Life in Nigeria

I was born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, a country with a growing technology presence. We have our own technology hub, which we call “Yabacon Valley,” because it is located in Yaba, a suburb of Lagos. This expanding area contains a cluster of hundreds of banking institutions, educational institutions, technology and startup companies which steadily attracts angel investors, venture capitalists, enthusiasts and media people from all over the world. This cluster is the major reason many technology firms are considering opening up shop in Yaba.

We also have a large number of universities, given our population size: 43 federal universities, 48 state universities, and 79 private universities—170 universities in total.

As I was growing up and considering advanced education opportunities and a career, I admit that I was not necessarily interested in doing only what everyone else was doing. So, while my friends were deciding to study in the social sciences—or becoming a doctor or a lawyer—I decided to build on my love of mathematics and physics and go into engineering. There were not a lot of women in the field, so I felt I was in a good place.

My thinking was: computers are the future. I have a logical mind, so that’s my field. I received my Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Rivers State University of Science and Technology in Port Harcourt.

While in college, I also worked simultaneously to achieve some Oracle certifications—Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) and Oracle Certified Professional (OCP). I was also managing databases for companies. So I grew up as an Oracle database administrator. These experiences led to my decision to build my career around helping companies perform better through technology.

I went on to gain a Ph.D. in Technology Management from the University of Port Harcourt. While working on my doctorate, I moved to the US with my family in 2014. My research was focused on the critical failure factors affecting software projects in Nigeria. A couple of the articles I published at this time were: “Organizational Structure and Software Project Success: Implications of the Mediating Effect of Corporate Culture,” and “A Study on the Critical Failure Factors for Software Projects in Nigeria.

My biggest lesson from this early part of my career is that there are no boundaries. There are no limitations as long as you are clear about what you want and know what you are doing.

Solving my clients’ pain points

The best part of my job is meeting with clients to understand their pain points around their solutions, applications and databases—or, more generally, their cloud readiness—and helping them address their issues.

Some clients want to move to the cloud, but they are not sure why. Others know why but don't know how. So I help them identify the how's and the why's—building solutions and designing what the architecture and applications will look like on the cloud, and then migrating either from on prem to the cloud, or from one cloud to another—often to AWS cloud.

I did some research into the whole cloud space—who the leaders were in cloud technology. AWS is the leader in the cloud and I wanted to go with the best, so I chose a future working with AWS. I taught myself AWS, I got certified as an AWS architect. I didn’t take classes; I studied it myself.

My current areas of focus

Here are a few of the areas I’m really focusing on.

Manageability

I build solutions to help clients monitor their underlying infrastructure—from CPU utilization, memory usage, network packets in/out, storage, database capacity, etc. I also build logging solutions, where system logs, application logs and authentication logs are aggregated into a centralized platform for easy access—filtering and sorting to enable clients to pinpoint issues in their cloud environment. Here I mostly leverage AWS CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, AWS Config, AWS Guard duty, SNS, Lambda, and S3. In this way I help clients gain visibility to their infrastructure and applications.

At one of my clients, I built world-class monitoring and logging solutions for a blockchain application. It was really exciting and rewarding to work with one of the leading innovative technologies in the world.

Containerization

I’m passionate about containerizing microservices applications using Kubernetes—an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications. What’s a “container”? In traditional software development, code developed in one computing environment often encounters bugs and errors when deployed in another environment. So, software developers solve this problem by running software in “containers” in the cloud. You bundle applications together with all of their related configuration files, libraries and dependencies required for them to run in an efficient and bug-free way across different computing environments.

“Kubernetes” is a container orchestration system for Docker containers that is more extensive than Docker Swarm and is used to coordinate clusters of nodes at scale in production in an efficient manner.On one of my projects, I helped a client build a container infrastructure using Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS). EKS is a managed service that makes it easy for you to run Kubernetes on AWS without needing to stand up or maintain your own Kubernetes control plane.

Finding meaning outside of work

One of the great things about Accenture is the ability to volunteer and give back to society while doing our regular jobs. I have been passionate about the next generation of leaders and I am so thrilled to see that Accenture provides me the platform to teach the next generation of female leaders how to use AWS services. I lead the community engagement arm of the AWS Women in Cloud Initiative, which is primarily an initiative that seeks to educate more women and girls about AWS.in this role, I have partnered with Girls Who Code and Black Girls Code to empower more than 200 girls with knowledge about AWS cloud.

I have two beautiful daughters, Ivana (12) and Shelomi (10) and we love to use technology to build things together, like an Alexa skill. We swim for fun, and travelling is fun for me, as well. My Favorite Countries I have visited are; United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Austria, China and Egypt. While working, within a space of 12 months, I have been to cities like New York, Malvern-Philadelphia, Richmond-Virginia, and Washington, D.C. to help clients get better at what they do.

Isi Idemudia

Solutions Specialist, Accenture AWS Business Group

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