Ophir joined AWS in May 2019 as a Software Development Engineer based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
HereAtAWS: Tell us about your career journey. What brought you to your current role at AWS?
Ophir: Ever since I was young, I have leaned towards math and computer science, and I still have a passion for technology and understanding systems. I was one of the very first employees at CloudEndure, a cloud migration startup in Israel, but I left just before the company was acquired by AWS. Thankfully I had the opportunity to re-join CloudEndure after the acquisition and I am so glad I am able to be a part of the story.
HereAtAWS: Can you explain in simple terms: your role, who your customers are, and how you help them?
Ophir: We provide migration and disaster recovery solutions to AWS. On the migration business, we aim to help customers move their servers to AWS as smoothly as possible. On the disaster recovery business, we aim to provide a robust and inexpensive solution for enabling customers to achieve their availability goals. Our team designs, implements and deploys algorithms and software to enable the above at AWS scale and security.
HereAtAWS: What skills do you need to succeed in your role?
Ophir: In order to be successful as a software engineer at AWS, one needs to know how to break down and simplify systems, but the most important skill is to truly understand customers’ needs. The ultimate goal of our team is to keep our customers happy.
HereAtAWS: How does your work with customers help to make a positive impact on society?
Ophir: Building and optimising infrastructure can be very positive for society. As our customers become more agile and effective, they can devote their resources to other areas. For instance, pharmaceutical companies can use more money to develop drugs or businesses can reduce prices for their customers.
HereAtAWS: What’s the most exciting part of your job?
Ophir: Developing software at the scale and standards of AWS, whilst still being able to feel the direct impact on customers.
HereAtAWS: What advice would you give people joining AWS?
Ophir: Think big!
HereAtAWS: What do you love to do outside work?
Ophir: I love spending time with my family, hiking, and watching movies.
HereAtAWS: What three words would you use to describe workdays at AWS?
Ophir: Meaningful, Interesting, Unusual.
HereAtAWS: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Ophir: Sometimes when working in a large cooperation you can feel like a pawn in the system.
At AWS that isn’t the case, the entire system is geared towards the customer. This creates a situation where you feel that all of the company is aligned towards the same direction – and everyone is trying to help each other towards that goal.