Being a leader and driving innovation at Fresh Digital Group is a task that Michael Wang, our Director of Technology, doesn’t take lightly. In order to drive real value to the company’s clients and inspire positive change, Michael continuously sharpens his skills and stays up-to-date on the latest technology trends.
This week our development team, presented by Michael Wang, attended Amazon Web Services Pop-Up Loft in New York City. At the workshop, Michael has gained advanced knowledge on CICD and container services. These lofts are “a place where startups and developers can meet over coffee, work on their apps, attend educational sessions, and get in-person answers to AWS technical questions - all at no cost.”
Inspired to learn more from our technology leader, we had a quick interview with Michael. Though he has a very intense schedule and is busy with managing several projects and a team of developers, he kindly agreed to answer our questions.
Q: How long have you been working at Fresh Digital Group?
Michael: I have been working at FRSH for over a year now since June of 2016 when I first started.
Q: What is the best thing about working at Fresh?
Michael: My favorite thing about working at the company is the opportunity to advance and apply my skills with regards to a wide variety of aspects. I greatly appreciate the ability to gain mentorship from experienced executives while working on meaningful and interesting projects.
Q: Tell us about AWS Loft?
Michael: Amazon hosts information sessions, workshops, and summits regularly throughout the year. Through these events, AWS developers are able to learn the capability of their services and gain access to the best practices using AWS. Today’s event was about containerized and serverless applications, which can help us easily deploy and scale our products. AWS Loft is a great location to host these events, and also gives us the opportunity to meet with a real person and discuss the difficulties we encounter while developing on AWS.
Q: Was the experience informative and useful?
Michael: The AWS events are always informative. As a matter of fact, they tend to give too much information because the service is so complex and powerful. Today’s event gave me a brief outlook on our next steps in the following few months.
Q: What was the most practical knowledge you’ve received at the workshop?
Michael: We have been trying to improve our development, testing, and deployment processes. The workshop has covered how to perform continuous integration and continuous delivery (CICD) using AWS with a specific focus on their container service.
Q: How will you be able to apply what you’ve learned at FRESH?
Michael: We plan on deploying some of our products on containers to utilize their scaling capability and benefit from the high performance provided. Additionally, we will continue to explore the best practice of CICD by looking into other AWS services.