AWS re:Invent Recap – Andy Jassy Keynote

AWS re:Invent Recap – Andy Jassy Keynote

“Speed is a choice”

Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS addressed the AWS partner community: System Integrators (SIs), Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and Software as a Service (SaaS) providers. The overarching theme that he kept coming back to was, speed.

AWS named its annual conference, re:Invent intentionally I think, because it is part of their culture to continuously improve – or re-invent pieces of their business. They encourage everyone in their culture to do so, but also to do it with speed. He said, “speed is a choice”. I have never heard it put that way, but if you think about it, he is right. You and your organization can choose to move fast. But that means you must focus on what can be done and shut out the distractions and noise. It also means that you must fight complexity. He said that complexity kills speed.

As a partner, our customers, and AWS customers, often look to us to help them with their own speed. AWS is a customer driven organization. They start with the customer’s needs and work backwards. Andy has said this multiple times during re:Invent. Many companies say they are customer first or focused, but the key is to do something with the customer requests. It means changing your business if you need to meet the customer need. And that’s how AWS operates. Andy said that he believes the single biggest opportunity ahead for us all is the continuation of Digital Transformations for businesses. My big take away from his conversation was that we all need to rethink what we are doing, consider re-inventing, and to keep moving.

ABOUT CLEANSLATE TG

Founded in 2000, CleanSlate Technology Group is an Indianapolis-based IT consultancy providing dedicated consulting services for cloud, CRM, and IT asset management as well as software services for IBM and Red Hat

CleanSlate is a leading AWS Advanced Consulting Partner uniquely equipped to build new and modernize complex legacy applications.  We are a premier technology consultancy with expertise in cloud architecture, modern application development and DevOps.  We provide strategic planning and implementation services for cloud-native applications and infrastructure solutions.  Our experience delivering AWS cloud solutions enables us to maintain a strong portfolio of delighted clients, ranging from Fortune-level global enterprises to well-funded start-ups across all verticals, such as Delta Faucet, Herff Jones and KAR Auction Services.

To learn more, please visit www.cleanslatetg.com/cloud

AWS re:Invent is a free, 3-week virtual conference this year, filled with over 500 breakout sessions, keynotes, and live content, all hours of the day. 

About the Author: John Harrison

John has been in IT consulting for the majority of his successful career. At CleanSlate, he actively works to help organizations with their Cloud, Salesforce, and/or IT Asset Management solutions. He is known for his excellent relationships with our clients, partners, and employees. 

AWS re:Invent Recap – Andy Jassy Keynote

AWS re:Invent Recap – AWS Partner Keynote

AWS partners can help your company modernize its business to make major transformations 

I recently attended the AWS Partner Keynote and was excited to hear directly from the AWS partners leadership team. To start, Doug Yeum, head of Global partner organization, kicked off the presentation where he focused on ISV’s and SAAS partners. With CleanSlate being an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, his session didn’t align with our business model, but it was still good to hear him speak of how the ISV’s and SAAS organizations are helping drive cloud adoption. Doug did highlight that Consulting partners and ISV’s can now publish services on AWS Marketplace. CleanSlate has future plans to publish our services here and we are excited to do so.  

Next up was Sandy Carter, VP of AWS Partners. Personally, I was looking forward to hearing Sandy Carter, as I follow her on LinkedIn and find many of her posts insightful and fun to keep up with. Sandy started out with a quote from Hellen Keller, “alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”. This quote embodies what it means to establish a solid partnership and be able to use strengths of each other to do more for clients. As we head into 2021, keeping the “team” concepts at the forefront in all we do will only help us be more successful and a trusted AWS partner. Sandy highlighted a few partner programs, specifically MAP 2.0, and I was excited to hear her speak so highly of the program as CleanSlate is MAP 2.0 certified. One other program she highlight was the FedRAMP stamp and she encouraged those that have a Public Sector focus/competency to obtain this accreditation. I anticipate CleanSlate obtaining FedRAMP in 2021, so be on the lookout for that.  

