1. How can my R&D team benefit from IAMOPS’ DevOps team?
One of your responsibilities as the CTO is keeping your R&D team efficient and happy, so they could fulfil the start-up’s vision.
In a healthy development team, the interaction between the developers and the DevOps is huge. They interact several times a day from high-level code, infrastructure design, creating efficient development-production processes, daily day requests to brainstorming. Hence, the relationship between the Developer and the DevOps is crucial for your team.
Now, there is a good chance that your DevOps position is staffed by an outsource agency or you overload it on one of your full-stack developers.
In that case, due to unresponsiveness or productivity issues, you may start getting signals from your developers that can be summarized to: “We are not happy, we are frustrated, get us a better DevOps.”
IAMOPS DevOps team is designed and built exactly to give your developers the DevOps that they deserve.
Your IAMOPS DevOps team is tuned for maximum collaboration and responsiveness to support your developers’ efforts and build a good relationship that empowers your team.
2. How can IAMOPS’ DevOps team be beneficial for me as a CTO?
As a CTO, you are concerned about how well you can support your co-founders, investors and your employees. The DevOps position will surely make a significant impact on it.
Here is how –
1. Ensures your developers are efficient and happy
Without a dedicated and responsive DevOps onboard, who is skilled at cloud and CI/CD best practices, your developers will end up wasting a lot of time and eventually can get frustrated.
Your IAMOPS Dedicated DevOps Team will ensure that the developer’s efforts will always align with the infrastructure and their time will be well invested.
2. Saves your precious time:
Due to the chronic shortage of tech talents, it’s more likely that you will spend a lot of time and energy on recruiting the right talents. From job posting, screening the CV’s, conducting interviews to hiring the right talent is exhausting. It may eventually make you go out of focus from achieving the next milestone.
Your IAMOPS DevOps team will save your precious time by eliminating the need to worry about the DevOps position. So, moving forward, there is one less position to worry about.
3. Mitigates Security Risks
As a CTO, you don’t wish to put your company’s Intellectual Property or your client’s most sensitive data at risk of hacking due to poor network design.
Your IAMOPS DevOps team follows all well-architected framework concepts. You can be assured that the infrastructures comply with all regulatory requirements and surpass the strict penetration testing.
4. Optimizes performance
Your product’s performance greatly depends on two factors that is product code performance and infrastructure performance. One of the most common mistakes is focusing on code and product optimization and uploading the latest version into a poor production environment.
Your IAMOPS DevOps team chooses the right EC2 instances, storage databases, plans the network accurately and makes the tight configurations.
5. Ensures that you achieve your milestone on time
Your IAMOPS DevOps team always provides ground-breaking solutions and makes sure you achieve your milestones on time. As a CTO, you are assured that towards the end of the current runway, you did your part successfully by taking your company to the next level of funding with the best product possible.
3. Can I onboard your DevOps team in 24 hours? When can we start?
Yes, you can onboard the IAMOPS DevOps team to your R&D team in 24 hours. We source and train the best DevOps on an ongoing basis. Then we divide them into ready-to-work DevOps teams that can join your R&D team on short notice.
4. How will my IAMOPS DevOps team look like?
Your IAMOPS DevOps team consists of the following positions:
- Solution Architect – Responsible for high-level design, work plan and brainstorming.
- DevOps Engineer – The first point of contact who is responsible for accomplishing the ongoing workload.
- DevOps Support – Responsible for providing support and replacing DevOps engineer in case of absence.
Your IAMOPS DevOps team members are highly skilled, knowledgeable and have accurate experience in the ongoing management. The DevOps team will make sure to easily collaborate and support your R&D team for smooth production.
5. Why do you offer DevOps as a whole team and not a single professional?
We believe that the TEAM concept is always better than SINGLE PROFESSIONAL as it offers various advantages:
The DevOps engineer holds the main responsibility for the product UPTIME. A single DevOps employee or consultant is a single point of failure because if they are absent for any reason, the entire production environment will be subjected to risk and as a result development team efficiency decreases.
Whereas, the DevOps TEAM concept eliminates the “single point of failure” risk and contributes to the startup’s resilience.
The DevOps Engineer is responsible for ongoing communications with the CTO and Developers.
