Meet Shahar, Solutions Architect

Shahar is a Solutions Architect based in Israel. She joined AWS in August, 2019.

HereAtAWS: Tell us about your career journey. What brought you to your current role at AWS?

Shahar: I come from an extensive background of 15 years in the Research & Development world. Before joining AWS I was the VP R&D of an AdTech company. I joined that company in its early days and was there for 11 years, growing together with the company from being one of its first developers to managing a large team of Developers, Data Scientists, DevOps and QA engineers.

So, switching into this role (Solutions Architect) is a big career shift. During my time in my previous company I faced many challenges that our customers are facing as well, such as a huge and volatile traffic scale, massive data processing, R&D culture and methodologies. When I decided to move on I felt a strong desire to share from my experience and also learn from other companies having their own journey.

I wanted to find a way to keep up with the ever-evolving technology but also remain a “people-person”. An AWS Solutions Architect role is the perfect position for all of that, I love being able to help and provide guidance to aid success for our customers. I am also a strong advocate for having more women in leading tech roles, I hope that with the exposure of this role I could inspire more women to join, at least here in the local community. We have a long way ahead of us, we are far away from gender equality.

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

Shahar: I am a Solutions Architect for the ISV segment (Independent Software Vendors) my customers are usually extremely tech-savvy, strong and agile technological companies. In my role, I work with technical employees in positions ranging from top leaders to the Developers and DevOps that are doing the hands-on work on our system. My goal is to help them design and select the best architecture and services that are right for them; providing best practice recommendations becoming a trusted advisor, helping them grow and succeed.

HereAtAWS: What technical and/or soft skills do you need to succeed in your role?

Shahar:  In this role you need a very unique balance of both tech and soft skills. To be successful we need a very wide knowledge and strong understanding of system architectures, yet communication and interpersonal skills are equally important. We also must have the ability to trust our instincts so we are able to simplify complex topics and help customers navigate the wealth of information available to them.

HereAtAWS: Have you had to learn any specific new skills (technical or soft) for your role? 

Shahar:  At AWS I have learned to receive both positive and constructive feedback. The feedback culture is a unique element of AWS. Having been in a leadership position for so long it took me a while to get used to being on the receiving end! Now,  I have become the biggest advocate in its ability to facilitate improvement.

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

Shahar: I am fortunate to be working with customers that are innovators and leaders in many different domains. We work with companies with tools that enable working from home and safer online shopping, which during COVID-19, meant saving lives.  

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

Shahar: I take part in mentoring and really enjoy helping team members on-board. Currently I am looking for ways to improve gender diversity in work and in tech domains in general, such as volunteering in projects such as She Codes, encouraging and teaching young girls’ software programming.

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

Shahar: Well, you get instant gratification daily, when simply having a very fruitful inspiring discussion with a customer. But also, the success of longer term and strategic projects of my customers where I feel my impact has made a significant difference, is most exciting for me.

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

Shahar: It’s always so much more I want to do than can fit in my day! There are too many interesting activities and learning opportunities all around, so the ability to focus and select correctly has been a big challenge.

HereAtAWS: What advice would you give people joining AWS?

Shahar: Two advices: Not to be shy, reach out and ask for help, there are amazing colleagues here for help and support.  The second would be not to be overwhelmed from the size of the “AWS pie”, you can’t learn everything at one go. Take small and persistent bites.

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

Shahar: Dynamic, inspiring and fun.

HereAtAWS: Do you have any needs or commitment that require flexibility in your role?

Shahar: I am a proud mother to 3 young girls (twin girls at the age of 11, and my youngest at age of 7). Having my girls in mind increase my desire to pave the path for better presence of women in tech roles.

HereAtAWS: What do you love to do outside work?

Shahar: I love having Pilates in the mornings to start my days. I enjoy any sort of creative activity (knitting, sculpting, and painting) without regard to my existing or non-existing talent in it. And of course, reading books and traveling with my family.

Previous Article
Meet Andreas, Senior Enterprise Account Executive
Meet Andreas, Senior Enterprise Account Executive

Andreas joined AWS in 2019 as a Senior Enterprise Account Executive based in Zurich, Switzerland

Next Article
Meet Roman, Territory Account Manager
Meet Roman, Territory Account Manager

Roman is a Territory Account Manager at AWS, based in Zurich, Switzerland. He joined in 2019.