Overall, the AWS Partner Keynote emphasized the importance of strong partnerships as the lifeblood for AWS. The AWS partner community is and will continue to be very competitive, but as it was mentioned, its important that each partner develop their expertise be because “customers seek out partners with deep expertise”. As CleanSlate continues to build upon our Advanced AWS partnership, our customers and future customers can expect that from us, a deep understanding and expertise in areas that will help them advance with their cloud practice. 

ABOUT CLEANSLATE TG

Founded in 2000, CleanSlate Technology Group is an Indianapolis-based IT consultancy providing dedicated consulting services for cloud, CRM, and IT asset management as well as software services for IBM and Red Hat

CleanSlate is a leading AWS Advanced Consulting Partner uniquely equipped to build new and modernize complex legacy applications.  We are a premier technology consultancy with expertise in cloud architecture, modern application development and DevOps.  We provide strategic planning and implementation services for cloud-native applications and infrastructure solutions.  Our experience delivering AWS cloud solutions enables us to maintain a strong portfolio of delighted clients, ranging from Fortune-level global enterprises to well-funded start-ups across all verticals, such as Delta Faucet, Herff Jones and KAR Auction Services.

To learn more, please visit www.cleanslatetg.com/cloud

AWS re:Invent is a free, 3-week virtual conference this year, filled with over 500 breakout sessions, keynotes, and live content, all hours of the day. 

About the Author: Molly Hyslop

Molly is an experienced business development and sales executive with her most recent experience being in cloud consulting for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure. Molly’s positive spirit drives her to view situations with the “glass half full” and her competitiveness aids in building new relationships within the AWS ecosystem.

AWS re:Invent Recap – Andy Jassy Keynote

AWS re:Invent Recap – Rev Up with Red Hat OpenShift and NASCAR

Amazon Red Hat OpenShift is a fully managed service that enables speedy application build and deployment in AWS on Red Hat’s powerful, enterprise Kubernetes platform.

“Accelerate with Red Hat” was presented by Julia Landauer, a two-time NASCAR champion.  

Hearing from Julia Landauer about NASCAR’s approach to innovation was a little surprising. Julia detailed how the collaborative culture in NASCAR has led to the biggest and most important innovations. In their case, these innovations save lives; from the materials used on the walls at the tracks they drive their cars close to 200 mph on, to how the cars themselves are built to absorb and disperse the energy upon impact on those scary looking crashes that allow the driver to walk away safely even after the car itself looks completely obliterated. 

Watching this virtual discussion was eye-opening and reaffirming to me at the same time. I’ve spent a better part of my career selling and supporting open-source technologies so you can say I’ve bought into the principals of openness, collaboration and working together for the common good. However, there are more companies or even industries that thrive from the opposite approach. So, who’s to say which methodology is correct?  

I always thought of the sport as a bunch of ultra-competitive people looking to tweak settings in their almost identical cars to gain the smallest advantage looking to shave another second or even millisecond from their lap time. So, I never thought collaboration to be driving force in the sport.  

What would the technology industry look like if more companies collaborated for the good instead of their bottom line? Would other industries have already been helped to come up with advancements to help solve some of our generation’s most challenging issues?  

One thing is for certain, we came away even more of a proponent of these ideals. Our customers are looking for ways to solve their unique challenges. As salespeople, we’re looking for unique ways to sell our products and services. But when it comes down to it, we believe that companies who truly put the customer’s needs first also put a strong emphasis on openness and collaboration, that’s how innovation is sped up, how the kinks are worked out faster and how companies like Red Hat and AWS are able to deliver bleeding edge technology that can be trusted. 

ABOUT CLEANSLATE TG

Founded in 2000, CleanSlate Technology Group is an Indianapolis-based IT consultancy providing dedicated consulting services for cloud, CRM, and IT asset management as well as software services for IBM and Red Hat

CleanSlate is a leading AWS Advanced Consulting Partner uniquely equipped to build new and modernize complex legacy applications.  We are a premier technology consultancy with expertise in cloud architecture, modern application development and DevOps.  We provide strategic planning and implementation services for cloud-native applications and infrastructure solutions.  Our experience delivering AWS cloud solutions enables us to maintain a strong portfolio of delighted clients, ranging from Fortune-level global enterprises to well-funded start-ups across all verticals, such as Delta Faucet, Herff Jones and KAR Auction Services.

