AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

Category: Enterprise Strategy

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” — Peter Drucker I was recently involved in a discussion with a group of CTOs around the concept of 10x developers. This concept suggests that a rockstar developer is an order of magnitude more productive than an average developer. I’ve worked with thousands of developers in my career, and, while I agree that […]

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Tenets Provide Essential Guidance on Your Cloud Journey

“Tenet: a principle, belief, or doctrine generally held to be true; especially: one held in common by members of an organization, movement, or profession.”– Merriam-Webster Making a large-scale transition to the cloud means that many development, operations, and security processes are no longer applicable — or, they’re dramatically altered in the cloud. For example, AWS provides programmatic […]

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Some Cloud Best Practices from iTMethods

“Life is a journey. When we stop, things don’t go right.” -Pope Francis My recent post “Don’t Let Traditional Managed Services Providers Hold You Back” illustrated how shifts in technology paradigms have made it hard for some traditional managed services providers to keep pace. I feel very fortunate to have had several customers and partners reach […]

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Don’t Let Traditional Managed Services Providers Hold Your Cloud Strategy Back

“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Andre Gide It’s hard for large organizations to keep up with the pace of technology evolution, and I’ve come to admire those who have repeatedly proven that they’re strong enough to survive. Companies like GE, Capital One, News Corp, and Netflix […]

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Cloud-Native or Lift-and-Shift?

“There is always tension between the possibilities we aspire to and our wounded memories and past mistakes.” — Sean Brady I talk to a lot of executives who are debating different migration approaches for the applications in their IT portfolio. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, we spend a good deal of time building migration plans […]

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Always Be Reinventing & The Cloud of Youth

“The only thing that is constant is change.” — Heraclitus Most executives that I talk to tell me that their journey to the cloud is more about business and cultural transformation than it is about technology adoption. To that end, I’ve been writing a series on a mental model that I call the Stages of Adoption, which […]

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AIG’s DevOps Journey

I’m fortunate to have a role which allows me to learn from many large organizations that are constantly re-inventing themselves. It’s not everyday, however, that you hear about an IT-infrastructure-focused executive leading their company away from traditional infrastructure methods and toward DevOps and the cloud. Last week, I was pleasantly surprised by a private note […]

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3 Benefits of Automating Compliance in the Cloud

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” — Warren Buffett I’ve supported compliance and security requirements throughout my technology career. In some cases, these requirements were extremely burdensome — for example, when my team was preparing for a Department of Defense audit, which consumed more than 50% of our time for months […]

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Driving Change and Managing Innovation in a Cloud-First Business Reinvention

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” – William Pollard I discovered the future of enterprise computing five years ago, when I attended QCon in San Francisco. And, surrounded by some of the world’s leading […]

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