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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 […]


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 to complete […]

Yes, You Should Modernize Your Mainframe with the Cloud

Many of our large enterprise customers have this worry hanging over their heads … what are they going to do about that mainframe when they migrate? Workloads designed specifically for the cloud tend to focus on horizontal scalability – that is, as they need more and more processing power, they can add compute instances to […]

The Great Cloud Refactoring Debate

This post is the first in a multi-part series on how enterprises balance refactoring desires against time to value in cloud migrations. With cloud adoption becoming the new normal for the enterprise, the next-level debate is now about the specific approach to take when migrating to the cloud. While it is usually not difficult to […]

Ahead in the Cloud: My New Book on the Future of Enterprise IT (and My New Role)

  “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” — John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan Today I’m excited to make two announcements: First, my new book, Ahead in the Cloud, became available last week. Over the last three and a half years as the Global Head of Enterprise Strategy for […]

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, […]

4 Reasons to Re-Consider Lift-and-Shift to the Cloud “… Reform the environment and not man; being absolutely confident that if you give man the right environment, he will behave favorably.” — Buckminster Fuller As an enterprise strategist at AWS, I often talk to customers about strategies that will help them move workloads to the cloud. Occasionally, I’ll hear from senior executives who don’t want […]

Don’t Fly Solo on Your Migration — Use the Cloud Buddy System

Lessons From the All-in Migration to AWS The notion of a buddy system has been used for decades in many facets of life, including school, work, and adventure. Whether it’s a college freshman being paired with an upperclassman at orientation, an Air Force pilot and his or her wingman, or your weekend scuba diving partner, […]

Container Powered AWS Migration in Action “I had to wait most of the day to deliver the bales, sitting there in my truck, watching stevedores load other cargo. It struck me that I was looking at a lot of wasted time and money. I watched them take each crate off a truck and slip it into a sling, which would […]

Four Key Practices for Profiling Your Enterprise Application Portfolio and Accelerating Your Migration to Cloud

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from (and hopefully help) hundreds of executives from the largest companies in the world as they plan for and migrate their IT portfolio to the cloud. They rarely do it alone, so I’ve also been fortunate to work with some of the most cloud-fluent system […]