To learn more, please visit www.cleanslatetg.com/cloud

AWS re:Invent is a free, 3-week virtual conference this year, filled with over 500 breakout sessions, keynotes, and live content, all hours of the day. 

About the Author: Paris Clark

Paris is the Red Hat Business Development Executive at CleanSlate and has built out the practice at other companies. His several years of extensive knowledge of Red Hat practices make him an expert in the space and his passion for the services, met by his unwavering resilience to provide for his clients, make him an exceptional leader in the space.

AWS re:Invent Recap – Andy Jassy Keynote

AWS re:Invent Recap – Boldness Matters in Critical Moments

As companies face critical moments, the difference between success and failure often comes down to how

“Boldness Matters in Critical Moments” was presented by a powerhouse panel of woman including:

  • Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec, AWS Storage Vice President (moderator) 
  • Shellye Archambeau, Board Director, Verizon
  • Julie Thorn, CEO, Thorn.org  
  • Eva Chen, Co-Founder and CEO of Trend Micro 
  • Casey Coleman, SVP Public Sector, Salesforce 

These women have all had amazing careers rising through the ranks of some very large organizations and leading through some major initiatives.  This was a great panel for this topic.  Several themes emerged through this conversation that could be applied to all our lives and within our businesses.   

You’ve probably heard the famous quote from Peter Drucker, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”?  No one sited that quote, but each of them cited examples in their careers where culture was the key to getting through a difficult time.   

Another theme that quickly emerged alongside culture being a key, was commitment plus courage can overcome many obstacles.  As leaders, we must be committed to the direction, have the courage to make the call, and finally the tenacity to see it through when setbacks occur. One specific example was cited by Shellye. She was leading a software company in 2008 that was taking off when the financial market meltdown happened and threw her company into a tailspin.  They fought and fought to keep going and finally reached a point where she says they had to ask, “What has to be true?” – for us to continue to fight.  Once they uncovered those things for their company at that time, they could plan and fight their way through to becoming the market leader in their space.  

Sometimes we think about a lot of these things ourselves, but it is very reassuring to hear them from people who have been so wildly successful.  If you aren’t signed up for re:Invent, you should.  

ABOUT CLEANSLATE TG

Founded in 2000, CleanSlate Technology Group is an Indianapolis-based IT consultancy providing dedicated consulting services for cloud, CRM, and IT asset management as well as software services for IBM and Red Hat

CleanSlate is a leading AWS Advanced Consulting Partner uniquely equipped to build new and modernize complex legacy applications.  We are a premier technology consultancy with expertise in cloud architecture, modern application development and DevOps.  We provide strategic planning and implementation services for cloud-native applications and infrastructure solutions.  Our experience delivering AWS cloud solutions enables us to maintain a strong portfolio of delighted clients, ranging from Fortune-level global enterprises to well-funded start-ups across all verticals, such as Delta Faucet, Herff Jones and KAR Auction Services.

To learn more, please visit www.cleanslatetg.com/cloud

AWS re:Invent is a free, 3-week virtual conference this year, filled with over 500 breakout sessions, keynotes, and live content, all hours of the day. 

About the Author: John Harrison

John has been in IT consulting for the majority of his successful career. At CleanSlate, he actively works to help organizations with their Cloud, Salesforce, and/or IT Asset Management solutions. He is known for his excellent relationships with our clients, partners, and employees. 

CleanSlate Receives Acceptance into AWS Public Sector Partner Program

CleanSlate is committed to providing AWS solutions and expertise to Public Sector Community

CleanSlate, a full-service cloud transformation agency, has been accepted into the Public Sector Partner Program in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN).

