AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog

Tag: Best Practices

Time to Rethink Build vs Buy

I believe the fear that led to the deployment of large amounts of resources and budgets to remediate Y2K, followed by the dot-com bubble bust, had an unintended consequence. Many enterprises became extremely conservative when it came to building products, and defaulted to buying off the shelf wherever possible. Today, many enterprise IT teams are […]

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Raising the IT IQ: An Executive Education

“Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” Plato As with many subjects, Plato was ahead of his time in understanding the challenges of a CIO. In many businesses today, we have excelled at the desire (“We will lead our industry with digital transformation.”) and the emotion (“I’m passionate about transforming our […]

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Embracing Organisational Tensions: The Balance of Power in Multi-National Companies

Although new to AWS, I am already hearing similar stories from enterprise customers regarding their challenges as they look to proactively grow and even disrupt their own businesses. While our AWS customers are interested in the technology, their stories more commonly address organisational, people, and process challenges. In this post, I will address some of […]

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Modernizing How You Build, Part 2—Taking the first step

In my previous post, I examined the modern application and highlighted the typical approach used to build modern applications: Shrink the scope. Choose the right tool for the job. Offload the undifferentiated pieces. Connect the building blocks. Automate everything. AWS continues to build services that make choosing the right tool for the job, offloading the […]

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Modernizing How You Build, Part 1—The Modern Application

As an Enterprise Strategist, I spend time with customers discussing modern practices and techniques that enterprises are adopting to create business agility. These practices and techniques are also the foundation of today’s “modern application.” However, defining the “modern application” for builders and leaders can be difficult for one very important reason: the “modern application” does […]

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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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Use the Cloud to Protect the Cloud: A Holistic Approach to Securing AWS at Enterprise Scale

Note: The following is a guest post from Matt Trentler, an AWS professional services manager from our security, risk, and compliance practice. Introduction by Clarke Rodgers, AWS Enterprise Strategist I often meet with CxOs who understand in principle that a well-architected cloud implementation can be more secure than their current datacenter. However, “How do I build that […]

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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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