AWS Cloud Adoption Framework for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Generative AI - AWS Cloud Adoption Framework for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Generative AI

AWS Cloud Adoption Framework for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Generative AI

Accelerating Your Cloud-Powered AI Transformation

Publication date: May 22, 2023 (Document history)

In this document, we outline the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Generative AI, a framework that describes a mental model for organizations that strive to generate business value from AI and ML. In this framework, we describe an AI/ML journey that customers go through as their organizational capabilities on AI and ML mature. We structure this journey by carving out foundational capabilities that assist an organization to grow its maturity in AI. Finally, we provide prescriptive guidance by providing an overview of the target state of these foundational capabilities and explaining how to evolve them step by step to generate business value along the way.

Introduction to CAF-AI

The AWS Cloud Adoption Framework for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Generative AI (CAF-AI) is a starting and orientation point throughout your ML and AI journey. (We use AI and ML interchangeably in this document.) It is intended to be a document you draw inspiration from when you shape your midterm AI and ML agenda and try to understand the important topics and perspectives that influence it. It will help you in your conversation about your AI strategy with your team, coworkers, and AWS Partners.

Depending on where you are at in your journey, you might focus on a specific section and hone your skills there, or you might use the whole document to judge maturity and help direct near-term improvement areas. CAF-AI is a constantly growing and updated summary and index of all the things that you need to consider when adopting AI at an enterprise level and help you to go beyond a single proof of concept (POC).

Our goal is to give our customers the same prescriptive guidance they know and expect from the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (AWS CAF), but for AI and ML, so that they can successfully implement it. AWS CAF is underpinned by a set of foundational organizational capabilities and provides prescriptive guidance that thousands of organizations around the world have successfully used to accelerate their cloud transformation journeys.

In AWS CAF-AI, we remain reliant on these foundational capabilities but we enrich many of them so they include the changes that AI demands. In addition, we identify and add new foundational capabilities that organizations should consider as part of their AI journey.

AWS CAF: The Cloud Adoption Framework

At AWS over the last 10 years, we have built the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (AWS CAF) as a cornerstone for our customers’ cloud adoption strategy. While evolving this framework, we have kept it largely unbound to specific technologies beyond the cloud to make sure that its insights and mental model can be used by many of our diverse customers. However, AI and ML are an entirely new breed of technologies that has a large impact on all verticals and most of our customers. We have built CAF-AI to help our customers along their journey of AI and ML adoption accelerated through cloud technology.

Are you Well-Architected?

The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of the decisions you make when building systems in the cloud. The six pillars of the Framework allow you to learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems. Using the AWS Well-Architected Tool, available at no charge in the AWS Management Console, you can review your workloads against these best practices by answering a set of questions for each pillar.

In the Machine Learning Lens, we focus on how to design, deploy, and architect your machine learning workloads in the AWS Cloud. This lens adds to the best practices described in the Well-Architected Framework.

For more expert guidance and best practices for your cloud architecture—reference architecture deployments, diagrams, and whitepapers—refer to the AWS Architecture Center.