AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

A Conversation on the Best Practices to Maximize Business Value from the Cloud

by Calvin Wu, Business Development Manager, AWS Cloud Economics In his blog post, “Unlocking the Trillion Dollar Value of Cloud,” Mark Schwartz dives deeply into McKinsey Digital’s prediction that there’s $1 trillion of cloud value up for grabs by enterprises prepared to take it. While the McKinsey article clearly laid out the sources of the […]

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Techniques for Managing Strategic Risk

This new blog post, by John Naylon, Principal Solutions Architect at AWS, focuses on an important category of risk—strategic risks to a company. He shows why agility is so important in addressing those risks, and how balancing opportunities with risks effectively provides companies with a hedge against risks that can’t otherwise be mitigated. –Mark By […]

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Is “Tailor” the Modern Solution to the IT Dilemma of “Build vs. Buy”?

To be honest, I’ve never liked the distinction between building and buying when it comes to software. Of course you shoud buy rather than build – if, somehow, there’s a third-party product that does exactly what you need, has the same roadmap for future development as your company will require, meets all your security needs, […]

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The Lift and Shift: Rehosting Servers to AWS during a Cloud Transformation

To make the most of the cloud, most organizations need to change processes, governance models, and technical architectures. But that doesn’t mean there’s no value to simply “lifting and shifting” applications, which can be a great first step in the cloud journey. In keeping with agile ways of working, it’s a great idea to manage […]

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Taking Pole Position in Your Industry: Agility in Formula One

Truth be told, most large organizations don’t exactly resemble perfectly tuned machines. In stark contrast is the breathtaking teamwork, focus, and precise execution we witness during Formula One (F1) pit stops. An F1 fan myself, I will explore the world of F1 in this blog post about digital transformation. Why? Because behind each on-podium champagne […]

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Unlocking the Business Value of Machine Learning—With Organizational Learning

By Annina Neumann, AI/ML Strategist and Gregor Hohpe, Enterprise Strategist at AWS We routinely underestimate the effects that new technology has in the long run while also overestimating its impact in the short term. What has become known as Amara’s Law, in honor of the late researcher and scientist Roy Amara, is playing out now […]

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Centralize or Decentralize?

Most large IT organizations, at some point, have to make decisions about what to centralize and what to decentralize. Some organizations decide to create a shared services group; others look to centralize governance over security and architecture, or to centralize procurement and financial management. When done poorly, the centralized functions can become frustrating bottlenecks, and […]

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Unlocking the Trillion Dollar Value of Cloud

Business Cases for Cloud Migration I’ve seen some companies struggle to assemble and vet a business case for the cloud. Intuitively, they know the investment is solid. But they get bogged down in projecting their infrastructure needs and have difficulty connecting their cloud activities to broader returns on investment across the enterprise. Fortunately, there’s a […]

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Who Pays? Decomplexifying Technology Charges

Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. —Edsger W. Dijkstra By Chris Hennesey and Phil Le-Brun, AWS Enterprise Strategists As a CIO or CFO, have you ever questioned how IT costs are allocated within your business? Ever been overwhelmed with the complexity and lack […]

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Executives as Pilots

Today’s executives have a lot on their hands. Not only does the business environment change more rapidly and dramatically than ever, but the set of available technologies also evolves at a stunning rate. Those technologies are no longer “things that IT does far down in the engine room”; they have become a critical ingredient for […]

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