Meet the Team: Adem Ali, Senior Software Engineer

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We thought it would be interesting to run some blogs about the super people at Cloudhouse. We’re speaking to people across all our teams to find out a bit more about them, what their role is and what makes them tick. We also ask them to spill the beans on their worst IT fail… because it happens to the best of us!

Meet… Adem Ali, Senior Software Engineer

Adem Ali

Senior Software Engineer within the DC team

When did you join Cloudhouse?

July 2019

Tell us a little about your career up to this point:

After I graduated, I spent around nine years working for Sky as a Principle Software Engineer. I then took a year out doing something completely different, running my own recording studio in East London. I set up the studio myself and had all the equipment and would do all the mixing and mastering. But it wasn’t as fun and glamourous as it sounds! So, I came back to the other love of my life, which is coding, and joined Cloudhouse. I still have all the studio equipment, though, and I perform in a few bands – my main instruments are piano and guitar, but I do a little bit of everything. I have a saxophone I want to get better at playing, and I also love the ukulele.

What do you do at Cloudhouse?

My role is centred on deployment and compatibility. The main project we have at the moment is a new approach to how we virtualise software. It will allow the team more flexibility and enhance the customisability of what’s possible with virtualisation. I really love working on this project. My favourite thing to do in the world is learning, and this role is 60% learning and 40% application of things I am already confident in. That’s what gets me up in the morning: there is so much stuff to learn and at Cloudhouse I have the opportunity to go ahead and run with it.

What’s the best thing about working at Cloudhouse?

There’s a lot of autonomy, Cloudhouse excels at that. And the people are great: lovely to work with, super knowledgeable, super friendly and super sociable! Which is a great combination. It gives you an opportunity to melt the stiff barriers between colleagues and the work becomes much more collaborative.

Most embarrassing IT moment (e.g., hitting reply all when you really shouldn’t have, deleting something VERY important, leaving your laptop on the train…)

I think the biggest faux pas for me is something that I consistently do: I always forget my password for logging on. It happens a lot! All I need is a Bank Holiday weekend and I’ve forgotten it, and I need someone to reset it. I use software to manage my passwords, but the problem is that it lives on my laptop, which I need a password to access…

Favourite sandwich filling:

Anything with olives, I like olives!

How do you take your tea?

As strong as possible, and no milk. And not too hot.

Cats or dogs?

Well, I have two kittens, so I have to choose cats! They are sisters, Mocha and Chino, about 9 months old now.

Mocha (l) and Chino (r)

Dream holiday destination:

Hawaii, I think. I like anything with sun, sand, and tropical nature. And I can take my ukulele with me and learn some traditional Hawaiian songs!

About Cloudhouse

Avatar photoCloudhouse is experienced in problematic application migration and config monitoring systems to fix the unfixable and modernise any IT estate – whether it’s run on-premises or in the cloud. With two proven solutions; Alchemy: Cloudhouse Application Packaging Solution modernises IT estates by fixing unfixable apps and moves them onto a supported operating system.

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How much does Cloudhouse cost? Down Arrow

Cloudhouse costs are split into two elements – the licensing required to deploy application compatibility packages, and the professional services needed to create the application compatibility packages.

Licensing is offered on a per user basis for desktop applications and a per server basis for server applications. There are discounts available based on volumes.

Professional Services costs are dependent on the nature and complexity of the application. We quote a cost for packaging once we have been able to see the application, or portfolio of applications.

Contact us here with your requirements and we will provide you with a quote.

Packaging and Maintaining Applications
Who is responsible for packaging desktop and server applications? Down Arrow

Cloudhouse provide the Professional Services to package applications.

Requirements for Test and Development Down Arrow

Cloudhouse recommend packaged applications are tested in the standard UAT environments used for natively installed applications, or applications packaged in App-V. The more representative the test environment is of the live environment, the greater the chance of finding any issues prior to go-live.

Updating Applications Down Arrow

Service packs and updates can be applied to the applications in a package using the Editor, refer to Updating, Editing and Maintaining Containers which describes how a new snapshot is created for the update, and how it is then applied to the package.

Who manages Cloudhouse operationally within an account? Down Arrow

Cloudhouse recommends the same team who manage the operations of native apps.

Automation and Deployment Down Arrow

Applications running in Application Compatibility Packages can be deployed, and managed with same tools, or scripts used to deploy natively installed applications e.g. SCCM, InTune, LAN Desk. Please refer to Supported 3rd Party Products and Versions for details.

How do we know which of our departments/ teams should support the Package? Down Arrow

The Cloudhouse Package does not include OS components, it only contains the packaged application plus Cloudhouse components. Cloudhouse recommend the same team that is responsible for supporting applications packaged with App-V, or delivered as natively installed applications, support Cloudhouse Application Compatibility Containers.

Documentation for Service Desk & Service Management Down Arrow

Full documentation is made available to Cloudhouse partners and customers as required.

Do Cloudhouse provide training? Down Arrow

Cloudhouse offers a full packaging service that can scale to meet any requirement. In the event, however, that a partner wishes to offer application compatibility packaging as part of a wider solution, Cloudhouse will work with that partner. Please contact us here for details.