The quality of your team determines a lot of things for a cloud computing office. Do you have too many people in the same role? Do you not have enough experts in another role? What are the specific needs of your cloud team, depending on what it is that you are trying to develop?
All of these questions need to be answered when bringing together your cloud team. Basically, the one thing that most successful cloud teams have in common is an excellent team. All the members work well together, and each individual forms an integral part of the system.
But what exactly is it that makes the right kind of people so important to your cloud team? Here are some of the reasons why having the perfect team should be a priority for you:
The Importance Of A Well-Rounded Team
One of the major reasons why a well-rounded team with skilled individuals is integral to cloud operations is that the team will add synergy to the operations. Each individual member, if skilled enough, would bring something invaluable to the table for sure, but when the whole team comes together seamlessly, you will be able to see an additive effect. The team will work more efficiently, and teamwork will allow for great communication as well.
Having individuals with different skill sets be a part of a team and work together in a flow allows them to be excellent at what they do without getting to interfere in another person’s job. So you need to ensure that everyone in your team is great at what they do and know exactly what their job description is. This way, you will be able to avoid conflicts and clustering.
When you assign more than one person to perform a similar task, or when the job descriptions are not specific, it might result in a convoluted work environment where everyone is always up in everyone else’s business. Therefore, it is essential for everyone in your team to be completely aware of what they are bringing to the table so they can do their job securely.
Of course, to do their job securely, the team needs to come together and work seamlessly as well. It is unrealistic to expect that every team that works in the same place will automatically have this chemistry, but you can do exercises within the workplace to improve the team’s communication and teamwork capabilities. Team-building exercises are important, along with events and occasions that allow the team to bond. Remember that to ensure a team comes together and works in a flow, they have to learn to respect each other and understand each other’s predicaments. This way, they will be able to make up for each other’s shortcomings and also ensure that they do their best to not inconvenience each other as well.
What Kind Of People Do You Ideally Want?
That being said, your team can include as many people as you feel is necessary. The size of your team depends entirely on the kind of software you are aiming to build and your needs on the cloud. That being said, here are the six kinds of people whom you would absolutely want on your cloud team to ensure a seamless workflow:
The mastermind of your cloud team operations will be the sponsor and the owner of the team. This person might not have too much presence in the team, and their work will mainly consist of keeping watch and ensuring they know everything that is happening within the premises of their work environment. Their name is everywhere, and they usually have a vision to execute.
Of course, there is no doubt that the mastermind will be the decision-maker as well, and they will have the ultimate call regarding whatever goes on in the team. It is integral for the mastermind to have a vision that can be executed by their team in the timespan that they have been given.
Sometimes, the mastermind will just have a vision, and they will want to accumulate a team just to help them carry it out because their own knowledge of the cloud will be limited. Of course, if you relate to this conundrum, remember that it is never too late to get a quick rundown of everything you need to know so you can make all the difficult calls in the job.
The mastermind should have basic knowledge of cloud computing and a general idea of how their work will be carried out as well. They will be the ones networking with individuals in other teams, hiring and firing people within the team, and creating a bullet-proof strategy regarding what needs to be done to have an effective workflow in their environment. They will also deal with the training of the staff and assign roles to the rest of the team as well. They are the ultimate callers, and nothing goes on within the cloud team without the approval of this individual.
The Field Alpha
The alpha on the field is there to get things done. In many ways, this individual is the right hand of the person in charge (the mastermind). They are in direct contact with everyone in charge and, in many ways, the communication bridge between the mastermind and the rest of the team. The alpha on the field needs to ensure that work is on track at all times and take note of any discrepancies that surface during this time.
This individual’s job is to ensure that operations keep running smoothly. They are on top of everything that is being done and all the other teams report to this person. If any issues arises during the workday, the field alpha is the person every team will come to for a solution or just reporting. It is their job to convey news about delays and time crunches to ensure that there are no discrepancies in the final product that is delivered to the team.
