AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

Category: Culture and Training

12 Steps to Get Started With The Cloud

 “The hardest thing about getting started is getting started.” — Guy Kawasaki Executives are under increasing pressure to deliver Cloud transformation results quickly. Getting fully setup for success should not stop you from getting going, that said, understanding lessons learned from those who have gone before, saves time and money. As an enterprise strategist for Amazon Web Services, […]

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3 Reasons You Should Document Your Culture and Hire for Culture Fit

3 Reasons You Should Document YourCulture and Hire for Culture Fit “In our early years, we didn’t talk about culture much. We hadn’t documented it all. We just built a business that we wanted to work in. And, that was great. But the real return on culture happened when we started getting more deliberate about it. […]

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A 12 Step Program to Get from Zero to Hundreds of AWS-Certified Engineers

“Don’t wish for what you haven’t got; it blinds you to the possibilities of the present” As an AWS Enterprise Strategist, I have the privilege of meeting executives from around the globe who are faced with a wide range of business and technology challenges. Each customer is unique. Many of the challenges, however, like history, tend […]

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A Must Have Secret Weapon to Modernize Your Business: Training Your Team on Cloud

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. — C.S. Lewis I feel very fortunate that I’ve been able to learn how hundreds of executives from the world’s largest companies are transforming their business using modern technologies and the cloud. Transformational change is not easy — few things in business worth doing […]

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5 Things You Can Do To Take Your Teams To The Cloud

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin In 2014, while VP of Technology at Experian, I put together a small team to rebuild our B2C platform in the cloud. We were immediately confronted with a major obstacle — we lacked the skills and experience to develop solutions in […]

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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast: Friedkin’s Journey Toward XOIT & High-Multiple Cultures

Earlier this week I kicked off a series on Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast, and have been pleasantly surprised by the engagement it’s generated (particularly via comments/likes on LinkedIn) so far. Turns out, cultural transformation is a popular topic, and there seems to be a strong appetite for more stories on this topic. I have […]

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Empower Your Cloud Team

Every successful business transformation program I’ve been a part of has had a group of people dedicated to driving it. I’ve written a number of pieces in my e-book of cloud best practices around the role a cloud center of excellence can play in modern day transformation, and today I’m delighted to add a perspective […]

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How to Create a Cloud Center of Excellence in Your Enterprise

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” -Archimedes So far in my Enterprise Cloud Journey series, I’ve discussed the importance of the role of the executive, educating your staff, giving that staff time to experiment, and (re)considering how you engage with partners. […]

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You Already Have the People You Need to Succeed with the Cloud

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to talk to a number of executives from a wide range of companies about their business and IT strategies. Every executive and company has their own unique set of challenges, but they all share […]

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