AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

Introducing FinOps—Excuse Me, DevSecFinBizOps

Who is accountable for managing the costs of a digital service? Enterprises are increasingly pushing accountability outward to cross-functional teams. There is an important reason for this: teams can make decisions and put them into action quickly, and speed is important. By putting a cross-functional group of people on the same team, the enterprise makes […]

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Micro-Optimization: Activity-Based Costing for Digital Services?

As I have argued in my other posts, the digital world is bringing a radical change in the role of the CFO. For one thing, the cloud and DevOps are turning fixed costs into variable costs. For another, rapid iteration and delivery make it possible—and essential—for us to make financial decisions based on marginal costs […]

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Oil and Gas Companies Get Practical about Cloud Innovation to Digitally Transform

By Eddie Murray, Global Oil & Gas Leader, Amazon Web Services Introduction by Mark Schwartz, Enterprise Strategist, AWS As my colleague Miriam McLemore says, large enterprises have innovation in their DNA. There was something innovative they did that got them to be big enterprises in the first place, and probably many innovations along the way. […]

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Is Your Walled Garden Nourishing or Stunting Your Digital Transformation?

by Jeanine Banks, General Manager, Industry & ISV Solutions at AWS Introduction by Mark Schwartz In another take on the question of risk and controls, Jeanine Banks, from our  Product Management organization, shows how companies moving into the digital age are often focused on the wrong risks and build walls and controls that stifle innovation. […]

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Cloud Anti-Pattern: Guardians at the Gate

  Guardian Photo In one of my previous posts, I wrote about how the choice and selection provided by AWS Cloud is a good thing for builders versus the perception that too many services cause confusion. The point I made is that we are in an era where we should expect to see the creation […]

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On Failure: A conversation with today’s enterprise cloud leaders

Last month, we published a series of video interviews with C- level executives on their approaches to people and culture, while leading their organizations through the cloud journey. In this blog series I’m summarizing these perspectives, to share what I think are key lessons from these insightful discussions. In my last blog, I focused on the theme […]

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Database Freedom: Let’s Take Off Our Database Blinders—For Good

Live blog post from re:Invent 2018, Las Vegas For decades, enterprises have thought of data in terms of the relational database model. It is a brilliant model and has solved many of the data-handling problems of early IT. With a normalized database schema, we could reduce redundancy and bring out the relationships between data items […]

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