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With the constant clamour about new technologies, digital disruption, and transformation, it’s easy to get caught up and carried away in the hype. In doing so we risk giving less attention to business continuity and service availability provided by infrastructure and platform critical to keeping a business operating.
Complacency in this regard can lead to devastating results, especially in a world where social media quickly exposes even the slightest failures of service, let alone how they are dealt with. Core infrastructure that is designed, built and operated with the sentiment of “planning for failure” at heart is vital to ensuring a business can operate in situations not desired for.
I recently attended the DX2018 conference in Auckland and came away pondering several key notions that resonated with me as I noticed common themes appearing through the day.
Andy Jassy (AWS CEO) opened AWS re:Invent at the end of November 2017, to over 43,000 attendees, by saying AWS now has “Everything you need so everyone should be using AWS!”, and many of the top companies around the world are doing just that. Some are “Born in the Cloud” businesses, but the majority of AWS customers are traditional businesses seeking the need to transform not just their Technology but their whole business.