Welcome to the Women in Cloud blog series, showcasing the talent of women who are working in our Cloud groups at Accenture.
Words like powerful and energetic are apt descriptions for Ingi Zaki, an associate manager in the Accenture AWS Business Group (AABG).
Ingi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2011, and was hired straight out of college by Accenture. Ever since joining the Washington D.C. office, she has been doing new and exciting things. “I spent the first few years of my career on a US federal project,” she said. “My team, comprised mostly of women, worked on automating application deployment into a virtualized environment, which set the groundwork for my foray into cloud-related projects.”
Now Ingi brings an energetic nature to her AABG work. For the past two years, she has helped various Accenture clients prepare for and successfully migrate their data center infrastructure to AWS Cloud.
“To put it in everyday terms, my work involves assessing a company’s applications (e.g., financials, supply chain management, marketing, etc.) hosted on computer servers in their private data centers,” she said. “Next, the AABG project team designs a technical architecture in AWS Cloud so there is a virtual location to which we can move the computer servers. Finally, we migrate the servers and workload to AWS Cloud so that the company can start operating their applications from the cloud—and save costs while increasing flexibility.”
These hand-on experiences, combined with dedicated study time on evenings and weekends, helped Ingi to ace her AWS Solutions Architect certification, which tests knowledge of best practices to design an AWS cloud architecture. Accenture has 850+ certified AWS Solutions Architects in the AABG group.
Currently, Ingi is managing the process of Accenture’s annual renewal of the AWS Managed Service Provider Competency, as well as working to obtain Accenture’s AWS Storage Competency. Earning and maintaining these competencies demonstrates to clients AABG’s deep experience and skill sets in the cloud industry.
"I’ve always wanted to make a powerful impact, and the work I do with Accenture and AWS helps our clients jump to the forefront of digital technology, enabling them to provide services to their customers in the best way possible,” she said.
Amplifying power at a personal level
Ingi’s goal to make an impact extends into her personal life, including her work with RAINN, which stands for Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.
“Last year I raised more than $1,000 to support RAINN’s education and prevention programs, as well as their 24/7 hotline, and I am on track to double the amount this year,” she said. To raise funds, Ingi organized a series of classes at her barre exercise studio, where participants could contribute. She is also planning to run a RAINN-organized 5k race in honor of survivors.
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"For women to perform to the best of their ability in every aspect in life, they must feel safe and respected. By spreading awareness, I can help ensure that that is the case, especially for women who work in a male-dominated industry or study a male-dominated degree in school."
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Although the RAINN cause is not specific to women, Ingi says it helps empower women by educating the public about the treatment of women in society and about issues like sexual harassment in the workplace. “I feel safe and empowered at Accenture, and I think every woman deserves to feel that way in their work environment,” she said.
This confidence gives Ingi the energy she needs to take her career at Accenture as fast and as far as she can. “I love solving migration problems like a pesky server that won’t transition to AWS cloud. It’s very satisfying to approach the problem from different angles and apply what I’ve learned to find an answer,” she says.
And the best part? “Seeing my solutions implemented for the benefit of our clients.”