Hani joined AWS in February 2015 and is a Software Development Manager based in Haifa, Israel.
HereAtAWS: Tell us about your career journey. What brought you to your current role at AWS?
Hani: I always wanted to experience working in a start-up company that lives by the ‘sink or swim’ ethos. When I got the opportunity to join Annapurnalabs - a stealth-mode start-up at the time, I grabbed it with both hands! Since then, it has been a joyful rollercoaster ride. I have had the opportunity get involved in activities at the forefront of technology, focusing on interactions between software and hardware.
Annapurnalabs was acquired by Amazon in 2015, and a few months after the acquisition, I felt like I was now working for the biggest start-up in the world! Now, five years since we became Amazon Web Services, it feels great to work on such impactful projects and take part in redefining the cloud, and we’re only scratching the surface. It’s still day 1.
HereAtAWS: Can you explain your role, who your customers are, and how you help them?
Hani: Imagine a huge street map, with millions of junctions, parking lots, and billions of cars driving from one parking spot to another. Now imagine how hard is it to manage this map and control the traffic flow. Our team is working on a service that provides a high-performance, efficient way to manage driving these cars (the user data) from one parking spot (cloud computing node) to another at a very large scale.
HereAtAWS: What skills, technical or soft, do you need to succeed in your role?
Hani: The ability to toggle fast between diving deep and understanding the tiny details on one hand, whilst continuing to think big to understand the user-needs on the other, is one of the keys to success in this role.
HereAtAWS: Have you had to learn any specific new skills for your role?
Hani: A lot! the standout skill would be how to operate at scale, when the code you write is deployed across all of AWS, well you really have to insist on the highest standards to make sure that the user is getting the best you can deliver every time.
HereAtAWS: How does your work with customers help to make a positive impact on society?
Hani: One of the services our team is involved in is HPC. Recently, AWS and HPC teams drove an initiative to support COVID-19 scientific researches by providing a simple way to run workloads that helps researchers study the virus. Though this is not an initiative our team is directly related to, it’s nice to know that your work is contributing to the positive effect on society.
HereAtAWS: What’s the most exciting part of your job?
Hani: It’s exciting to be part of an early idea that evolves into a project that’s widely used at a scale that’s hard to imagine.
HereAtAWS: Do you have any needs or commitment that require flexibility in your role?
Hani: I have two children; the culture of flexibility at AWS enables me to achieve a work-life harmony that I’m extremely happy with.
HereAtAWS: What do you love to do outside work?
Hani: Discovering new places and trying new local food is my way to refuel, but travel is not counted if I don’t get a hat from the city I’m visiting! So, I collect hats, and now I have so many I need to get creative to find a way to hang them.
HereAtAWS: What advice would you give people joining AWS?
Hani: Get ready for an exciting journey, where you’re encouraged to innovate, take risks and make history!
HereAtAWS: What three words would you use to describe workdays at AWS?
Hani: Deliver, Scale, Impact.