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Jake Burns

Author: Jake Burns

Jake joined AWS as Enterprise Strategist in October 2018. In this role, Jake works with enterprise technology executives to share experiences and strategies for how the cloud can help them increase speed and agility while devoting more of their resources to their customers. Prior to joining AWS, Jake was Vice President of Cloud Services at Live Nation Entertainment where he was responsible for leading the company’s cloud transformation including an accelerated all-in migration to AWS, achieving an immediate 18% savings in infrastructure TCO with an additional 30% savings the following year, as well as significant measured increases in agility, security, and reliability. In his previous role as Vice President of IT Operations, Jake was responsible for enterprise-wide IT strategy and oversight of the infrastructure and support teams in North America, and focused on cloud-based IT modernization and overall operational efficiency. Prior to joining Live Nation, Jake was a technology consultant for companies such as Sun Microsystems, Cigna, and Lockheed Martin. Jake serves as an advisor for several cloud software startups and is 4X AWS certified including AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Professional).

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Talent: Build vs. Buy

As Enterprise Strategist at AWS, one of the most common questions I get asked by enterprise leaders is how to close the talent gap within their organizations. That’s because although recruiting and retaining top technical talent has always been a challenge, today the challenge is even greater. The rise of cloud computing has companies globally—across […]

How to Go Fast

Everyone who works in IT at Live Nation is familiar with the phrase “go faster than what is comfortable.” It was our CEO’s message to us when he called an IT leadership meeting in 2015 and shared his vision for how he wanted to modernize the company—a meeting that sparked a transformation of IT and […]

The Power of Constraints

A constraint is a limitation that’s placed upon us. In this post we’ll look at three different types of constraints—time constraints, resource constraints, and guardrails—and explore how each of them can be used to drive innovation, speed, and efficiency. Using Time Constraints to Focus on the Things That Matter In their post on The Two-Week […]

Continuous Optimization

The world of traditional on-premises IT has become reasonably accurate at forecasting operating costs. We’ve been running IT in a very similar, familiar way for a long time, and we’ve become good at it. When adopting cloud, it can be helpful to reevaluate how we think about cost management, particularly around fixed-cost models and consumption-based […]