Time at CloudSaver: 1 and a half years
Role: Cloud Operations Manager
Favorite lunch spot: Taco Naco (He insists you try the Carne Asada Chimichurri Taco)
Favorite place he has visited: Kauai, Hawaii
Hobbies: Martial arts (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai), Yoga, Traveling
Every day at CloudSaver looks different for Adeyemi Ojo, and that’s the way he likes it.
“No week, No day is the same,” Ojo said. “Every day is different, and it keeps things exciting. There’s no shortage of learning opportunities.”
As a Cloud Operations Manager, Ojo could spend one day breaking down the billing levers of AWS Lambda, and the next working on new feature prototyping. Some weeks, he might keep his head down in building optimization models for three days straight.
But he boils everything down to one notion.
“I think for the solution delivery team, it’s understanding each customer’s needs and tailoring our solution to that.”
It is rare that two clients will have the exact system, and Ojo enjoys the challenge of figuring out how to work with different groups of people.
“Some client application teams prioritize maximum performance over cost, so when we make our recommendations, we need to tailor our recommendations to meet the client’s needs,” Ojo said. “Others may want to drive down cost as much as possible, so we will prioritize cost while leaving a buffer for growth. It’s really a matter of presenting these application teams with options and we always guarantee operational efficiency.”
Ojo, who has a degree in Information Systems from the University of Kansas, had an interest in the cloud and a background as a support engineer. That’s what drew him to CloudSaver.
“I always had an interest to get into the cloud,” Ojo said. “When I learned about CloudSaver, I found out it was really about FinOps. I started researching, and it sounded like a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor and really grow with the company and establish ourselves in this space. FinOps is the future of cloud economics.”
A year and a half in, Ojo is certain he has found a company where he can learn, grow, and feel supported. His favorite part about working at CloudSaver is the people and all the different perspectives they offer.
“The operations team is comprised of people from a lot of different backgrounds,” Ojo said. “We have folks who come from a finance background. We have folks who have a DevOps background or are from system engineering or networking. As we go in and solve these different complex-client challenges, we see it from different angles. We are coming up with very robust solutions.”
The team camaraderie over in the Operations department is also sky-high.
“We are a solid group,” Ojo said. “It’s just a good bunch and we mesh well together.”
As the team has grown around him, Ojo said this culture hasn’t changed one bit. They even have friendly competitions where tacos are on the line.
The past year and a half hasn’t just included changes for his professional life; he also made a big life decision earlier this year. During the first week of February, Ojo traveled to Kauai, Hawaii. Under this backdrop of beauty, he proposed to his now-fiancée.
“I didn’t know when I was going to do it [proposal],” Ojo said. “It was a Tuesday morning, and we left the hotel at 4 AM. On the way out, I was like ‘today feels right,’ so I grabbed [the ring]. We drove about 2 hours up the mountain and then I faked an ankle injury. She turned around and boom, there it was.”
Out of the office, besides spending time with fiancée, Ojo enjoys fitness. He does martial arts and yoga on the weekends.
“I am restless by nature, so I have to be moving,” Ojo said. “There is not a day of the week where I don’t get some sort of physical activity.”
For him, these activities are therapeutic.
“I think one of the nice things about martial arts, same with yoga, is you have to be present in the moment,” Ojo said. “It’s a nice opportunity to unplug. I’ve tried meditation, but this is a more fun way to be in the moment and keep you mentally engaged and see progression.”
Ojo was born in Nigeria and moved to Florida when he was 10 years old. His parents’ jobs took the family, Ojo and his five siblings, to Wichita when he started high school. He stayed in Kansas for college and ultimately made his way to CloudSaver.
As CloudSaver continues to grow and expand its offerings, there is a lot of work to be done. Ojo is not afraid of the challenge because of one thing: talented CloudSaver employees.
“As we go through the re-platforming of our applications, each member on our team has really taken ownership of the process,” Ojo said. “I’m proud of the collaboration and the way we have come together to work towards this new future.”