AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

Category: Culture and Training

How to Create a Data-Driven Culture

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.” ― Jim Barksdale Conversations about data-driven enterprises often focus on tools, big data, and the technological advancements that have made storing, processing, and analyzing data faster and cheaper. While these are all important, creating a data-driven culture […]

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The Frozen Middle—Part Two: Thawing

In my previous post I talked about the presumed challenge of the “frozen middle”—the middle managers who seem to resist transformation even when both the leaders of the organization and the hands-on executors want to see it happen. In that post I discussed the changing role of middle management and the critical role middle managers […]

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The Frozen Middle—Part One: Understanding

First in a two-part series In many of our conversations with customers, we hear talk of a “frozen middle”—middle managers in IT who are reluctant to change and either block or slow down attempts at transformation. The idea is that senior leadership wants to gain the benefits of the cloud and digital transformation while line […]

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Addressing the Digital Workforce Gap through Diversity and Inclusion

A frequent topic in our conversations with enterprise leaders is just how difficult it is to find people with the right skills for the digital age. We often suggest that their go-to-strategy should be to grow talent internally, developing the skills of people they already employ (an earlier blog post covers this subject as well). But […]

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Announcing my New Book, War & Peace & IT – a Resource for Enterprise Leaders in the Digital Age

I’m very excited to announce that today is the official publication date of my latest book, War & Peace & IT: Business Leadership, Technology, and Success in the Digital Age. It is intended as the hitherto missing book for senior enterprise executives on how best to work with their technology organizations to accomplish their digital […]

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How GE Aviation Transformed into an Agile, Cloud-Native-First Software Organization

By Christopher Carissimi, VP of Software Engineering at GE Aviation. Introduction by Mark Schwartz Many enterprises worry about whether they have employees with the right skills for digital transformation and cloud migration. Well, of course they don’t. Any company that wants to “transform”—that is, to do things in a very different way than they have […]

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How Can Government Grow and Recruit Digital Talent? The Case of the UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

This blog is adapted from a conversation with Tom Brewer, Head of Service Creation, UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, and Matthew Lewis, Chief Architect, UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, moderated by Mark Schwartz, Director, Enterprise Strategy, AWS. The discussion, which was a part of the European Government Delegation Programme at re:Invent 2018, focused on how governments can […]

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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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Staying Inspired: A Conversation with Today’s Enterprise Cloud Leaders

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing highlights from my conversations with seven leaders around their perspectives on innovation at scale when it comes to people and organization. Our dialogues with these leaders, from both commercial enterprises and the public sector, explore how these individuals cultivate next level leaders, how they deal with failure, […]

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Challenging Conventional Wisdom About How to Build a Cloud Center of Excellence

What Success on Broadway can Teach us About Constructing Effective Teams One of the foundational steps that enterprises take as part of their journey to the cloud is establishing a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE). The CCoE is a multi-disciplinary team that is assembled to implement the governance, best practices, training, and architecture needed for […]

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