AWS Summit


Over last two days I attended the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit and had the opportunity to observe several great customer stories on how public sector organizations are leveraging the AWS platform to improve services to their respective constituencies . My interest are primarily in the analytics and IoT arena. Out of 70 session I have just a handful of stories to relay and I am sure there are many more just as impactful. The most impressive public sector digital transformations to the cloud include the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the World Bank primarily because of the speed at which these CIOs are driving the change.

LaVerne H. Council. the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology (OI&T) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) oversees the day-to-day activities of VA’s $4 billion IT budget. Her focus has been to aggressively align resources and measurements with the agency’s mission. By focusing on outcomes verse activities she has been able to create some interesting solutions to better serve our veterans. The linked FCW articles does a good job talking about the transform she is driving at the VA.

World Bank’s Stephanie von Friedeburg is the CIO who has driven a wholesale shift of email infrastructure and 250 applications portfolio to cloud platforms. Here is link to Peter High’s interview in Forbes about how she started the journey.

There were also a lot of interesting city specific case studies from the AWS City on a Cloud competition. To wrap it up a very insightful closing keynote with Andy Jassy, CEO and Teresa Carlson, VP WWPS Here is the video link to the Fireside Chat.


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