story.

 

1. Tell us a bit about your background. What have you done before coming to Nordcloud, did you have experience with consultancy? How did you end up at Nordcloud in the first place? 

Before Nordcloud, I worked in a midsize consulting company for about nine years. Mainly it was about the integration of enterprise applications in customer environments. The applications mostly helped with record management and content services. So I helped in the first wave of digitalization – from paper to digital documents. After the years, the problems in the projects were always the same: Lack of modern processes and modern infrastructure. Cloud seemed to be the enabler for both. While looking for a way to work with Cloud fulltime, I found Nordcloud on the AWS Summit Berlin in 2018.

2. How would you describe your daily work (how do your days look like, how often do you travel,..)? What are the challenges in your job in your opinion/experience?

My work differs a lot every day. Sounds challenging, and it is! But in an entirely positive way. I work very closely with my customer to help them on their Cloud Journey. The work can be something technical, a tool choice, or just helping the customer with their internal processes and barriers between departments. How often I travel is up to me and depends on the situation and the topic at the customer. Mostly this means traveling for two days a week. If there is an exciting summit or partner event, it can be more.

3. You are also supporting the recruitment in Germany as a technical interviewer as well as checking the technical solutions before the technical round. What is important from your perspective when it comes to the technical skills?

While checking the technical solution I take care of three aspects: First is how “cloudy” the solution is. Which tools are used, how automated it is, which services are used. Because we are consultants my second part of the review process is the why behind the solution. What are the arguments why the solution is designed like it is. Does it make sense for the given requirements? Last but not least: How good is the solution presented? Is there a powerpoint or other kind of documentation provided.

4. Nordcloud offers a lot of flexibility to its employees in terms of home office/remote work. Besides the colleagues in Munich (where we have an office) a lot of you guys are working also remotely. How (often) do you interact with your colleagues and what are the advantages (or maybe also disadvantages) of working completely remotely?

I’m a complete home worker because I live in the north of Germany. Besides traveling to the customer, of course, and sometimes to the Munich office. If I want to, I can go to a workspace in every bigger city in Germany. 

Nordcloud is perfectly equipped for this kind of work mode. Modern tools like Slack and Google G-Suite help a lot. The company culture is vital here: Everybody is open to inform and communicate.

Advantages and disadvantages really depend from person to person. For me, a home office means creating a perfect work-life balance. But you should be aware that you need to work and therefore motivate yourself. There is nobody else who pushes you out of bed. 🙂

5. Your company is also encouraging the technical employees to develop your expertise further and grow and is providing you the budget to do the certifications. Also, we are very active in the community (sponsoring events, Meet ups,..). Could you please tell us a bit more about that?

Sure, I’m using these possibilities a lot. I was able to achieve several certifications within the last year. Nordcloud helped me here with providing tools for learning and of course, with great colleagues to answer questions. Besides this, I was able to step a bit out of the comfort zone and hold some talks at different Meetups and the AWS Community Day. With this, we can help the Cloud Community and make it easier for new people to jump on the Cloud train.

6. What has been the most challenging/exciting/amazing things so far that has happened to you at Nordcloud?

I think working with a new cloud platform was quite challenging. In the end, the basics are the same, but customers want us also to be aware of the details and possible traps. Exciting is to see how customers transform on their way to be cloud-native. It is challenging for them, but we are here to help. 

7. What do you do when not working/what are your passions? 

In my spare time you can find me on any kind of vehicle with wheels: road bikes, motorbikes and some times cars.

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Quirky Humour and Make the World a Better Place Spirit

Meet our UX Developer Tuire Peurala from Nordcloud’s design studio Intergalactico! 

When I was a kid, my interests were on science. I started my studies in Helsinki Uni with chemistry and steered my way through some biochemistry and physics to computer science and finally to front-end development and design. I’ve been working in a couple of product companies and landed to consulting a few years ago at Nordcloud which at a time was SC5.

Currently I’m working with a client on telecom business, designing their customer service portal. My favourite part at my work is the process of understanding complex systems and making things easy and useful for the end-users. I’m keen on having the users voice heard.

