AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

Category: Migration

Minimal Viable Refactoring: The 5 Best Ways to Improve Your App on the Way to the Cloud

by Barb Malik, Principal Tech Delivery Manager, AWS Managed Services Introduction by Mark Schwartz Lift and Shift? Or refactor as you shift? This question comes up often in our conversations with enterprise leaders. To make the most of the cloud, legacy applications would need to be updated to take advantage of the cloud’s unique capabilities—become […]

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Tackling Transformation…You CAN Get There from Here

Many enterprises are faced with digital transformation and, according to a McKinsey study, 90% of CEOs believe their industry will be digitally disrupted but only 15% feel well positioned to execute on a high frequency digital strategy. The cloud provides the ability to automate testing, security, and infrastructure, in addition to offering a pay as […]

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We All Start Somewhere

I began my career as many do in technology, as a developer. I delivered SaaS solutions to simplify how our customers used our products at CIGNA and to increase the effectiveness of automotive dealership digital marketing and operations at Dealer.com. As I began to lead teams, my foundation as a software engineer helped keep me […]

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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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Creating the Cloud Business Office

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” —Winston Churchill “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” —Benjamin Franklin Many modern enterprises are a maelstrom of emotions, facts, opinions, and in many cases, outright competition both inside and outside of the organization. The bigger […]

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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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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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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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