Certified AWS Developers: Saving You Time And Money

As we enter the 2nd quarter of 2018, many business and IT executives are looking how to harvest more power from technology and use it to accomplish their business goals. However, during recent years, we’ve seen many shifts in digital technology. While many of these shifts were transient, some have reshaped every aspect of how we do business.

And as digital transformation continues its evolution from being a trend to becoming a central component of every business strategy, it´s imperative for business owners to identify the right components around which to form their strategy.

So, how can business owners correctly determine which technology advances are the right ones and which ones will just cost them time and money?

Well, to save you some time (and money), we did some extensive research on the subject. While there are numerous online articles that predict the tech trends in the coming year(s), we decided to focus only on the most relevant ones. And our forecast: clouds, clouds everywhere.

Leveraging the cloud

The continuous and constant increasing costs of IT and its infrastructure has moved us from traditional computing to the cloud computing age. This has led most companies to wanting to leverage the cloud, solely because moving from the on-premise to cloud brings them a solution that is scalable, flexible and easily manageable from anywhere.

Cloud has much better network capabilities and allows seamless collaboration through pre-existing cloud-based solutions. For example, if a new application is added to a cloud network, users can use it almost instantly and without any delays because cloud makes it easier to share infrastructure capabilities to its users.

By moving to cloud, companies free themselves from the limitations of traditional IT infrastructure (high cost of maintenance, slower, and longer build times) which gives them an increase in business agility, flexibility and productivity – benefits that every business owner wants to seize.

Although the cloud has brought so many benefits, larger organizations are still hesitant to transfer their information to the cloud, and that is mainly because of security concerns. But, even with the security concerns, the adoption of cloud services continues to rise due to the improved usage of cloud-based services including, mobility, increased efficiency, cost-effectiveness, streamlined collaboration, and speed of connectivity.

Amazon: from A to AWS

Today, when we talk about cloud, it´s almost impossible to have a conversation without mentioning Amazon. While Amazon is best known as an online store for literally everything, in the last couple of years, it has become a go-to-place for cloud services.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) have revolutionized cloud computing. They managed to do this by lowering (or completely removing) the barrier for companies that want to enter the cloud services market.

To emphasize the importance of AWS, it´s enough to mention that many applications and websites that you use on a daily basis such as Instagram, Netflix, Reuters and Reddit use it to increase their efficiency, mobility and cost-effectiveness.

Although AWS comes with a long list of benefits, many organizations are still reluctant when it comes to transferring their information to the cloud. You might think that security concerns are the main culprit here but there is more. Although security breaches can be costly, there are many other things that can cause “cloudofobia”:

  • Determining which services offered by AWS (Amazon RDB, Amazon EBS, EC2, S3) do you and your company need?

  • Finding out how you can take advantage of the architecture provided by AWS so your services and products run at 100% efficiency?

  • How to prevent any downtime by putting in place redundant components and fault tolerance?

  • How to estimate and allocate resources for things such as hosting and bandwidth?

  • How to monitor the overall health of AWS infrastructure in a most efficient way?

Most of these issues don´t even exist if a company has skilled AWS developers onboard, but not many companies have them. Those companies that do not have AWS developers, often find themselves facing an additional set of issues:

  • Development teams lose velocity because they depend on others to help them with AWS tasks.

  • Development teams don´t fully understand the topology of AWS microservices.

  • Development teams could benefit from setting things such as alerting and monitoring in AWS but are not fully familiar how to do it.

  • Development teams are not fully familiar with all AWS functionalities and have the potential of choosing the wrong solution for their problem, thus wasting time and money.

Considering the popularity of cloud computing or, in other words, the omnipresence of AWS, it’s not breaking news that there is more demand than supply of skilled AWS developers. According to Global Knowledge, a worldwide leader in IT training and learning services, AWS certified Solutions Architect – Associate is at 3rd place of highest paying certifications with an average US salary of $119,085. Speaking more generally, Canada and US-based IT professionals that are AWS certified earn 27.5% more than the industry average.

Yes, there are tangible benefits for everyone who has an AWS certificate. But before you go on enlisting all your developers for an AWS certification, you should realize that many developers (maybe even most) don’t have the time or desire to learn this vast ecosystem. But when they do, they are learning a small part of AWS so they can finish their work on time. This practice almost always leads to implementations that need to be rewritten again and again.

There are two main reasons why this scenario leads to code rewrites. First, if you only know that smallest subset of tools available in AWS, you are quite often missing another tool that better fits your needs. Next, and we have seen this on more than one occasion, not having in depth knowledge on a single tool, often leads to an implementation that is either not using the tool correctly, or doesn’t allow your design the flexibility to build future requirements.

So what are you to do, give up and not use AWS? Clearly that is not the correct solution. For companies that want to be (and remain) at the forefront of technology advances, S9 sources talented developers and teams of developers with in depth expertise in AWS. Our developers have multiple years delivering enterprise code and often hold certificates in AWS. Now, companies like yours can focus on things that matter most, like your value proposition to your clients.

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