Working at Nordcloud has brought out the possibilities of public cloud for me. It’s inspiring to understand that we can easily take into use quite sophisticated tech (like for example image recognition and other AI related services) to our projects.

At Intergalactico (our design studio) I’m surrounded with a great bunch of colleagues with tons of experience and proficiency, quirky sense of humour and quite a lot of “Make the world a better place” spirit. Our studio has a culture of sharing and continuous learning and some of the best moments for me at Nordcloud have been learning new stuff together.

Ok, there’s been also some great moments when we have been really engaging in a team effort to build great services and some other memorable moments involving jacuzzis.

Outside of work I like to be on the move, be it in nature camping or in the city seeing the latest exhibition at Amos Rex.

 

Interested in learning more about our design studio Intergalactico and their creatives with superpowers? Check Intergalactico’s website and visit their Medium blog!

Tuire and other Intergalactico team leads are looking for more UX Developers and UX Designers to their warm-hearted team.

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Unlocking the Cloud Operating Model

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Our Cloud Advisor Petri Pekkarinen works at the Helsinki office and his main responsibilities are to consult customers about public cloud strategy, operational models and governance. You might know him from our blog as he has earlier written about how Cloud Center of Excellence Supports Continuous Transformation and Right Partners Are the Key to Digital Transformation Success.

Here’s his story.

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

I’m from Helsinki, Finland. I started my career roughly 15 years ago in telecommunications industry and then moved on to traditional datacenter marketing and solution sales. Roughly 3 years ago I realized my whole career has been very product driven and products alone don’t make a change – people do.  So I made a move service provider company and consulting, but even there I felt I was not able to make a big enough impact. 

At Nordcloud I have reached my goal and here I’m really able to help organizations transform and modernize their operations.

2. What is your core competence?

I’m always looking forward and always trying to find ways to improve in everything. I believe my background in business, product management and IT contributes strongly on my ability to see the big picture and areas where Nordcloud’s customers should improve.

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

It is definitely the global scale. Public cloud puts everyone on the same line, no matter what is the size of your company. Public cloud significantly reduces time-to-market for new products and effortlessly makes them available for everyone around the world. Thanks to public cloud, competitive landscape is dramatically different to, say 10 years ago, and traditional companies are forced to rethink the way they are operating in order to remain competitive against more agile competitors. 

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

At Nordcloud I have an opportunity to cowork and learn from very skilled teams and individuals and deliver world class services.  

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

Well, to start with, I didn’t have public cloud experience, so I pretty much started from scratch. But it was a positive surprise to realize physical datacenter infrastructure and infrastructure in cloud are not very different in terms of architecture and components, so it didn’t take long to get up to speed. The real learning for me is around devops, agile development methods and technologies. 

I’m still learning and most likely learning will never stop. That’s another great part of working at Nordcloud!  

6. What do you do outside work?

My family keeps me pretty busy (in a positive way), but when I have personal free time I enjoy going to live concerts and movies. I’m also passionate Liverpool FC supporter and in general I’m watching the Premier League football almost every weekend. I also like to read informative and educational books.

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

This one is easy to question to answer. Open, collaborative, agile. 

8. Best Nordcloudian memory?

AWS Summit 2019 in Stockholm. It was really great to hear Guido Partels (Managing Director, Nordics & Baltics) thank Nordcloud for outstanding cooperation during his opening keynote.

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Journey To CKA and CKAD

This article is about trusting yourself to accomplish new things, achieving your goals and specifically Daniel’s journey to CKA and CKAD.

(Picture of Daniel in Yosemite National Park.) 


Last year I was working at Huawei in a position what looking from the outside must have been interesting. However, I was not satisfied with it. I had started to look for something else what would be more into it for me from a technology point of view.

This is how I found Nordcloud and their UK based subsidiary Nordcloud LTD.

Nordcloud went through some serious expansion last year and are still hiring tens of people in several countries. We in the UK have a few open positions if anyone is interested.

