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Guide to Hiring AWS Developers

  • What is AWS, and how is it used?
  • Why is AWS popular, and how will it benefit your business?
  • Roles and responsibilities of an AWS developer
  • What skills should an AWS developer have?

What is AWS, and how is it used?

In 2006, Amazon decided to create a cloud platform to support the ever-increasing demands on its e-commerce platform. What no member of that development team could have predicted was that this in-house solution would eventually become the most used technology for building, scaling, and deploying cloud-based applications.

However, in just under two decades, the cloud computing platform has grown in leaps and bounds and blown even its closest competitors entirely out of the water. Now, many business executives are very adamant about the need to hire AWS developers to create a high-performance web product in the 21st century.

AWS is a cluster of cloud computing services. This technology provides several essential features, such as storage, serverless computing, networking, mobile development, and security. Before cloud software like AWS, tasks like data storage were akin to a game of Russian roulette, as you’d never be able to guarantee the safety of your physical servers.  Now, besides heightened data protection, businesses can enjoy several other benefits, including scalability, flexibility, and top-notch performance.

Why is AWS popular, and how will it benefit your business?

The AWS train is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. The company is currently spread across 102 availability zones in 32 geographical locations globally. That’s already a remarkable feat. But what’s even more dazzling is that AWS has already concluded plans to reach 15 more availability zones and five more regions.

AWS is in high demand, with 245 countries served and many more still to hop on board. But why is this technology so popular? And why should your company migrate its products to this particular cloud platform?

  • Pay-as-you-use model: As a CTO, hiring manager, or executive, you probably spend all your waking hours poring over spreadsheets and daydreaming about ways to cut costs without compromising on productivity. The good news is that this is possible if you hire AWS developers to build your company’s cloud infrastructure.

    AWS runs on a pay-as-you-use model, meaning that your company will only be charged based on how much you use any of the 200+ services on the platform. Pre-AWS, your software team would probably have to anticipate your business’s storage needs and build the physical infrastructure that can meet that level of demand.

    The challenge is that they could buy too little storage and risk breaking your product or end up purchasing more than they need. And between disgruntled customers and wasted resources, there are no good choices.

    Fortunately, AWS S3 solves this problem. So, you can build infrastructure that can be upgraded as the demand for your company grows without the fear of spending more than what is required.
  • Scalability: It’s a well-established fact that AWS can handle the intense demands of businesses at the highest level. Take a cursory glance at this technology’s clientele, and you will quickly recognize some of the most profitable global brands, including Netflix, Apple, Pfizer, and Bristol Myers Squibb.

    These companies hire AWS developers to help them store enterprise application data and archive important customer or research data. However, AWS is not just software for the bigwigs in every industry. Many thriving small and medium-scale businesses also use this platform because it offers a relatively straightforward migration process.

    This ease of migration, coupled with AWS’s low costs, makes it the perfect service for companies concerned about scalability. In the tech stone age, businesses would need endless meetings to devise plans to build the required infrastructure ahead of a projected rise in server requests.

    Now, all you need to do is hire dedicated AWS developers to handle the transition to the cloud and set up digital infrastructure that can grow with your startup.
  • Wide Range of Services: If you were to ask your average Joe what they knew about AWS, they’d probably hazard a guess that it is some fancy cloud computing service that lets companies store data online. And while this is true, such answers don’t even begin to scratch the surface of what’s possible when businesses hire dedicated AWS developers.

    A few company executives are aware of the potential of services such as AWS Lambda for serverless computing, AWS S3 for data storage, AWS Elastic Compute Cloud for creating virtual machines, and AWS RDS for managing relational databases.

    But, it might surprise you to know that there are at least 200 services and features available under the Amazon Web Services umbrella. And based on what we’ve seen from Adam Selipsky and his team at AWS, these numbers will only keep increasing in the coming months.
  • Security: Who would you rather trust to store your essential data? A well-known cloud computing company used by NASDAQ and several Fortune 500 companies or a run-of-the-mill platform with an underwhelming track record.

    The importance of data security cannot be overstated, and when you hire AWS developers, you can significantly minimize any possibility of data loss. AWS has up to 300 security tools, including AWS Shield, AWS Config, AWS Cloud Trail, and Amazon Macie, that can help you quickly identify potential risks, define account permissions, and monitor changes.

    If these features aren’t enough to put your worries to rest, AWS also relies on tens of data centers scattered across various locations. So, in the event of an unforeseen circumstance such as a fire outbreak, you are less at risk of losing all your data.

    Rather than entrust your data - the lifeblood of your company - to an untested cloud software platform, we’re sure you’d agree that it's better to opt for the tested and trusted solution and hire AWS engineers instead.
  • Large Developer Community: The dangers of working with unpopular software are unending. You’d have to worry about the scarcity of skilled talent, limited resources, and difficulty integrating with other relevant software tools. Fortunately, while there are many adjectives we can use to describe AWS, unpopular certainly isn’t one of them.

    2023 Stack Overflow Developer Survey, AWS has maintained its lead at the top of the cloud computing software charts, with 53.08% of professional developers selecting this technology as their preferred option. For context, its closest competitor, Microsoft Azure, polled just 27.8%, meaning AWS is at least two times more popular than the Azure platform.

    Why should this matter to you? Well-known software typically has a large developer community that provides resources and assists with solving complex problems, and AWS is no different. The AWS Community Builder’s Program Directory has 2,271 entries from builders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the USA, and Canada.

