Conclusion - Cloud-Driven Enterprise Transformation on AWS


Beyond achieving the financial business case on IT spend, the two main questions successful companies ask during their cloud journey are “How do we move faster?” and “How do we enable our builders?”. Efficient decision-making allows you to accelerate the transition and improve speed to market for new capabilities. Successful companies enable builders through automation of deployment pipelines, secure integrated development environments, compliance and operations, and by having the right preventive and detective controls in place.

The advantage of the cloud at enterprise scale operations is that companies can replicate standards and controls at the platform account level, manage compliance with standards from a central or federated model, and then empower teams to move. With enterprise guidance for documentation, pattern approval, code scans, and other controls on the path to production through discovery, design, build, validate, deploy, and operate steps, teams can address the business problem at hand in a variety of ways. Valid strategies include building using cloud-native capabilities, refactoring applications, increasing automation and resiliency, moving towards services architecture, leveraging managed services, and containerization.

Without clear, aggressive goals and business ownership, teams languish in decision paralysis with options ranging from “do nothing” and leave on-premises, move as-is, or complete refactoring. Critical to taking the right first step, and moving with speed, is to have a clear V1 design process, and clear ownership of the decision-making rights with small teams of empowered stakeholders.

"We try to create teams that are no larger than can be fed by two pizzas," said Jeff Bezos. "We call that the two-pizza team rule."

Empower your teams to make these decisions, push them to move quickly, experiment, and fail. Enable collaboration and do the hard change work to distribute decision-making. Break up the traditional sequential “hand off” approach to delivery. With the north star vision of high performing teams moving towards “full stack” responsibilities (run what you build), and cost and performance driven architecture, there is no limit to what you can deliver to your customers.

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