I joined Nordcloud in January and I could not have made a better decision.

They provide me just the right amount of hands-on tasks to keep me in the game, and not just be a theoretical architect.

I always thought without real hands-on experience you cannot call yourself a technical architect.

Everybody can talk about technology (we have seen it with several brain dumpers), but being able to talk about it and also to implement it with proper design, that is where the real knowledge resides.

When I joined Nordcloud I was already into containerisation.

My friend, Vinayak Kumar, was an SRE at a company where he designed/managed several K8s clusters and a K8s based environment spanning through different regions/areas of the world. The technology was just fascinating.

I can kind of compare the whole experience with it for me, like when I first met with VMware virtualisation back in 2007-2008. I instantly knew I must work with this technology and become an expert in it.

Nordcloud LTD is not a huge consultancy yet; however we are growing and contributing to the group level directives and solutions as well.

We have agreed with my lead Harry Azariah, that I will pursue to become a K8s expert – being an Azure Senior Architect working on AKS and focusing on all managed and unmanaged K8s solutions.

So my journey began…

I started to build my own clusters based on Kelsey Hightower’s and Ivan Fioravanti’s Kubernetes the Hard Way git repository.

I was watching tens, maybe hundreds, of hours of Kubernetes videos from Kelsey Hightower and others. Luckily, I already had some experience with Docker – I had built Docker Swarm demo environments in Azure a few years before, but still K8s was a bit of a new territory and a challenge. When I thought I had enough knowledge to ask relevant questions, I called my friend Vinay and he was kind enough to jump over from 120 miles away to have a session with me. Yeah, we could have done it online but it’s always good to see a friend!

Anyhow after that session I knew a lot more and was sure this is the technology I want to focus on in the upcoming weeks, months, (years?! 😄)

Fortunately enough, we got a few leads at Nordcloud with K8s, AKS requirements. I got the chance to put all I had learned into practice. This is when I realised I know less than I thought. 😄

So, dwelled even deeper into the rabbit hole, I started to work with Ingress controllers such as Nginx. In one of our projects (which I’m still working on) I had the opportunity to start to work with Istio Service Mesh. The whole experience was like a roller coaster ride. Just when I thought yeah I’m confident, something new came up. I think this is what got me excited about the whole K8s experience,  technology I knew little about and constantly can provide challenges.

About this time I decided I want to be certified.

With my lead Harry, I agreed that the CKA exam should be the first I achieve. I jumped on Linux Academy and started the CKA course there. It’s an OK course; you can get enough information to understand those requirements which are shared on the CKA exam leaflet. However, do not expect to be able to pass if you only go through this training.

You must do more – as a bare minimum I would recommend going through the K8s the hard way material at least 5 times if you are not managing real world clusters on a day to day basis.

By this time I was already working with AKS for 4 months, but that is a managed K8s solution, so you have almost 0 tasks to manage the Master nodes, and you can bet you will have some questions related to those.

11% Cluster Maintenance, 12 % Installation, Configuration, Validation, 10% Trouble shooting; all these can mean you will have to look at some master components.

So I was going on a long journey to search for useful exam prep tests and K8s trainings and found this link at the Kubernetes slack.

It contains so much information that it’s an overkill in general for the exam, but some are worth to go through.

With the CKA exam you can expect to use all your 3 hours to answer the questions, maybe get 10 minutes at the end to review what you have done. I used up my time completely, had about that 10 minutes to review with 1 question unanswered (8% worth). I decided to go and look at my solutions for other questions and not to bother with that one.

The main reason you will use the 3 hours is that you have to type a lot, even if you know where to find some templates in the documentation (what you can use), it is still a lot to do. Even if you use “kubectl create dry-run -o yaml > pod.yaml” to generate your base config, it’s a lot to achieve on the k8s resource side, not to talk about the install/manage questions.

I definitely recommend to use completion source <(kubectl completion bash)”>>~/.bashrc

Personally, I have not used any alias configured by me, some people find that useful. I work with alias in my day-to-day environments, but for the exam I was not finding it useful (configured a few though).