CleanSlate is being recognized for their expertise and experience in delivering solutions for government, education, and nonprofit customers. CleanSlate is helping organizations migrate to the cloud, transform public sector organizations through innovative solutions, and provide mission-based strategies to help develop remote work and learning.

Amazon API Gateway

“CleanSlate was recommended to us by another company for their AWS expertise.  We have been delighted with their expertise, adaptability, quality, responsiveness, and sense of urgency.  In a very short period of time, they helped us deliver an adaptable tool that has thrilled our business partners.” 

 John Bennett

VP, IT,  Vemo Education

One customer, Vemo Education, transforms the way schools attract students and measure outcomes. CleanSlate was engaged to work with Vemo to design and implement a new replacement to their legacy server-based solution.

CleanSlate delivered a data-driven solution, eliminating the EC2 backend by creating an API and Lambda solution to function as a single back-end for any school, including new schools that may be added in the future.

CleanSlate joined the AWS Partner Network in 2018 and has since experienced exceptional growth in the delivery of AWS cloud-based services. Receiving acceptance into the Public Sector Partner Program is a recognition of CleanSlate’s commitment to client success and satisfaction by obtaining the full value from their AWS investment.

 

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ABOUT CLEANSLATE TG

Founded in 2000, CleanSlate Technology Group is an Indianapolis-based IT consultancy providing dedicated consulting services for cloud, CRM, and IT asset management as well as software services for IBM and Red Hat

CleanSlate is a leading AWS Advanced Consulting Partner uniquely equipped to build new and modernize complex legacy applications.  We are a premier technology consultancy with expertise in cloud architecture, modern application development and DevOps.  We provide strategic planning and implementation services for cloud-native applications and infrastructure solutions.  Our experience delivering AWS cloud solutions enables us to maintain a strong portfolio of delighted clients, ranging from Fortune-level global enterprises to well-funded start-ups across all verticals, such as Delta Faucet, Herff Jones and KAR Auction Services.

To learn more, please visit www.cleanslatetg.com/cloud

CleanSlate attains the AWS API Gateway SDP Designation

Designation of AWS SDP verifies Partners deep knowledge and expertise of achieved service

CleanSlate, a full-service cloud transformation agency, has achieved Service Delivery Partner Amazon API Gateway status in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN).

To receive this designation, CleanSlate underwent validation from the AWS team of Partner Solutions Architects to ensure extensive review over architecture, customer documentation, and customer case studies to ensure AWS best practices are met for the API Gateway service.

Amazon API Gateway

We are totally committed to our strategic partnership with Amazon. The achievement of obtaining our API Gateway designation is emblematic of this, and we hope will serve as a message to our current and future clients to trust us to help guide them through their digital transformation journeys”.

Chris Konow

COO, CleanSlate TG

CleanSlate joined the AWS Partner Network in 2018 and has since experienced exceptional growth in the delivery of AWS cloud-based services. Achieving the Amazon API Gateway service designation is also a recognition of CleanSlate’s commitment to client success and satisfaction by obtaining the full value from their AWS investment.

The cloud is having measurable effects on businesses who are choosing to embrace the digital transformation.

For example, some companies have seen as much as 20-30% improvement in time to market, 31% average cost savings, and 7x reduction in downtime when compared to on-premises infrastructure.

CleanSlate has seen similar significant results – with implementation of AWS API Gateway, one client saw 70% reduction in time to provision infrastructure environments, scalability and reliability of their programs. Implementation of Amazon API Gateway requires AWS expertise and experience – a big part of what CleanSlate brings to clients.

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About CleanSlate TG

Founded in 2000, CleanSlate Technology Group is an Indianapolis-based IT consultancy providing dedicated consulting services for cloud, CRM, and IT asset management as well as software services for IBM and Red Hat.

As an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, we provide strategic planning and implementation services for cloud native applications and infrastructure solutions. Our experience delivering AWS-based cloud solutions has enabled us to build a strong pipeline of delighted clients, who range from Fortune-level global enterprises to start-ups.

To learn more, please visit www.cleanslatetg.com/cloud

*Source: https://aws.amazon.com/cloud-migration/