This guide is for re:Invent attendees who are either preparing for or already on the way of their enterprise cloud journey. It focuses on sessions which explore the main challenges and milestones of complex digital transformations and provides key takeaways. It features high level architecture topics for large scale migration and specifically focuses on areas such as analytics, governance, and security which are foundational for building a modern enterprise. This guide also includes relevant success stories which can serve as examples and inspiration.
- DVC302 - ProTips for Scaling AWS Training to Accelerate Adoption
Digital transformation requires experienced engineers to drive execution which are rare to find and hard to train if you don’t have the right strategy. In this talk the AWS Community Hero, Drew Firment, will share his experience about implementing a cloud educational framework at Capital One which accelerated cloud adoption across the organisation.
- GPSCT303 - Blockchain Architecture Design Patterns
This chalk talk goes deep into the architecture and design considerations of implementing a blockchain solution based on top protocols such as Ethereum, Hyperledger, and Corda.
- AMT305 - Building BMW Group's Customer Engagement Platform on AWS
BMW will be sharing some great insights about the impressive transformation of their customer engagement platform using a combination of microservices, AWS managed services and chaos engineering.
- ENT204-R1 - Iterating Towards a Cloud-Enabled IT Organization
Interesting chalk talk introducing the foundations of setting up an organisation for collaboration and delivery using the Amazonian model. Valuable insights for the successful preparation before embarking on a cloud journey.
- SEC349-R - Governance at Scale
This session goes into important details about designing and implementing AWS governance at enterprise scale and addresses key points such as account provisioning, security, users, workloads and budget management.
- ARC407 - A Chronicle of Airbnb Architecture Evolution
This session follows the rapid and exciting evolution of the Airbnb platform from its inception through the impressive organisational and business growth. Given the success of the product and the company, the key learnings here should be applicable to many businesses in growth / transformation phase.
- DAT346 - How Amazon.com Migrates Inventory Management Systems
This is bound to be an interesting Chalk Talk on a large-scale migration from Oracle to Aurora. Key takeaways include the decision-making framework behind the project and the best practices around managing and executing such an undertaking.
- ENT205-R1 - Executing a Large-Scale Migration to AWS
This session summarises some of the common challenges and pitfalls during large scale cloud migrations and offers some best practices and techniques how to tackle them.
- SEC325-R1 - Data Protection: Encryption, Availability, Resiliency, and Durability
Really good overview of the data protection capabilities of AWS coupled with a deep dive into the AWS Key Management Service. Valuable session for learning about the key strategies of achieving data confidentiality, integrity and availability on AWS.
- SRV322-R1 - From Monolith to Modern Apps: Best Practices
This session introduces some valuable insights about moving from monolithic to serverless applications from different perspectives including security, cost, organisational culture and business.
- ENT307-R1 - Hybrid Identity Management and Security for Large Enterprises
This session highlights the main challenges of identity management and security in hybrid environments including SSO and dealing with multiple identity providers, designing for security, compliance and auditability.
- ANT205 - Technology Trends: Data Lakes and Analytics
A great summary of the current trends in building next generation data lakes delivered by Anurag Gupta who apart from being one of the leading experts in the field is also a great speaker.
- AMT304 - Building Volkswagen Group's Digital Ecosystem
Another really insightful session about the successful execution of a large enterprise transformation. Volkswagen Group will be sharing their experience of driving technology and organisational change while migrating their vehicle connectivity backend to the AWS cloud.
- FSV302 - Transforming Consumer Banking with a 100% Cloud-based Bank
Hear the story of Starling bank - a UK-based challenger bank which is built entirely on AWS. Valuable insights about the pace of innovation when building technology and business in a heavily regulated market with cloud first approach.
- ENT312-R1 - Well Operated: A Day in the Life of a Cloud Ops Engineer
Great overview of the day to day operational challenges of running a complex hybrid environment. The session includes a lot of suggestions and real life experiences about how to solve those challenges and all of this delivered by domain experts.
If you are a re:Invent newbie, I highly recommend you to plan and organize your agenda well in terms of travel time and locations. If possible, avoid travelling between too many venues in a day as it takes too long. Always check if the sessions you are interested in are not repeated or broadcasted somewhere close by so that you can tailor your agenda in the best possible way.
I am looking forward seeing you all at re:Invent and will be happy to connect. Feel free to DM me for a chat and/or beer.