    So, should you hire AWS developers, you can be confident they’ll have access to all the help they need to build your cloud infrastructure. Also, replacing outgoing employees won’t be a hassle as you’d have a large pool of competent cloud engineers to choose from.
  • AWS Technical Support: Most technology creators provide the building blocks and leave you to figure out how to create your product. When you hire an AWS developer, that’s not the case.

    While relying on the support of the general AWS cloud developer community is an excellent idea, you also have the option of taking things a step further by getting a paid plan from AWS that lets the company provide you with technical support directly.

    In addition to exclusive customer service, your team will be given access to AWS documentation, technical papers, and a forum to interact with fellow engineers. The AWS ecosystem is a close-knit, supportive group. So you’ll never lack the required support.
  • Easy to Use and Deploy: Hosting your web applications on AWS is relatively simple, regardless of the nature of your product. There is a wide range of options for your team to choose from when it comes to deployments, including Cloud Formation, Beanstalk, Code Deploy, ECS, and EKS.

    Depending on your unique requirements, each of these features has its merits and demerits. However, provided you find the right AWS developers for hire, you can deploy and scale your web apps as quickly as possible.

Roles and responsibilities of an AWS developer

Cloud development is a broad role, and companies hire AWS developers for several reasons. Depending on how large your software team is, individual members of your AWS team may have very specialized responsibilities or be tasked with handling various aspects of your product’s cloud infrastructure management.

Clarifying the job descriptions for your cloud engineers is vital if you wish to create a seamless workflow and roll out your products in record time. So, what can you expect when you employ AWS professionals for your business?
  • Handle Migration to AWS: Maybe it’s because most businesses have awoken to the potential benefits of migrating their systems to the cloud or just sheer FOMO. Still, lots of companies are hiring professionals to manage their transition to the AWS platform.

    When you hire an AWS developer, they will be responsible for identifying and implementing cost-effective migration strategies for your company. Furthermore, they will also be tasked with ensuring that this transition to the cloud occurs with minimal downtime.
  • Modify Application Infrastructure: While we recognize that some startups are just joining the cloud software bandwagon, we also know that many others have been riding the wave for some time. However, such companies may still need to hire AWS developers to modify their cloud infrastructure based on current best practices.

    Typically, this will involve incorporating new services and features to improve performance and optimize your overall cloud architecture for scale.
  • Build Serverless Applications: Serverless applications are perfect for scaling, reducing costs, and rolling out web products to market faster. They also help companies save time by eliminating tasks such as patching. Your AWS development team will use AWS Lambda and other services such as Amazon API Gateway, Amazon S3, and Amazon DynamoDB to build these high-performance, serverless applications.
  • Create Monitoring Systems: No one wants to be the victim of a system error or cyberattack. But instead of wishing the possibility away, the best companies hire AWS developers to prepare for such a scenario before it happens. By setting up a monitoring system, your software team can quickly identify the sources of these breaches and mitigate their effects before they escalate.
  • Document Maintenance Practices: Documentation is a critical task that must be performed alongside other responsibilities such as deployment and migration. Having well-written documentation is essential for future maintenance and modification of your cloud infrastructure, and your AWS engineers must pay attention and ensure that they make a note of every detail in the development of your cloud application.

What skills should an AWS developer have?

We’re sure you’d agree that AWS undoubtedly deserves all the hype it's getting. The potential benefits of building your cloud infrastructure with this technology are endless. But, regardless of how exceptional a tool is, you still need the most skilled hands if you’re going to maximize all its available features.

A quick search of the term AWS developer on any talent marketplace, including ours, will likely yield thousands of results, each claiming to be the perfect fit to help your company reach its lofty goals. How can you know who’d make an excellent employee for your startup’s software team? Here are some of the critical skill sets you should look for.

  • Strong Communication Skills: The ability to clearly communicate ideas in written or oral form is a non-negotiable soft skill that every top employee must possess, irrespective of their role. However, for AWS developers saddled with the daunting responsibility of explaining complex concepts to stakeholders with a non-tech background, communication prowess is even more critical.

    Before you hire an AWS developer, you must determine how comfortable they are with sharing ideas and the strength of their communication ability. This will come in handy when they are making presentations or collaborating with other members of your software team.
  • Proficiency With the AWS-SDK: Companies hire AWS developers for various reasons. However, regardless of the specific role, your employee must have sufficient experience working with the AWS Software Development Kit (SDK).

    The best hires are usually able to demonstrate adequate knowledge of how to build apps that can be integrated with AWS services and how to integrate already existing web products with the cloud platform. Furthermore, they must know enough about the wide range of AWS services available.
  • Ability to Perform Software Development: Software development is one of the most critical steps in the web product development cycle, and AWS developers play a crucial role in this phase. An AWS developer for hire must be able to carry out manual and automated software deployment using tools such as EC2, CloudFormation, ECS, and EKS.
  • Knowledge of Databases: Depending on the specifics of what your company is building, you may need to work with features like AWS RDS and AWS Document DB to manage relational and non-relational databases. This means that it’s essential for you to hire dedicated AWS developers who are familiar with MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and other available options.

    Your cloud computing team should be well-versed in the latest happenings in the AWS database landscape and have a firm grasp of the various data types and structures.
  • Competence in Coding With a Programming Language: Programming languages are required to build cloud-compatible web applications. Even though this skill is not mandatory for all roles, it remains best to hire AWS engineers who can comfortably write code in at least one of Python, Java, C#, or any of the popular programming languages.

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