AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

Category: Culture and Training

Patterns and Anti-Patterns at USCIS

In previous blog posts I have described anti-patterns of enterprise IT that we often observe in enterprises we work with, and patterns of successful enterprise IT that are their antidotes. To make these patterns and anti-patterns more concrete, I will explain how they have played out at my old organization, US Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

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Shiny Objects and Professionalism

An interesting question arose at one of my customer meetings recently. We were discussing the importance of innovation; in particular, how important it was for technology staff to stay abreast of new technologies to see whether they could add value to the enterprise. We agreed that current best practices suggest conducting rapid experiments to test […]

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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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Connect Your Technology and Business Strategies with These Two Frameworks

Enterprises working with AWS to modernize their IT infrastructure often do so within the larger scope of a digital transformation. These transformations look to go beyond technology, including goals to address the changes to teams, process, and culture that are required to enable the enterprise to move faster and with more agility. The enterprise leaders […]

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Developing Next Level Leaders: A Conversation with Today’s Enterprise Cloud Leaders

As an Enterprise Strategist at AWS I get to work with executives from the world’s largest organizations as they drive digital transformation efforts. What may come as a surprise is that we tend to talk less about the technology and more about the people, processes, and culture needed to enable business transformation. A couple of […]

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Miners Extract More Value from the Cloud When They Transform Their Cultures

Jonathon Dixon, Global Head of Mining & Resources, Amazon Web Services Introduction by Thomas Blood, AWS Enterprise Strategist and Evangelist Until the 1930s, my family owned and operated gold, silver, and copper mines in Colorado. I have a fondness for mining, based on the stories my father shared with me about the people who extract […]

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Leading from the Middle Part Two: Selling Ideas and Playing Politics

  In an earlier post, I described how a transformational leader who is not at the top of the organizational hierarchy can still begin the process of driving change. I left off my description at a critical moment. The change agent has implemented changes within his or her scope of authority, carved out a sandbox […]

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Transforming Up and Down: Leading Change from the Middle

In several earlier blog posts, I discussed techniques for leading a digital transformation from the top of an organization. In the first of these posts, I discussed how to take organizational power—the power that comes from sitting high in the organizational chart—and, in an ironic twist, use it to lead the organization from a hierarchical, […]

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