  • Know the documentation and where to find what.
  • Watch as some links are navigating off from the domain ad that is not allowed, but in general if you know where to find things or how to ask the right question if you get stuck, this will be a life saver.
  • Build a AKS, EKS, GKE cluster and use that to prep with the Kubernetes resources (it’s faster to build than a K8s the hard way cluster and it does not depends on your setup).
  • Do deployments of objects until you feel like you are bored with it, when you literally wake up at night and hear your thoughts going around “apiVersion: v1 kind: Pod metadata: labels: app: someapp spec: containers:”

That is the time when you can feel confident about your knowledge… not joking…

  • Build a habit to use the commands which help you to generate templates, or create resources quickly. There is a really good cheat sheet from Denny Zhang to start with.
  • Do some tests in a practice environment, the exam environment is nothing too complex, but it’s a browser based exam, not a basic ssh from your tty client.
  • I have tried this environment to get a look and feel, from Arush Salil.
Practical tips for the day of the exam:
  • Find a place with good WiFi Coverage and without any distractions.
    I sat in a phone booth at the office, however my WiFi was awful when I shared my camera ( have not tested it before properly) so I had to find another place to do the exam from. Save your self that 20 minutes of worry which I had…
  • Do some video calls with someone from the location you will do your exam from.

Luckily the proctor was reasonable enough to give me time to find another place.

  • I would not recommend to do it from home. I’ve heard horror stories from others that proctors were asking to cover everything in a room and such.
  • Have a glass of water with you. As I have mentioned you won’t have much time to leave from the exam… No food, no headset, papers, other electronics, etc. is allowed on the desk or around you.
  • Your face and eyes must be always on the screen. I was asked several times to adjust my camera (Dell XPS 15) or position because I was leaning too close to the screen… That was annoying – probably an external camera would have been better to use.

After passing the CKA;

I must say the CKAD was like a walk in the park. I went through the Linux Academy course just to have training and then I took the exam.

With the extensive preparation I had spent for the CKA (you need a lot as it almost covers “everything”) and the Linux Academy course I easily passed the CKAD. The exam is only 2 hours long and I finished it about 15 minutes earlier.

I can’t say that anybody who passes CKA can easily pass CKAD but for me it was not a problem. However, it is worth to mention by this time it was already 5 months into an AKS project for me where I was working with Probes, Persistent Storages, Deployments on an almost day-to-day basis.

So where to from here?

I’m definitely going to stick with this technology; it gives me the chills with all the challenges and new aspects of technology it comes with. Nordcloud is a place which lets its employees flourish if you can and are willing to put in the additional effort.
There are some plans in my head to get to know other K8s versions better like OpenShift (already studying), dwell into EKS and GKE more, see how they really compare, and build a K8s practice at Nordcloud limited on the long run would be nice. My leads as far as I see are partners in this.

What is the conclusion of all this?

I think for me it is that never be afraid to change. Admit to yourself what you think you need/want. I mean I did this a bit more than 3 years ago when I came to the UK from several years of being a Solution/Enterprise Architect, went to a Senior Consultant position, and just about 7 months ago from a Product Owner/Architect Position I accepted Nordcloud’s offer for a Hands-On Senior Architect position.  I can clearly say it totally is worth it – my move 3 years ago, and my decision this year, I was never really happier than when I made these two decisions in my professional life.

There is really something in the saying from Confucius: “He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right…” If you want something, do it; you just need to put the required time and effort into it and you can achieve anything.

Trust in yourself, and do not wait others to make your life happen! Because when you trust in yourself that is when magic happens in your life. 😊 

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Jonah joined Nordcloud around half a year ago – now he shares his thoughts and wisdom, for example about the freedom we offer, but also the responsibilities that come with it!

He explains how we don’t have strict rules or a lot of people giving us directions, so it means that everyone needs to be able to work independently, with that freedom.

 

It’s all about common trust!

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

I’m from the Netherlands, born in Amsterdam.

