Being a Kloudie in our Brave New World.

The Brave New World of Kloud Solutions is, in this case, not ironic. It is a new and exciting period of our story as a leader in professional services organisations in Australia.

I have wanted to write this blog post for quite some time – but something was holding me back. Had we tested the waters enough for me to make comment?  Were we ready to talk to others about what was really happening inside Kloud Solutions since our acquisition. Over the last 12 months or so one of that most common questions I get from potential Kloudies is – so now you are part of a bigger company – has that changed the Kloudie culture?

It is no secret that Kloud was acquired in March 2016 and with that came a lot of trepidation from our Kloudies and from our People and Culture team. What would it mean? Was the new Kloudie world vision something that was going to change the way Kloudies worked in our local offices and out in the field?  Well, here we are one year on and you know what – in terms of the culture and Kloud – nothing has changed.

At the core of all Kloudies you find a passionate specialist who is a member of the most awesome cloud solutions consulting team operating in Australia.  Our consultants are smart and searching for the latest way to help our customers embrace all things cloud.

So how do we keep the culture of Kloud Solutions after an acquisition?  The answer is simple really. We change nothing.  A Kloudie starting in the team today, has the same experience on joining us as a Kloudie who started pre aqusition.

Why is this important?

Our consultants joined Kloud Solutions, in part, because they wanted to be Kloudies.  Sure – they wanted to work with the latest and greatest technologies but equally they wanted to belong to an organisation, have a set of values and behaviours they could align to, and above all be more than Employee Number X.

Keeping this culture has meant that within a much larger organisation we are able to keep the essence of what has made us so special over the last 6 years.  It has enabled us to maintain our culture but take advantage of some of the wonderful and awesome benefits that working for a large organisation can offer.

So – are you our next Kloudie?


Are you a Kloudie?

Every time I finish an interview, the existing Kloudie team ask me – “So, are they our next Kloudie?”

It got me thinking – who is a Kloudie? I am sure many of you who read this blog regularly already know that we have a technically skilled team who are working on some pretty awesome bleeding edge projects, so I have been asking myself recently what makes these people ‘Kloudies’ rather than just another consultant.

Kloudie – a definition.
n. A technical guru who is a member of the most awesome cloud solutions consulting team operating in Australia.

Kloudies come in all different shapes and sizes, but there are constants that cross technical niches, state lines and business units. All Kloudies are technically brilliant, have a truly collaborative approach and the ability to consistently devise new and innovate solutions to ensure our customers make their move to the cloud successfully. Our innovation ensures that we are providing our customers with the best service possible.

Technology aside – Kloudies are collaborative athletes. One of the reasons our guys are so successful in the field, is their ability to ask questions to the greater team, and have real time responses from their peers and colleagues. Collaboration is not just an ‘ask’, it’s a given at Kloud and a natural part of being a Kloudie.

Culture is a huge part of being a Kloudie. Even as we grow and develop, Kloudies offer support like a family. Kloudies are not just a line on a spreadsheet. We know that most of our consultants are driven and motivated, and that they have just as many drivers externally. Our Kloudies excel outside of the technical arena as biathletes, triathletes, charity crusaders, trivia masters, exhibiting artists, salsa dance aficionados, cyclists and Xbox champions. We know how important it is to have a balance, and encourage our guys to get involved and support each other.

Passion for what we do and the desire to be the best born in the cloud organisation is our mission statement, but it isn’t possible without the passion and drive from our consultants.

For me – I can honestly say, that each of our consultants carries this passion, drive and motivation. They love working for the best cloud services provider in Australia and we love supporting them in their roles so they can achieve what they set out to do.

So, do you want to be a Kloudie?

Why We Recruit

In a growing consultancy one thing is a constant– the need to identify good, strong talent to join the team to fulfil growing client and customer needs. A consultancy is only as good as the people providing those services to their customers.

Recruiting for an organisation directly, as opposed to recruiting through an agency, has many advantages for the person doing the recruiting (thank goodness says Kloud’s People and Culture team), but it also has advantages for the consultant coming into the business. It means the recruiter who starts the conversation with you really, really knows what it is to work in that business and if you will be right to work there. It results in a better experience both for the organisation you are recruited to and for you, as the consultant.

Having a consultancy that is populated by, what I truly believe to be, the best and the brightest is a tough row to hoe. Carrying a lean bench is a blessing and a curse. When we win new business, we need to have a ready supply of consultants waiting in the wings to join the Kloudie ranks. So if you already have the brightest and best working for you – what is the next step?

The way we like to recruit at Kloud, ideally, is to have an introduction to a new candidate through our existing consultants’ networks. In an ideal world, a consultant will recommend someone who they have worked with and respect, who they know is technically brilliant and who they think will be valued and find value in joining an organisation like Kloud… but it’s good to have a backup plan just in case. As a result, our People and Culture team also reach out through mediums like forums, LinkedIn, blogs, user groups and other networking events to identify new and talented consultants to join our teams.

We recruit to keep fresh ideas in the team, to invite innovators into our ranks, to keep up with the latest technologies and to ensure our customer needs are met.

As the fastest growing Cloud consultancy in Australia – we need to do this a lot.

When we recruit – we take it seriously. We make considered decisions. It isn’t just about being technically brilliant. That’s a given. It’s ensuring a holistic fit for both parties.