A day in the life of a Cloud Consultant - with Scott Orton

Overview

Scott Orton tells all, highlighting the highs and lows of being a cloud consultant, navigating through such unpredictable covid times.

Let me start by setting the scene a little...

 

Firstly, my name is Scott Orton, I was born in England, but I’ve lived in South Africa for most of my life. I joined CTS as a Technical Account Manager a little short of two years ago, a big step in helping me move back to England.

What I did not expect however, was the work-life I was really moving to. It all started with an explosion of first world introduction. In my first week, I had to negotiate trains, tubes and trams. Exploring not only London, but Manchester and Utrecht. During the first couple of weeks, I got to meet a bunch of people who were super friendly, welcoming and professional. Despite different cultures and locations, it gave me a great feeling that the move I made was a good one. 

After my first couple of weeks/months at CTS, I really got a handle on the way things work and how the company operates. It feels like I have been at CTS much longer than I have. Many new staff members have joined since I have started. However, the way the company operates and functions from a culture perspective has not changed, this is testament to hiring the right sort of people. 

Let's get onto the main point of the article...

 

What is a day in the life like at CTS?  In a word, collaboration. Staff members, peers and management have the mentality of helping each other. Everything from the tools we use (Google, obviously), the openness to video calls for a quick catchup (even pre-covid) and general eagerness to help helps this collaborative mindset. 

A great example of this is one of my favourite customers, VidaXL, where we have a project to bring a majority of their infrastructure into the GCP automated infrastructure process we have built for them. The customer is based in the Netherlands, the Project Manager is also based over there so, unfortunately, we have never met in person because of the pandemic. The platform engineers are based in Manchester, I am based closer to London, yet we all work together as a fantastic team. We all collaborate to get the work done professionally for the client, yet joke around and have fun during the process. It never feels like a slog.

In the time that I have been at CTS, not once has anyone refused to help me, or been too busy. This is in polar contrast to the work ethic in my past, where people had their own domains of responsibility and were loath to assist anywhere else. 

At CTS, everyone chips in where they need to, offers to help where they can and truly lives the value of “crack on”. At the same time, mostly, working at CTS is a lot of fun. Although I work remotely (all of us are at the moment) and don’t have as much opportunity as others to see each other every day, I feel like I have made some good friends. The environment caters for a good laugh and jokes, even from senior management during company-wide meetings. 

There is also a feeling that everyone strives towards making the company a success, taking it to the next level, without it being a burden. It is like an adventure to get there. To summarise, CTS is a great place to work. I enjoy every day and can’t wait to see what the future may bring. 

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