I recently caught up with CTO of Cloud at Turbonomic, Mor Cohen, and got her to discuss the three roles she has held here: Life as a Developer, Life as a Product Manager, and Life as CTO of Cloud. At Turbonomic you get the resources and support you need to accomplish your goals, but your career is very much in your hands in terms of how far you want it to go. For Mor, she was able to move from being a developer to a product manager and eventually became CTO of Cloud. Check out her write up below if you’re curious what a day in the life is like for various roles here.
Meet Mor Cohen:
Mor Cohen-Tal is currently CTO of Cloud at Turbonomic where she is our leading cloud evangelist and thought leader. She started her career as a software engineer and over the years earned seven patents for development of Turbonomic’s original cloud software. Mor holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from Cornell University. When she’s not working, she spends her free time with her family.
Life as a developer at Turbonomic
Life as a developer at Turbonomic is not easy, but it is extremely rewarding to work through all the challenges that are presented on a daily basis. The features we are building are game changing in the industry, completely reshaping how our customers optimize their hybrid cloud environments to improve performance, lower cost and adhere to their business policies. These features aren’t simple, straightforward or easy to implement. They require a rigorous thought process and analysis, an understanding of our algorithm (which isn’t easy to wrap your head around) and some trial and error. Again, not easy but very rewarding. After releasing a feature like that, working with early adopters to iterate over it to make sure it is perfect once released and seeing their response and the value they get out of it – nothing is like it. You get to work on so many different aspects of our platform, while getting a lot of time working alongside our founders and other distinguished engineers.
Life as a Product Manager at Turbonomic
When I moved to product management I thought it would be easier and more relaxed than being a developer. That wasn’t the case. I had very strong opinions on what we should build and why, and I had to work constantly at convincing developers and other stakeholders to see what I see. Some of the features I led as a PM were not simple to get buy in for. They were different than what we were doing elsewhere and not everyone agreed with the value I believed they would provide our customers or that they were a good use of our time. I worked hard at building a case for them, with feedback from customers, partners and the field and iterated with them throughout the development process to make sure we were delivering on what they expected. This was one of the most interesting, challenging periods of my career.
I learned and grew so much, it was exciting. As a PM at Turbonomic you get to work at the intersection between engineering, sales engineering, customer success and client communities. You’ll get to really drive the life cycle of new features from high level concept to delivery and support. These aren’t just small features either… you’re managing some of the most impactful features that will bring a tremendous amount of value to enterprise customers across the globe. It’s not common to be able to walk away with that level of impact elsewhere.
Life as a CTO at Turbonomic
After being a product manager for a year, I was promoted to CTO of Cloud. Meaning that I was going out in the field to support some of our largest customers, directing our cloud features and speaking at some of the biggest conferences such as AWS ReInvent. What I love most about my role as CTO of Cloud at Turbonomic is that I somewhat get to define what it means. It’s a new role that spans across both R&D and field interactions and I get to define how much of my time I spend where and when. I get to talk to customers about their digital transformation strategies and how they plan to accomplish them. I use what I learn to drive the vision we’re continuing to make progress on with our product and the roadmap that gets us there.
If you’d like to learn more about open roles with Turbonomic or about our culture, head over to our careers page for more information. We’d love to have you join our mission.