According to Statista, in 2023 the annual revenue of Amazon Web Services hit the $90B record point. With the largest customer base on the market, AWS is one of the top three providers of Cloud solutions. Entertainment giants like Twitch and Netflix have already leveraged the AWS infrastructure to host their scalable applications. As a result, these companies were able to quickly expand their infrastructure to cover millions of customer requests and cut down spending on physical servers.

Whilst AWS provides enterprises with a broad range of Cloud migration and development services, businesses struggle to choose which options best suit their needs. That is when they hire AWS consultants—dedicated specialists who analyze the client’s business needs and current system’s state to build a cost-effective cloud strategy.

But what to expect from cooperation after you find AWS consultants? What characteristics describe a qualified AWS cloud computing expert? And why shaking hands with AWS Advanced Consulting partners like N-iX is a win-win agreement? Discover answers to these and other questions in our article.

Why do you need to hire AWS consultants?

Going for AWS consulting offers various advantages, from avoiding redundant cloud spending to improving infrastructure reliability and enhancing the app’s performance. Let’s learn the other benefits AWS consultants can provide:

  • Resilient and adaptable architecture

Utilizing architectural best practices ensures your cloud applications' high scalability and sustainability. One way to create a solid foundation for your system is to find and hire AWS consultants who incorporate the AWS Well-Architected framework. This framework is a set of principles covering the six pillars of operational excellence: security, reliability, performance efficiency, cost optimization, and sustainability. By measuring your system against the Well-Architected framework, you develop a consistent approach to risk management and increase the business value of your solution.

As a member of the AWS Well-Architected Program, N-iX has proven to have solid AWS knowledge and can help you thoroughly assess and enhance cloud workloads.

  • Cost-effectiveness

One of the most important advantages of partnering with AWS consulting experts is cost reduction. By implementing the AWS best practices, you can pinpoint the mismanaged resources, eliminate them, and, as a result, take control of your expenses. N-iX is one of the tech vendors with the AWS Advanced Consulting Partner status—a verification of our vast technological expertise and customer success within the AWS ecosystem. N-iX clients like Gogo, Lebara, and TuneIn have already cut down spending after implementing AWS cost optimization strategies.

  • Smooth cloud migration processes

Understanding potential risks is crucial when embarking on a cloud journey. Before diving in, it's essential to assess the compatibility of your workloads with the cloud, anticipate any challenges that may arise during migration, and develop strategies to address them effectively.

So, if your project scope spans Cloud migration, you need an in-depth analysis of your current system. For instance, AWS consultants at N-iX conduct the migration readiness assessment (MRA). Our experts execute a comprehensive check-up of your cloud infrastructure to identify optimization prospects and security vulnerabilities. As a result, the AWS migration consultants will understand the system’s strengths, weaknesses, and possibilities in terms of the cloud and will know if the migration is possible. The assessment allows you to perform effective Cloud transformation without wasting costs on migrating the malfunctioning workloads.

  • Stable system performance

Another reason to hire AWS consultants is the enhanced app stability—they can help businesses set up or optimize application performance management workflows. Jointly with cloud computing specialists, you can implement autoscaling patterns to reduce cloud consumption and enhance the system’s stability under the increased load.

Moreover, your team of AWS consultants for hire will assist you in monitoring the system’s health. With effective error detection, your AWS developers can timely identify and troubleshoot the root cause of app performance issues.

Who are the key experts in the AWS consulting team?

When you hire AWS consultants, remember that the required tech skills, expertise areas, and even the involved roles would differ from project to project. Let’s say you need to implement a cloud-based solution that could be used to collect and analyze your business data. In this case, you require AWS specialists with Big Data, Data Analysis, and ML backgrounds. Some vendors, like N-iX, hold the official AWS Data & Analytics Competency partner status, meaning they have a rich portfolio of AWS data-related projects and strong information security policies in place.

However, no matter your project specifics, all cloud specialists on your team must have profound knowledge of AWS services, network deployment, and cloud security principles. The project’s success depends on the joint efforts of every member of the AWS cloud computing team, which typically includes:

1. Solution architects

The certified AWS Solution Architects will help you analyze your business problems and develop a solution strategy. Since resilient architecture is the foundation of the application’s effective performance, hiring qualified solution architects who apply the best industry practices is necessary. The tech experts conduct thorough infrastructure assessments for enterprises with a cloud architecture and identify the vulnerabilities. For instance, consultants at N-iX might offer you a Well-Architected review. In other words, it is important to check whether your architecture aligns with the best practices and suggest upgrades.

Another aim could be to hire AWS consultants who will focus on defining the vision of the final product. In this case, cloud experts perform the Product Discovery—the team makes the initial decision on the Cloud development or migration strategy based on your business needs. Look for tech consulting specialists who can present you with a clear strategy for how Cloud computing will impact your business. For example, AWS consultants at N-iX conduct AWS Immersion Day workshops, introducing a client to a particular AWS service and describing its key advantages for business.

2. Delivery managers

Delivery managers step in after the client and cloud consultants agree upon the project strategy. They act like mediators, ensuring smooth communication between the client and the team. Delivery managers are accountable for the timely delivery of the AWS project and its matching to the required performance targets. Some other tasks of delivery managers in AWS projects include managing expenses for Cloud-native services, ensuring the agility of processes, and preparing compliance reports. With seasoned delivery managers, you can expect high-quality and successful deliverables, so you won’t have to pay twice for redevelopment.

