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The Man with the Clouds

Hischam Abul Ola is a Cloud architect in IT at Volkswagen.

The lines, boxes and notes on the glass wall are becoming more and more numerous, because Hischam is thinking. He is working on a strategy to add more and more IT systems to the Cloud at Volkswagen. Abul Ola and his team use the glass wall as a strategy board. Their workplace is the IT City in Wolfsburg, north of the plant grounds. The campus-like location has space for 1,500 employees. "There is a great spirit here," says Abul Ola. "We are in the process of hauling many other applications onto the Cloud," says the 38-year-old. The data and programs can be operated and developed even more quickly and safely there.


The development of Cloud architecture at Volkswagen lies in the hands of IT experts like Abul Ola. Cloud architects are the generalists in the IT departments. Their job is to develop suitable Cloud solutions and to establish IT environments so that they are as easy as possible for users to navigate. "We develop applications and systems that are easy to operate and easy to use," reports Abul Ola.

"We develop applications and systems that are easy to operate and easy to use,"

reports Abul Ola.

An example is the Volkswagen Car Configurator. It was integrated in the Cloud a year and a half ago, or "migrated", as the professionals would say. This benefits customers and anyone who is interested in buying a Volkswagen: Because in the evening hours, when many people find the time to use the program, the Cloud can provide it with more capacity. Everything keeps running smoothly. Then Abul Ola talks about elasticity.

As a Cloud architect, he is working on configuring a precisely tailored solution for every task using the most suitable technologies. The bottom line: "Thanks to the Cloud, infrastructure is no longer a bottleneck," says Abul Ola. The Cloud also transforms the way we work – and that has benefits. "Agile methods enable quick and efficient solutions," he says. "We hold ourselves to that. Because they enable us to adapt quickly to new requirements."
“Our motto is: plan less, do more,” explains Abul Ola. All this requires a lot of communication, spur-of-the-moment conversations and discussions. “We make sure that it works, that everything meshes, and that it all interacts together,” says the Cloud architect. And when it all works well, there is a pretty cool sound in the Cloud.