AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

Challenging Conventional Wisdom About How to Build a Cloud Center of Excellence

What Success on Broadway can Teach us About Constructing Effective Teams One of the foundational steps that enterprises take as part of their journey to the cloud is establishing a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE). The CCoE is a multi-disciplinary team that is assembled to implement the governance, best practices, training, and architecture needed for […]

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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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Keeping Up with Technology: A Conversation with Today’s Enterprise Cloud Leaders

Recently, I sat down with seven leaders from both commercial enterprises and the public sector to hear how they approach developing a culture that enables innovation at scale. In a series of video interviews, we discussed the different roles that technology, people, and culture play as C-level executives navigate their organizations through the cloud journey. […]

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Data Protection in AWS

One of the most common areas of interest from customer executives regarding their move to AWS is data protection. Data protection can take many forms (e.g., backups, high availability, long-term storage), but the focus for this blog post will be encryption. This post has been co-written with Scott Conklin, an encryption expert from our AWS Professional […]

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The Power of Constraints

A constraint is a limitation that’s placed upon us. In this post we’ll look at three different types of constraints—time constraints, resource constraints, and guardrails—and explore how each of them can be used to drive innovation, speed, and efficiency. Using Time Constraints to Focus on the Things That Matter In their post on The Two-Week […]

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