The AWS Reinvent event for 2016 is winding up. This year there was 32,000 attendees. The clear majority were developers focused on the platform. Here are my five quick takeaways from the event. (I will have more detailed insight, at a later date)
- AWS is a machine. Revenue is now over $13B and it is till growing at over 50% annually. By next year’s event, it will most likely be a $20B revenue vendor. another revolution for the industry. Naturally, this drives innovation through the ecosystem from ISV startups to the largest banks. Take a week off, and AWS has come up with on average 21 new functions or services. Nothing can match this.
- The innovation AWS creates out is unprecedented. 1,000 new services/functions in a year – yet another revolution for the industry. This drives innovation through the ecosystem from ISV startups to the largest banks. Take a week off, and AWS has come up with on average 21 new functions or services. No-one can match this regardless of how you measure it.
- Oracle and Larry Ellison lined up AWS at OOW, and AWS responded in kind at Reinvent. Despite the talk benefits shifting Oracle Database clients to AWS is going require more than just fundamental cost savings. The organisational change is immense. Breaking this maybe the biggest challenge for AWS in the future.
- Whilst increasing organisations are shifting fully to IaaS, the people and change management aspects of the transformation are underinvested. More investment must be made in the people aspect of disruption by AWS, partners and of course the customer to ensure that the transition and investment works.
- When the analysts were first told about “Snow Mobile” I thought it was a fun joke being played on us. The reality is much more than that and highlights the innovation of AWS, and with a 100 Petabyte capacity, the volume that organisations drive through the AWS ecosystem. Next year expect a 200 Petabyte truck B-Double.
As mentioned, more thoughts will follow. Please contact me if you require more detail or have any comments or suggestions.
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