AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

Category: Adoption

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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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 […]

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Cloud Strategy Canvas

The Cloud Strategy Canvas: A User’s Guide

In my last post, I promised a user’s guide to the Cloud Strategy Canvas. Although the canvas is meant to stand alone, it helps to have a few insider tips and techniques gained from experience. To ensure that this guide is rooted in Lean innovation best practices, I collaborated with expert strategy facilitator Matthew E. […]

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Data Protection in AWS

One of the most common areas of interest from customer executives regarding their move to AWS is data protection. Data protection can take many forms (e.g., backups, high availability, long-term storage), but the focus for this blog post will be encryption. This post has been co-written with Scott Conklin, an encryption expert from our AWS Professional […]

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Get a Lean Start with the Cloud Using the Cloud Strategy Canvas

In many cases, enterprises that have undertaken a major move to the cloud first got started by learning and experimenting with the migration of a single application. This smaller step allowed them to gain confidence with the technology, economics, and skill sets that are part of a bigger leap into the cloud. But with hundreds […]

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Organizing for Insights

Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and big data technologies enable organizations to harness the troves of data being captured (or which were previously thrown away), bringing new insights, automating processes, and even creating new products, services, and businesses. AI, ML, and the associated data (powered by the AWS cloud) is a critical […]

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The Two-Week Rule: Refactor Your Applications for the Cloud in 10 Days

I promise this is not clickbait. In my last post, The Great Cloud Refactoring Debate, I introduced the Two-Week Rule as one example for enterprises planning a migration to the cloud. The Two-Week Rule is not a theoretical approach, but an actual cloud migration mechanism that we developed during my time at Edmunds.com to complete […]

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The Great Cloud Refactoring Debate

This post is the first in a multi-part series on how enterprises balance refactoring desires against time to value in cloud migrations. With cloud adoption becoming the new normal for the enterprise, the next-level debate is now about the specific approach to take when migrating to the cloud. While it is usually not difficult to […]

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