3. Cloud developers and DevOps engineers

The implementation of your cloud application is in the hands of your engineering team. It consists of developers responsible for coding and scaling solutions in the AWS environment. Depending on the solution, every project might involve engineers of different specializations, such as Big Data or Machine Learning. Other essential experts on your team are DevOps engineers who set up the infrastructure, build the development and updating processes, and implement automation to let developers focus on their tasks. Moreover, skilled DevOps experts can help you optimize the costs for cloud applications by selecting the AWS services that best suit your business.

4. QA engineers

The stable performance of your system and its scalability under a given workload are of utmost importance. This is the main task of QA engineers, who pick the right testing strategies, run load and performance tests, as well as develop scripts to run automated tests in a cloud environment. Moreover, QA specialists perform cloud security testing to ensure that the infrastructure can safely host the confidential data of your enterprise.

What features differentiate qualified AWS migration consultants?

Your cloud computing team composition depends on your project size, business needs, and industry. However, there are some general requirements you will have to consider when looking for skilled AWS experts:

1. Practical tech competencies

Profound tech skills are a must when partnering with seasoned cloud computing experts. Let’s look through a checklist of essential expertise your AWS consultants for hire should possess:

  • Analytical skills that allow them to define tech requirements for an AWS-based solution and decide upon AWS services that match your business needs;
  • Solid command of the AWS core services, namely, computing, networking, databases, storage, as well as cloud infrastructure deployment and management;
  • Deep understanding of network technologies, such as DNS and ELB services, AWS Direct Connect, and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud;
  • Practical knowledge of the AWS security features, including encryption, key management, and threat detection;
  • Hands-on experience with the Amazon Infrastructure as a Code tools, namely AWS CloudFormation;
  • In-depth knowledge of the architectural best practices, such as AWS Well-Architected Framework.

2. AWS certifications and designations

If you want to find and hire AWS consultants with industry-recognized credentials, look for cloud specialists with the “AWS certified” status. Accreditations from the provider validate advanced technical skills and strong cloud experience. The list of in-demand certifications among AWS experts includes AWS Certified Solutions Architect, AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, and others.

AWS certifications

In addition, you might also research your potential partner’s AWS designations to check whether they align with the competencies you are looking for. For instance, N-iX has a wide partnership ecosystem with many AWS designations, certifications, and competencies. These recognitions issued by the provider confirm the proven customer success within the field and guarantee successful project outcomes.

3. Qualification level

The average seniority level of your AWS consultants for hire has a direct impact on your project’s outcome. Cloud specialists with a solid track record in AWS are more likely to systematically analyze cloud setup possibilities and provide services of the highest quality. In fact, to receive some recognized professional certifications, such as the AWS Certified Solutions Architect, one must have no less than two years of hands-on experience in designing and deploying cloud architecture on AWS. Therefore, if you are looking for AWS specialists, consider middle and senior experts with 5+ years of proven experience with Amazon Web Services.

Qualification level of AWS consultants at N-iX

Your cloud computing team members' expertise and vast experience ensure sustainable business outcomes. Let’s examine how this worked in the case of our client.

Success story: Expanding of a global e-commerce provider with an AWS-based solution

Our client is a German-based fintech enterprise that provides e-commerce and subscription management solutions for monetizing digital goods, SaaS, and online services across multiple domains. The vendor needed to provide one of its largest clients with more detailed and visually informative data analytics reports. The key cooperation aim was to upgrade the existing solution to present the client’s subscription dynamics in a more visually informative way.

N-iX engineers approached the challenge by performing extensive Product Discovery. During the project, our team of AWS consultants elaborated an effective data strategy and implemented an AWS-based data platform. This reporting solution is hosted on both AWS and Snowflake to enable data connection with a BI tool for even better transparency in the future.

As a result of cooperation with N-iX, the client managed to:

  • Satisfy the needs of its important customer and gain actionable visual insights into their business data. This, in turn, helped them to perform data-driven decision-making and attract more customers.
  • Enhance information security related to effective data governance of the data platform.
  • Increase business decision-making capabilities by allowing internal application use to analyze client performance.

Read more about our comprehensive e-commerce data analytics solution

Why should you hire AWS consultants from N-iX to make the most of your Cloud journey?

  • N-iX is a global tech consulting and software development service company with 21 years of market experience in manufacturing, logistics and supply chain, fintech, telecom, retail, and other domains;
  • Our 400 cloud specialists are well-grounded in a wide range of services, including AWS infrastructure analysis, Cloud infrastructure setup, Cloud migration, Cloud performance optimization, well-architected review, and more;
  • We have 50+ certified AWS professionals on board and possess many AWS designations, including AWS Lambda Delivery, Amazon RDS Delivery, and more;
  • N-iX is an AWS Advanced Consulting partner, has established a partnership with Google Cloud Platform, and received the Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency status;
  • Our Cloud portfolio spans over 150 successful AWS cooperations with market leaders such as Gogo, cleverbridge, Currencycloud, Fluke, and others;
  • N-iX specialists adhere to recognized standards, namely ISO 27001:2013, ISO 9001:2015, GDPR, PCI DSS, and more.

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