A Face in the Cloud – Adam Temple, Cloud Architect in London
Here at Cloudreach, we believe that the growth of a great business is fuelled by great people. It is our talented individuals that make Cloudreach the success it is. Today Cloud Architect Adam Temple tells us about his experience working and keeping it cloudy at Cloudreach.
What is your role at Cloudreach?
I am a Cloud Architect and my role responsibilities span across various areas of cloud enablement. I’m responsible for driving Cloud strategy with our customers, leading technical engagements, designing and architecting cloud solutions, being "hands-on-keyboard" for technical delivery, and providing thought leadership both within Cloudreach and externally to our customers.
What do you find most exciting about your role?
At Cloudreach I’ve had the chance to work with a variety of organisations in a huge number of industries across Europe and the US. I love the variety of different projects I’ve had the chance to work on, from data centre migrations, to Governance-as-a-Service design and builds, to fully automated self-service platforms, to highly scalable web stacks - I’ve really had a chance to stretch my technical and architectural legs.
How has your role changed, developed, or evolved over the last 3 years?
Over the years I’ve grown from a Cloud Systems Developer, to a Cloud Systems Developer Lead to and Cloud Architect, taking on leadership and mentorship responsibilities in the process. I really enjoy being able to implement and see my designs and solutions take shape, while also guiding others to take ownership of their own.
What has been your favourite project at Cloudreach?
I recently had the opportunity to work with a large energy company in building out a self-service platform on AWS in multiple regions, giving their internal application owners the ability to build their apps in a cloud-native, fully-governed manner. It was interesting because of the challenges we faced around enabling the organisation’s customers in a secure and compliant manner while doing so in a lightweight, scalable way. We worked as a big team, across multiple geographies, leveraging all of our cloudy know-how to get the job done. The platform is currently live and we are continually adding new features as the customers want to use more and more cloud services. And I got to go to Las Vegas to present at AWS Re:Invent about our successes, which was awesome!
What do you value most about working at Cloudreach?
I really value the investment Cloudreach makes in its people. I’ve had the opportunity to move and work in various office and customer locations (Edinburgh, New York, London and Amsterdam), and I’ve really appreciated and valued these experiences. There is also a huge focus on personal development here at Cloudreach, allowing me to gain new skills and work on things I find interesting and engaging. I’ve had the chance to grow not only technically, but on the softer side of things, through leading technical engagements with customers, as well as educating our Graduate Programme participants in topics such as Cloud Automation and Configuration Management.
What is your personal philosophy?
I’m all about never stagnating or standing still in life. I’ve always got to be learning or experiencing something new to better myself and grow as a person.
What is your favourite cloudy lunch spot?
There’s a great Japanese BBQ place near our London office called Kintan - it’s hard to beat that spicy BBQ sauce!
What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?
Coming from a Physics background I would probably still be doing some form of research, likely using High Performance Computing (HPC) of some kind. Or I’d be a travel blogger. I’m not much of a writer, but I do love travelling…
Where is one of the best places you’ve travelled to and why?
I love the East and places that are miles away from the UK both in terms of distance and culture! I would say Vietnam for its beautiful countryside, people, and crazy cool places like Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Mekong Delta. Or Japan for its intense cityscapes and tranquil temples and shrines. But the food is always the best bit of travelling - I love to try weird and wonderful cuisines everywhere I go.
What recent technological innovations are you most excited about?
Serverless computing is super exciting at the minute and is really shaking up the industry. It’s never been easier, simpler, or quicker to get ideas realised into fully fledged systems that cost close to nothing to run and maintain; I love working with AWS Lambda and the like and have a few pet projects at home utilizing these technologies.
What impact do you believe Cloudreach has had on the tech industry?
Promoting innovation. We’ve helped some already great companies become even more innovative and we’ve enabled others to gain innovation through cloud technologies that they otherwise wouldn’t have realised. Our ability to enable innovation has to do with having smart people doing smart things, but is also largely attributed to our culture of openness, collaboration, and approaching problems in a forward thinking way.