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Re-capping the AWS Africa Region Virtual Day



On 9 July I attended a Virtual Day for the AWS Africa Region, where I attended 3 “Business Executive Track” sessions. From the viewpoint of someone new to AWS, I found this to be a great introduction which really sparked my interest in Cloud Services from a business perspective. Which led me to re-cap and share a summary of what I learnt. 


Session 1: Digital Transformation – An agile 21st century organization

This session touched on general purpose technologies which assist in the daily organizational tasks. These technologies are pervasive, they tend to improve over time and spawn innovation.
The three main R’s here are Replacement-Reconfiguration-Reimagination and great examples were used to demonstrate this. 


In a 21st century organization to achieve and improve on the above an agile culture should be adopted with the appropriate mindset, skillset, and toolset.

Session 2: 12 Steps to get going with cloud

 The second session broke down how to get started. This session was perfect for those of us who had absolutely no idea how. It provided us with 12 high-level steps to get going.


  • Just Start! – Experiment
  • Identify a single threaded leader (usually a CIO)
  • Leadership team alignment
  • Create a questions parking lot
  • Establish your principles
  • Create a 2-pizza cloud center of excellence
  • Bring in an AWS partner (for data driven decisions)
  • Get clear on objectives
  • Ship something to production that matters
  • Train, gain experience and certify your teams
  • “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything”
  • Trust but verify (refer to your objectives)


Session 3: Executing a Large Migration at Scale on AWS

This session dealt with the methods to conduct a migration on AWS. The aim is always to ensure that real customer business outcomes are achieved. Something to keep in mind is that EMP’s (Enterprise migration projects) can be challenging from start to end.  The session focused on different migration strategies which are listed below: 

7 R’s – Application Migration Strategies

  2. RE-HOST (Take existing OS to AWS)
  5. RE-FACTORING (Making workloads cloud-based)
  6. RETAIN/MOVE (Choose the relevant workloads to either be moved or retained)
  7. RETIRE (Helps to decrease costs)

The diagram below shows 3 broad steps for execution at a high level.

During an unpredictable time like the present, there is no harm in using some time to gain new knowledge and skills. Even just getting background information or a better understanding on some of the partnerships and technologies being utilized by your company. There is no time like the present and no such thing as being “too informed”Tatenda Watungwa @ HeadByte


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