EPAM Cloud Computing Competency Center

Eli Feldman, Vice President, Cloud Solutions and Services at EPAM Systems, unveils the mystery around Cloud Computing Competency Center at the Competency Centers meeting that took place in Minsk on January 21, 2012.

1. Please describe the purpose of the Cloud Computing Competency Center.

The four main goals set before the Competency Center are as follows:

  • Provide 'Enablers' i.e. the tools enabling the whole Company implement clients' tasks faster, with higher-quality etc.
  • Provide Expertise i.e. professionals with high level of expertise in specific areas.
  • Skill Development - providing materials for trainings.
  • Partnership - achieving market-wide recognition through cooperation and marketing efforts.

In general the main idea behind Cloud Computing Competency Center (C4) is to provide expertise, tools and capabilities to position EPAM as the leader in Cloud Computing Integration Services and cloud related innovation.

2. What were your biggest accomplishments in 2011?

As of December 2011 EPAM Cloud has become production. We've entered several major partnerships, including premier partnership with Salesforce.com, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure. Also, we started providing cloud solution testing services to Nimbula.

3. How do you generally position cloud computing in EPAM?

The idea is this. By now we have built all the infrastructure and tools necessary to offer comprehensive technology services and improve delivery. And then we add layers. Some of them are just established services that we do. Then there's EPAM Orchestrator, which is something completely new, established on top of Cloud Computing. Something that allows us to leverage cloud computing much better, than anyone else out there can offer their clients. It is essentially a continuous delivery platform/framework/tool/capability. It focuses specifically on taking that first architecture phase and creating all the definition of technology and then being able to recreate that whole architecture every single build.

4. Could you tell us more about the purpose of EPAM Orchestration?

Essentially what we do is we take our knowledge of Cloud Computing, we package all the third-party stuff and then we let our clients leverage the delivery of that, I would say, low-level technology services. To make it more formal, we reduce ambiguity and simplify the use of hybrid cloud services.

5. Focus of CCCC Expert Centers and skill development.

Providing and disseminating expertise on leading cloud computing platforms

6. How can we help established practices and other competency centers?

Intersection of Cloud, Big Data and SaaS solutions/prototypes

  • Automated Testing as a Service
  • BI as a Service
  • Cloud enablement for CMSs
  • Cloud enablement for SAP
  • Cloud enablement for SharePoint
  • Mobile Accelerators
  • Artifact libraries
  • Advanced platform level services

7. What about assisting clients walk over the cloud bridge?

Tools, Capabilities and R&D that unify and simplify clients' cloud experience while further increasing their reliance on EPAM.

8. How do we help clients to create private Cloud?

We have designed ultra-scalable private cloud blueprint that we can implement in clients' data centers

9. How do we share information

The EPAM cloud Website is designed to provide self-servicing in terms of Consulting. It is a single point for Accumulating knowledge, organizing experience and serving as a reference library.

10. What are your targets for 2012?

  • Focus on AWS and Azure as channels for new clients
  • Develop market awareness of our advanced cloud expertise
  • New Cloud business from current clients
  • Continuous advancement of EPAM Cloud capabilities
  • Solidify the position of EPAM Orchestration as the most advanced solutions delivery tool set
  • Focus on developing and disseminating expertise internally