In case of any absence of the DevOps Engineer, as a backup, the DevOps architect will be present to consult with about high-level design and the DevOps support to provide ongoing support for the developers
3. Best Practice implementation
The tech stack is very crucial for your product’s success; that’s why it is so important to choose the right DevOps stack which is robust, resilient, and able to scale well.
As you know, the DevOps stack is enormous, and it is only getting bigger. So many amazing technologies for automation, cloud cost reduction, monitoring, management and more are being released on a daily basis. To adopt the new emerging technologies, we always prefer three brains in a team over a single expert.
Each team member holds different strengths in different stacks. So, eventually, you will get to know that the best practice is being implemented to your product.
6. As an early-stage start-up, why should I hire IAMOPS DevOps team instead of handing over the DevOps workload to my current Full-stack developer?
It is common for start-ups’ CTOs to think about having a full-stack developer who has all the strengths including front-end development, back-end development and infrastructure knowledge. But as CTO, if you take this approach it will lead to:
- Work overload: Overloading your employee with the work.
- Prioritizing the strengths: Your full-stack developer needs to prioritize the right strengths to work and as a result, all of his strengths will be more of the development part and less of the DevOps part.
- Employee Retention: Since it’s a competitive market for team leaders, you spend a lot of time on recruiting the right talent, as well as training them post recruitment. And then after 2 years if they get another offer, they will take that opportunity as their next challenge.
So, the right approach is to get a full-stack developer who is strong in the development part and collaborate with the IAMOPS DevOps team to provide support to your developers by maintaining a good relationship and channelizing communication. In addition, you can eliminate the recruiting phase and you need not worry about filling the DevOps position every 2-3 years. Adopting this option will eventually result in a better performing product on your current runway.
7. What is a Distributed Company framework?
A Distributed Company is a model in which employees work remotely in different locations across the world.
But IAMOPS’ interpretation for the distributed company model is a bit different. We believe that the company should operate through small organic TEAMS in different locations around the world.
The advantages of IAMOPS’ Distributed Company framework:
- Access to a larger tech talent pool – Build team faster.
- Reduces long recruiting period – Saves time and money.
- Work in 24/7 cycle -accelerate development plan execution.
8. Why are you so focused on India?
Did you know that India is the potential source of human resources in the world?
We believe that India is the solution for the world’s shortage of skilled workforce and here are the top 4 reasons why we are focused on India:
- It has over 4,000 tech institutions that produce 1.5 million tech graduates per year.
- With more than 50% of India’s population is aged between 20-30 years it’s young demographic attributes assure that this potential will increase to 65% by 2036.
- It is one of the largest English-speaking countries in the world as it has more than 1 billion of its population speak English.
- Indian youth is very much flexible to cultural adaptability and share the similar interests with that of western culture.
Because of the above facts, we believe that India is the first place to research and develop the Distributed Team framework.
In addition to this, many world-renowned tech CEOs are born and raised as well as have studied in the most prestigious tech institutes. Here is a short list of tech leaders who are born and raised in India:
Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO:
- Born and raised in Hyderabad, India.
- He studied Electrical Engineering at Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka, India. He pursued his master’s in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
- He has navigated the company from a failing mobile strategy and focused on other segments, such as cloud computing and augmented reality.
- Since his tenure as the CEO, Microsoft’s stock has increased by more than 150%.
Sundar Pichai, Alphabet Inc. CEO (Parent company of Google):
- Born and raised in Madurai, India.
- He holds a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
- Under his leadership, over the years Google has evolved by focusing on developing products and services, powered by the latest advances in Artificial Intelligence.
Shantanu Narayen, Adobe CEO:
- Born and raised in Hyderabad, India.
- He studied bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication from the University College of Engineering, Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. He moved to the U.S. for his master’s degree in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. And he also holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkley.
- Under his leadership and guidance, Adobe has achieved record-breaking revenue and industry recognition for its inclusive, innovative and exceptional workplace, and one of the most admired companies by Fortune.
Arvind Krishna, IBM CEO:
- Born and raised in Hyderabad, India.
- He studied bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the India Institute of Technology, Kanpur. And he moved to the U.S. to study for his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- He has led the company to build and expand newer markets in artificial intelligence, cloud, quantum computing, and blockchain. He has also played a significant role in the development of innovative IBM products and solutions.
