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What Do AWS Solutions Architects Do?

Here is a guide on what AWS Solutions Architects do, and their critical role in helping your business get the most out of the cloud.

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What Do AWS Solutions Architects Do?

Whatever your business or IT department's size, it's likely you're already using or considering a cloud service for your application hosting and data storage needs.

In fact, 90% of businesses use cloud-based technology. The leading supplier of this type of service is Amazon Web Services (AWS) and AWS Solutions Architects are, therefore, in high demand.

If your business is looking to implement or upgrade a new cloud-strategy, maybe for security reasons, to reduce IT costs, or because it's a great practical solution, then AWS Solutions Architects will be your new best friend.

However, you may be asking yourself: "but what exactly do AWS Solutions Architects do?" Keep reading, and you'll find out!

But first:

What are AWS Solutions Architects?

A certified AWS Solutions Architect is a cloud computing expert who designs the architecture of an organization's cloud assets and plans implementation of the design. Their in-depth knowledge and understanding used to develop technical cloud strategy mean they are much in demand.

A 2020 report from LinkedIn found that cloud computing was the second most sought after "hard skill" after blockchain.

An AWS Solutions Architect (AWS SA) also helps with cloud migration, dealing with high-risk security and workload architecture issues.

An AWS SA has a unique set of people and technical skills, including:

  • Listening and understanding business requirements
  • The ability to assimilate information
  • The ability to communicate with people at all levels of cloud knowledge from none to expert
  • Decision making on best tools to meet requirements
  • Basic programming, like Terraform (HCL), CloudFormation, Python, Bash
  • Cybersecurity understanding and interest
  • Deep cloud architecture knowledge and experience
  • Understanding of software development lifecycle
  • Knowledge of continuous integration processes
  • Knowledge of continuous deployment (CICD)
  • Database skills

... to name but a few!

What is a Solution?

If you're confused about the terminology, let's take a quick look at what a 'solution' entails. In short, wherever there is a project, the solution is the architecture and plan put in place to meet the client's requirements.

Imagine the architect's plan for a building or public infrastructures like bridges or roads. The architect uses specialized skills to design a solution in the form of a blueprint that is handed off to builders for implementation.

They'll use the solution as a constant reference for what is being built. The solution keeps the team's eyes on the goal and ensures every aspect of the cloud structure functions as intended.

In short, Solution architects ensure that the solution meets all the client's technical needs and budget requirements. They construct detailed and sensible plans for AWS projects.

What Do AWS Solutions Architects Do?

There are several essential core skills that an AWS Solutions Architect must have to get the job done. Let's take a look:

They Meet With You

Before the work begins, an AWS SA will meet with you and your team to learn about your needs and any problems you have with your existing systems. This type of technical discovery is likely to involve a series of face-to-face onsite and remote meetings.

These initial meetings may begin with a more high-level approach, followed by further discussions to detail and collect your precise requirements and problems you face. The goal is to find a technological solution for your business problems.

Your AWS SA will come into contact with different members of your organization as your cloud journey progresses. Most notably, key decision-makers and people with little or no technical knowledge.

They Dive Deep Into the Details

Now the challenging part begins. Your AWS SA will work with your in-house IT teams (if you have them) to create a scalable cloud solution that is both secure and easy to maintain.

You need your architecture in AWS to be able to grow as your business grows, and it's the AWS SA's role to ensure that's possible.

An AWS SA uses software to create diagrams of your target cloud architecture. It means you get a clear and accurate picture of how your applications and other infrastructure will work once completed in AWS.

Using diagram software allows AWS Solutions Architects to factor in security and cost optimization from the get-go. It's a way of ensuring that troubleshooting is easier further down the line, as is system management.

A competent AWS has impeccable time management skills. Not only do they listen to your needs, but they can also write scripts, work on migrations, troubleshoot, find and rectify inefficiencies, and stay up to date with new AWS features.

They Work with You Throughout Every Step of the Project

The ultimate aim of the AWS Solution architect is to provide you with a secure, resilient, cost-effective, scalable, and working solution that's easy to manage.

In this capacity, architects produce designs and plans for implementation based on technical discovery meetings. They will identify the best technology for you and make decisions to create the best possible solution.

At every step, the architect refers back to their client's input and needs. Communication is a crucial part of the process.

They Ensure a Timely and Cost-Effective Solution That Meets Your Business Objectives

An AWS SA's role is to provide customers with an affordable and cost-efficient solution that's delivered on time. Any business, whatever its size, is concerned with its bottom line. Your SA will be aware of this and scale your solution accordingly.

It's an AWS Solution Architect's role to take project limitations into accounts, such as budget, time, resources, risk, and scope.

Get Started with an AWS Solution

A solution architect is an indispensable contributor to your AWS project. They're big-picture architects that plan and communicate the project. As with building projects in the physical world, you would never disregard the role of the architect.

They ensure the success of the build beforehand and set a clear plan for the builders to follow. Their specialized skill set allows them to design and plan to create cloud architecture tailored to your business.

Pilotcore can help you set up your Amazon Web Service. Our team of AWS Solutions Architects can help you every step of your cloud journey so that your organization works at its most cost-effective and optimum level.

Learn more about our services and reach out to discuss your cloud strategy!