AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

Category: Adoption

The Devolution of IT: How SGN, A Major Utility Provider in Europe, is Modernizing IT Using the Cloud

©Anna-Maria Oléhn https://www.flickr.com/photos/agrajag42/5044627532/ Many people believe that decentralization means loss of control. That’s simply not true. You can improve control if you look at control as the control of events and not people. –Wilbur Creech In my role as Head of Enterprise Strategy for Amazon Web Services (AWS), I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to […]

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Capital One’s Cloud Journey Through the Stages of Adoption

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. -Francis Bacon Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of thought-leading executives who are leading large-scale cultural shifts in their organizations. Few have done this better than Capital One, who has built a […]

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Tenets Provide Essential Guidance on Your Cloud Journey

“Tenet: a principle, belief, or doctrine generally held to be true; especially: one held in common by members of an organization, movement, or profession.”– Merriam-Webster Making a large-scale transition to the cloud means that many development, operations, and security processes are no longer applicable — or, they’re dramatically altered in the cloud. For example, AWS provides programmatic […]

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Don’t Let Traditional Managed Services Providers Hold Your Cloud Strategy Back

“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Andre Gide It’s hard for large organizations to keep up with the pace of technology evolution, and I’ve come to admire those who have repeatedly proven that they’re strong enough to survive. Companies like GE, Capital One, News Corp, and Netflix […]

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Cloud-Native or Lift-and-Shift?

“There is always tension between the possibilities we aspire to and our wounded memories and past mistakes.” — Sean Brady I talk to a lot of executives who are debating different migration approaches for the applications in their IT portfolio. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, we spend a good deal of time building migration plans […]

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Always Be Reinventing & The Cloud of Youth

“The only thing that is constant is change.” — Heraclitus Most executives that I talk to tell me that their journey to the cloud is more about business and cultural transformation than it is about technology adoption. To that end, I’ve been writing a series on a mental model that I call the Stages of Adoption, which […]

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AIG’s DevOps Journey

I’m fortunate to have a role which allows me to learn from many large organizations that are constantly re-inventing themselves. It’s not everyday, however, that you hear about an IT-infrastructure-focused executive leading their company away from traditional infrastructure methods and toward DevOps and the cloud. Last week, I was pleasantly surprised by a private note […]

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3 Benefits of Automating Compliance in the Cloud

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” — Warren Buffett I’ve supported compliance and security requirements throughout my technology career. In some cases, these requirements were extremely burdensome — for example, when my team was preparing for a Department of Defense audit, which consumed more than 50% of our time for months […]

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Driving Change and Managing Innovation in a Cloud-First Business Reinvention

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” – William Pollard I discovered the future of enterprise computing five years ago, when I attended QCon in San Francisco. And, surrounded by some of the world’s leading […]

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Identify APN Partners with Expertise in Financial Services on AWS

“Dad endorsed my learning to fly so he would have a live-in pilot, one he could get in touch with at any time.” –Ross Perot Jr. Every industry is unique, and most executives that I speak to want to work with organizations that deeply understand their industry-specific needs and challenges. Financial services is no different, and […]

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