Thomas Blood, Enterprise Strategist, AWS

Thomas Blood

AWS Enterprise Strategist

Thomas Blood, Enterprise Strategist, AWS
Former roles

VP, Emerging Technologies
Chief Architect, VP Technology
VP, Global Marketing Technology and Analytics
Director, Educational Technologies and Infrastructure

Education

MA, International Security and Information Management
BA, International Service and Development

Interests

Intersection of business and technology
Future of work
Sustainability
History

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When customers ask me how do they know if they are ready for cloud, I’ll note that a better question is to ask, how do I get started with cloud?”

A veteran technology leader, Thomas has held executive positions at several organizations, large and small, in the private and public sector. He is a frequent speaker and advocate on what it takes to successfully navigate a cloud journey. Well-versed in multiple languages, including English, German, Spanish, and some French and Arabic, Thomas has an affinity for international cultures, which he brings to bear when advising global clients. He was the first leader to introduce cloud at Experian, at a time when the company had a “no cloud” mindset, challenging entrenched ideas about digitization.

In his role as AWS Digital Innovation Leader for EMEA, Thomas draws from his business, technology, and military experience to guide customers on defining how they can bring their cloud strategies to life through practical and achievable strategies. For Thomas, a cloud-first or cloud-native-first strategy does not get real until you define the “how", which is exponentially bigger than the technology alone. It’s ultimately about culture, change, and transformation. It’s about the people that need to work together to enact change, all the way from defining a business case, to getting executive buy-in, assessing the skills needed in the new world, communications to keep everyone informed, and much more.

When customers ask him how do they know if they are ready for cloud, he notes that perhaps a better question to ask is, how do I get started with cloud? This was his approach while VP of Technology at Experian, where he recognized waiting was not an option, and starting now was an imperative that could not be ignored, even in a company with a clearly defined “no cloud” policy.

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