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Online retailer Zulily picks Amazon, an e-commerce rival, for cloud-computing deal June 12, 2018
Seattle Times
Amazon Web Services is the leader in selling rented computing power and software services to businesses, but some large retailers have resisted giving business to a company they compete with in other areas. Seattle-based Zulily doesn't share those concerns, and is almost done moving most of its applications to AWS.
AWS' Tech Renaissance Woman Teresa Carlson Battles Tech Old Guard Propaganda to Modernize Nations June 5, 2018
If there’s one thing Teresa Carlson is determined to do it’s to rewrite the rules in the Washington DC technology scene. But her mission doesn’t stop there – she’s also determined to help countries all over the world modernize their IT to unlock innovation.
New calendar controls let Alexa move that meeting you can't make May 22, 2018
Amazon's rollout of new Alexa features has been steady as ever this spring, including calendar controls that let Alexa schedule meetings based on mutual availability or reschedule them if someone gets double-booked.
Amazon Alexa Coders Can Now Use 8 Different Voices in Their Skills May 16, 2018
Amazon has made it possible for coders to embed eight different computerized voices into their skills for the company’s Alexa voice-activated digital assistant. Developers can now apply to test the voices, which were built to sound like U.S. English speakers. The point of having access to multiple Alexa voices is so developers can build skills (apps) in which users interact with a variety of voices instead of just one.
AT&T, AWS Launch Self-Connected Easy Button for Routine Tasks May 16, 2018
AT&T launches the LTE-M Button powered by Amazon Web Services, which offers customers one-click service that is expected to save time and money for scores of users.
The era of the cloud database has finally begun May 11, 2018
Enterprises are waking up to discover that their database needs have changed dramatically—and that the old-school RDBMS is no longer the best tool.
Amazon Web Services chief explains why Amazon competitors shouldn't be afraid to use its cloud May 9, 2018
Amazon may be entering new businesses left and right, but that shouldn't frighten companies using its cloud services, its top cloud exec said. Even some of Amazon's most direct competitors — like Netflix, which competes with Amazon on video streaming — use Amazon's cloud, Andrew Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), told CNBC's Jon Fortt on "Squawk Alley" on Wednesday.
AWS blockchain template a response to market demand April 27, 2018
AWS has made its first true foray into blockchain technology. AWS Blockchain Templates configure the necessary resources to underpin applications for distributed ledgers or cryptocurrency networks.
Amazon CTO: Why more companies are moving to the cloud April 20, 2018
Yahoo Finance
AWS is stronger than ever. The cloud-based business, which reports a $20 billion revenue run rate, announced more than 1,400 services and features in 2017, with over 1 million customers, including McDonald’s (MCD), Netflix (NFLX), Spotify (SPOT), and UnderArmour (UAA). At the AWS Summit in early April, AWS announced that Cox Automotive, owner of Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book, as well as Shutterfly were following other businesses such as Comcast (CMCSA) and GoDaddy, which in recent months have shifted more, if not most, of their workloads from running on local data servers to AWS, in part because AWS makes a company’s operations more cost-efficient while offering comparable, if not better, performance in some instances.
Database decisions: AWS has changed the game for IT April 10, 2018
You may not have heard of OpenSCG, but Amazon Web Services has. A week ago, AWS quietly acquired the PostgreSQL migration services company founded by PostgreSQL veteran Denis Lussier. At the recent AWS Summit, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels said as much, declaring that “what makes AWS unique is the data we have, and the quality of that data.”
Amazon's Cloud Is Still in a League of Its Own (Sorry, Microsoft and Google) April 9, 2018
The Street
If you need convincing that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now an enterprise tech giant in its own right, just try keeping up with AWS-related news and commentary for a few weeks. Last week was a particularly news-filled one for's public cloud unit, in large part thanks to announcements made at or timed to coincide with its AWS Summit San Francisco conference. The product announcements made at the latest AWS Summit weren't as numerous as the ones unfurled at last November's massive AWS re:Invent conference, but they did strengthen Amazon's hand in two fields that have been getting a lot of attention from its customer base.
Amazon is the 'gold standard' when it comes to cloud computing April 5, 2018
Business Insider
Amazon’s $17 billion Web Services business is already the clear leader when it comes to cloud computing, and the company’s AWS Summit this week only confirmed its dominance, Jefferies says. “With 9K in attendance, we note this regional event has now reached the same scale as where re:Invent was less than five years ago,” analyst Brent Thill told clients of the event in San Francisco. “AWS remains the runaway leader in a vast, and still rapidly growing, cloud infrastructure market by a wide margin.”
Tens of Thousands of Customers Flocking to AWS for Machine Learning Services April 4, 2018
Press Release
With Amazon SageMaker, many more everyday developers and scientists are incorporating machine learning into their applications than ever before.
GoDaddy signs multiyear deal with Amazon Web Services for ‘vast majority’ of its computing infrastructure March 28, 2018
Internet domain name registrar GoDaddy has signed a multiyear deal with Amazon Web Services to migrate most of its computing infrastructure on to AWS, the two companies plan to announce Wednesday.
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Vet Tammy Thieman, Military Recruiting Leader, brings military to tech at AWS | June 8, 2018

