AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

Mark Schwartz

Author: Mark Schwartz

Mark Schwartz is an Enterprise Strategist at Amazon Web Services and the author of The Art of Business Value and A Seat at the Table: IT Leadership in the Age of Agility. Before joining AWS he was the CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Service (part of the Department of Homeland Security), CIO of Intrax, and CEO of Auctiva. He has an MBA from Wharton, a BS in Computer Science from Yale, and an MA in Philosophy from Yale.

AWS Enterprise Strategy Blog 2018 Wrap-Up

Our enterprise strategy blog—like the rest of Amazon and AWS—is oriented around the expressed needs of our customers. We write about the issues and challenges facing the enterprises we meet with, and try our best to give them new ways of framing problems, of anticipating the future of IT, of thinking about the cloud and […]

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Switching Costs and Lock-In

It’s no surprise that organizations are worried about becoming locked in to their cloud provider. After all, the history of IT is full of examples of vendors taking advantage of high switching costs to impose restrictive licensing terms and to increase prices. But I think that the cloud is different—and in fact, is making it […]

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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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