Since it was Yuriy’s first certification of such scale, we asked him to share his experience with us.
Can you share a few words on the purpose of the certification?
According to the official materials, an AWS Certified Solutions Architect has hands-on experience using AWS services to design highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, and scalable distributed systems. The certification is designed for individuals who perform the role of a Solutions Architect and proves their ability to:
How was the idea for the certification generated?
The natural reason for this idea is that ELEKS has been actively developing solutions for the Cloud over the last few years. Furthermore, an immense increase in demand for such systems stimulated momentum as well. Since we provide solutions for various industries, they are technologically diverse and require different design approaches; therefore, we intended to acknowledge our expertise in the eyes of our potential customers.
As for Amazon Web Services, we chose this certification because it is the most popular among the very few Cloud Solutions Architect certifications currently available. Moreover, the certification exam is challenging, and at the same time well designed and comprehensive. In addition, being an AWS Consulting Partner, we wanted to become certified and be among the first companies in Ukraine who would earn such a valuable credential.
How did you prepare for the certification?
The best possible preparation is, without a doubt, a few years of hands-on experience with AWS services. In addition, to systemize my knowledge and skills, I took a three-day training course in the Czech Republic led by AWS trainers, which was amazing. Other than learning a few important topics, the training made me realize that, with my current experience with designing solutions for our customers, I was completely ready to take the exam.
What benefits has ELEKS gained from this certification?
Cloud solutions are estimated to have a vivid tendency to be developed in the future. As a result of this certification, ELEKS has accepted the challenge of being and innovative software company and acknowledged that we are the early adopters of new trends.
What personal advantages are there?
This certification is a beneficial recognition of my skills as an individual responsible for Cloud stream at ELEKS R&D. I have grasped the possibility of professional development. Now, I’m driven towards achieving the next levels of AWS certification when they become available.
The breadth of knowledge and understanding that ELEKS has within its walls allows us to leverage that expertise to make superior deliverables for our customers. When you work with ELEKS, you are working with the top 1% of the aptitude and engineering excellence of the whole country.
Right from the start, we really liked ELEKS’ commitment and engagement. They came to us with their best people to try to understand our context, our business idea, and developed the first prototype with us. They were very professional and very customer oriented. I think, without ELEKS it probably would not have been possible to have such a successful product in such a short period of time.
ELEKS has been involved in the development of a number of our consumer-facing websites and mobile applications that allow our customers to easily track their shipments, get the information they need as well as stay in touch with us. We’ve appreciated the level of ELEKS’ expertise, responsiveness and attention to details.