Nikesh Arora, Palo Alto Networks CEO:
- Born and raised in UP, India.
- He studied B. Tech. in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University. And holds an M.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, an M.S. in finance from Boston College.
- Under his leadership, Palo Alto Networks has made eight acquisitions that have made it possible for the company to build out an unparalleled seven integrated security modules in the cloud.
As a CEO or CTO, IAMOPS can be your right DevOps partner to be together as a distributed team and the ultimate guide for learning and understanding the Indian market, to enjoy its benefits for your startup journey.
9. Why should I hire IAMOPS DevOps team instead of an in-house DevOps?
As a CTO, your time, energy and money are very crucial to keep your startup aligned and run it successfully. So, when you hire your IAMOPS DevOps team you can solve the following pain points:
1) Onboarding time
With IAMOPS, you can get to add a whole DevOps team to your R&D team in 24 hours whereas it takes 4-6 months on average to hire a DevOps employee.
One of the major disadvantages of having a full-time DevOps employee is that you have to rely on the end-to-end product uptime, CICD and other functions and it can get stuck in case they are absent for some reason and there will be no one as a backup. So, considering all these factors, we at IAMOPS provide a dedicated, power-packed DevOps that can eliminate the risk of a single point of failure.
At present, DevOps engineer’s salary expectations are very high. As a team leader, sometimes you may feel that many of the candidates don’t really hold enough experience and knowledge which just don’t justify the position and the salary.
In addition, you might not need a full-time employee so why allocate a budget for one? So, the right solution is onboarding a dedicated DevOps team. Your IAMOPS DevOps team can be built as per your exact cloud and DevOps workload requirements.
10. How is IAMOPS DevOps team different from Professional Service Providers?
IAMOPS mission is to build the world’s best DevOps teams and connect them with high-growth startups. Our goal is to provide the experience of a team player for both talent and the company. Compared to other professional services such as outsourcing agencies, external consultants, the IAMOPS DevOps team are:
1) Responsive: Your DevOps team members are 100% responsive and provide the experience of an employee sitting next door.
2) Transparency: Your DevOps team members maintain a transparent workflow, so you could always see the active tasks, work progress and prioritize it according to your needs.
3) Pro-active: Your DevOps team members are always proactive and making a positive impact on your performance without you needing micro-management and frequent follow-ups.
4) Dedicated: At IAMOPS, your DevOps team is always responsive, available and most importantly they are dedicated to providing full support. They help in enhancing the delivery and operational efficiency by incorporating the best DevOps practices to ensure that your business stays secure.
11. How is IAMOPS DevOps team different from talent marketplaces?
We build, operate and manage DevOps teams for high-growth start-ups.
We took the best features of full-time employment, freelance marketplaces and professional services to formulate the optimal workforce framework for start-ups that enables fast onboarding while keeping the commitment and dedication of a full-time employee on the payroll.
That way, we ensure responsiveness, resilience and growth customization that is superior to all other alternatives in the market.
12. I already have a DevOps team, but I need more workforce; can I expand my DevOps team with an IAMOPS DevOps team?
There are three common use cases for IAMOPS DevOps teams:
- Growth-stage startups – VP R&Ds of round B+ startups have their DevOps team overloaded with supporting the company’s growth, hence, they can hire IAMOPS DevOps team to handle the “longtail tasks”, that the core DevOps team don’t get to handle.
- Early-stage startups – CTOs of seed-round A startups can hire the IAMOPS DevOps team to take full responsibility over the Cloud and CICD and accelerate their progress towards a “production-grade” product.
- MVP Startups – Founders of pre-seed startups can hire an IAMOPS DevOps team, to support their Full Stack Engineer, accelerate his progress and make sure that the POC is completed successfully, and the startup is ready for the next funding round.
13. How do you keep your DevOps up-to-date with the best DevOps practices?
At IAMOPS we encourage education so, to make it available to all the team members we have designed an internal education plan through which our team members are motivated to learn, keep up-to-date with the latest tech stack and to get professional certifications on an ongoing basis. In addition, we encourage a culture of sharing knowledge and interaction by collaborating with each other which helps them to adopt and provide you with the best DevOps practices.