AWS Military Recruiting leader and former army officer, Tammy Thieman, shares what ownership at AWS means in the context of “success belongs to the unit, failure belongs to the leader”, what a successful candidate can expect from AWS, and how she finds balance when things get tough.

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Chaos Engineering and Architecture with Adrian Cockcroft | April 8, 2018


Simon Elisha speaks with Adrian Cockcroft (VP of Cloud Architecture Strategy, AWS) about the domain of Chaos Engineering and Architecture, the idea that introducing a small amount of chaos can make systems more robust. They also discuss AWS activity in the Open Source community.

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Interview with AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr | March 16, 2018

Randi Larson is joined by Jeff Barr, VP of AWS Evangelism. Jeff has been with Amazon since 2002. In his current position, he focuses on spreading the word about AWS through the AWS blog and in-person appearances. In this podcast interview, Jeff discusses what it's like to be a VP and an individual contributor and how frequently he achieves "inbox zero."

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AWS business leader Ann Merrihew on work-life harmony and more| April 24, 2018, 2018

In this interview with AWS Director, US Education Sales, Ann Merrihew, find out the top characteristic she seeks in an AWS candidate, what it means to do your own “internal gardening” to be your best self at work, and tips for achieving work-life balance, with AWS People host, Randi Larson.

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Improving Lives of People with Special Needs | April 1, 2018


Technology can enable people with Special Needs to access more services than ever before, and improve their quality of life. In this episode Simon speaks with Robin Dautricourt, Product Manager for Amazon Polly, an Amazon Web Services text-to-speech service, about some of the things people are doing with Amazon Polly to make this possible.

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Lessons from a New Amazonian| February 19, 2018

Simon Elisha, host of the AWS Podcast, speaks with Sandy Carter, AWS VP of Enterprise Workloads, about her recent blog post on her own experience joining Amazon. The seven valuables lessons she shares in her post demystify some of Amazon's Leadership Principles and are helpful to anyone joining Amazon. In the podcast, she adds more context and insights into the AWS culture.

