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Cloud architects are the generalists in the IT departments, whose job it is to develop suitable cloud strategies and set up IT environments so that users feel at home in them. Cloud architects need technical competence, knowledge of programming languages such as Java or Python as well as a computer scientist’s know-how and a basic understanding of the processes needed to store, link and structure data.
The goal, according to Abul Ola: “We want to develop applications and systems that are easy to operate.” One example is the Volkswagen car configurator. It was introduced (technical term: migrated) into the cloud one and a half years ago, and this benefits customers and everyone interested in Volkswagens. That’s because, especially in the evening hours when many more people have the time to use it, more capacities can be made available to the program through the cloud so that everything continues to run smoothly. Abul Ola speaks here of elasticity.
As a cloud architect, Abul Ola works to configure the right solution for each task with a suitable technology stack. “Thanks to the cloud, infrastructure is no longer a bottleneck,” he says.
The cloud is also changing the way people work, and that has its advantages. “Agile methods enable fast and efficient solutions,” says Abul Ola. “We keep to them ourselves, because they allow quick adaptations to new requirements. Our motto is: plan less, do more,” he explains. For example, in the use of chatbots and machine learning: “To speed up internal release processes, we simply started with several drivers to get to know the possible applications for Volkswagen.”
All this requires a lot of communication, spontaneous conversations and discussions. “We make sure that it works, that everything interlocks and everyone plays together,” says Abul Ola.
And if that works out well, it will sound pretty cool in the cloud.