Meet Igor, Technical Program Manager

Igor joined AWS in 2019 as a Technical Program Manager, and is based in Dresden, Germany.

HereAtAWS: Hi Igor, tell us about your career journey. What brought you to your current role at AWS?

Igor: I moved from South Germany to Dresden to join Amazon EC2 Accelerated Nitro team. In that time, this team owned Accelerated Platforms and Hypervisor that empowered the Amazon EC2 Nitro Fleet. I started as a Technical Program Manager (TPM) to manage dependencies with external teams in Sea and Cape Town. Over the time, we expanded our portfolio and I started to own platforms end to end.

HereAtAWS: Can you explain in simple terms: your role, who your customers are, and how you help them?

Igor: Being a TPM in AWS means to collaborate with many teams across the globe and to connect dots between people. In our organization, TPM owns platform end to end which means that you start your work in the planning stage and keep an eye on operational health of the platform over time. Our external customers are top tech companies, leaders in Machine Learning (ML) and video processing. We help them build ultra-clusters for ML training and scientific research as well as boost video processing and streaming.

HereAtAWS: What kind of skills do you need to succeed in your role?

Igor: Making data driven decisions and think big are the keys for success. Sometimes, you need to make a tough decision that delays delivery but help you on the long run. At AWS, we always aim to make long-term decisions.

HereAtAWS: Have you had to learn any specific new skills for your role?

Igor: When you work with many teams, communication is important. As a TPM, you need to collect, distill and present information in a way that will be clear for your audience. It sounds easy but it is very challenging because you need to understand technical aspects of your area.

HereAtAWS: How does your work with customers help to make a positive impact on society?

Igor: We are making Machine Learning accessible to everyone. It takes hundreds of years to train complex neuron network on your laptop. With our solutions, you can create ultra-clusters very fast, and try your solutions quickly.

HereAtAWS: At work, are you involved in any activities outside of your role?

Igor: As a geek, I test new features for AWS products via the beta-testing programme. It is very cool to see that you are involved in the activities that make the life of millions of people easier. And it is awesome to see the new features.

HereAtAWS: What’s the most exciting part of your job?

Igor: Working with people is very interesting; you always learn new things. Sometimes, during brainstorming sessions you can hear ideas that are very extraordinary, but they work. These sessions broaden your horizons.

HereAtAWS: What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Igor: Coordinating activities where 70+ people involved is very challenging but in the same time, it is very interesting. You need to communicate goals, explain why and make sure that everyone is onboard with your plan. It’s tough, but results pay off.

HereAtAWS: What initially interested you in working for AWS?

Igor: Working in a big company gives you an opportunity to change the world. Amazon is a top company in the cloud computing industry, understanding how cloud works underneath and how fleet can be operated in scale is very interesting.

HereAtAWS: What were you excited to see AWS working on when you first got here?

Igor: Amazon EC2 Nitro Hypervisor is exciting. It is designed in a way that you can update Hypervisor on the fly. It means no downtime for customers, and high security standards for the fleet.

HereAtAWS: What products or solutions have you worked on? What have been your favourites and why?

Igor: I’m working on Amazon EC2 P4d platform. This platform is my favourite among EC2AN portfolio. It is the most demanding accelerated platform because it gives better price/performance ratio for our customers. The solutions that our customers are building using this platform are impressive.

HereAtAWS: What’s one of your greatest accomplishments since joining AWS?

Igor: Amazon EC2 P4d unsellable reduction.

HereAtAWS: What advice would you give people joining AWS?

Igor: Be curious. Think big. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

HereAtAWS: What three words would you use to describe workdays at AWS?

Igor: Instructive. Interesting. Fun.

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