Announcing the 2018 City on a Cloud Finalists June 12, 2018
by AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog
This year’s City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge saw a variety of applications from countries around the globe. Nominations included cities, counties, universities, and, for the first time, organizations serving underserved populations (the “We Power Tech” category) that are using the cloud to help make the world a better place.
Ahead in the Cloud: Peter Loeffler of Siemens June 7, 2018
by Mark Schwartz
In the second installment of our series “Ahead in the Cloud,” we interview Peter Loeffler, VP of Innovation and Industry Affairs at Siemens Switzerland, who talks about the organizational impacts of adopting new technologies, book recommendations and the coolest thing he’s working on right now.
Beyond infrastructure: How to approach business transformation at startup speed June 4, 2018
by Steven Jones and KK Ramamoorthy
Our customers are seeing big business benefits by moving their SAP workloads to AWS. While there are tangible and important business benefits, the move to AWS is often just the first step in our customers’ innovation journeys. After they build a foundation on AWS infrastructure, customers are working to transform their entire businesses, and save money, experiment, and go to market more quickly with applications that can extend or integrate with their SAP investments. In this post, we discuss customers’ business transformation journey as it relates to four pillars: big data & analytics, IoT, Apps & APIs, and DevOps.
One.Thing.Less empowers individuals to take control of the use of their personal data May 28, 2018
by Fatih Mehtap
New regulations such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), now give more power to individuals to obtain information about themselves and how their personal data is used and shared. Powered by AWS, One.Thing.Less offers individuals a free and simple way to take control over the use of their personal data.
Hot Startups for May 2018: Schoology, MissionU, EdCast May 23, 2018
by Michelle Kung
As the internet becomes more accessible to a wider audience of users all around the world—especially school-age children and other learners—the field of education technology has boomed. The last decade witnessed a proliferation of online courses, personalized learning, app-based instruction, new learning management platforms, and blended-learning environments. This month’s hot startups: Schoology, MissionU, and EdCast are all committed to tackling the inherent challenges of edtech, and they’re doing so in a variety of ways.
Connect, collaborate, and learn at AWS Global Summits in 2018 May 18, 2018
by Tina Kelleher
Regardless of your career path, there’s no denying that attending industry events can provide helpful career development opportunities — not only for improving and expanding your skill sets, but for networking as well. AWS Global Summits are free events that bring the cloud computing community together to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS.
5 Ways New Technologies Can Shape the Future of Work May 17, 2018
by the Public Sector Blog
Today, too many Europeans lack the skills to prepare them for a technology-rich future of work. This raises some important questions: How can European workers and firms become empowered to shape the future of work to their advantage? How can technology adoption even the playing field for economic growth?
5 Steps to Building a Culture of Security May 17, 2018
by Mark Schwartz
In this post, Mark discusses some ideas on how to build a culture of security, rather than thinking of security as just the job of the CISO’s team.
The 5 Pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework May 15, 2018
by Derek Belt
Creating a software system is a lot like constructing a building. If the foundation is not solid, structural problems can undermine the integrity and function of the building. When architecting technology solutions on Amazon Web Services (AWS), if you neglect the five pillars of operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization, it can become challenging to build a system that delivers on your expectations and requirements.
The Road to Cloud Nirvana: The Madrona Venture Group’s View on Serverless May 14, 2018
by S. Somasegar, Managing Director and Daniel Li, Principal at the Madrona Venture Group
We believe that microservices and serverless functions will form the fabric of the intelligent applications of the future. The massive movement towards containers has validated the market demand for hardware abstraction and the ability to “write once, run anywhere,” and serverless computing is the next stage of this evolution.
What if you could AB test the physical world? Density makes it possible April 11, 2018
by Michelle Kung
These days, distributed teams have plenty of enterprise software options that make collaborating feel seamless. But actual, face-to-face, IRL workplaces have been somewhat left behind. That’s where Density comes in. The San Francisco-based startup has built a piece of enterprise hardware for corporate campuses that measures how space is used.
Risk is Lack of Agility April 7, 2018
by Mark Schwartz
In an earlier post, Mark talked about how risk decisions are often compromised by the status quo bias. In this post, he presents an alternative way to think about risk—a way that fits well with today’s business practices. To be precise, he wants to try to demonstrate that risk in a business is more or less proportional to lack of agility.
You’ve sold your company. Now what? Why ex-founders should consider joining tech giants March 15, 2018
from the AWS Startup Blog
You’ve just spent the past five years of your life pouring your soul into a startup. Now that you’ve exited—whether through an acquisition, an acqui-hire, or unfortunately had to shut down operations—you’re now facing a fairly complicated question: what next?

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