I was looking for the next, bigger challenge and was contacted by Anna (Talent Acquisition Specialist of Nordcloud) in Linkedin and we started talking. I felt that as a professional who is always looking to develop, Nordcloud was the right size for me to do that and in about 3,5 months I started at Nordcloud.

2. What is your role and core competence?

I’m a Cloud Architect, infra as code and automation as my core competences.

 

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

Interesting projects and a lot of freedom to do things that I find useful and meaningful.

By simply being interested and showing it, I’m getting the chance to contribute to areas that I personally feel like we should develop.

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

Organising things in a distributed, flat company and navigating through the whole web of people

in different countries to get things done.

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

There are a lot of tools that are available with public cloud with very little effort, but sometimes there are gaps in different functionalities (for example between AWS and GCP).

Filling those gaps by engineering we can achieve very large things with very little effort.

6. What do you do outside work?

Spend time with family and cooking. I also enjoy making tangible things, like building furniture or fixing things.

7. Best Nordcloudian memory?

Conferences are always fun and there’s interesting talks and meetings but one that professionally stands out is when we did a well architected review for a client in Stockholm.

They had a really interesting and innovative product and the client here was like a kid in a candy shop!

He really understood the potential what we could do for them and we got to do cool things!

 

8. How would you describe our culture?

We get recognised for contribution; that’s very clear and open.

There is a high degree of trust in our engineering skills.

We are a very diverse group of different nationalities!

Nordcloud NL is also a very tight group and we have casual work place banter in my opinion more than in the other countries.

We do work remotely a lot but when we are together we go for lunches and have a good time.

There is no power distance and we are very flat organisation so I can make fun of my manager and vice versa and it’s all fun!

 

Would you fit in a team with freedom and lots of changes to influence? Well Jonah is looking for more colleagues, so do get in touch! Click here for open vacancies in the Netherlands

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Building Cloud-Based IoT Solutions and Serverless Web-Apps

Our Cloud Application Architect Afaque Hussain has been on his cloud journey for some years already. At Nordcloud he builds cloud-native IoT solutions in our Data-Driven team. Here’s his story!

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

I’ve been living in Finland for the past 7 years and I’m from India. Prior to Nordcloud, I was working at Helvar, developing cloud-based, IoT enabled, lighting solutions. I’ve been excited about public cloud services ever since I got to know them and I generally attend cloud conferences and meetups. During one such conference, I met the Nordcloud team who introduced me to the company and invited me for an interview and since then, my Nordcloud journey has begun.

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

My core-competence is building cloud-based web-services, that act as an IoT platform to which IoT devices connect and exchange data. Generally preferring Serverless computing and Infrastructure as Code, I primarily use AWS and Javascript (Node.js) in our projects.

My current role is Cloud Application Architect, where I’m involved in our customer projects in designing and implementing end-to-end IoT solutions. In our current project, we’re building a web-service using which our customer can connect, monitor and manage their large fleet of sensors and gateways. The CI/CD pipelines for our project have been built using AWS Developer Tools such CodePipeline, CodeBuild & CodeDeploy. Our CI/CD pipelines have been implemented as Infrastructure as Code, which enables us to deploy another instance of our CI/CD pipelines in a short period time. Cool!

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

The ever increasing serverless service offerings by public cloud vendors, which enables us to rapidly build web-applications & services.

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

Apart from the opportunity to work on interesting projects, I like my peers. They’re very talented, knowledgeable and ready to offer help when needed.

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

Although I’ve learnt a lot at Nordcloud, I believe the knowledge of  the toolkit and best practices for cloud-based web-application development has been the most useful thing I’ve learnt.

6. What do you do outside work?

I like doing sports and I generally play cricket, tennis or hit the gym. During the weekends, I generally spend time with my family, exploring the beautiful Finnish nature, people or different cuisines. 

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

Nurturing, collaborative & rewarding.

8. Best Nordcloudian memory?

Breakfast @ Nordcloud every Thursday. I always look forward to this day. I get to meet other Norcloudians, exchange ideas or just catch-up over a delicious breakfast!

 

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