AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

The Devolution of IT: How SGN, A Major Utility Provider in Europe, is Modernizing IT using the Cloud

Many people believe that decentralization means loss of control. That’s simply not true. You can improve control if you look at control as the control of events and not people. –Wilbur Creech In my role as Head of Enterprise Strategy for Amazon Web Services (AWS), I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn how the […]

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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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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 […]

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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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3 Shortcuts to Accelerate Your Cloud Migration and IT Portfolio Analysis

Driving with one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake is likely to get you nowhere, but certainly will burn out vital parts of your car. -Terry Savage I’ve recently published several series detailing some of the patterns we’ve seen around large-scale IT transformation and cloud migrations. In 2014, I talked about “analysis […]

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Capital One’s Cloud Journey Through the Stages of Adoption

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. -Francis Bacon Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of thought-leading executives who are leading large-scale cultural shifts in their organizations. Few have done this better than Capital One, who has built a […]

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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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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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