Naturally, the field alpha will have to be an expert in cloud operations. They should have advanced knowledge of programming, development, and cloud computing altogether. Not only should they have skills on the technical side, but they should also be highly experienced in the business and finance side of the project as well since they will be acting as the communication bridge between all the teams.
They usually have experience as project managers as well and are there to ensure that the workforce displays ample productivity and that the organization is practicing cost-effectiveness as well.
As the bridge of communication, the field alpha will also shoulder the responsibility of increasing a sense of teamwork within the company and be the directing voice, making sure everyone is set in their job and delivering their work promptly.
The problem solver of your team is the architect who will ensure a seamless workflow between all the departments. This individual will be designing the architecture of the cloud environment that your team will be using, and it’s their job to ensure that everyone receives their daily tasks promptly and are able to deliver them with ease as well. The architecture they construct will also allow the teams to possibly view progress and communicate with each other with relative ease.
The Problem solver of your team has to be an advanced-level engineer who understands everything about IT and can create the most sustainable and functional work environment for the team. The problem-solving individual will also be in constant contact with the security and compliance personnel to ensure that the environment they build is up to their standards as well.
Other than that, it is their job to maintain the work environment and add or remove features as needed. This individual also needs to be creative so they can come up with innovative solutions to any problems and discrepancies in the workplace to ensure that the work continues to flow smoothly throughout the day.
The Cloud Resource Guy
Just like an office administrator’s job is to keep track of the office’s resources and allocate them as needed, the resource person in a cloud environment will also consider it their job to deal with the available cloud resources. It is this person’s job to know what resources are being used at all times, which ones need to be shut off for cost-saving, and what can further be added to an environment. If any of the other teams need something for their environments or if they need to smoothen their workflow, they come to the resource administrator to get their job done.
The resource person also needs to be an IT professional because they will primarily be dealing with cloud resources and will need to know everything about them for proper allocation. The resource administrator will also need to have experience with IaaS and PaaS services, along with solid knowledge of integration. Naturally, this person will also need a good level of proficiency in programming languages that will commonly be used in the work environment.
The Security Guy
The security personnel in any cloud environment are of utmost importance to their environments. One of the main concerns regarding cloud computing that is still rampant today is security. Security concerns are what still drive some people away from adopting cloud computing in their environments entirely for ease of use. Therefore, this individual needs to be alert and on their toes at all times, as well as understand the security needs and concerns of the team.
The security guy has to work in close companionship with the problem solver since their knowledge of cloud architecture will help to set up barriers in the work environment which will prevent security breaches from occurring.
The security person will also have access to all the cloud resources that deal with access to the system along with any other security measures that the cloud provider has allocated.
The security personnel will also play a vital role in designing the security in the environment. Along with that, they need to have great skills of communication to keep the group intact as well. Their communication skills will also allow them to convey any potential threats to the rest of the team and also ask them to make preparations in advance. The security personnel will ensure that cloud security is top of the agenda so that the team and the consumers of the product do not have anything to worry about.
The Compliance Guy
The compliance guy in the team can often be overlooked as the security person, and one individual often plays the role of both as well. However, there are some key differences between security and compliance that need to be understood, and this is why the roles are separate as well.
The compliance individual in the team will ensure that there is ample privacy in the work environment and develop policies that respect the privacy of the staff members while ensuring proper workflow.
The compliance person will also need to know as much as possible about the cloud resources that they will need for their job so they can allocate them accordingly. Along with that, the compliance individual will also have to evaluate new features and products in the software and ensure that they meet the necessary guidelines. They must also work closely with the security people and the problem solvers to ensure that the workflow is smooth and seamless.
The cloud team that you hire for your business will be the core of your product. They will ensure that your work environment is smooth and that there is no friction between anyone. It is crucial to ensure that everyone knows exactly what their job is and they perform it to the best of their capabilities so that the final product we receive is the best. A good team will come in handy consistently, and ensuring that there is synergy is important for the best experience too.
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