Transforming Teams to AWS Cloud

Many of our clients are currently working on cloud transformation. To better support our customers, we have recently qualified as an AWS Training partner. We have four AWS authorised instructors, who can deliver official courses from the AWS curriculum. All the instructors have a strong hands-on background and they are also working on customer projects. The delivered curriculum includes courses for people new to cloud as well as for technical professionals.

Business essentials is recommended for sales and business persons, whereas Technical essentials is an entry-level course for IT persons. Associate level courses are suitable for architects and software developers who want to get AWS certified. From the Associate level courses, we recommend starting with Architecting on AWS, which is aimed at achieving AWS Certified Solution Architect certification. It gives a very good overview of AWS services and teaches the fundamentals of building your own AWS infrastructure. Our complete course offerings are available on the Gofore website.

At Gofore, we believe teams are the key factor in successful software projects. We have had a recruitment campaign to attract complete teams. Also, we believe that training teams is a very efficient way for companies to gain cloud competence. There are two clear benefits. The first is that a cloud infrastructure team is the key enabler in cloud adoption by creating company standards and reusable cloud infrastructure. The second is that, when the business grows, it is essential for software teams to take responsibility for their AWS infrastructure and can maintain it. Transforming teams to the cloud era increases teams’ productivity and autonomy. Increased autonomy enables scaling as the number of projects increases.

The duration of official AWS courses is from one to three days. Last autumn we did something quite different. We organised an intensive three months AWS Developer Academy program together with Academy Finland (a part of Academic Work). It was a holistic program on software development in AWS cloud, including programming, scrum, CI/CD, APIs, databases, containers, and infrastructure as code. And, of course, we studied all the essential AWS services. We covered various compute options from virtual machines to container services and serverless, as well as relational and noSQL database services. The whole course was very much hands-on. As teachers, we were committed to follow the Academy’s action learning methodology. This means very short theory lectures followed by a lot of hands-on exercises and group work. All the stakeholders, including the client and trainees, were very happy with the results in terms of the learning outcomes. The program concluded with two weeks of final project work. As a result, ten junior AWS consultants graduated just before Christmas. All of them started a new IT career at the beginning of 2020.

Anna Ruokonen
Cloud Specialist

Anna Ruokonen

Anna Ruokonen works as a Cloud Specialist at Gofore. She has a background as a full-stack developer. However currently her main focus and interests are in DevOps and cloud platforms. She has been working for industry clients, developing an Industrial IoT platform, and well as on the government sector. She is also an Authorized AWS instructor and delivers AWS trainings. She holds a PhD in Software Engineering.

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At Gofore we are currently building the next generation of services for the Finnish labor market. Together with the Työmarkkinatori (Job Market), our goal is to improve the relationship between work and workers.

A rainy, dark December evening, while walking home after a long day, I smiled. I was thinking about the events of the day. We had just been through six sessions where customers were testing our latest UI and demo. All in all their reactions and feedback had been positive, one of them had described the solution to be “Impressing” but the one that stuck with me described it as “something that could be even therapeutic to someone who has been looking for a job for a long time.” She was talking about and algorithm, a good algorithm.

Describing your skills is not always easy

When looking for a new job it’s not always easy to describe what you know, what your abilities and skills are – things that makes you valuable and a good worker, a good employee.

  • It’s hard if you are just fresh out of school with little or no experience for the field you are applying.
  • It’s hard if you’ve been securely tucked away from the job market and working for the same employer for the last 20 years and maybe have not kept your CV up-to-date and suspect that your skills might be outdated and now you want a change and a new career.
  • It’s especially hard if you’ve been out of work for a long period of time, have applied to maybe hundreds of jobs and have been rejected again and again. How to describe your abilities, skills, what makes you a worthy asset to the companies and employers out there at that point?

AI solution designed to do good

At Gofore we are currently building the next generation of services for the Finnish job market. The situations described above are just some that customers who arrive to the service might be experiencing. Työmarkkinatori / Jobmarket aims to improve the way people and work find each other, we want to improve that match. It’s a service for all citizens to use, whether in school, at work, unemployed, or on leave, it’s serving everyone. And the starting point is a person’s situation, we talk about situation-aware services.

To help our customers describe their skills and know-how better our AI team together with our UX and service designers and development team has been hard at work. The key to finding a new job is to give the Jobmarket some relevant information about you and start building a personal profile. Even a small amount of information can be used to search for keywords that describe your skills. You can then add these keywords to your profile. The keywords will make your profile stronger: they help you to describe yourself better, more in-depth and more accurately. The better you have described yourself, your work experience, and skills the better the results when the service then matches your profile to the jobs that are available.

So, there, you should also smile as not all algorithms are designed to trick or fool you. This one is a good, therapeutic algorithm, an AI solution designed to do good. And it will be available in Työmarkkinatori service now.

Minna Vänskä
Senior Service Designer

Minna Vänskä

Minna has several years of experience working with international teams, across organizational boundaries, running UX studies, concepting, development and quality improvement projects. She is an experienced user researcher and communication specialist. At Gofore she is responsible for user research, user experience design, and service design projects. Minna loves to apply service design methods in user research and to involve organisations and people to discover the insights.

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