As the masses descend on Las Vegas the last week of November to immerse themselves in the AWSomeness of Cloud technology, an important thing to know going in is that it’s all about the learning at AWS re:Invent. As a corporate executive there is no better place to learn about the latest in AWS technology than at re:Invent.
This will be my sixth time attending re:Invent and I’ve seen it grow from crowds of 9,000 to 40,000, while learning many great lessons— and a few hard ones along the way. Being an executive means always looking for trends and solutions that I can bring back to my teams to explore for our customers’ benefit. With that in mind, here’s an agenda I’ve put together including great sessions focused on the technologies that everyone is talking about: IoT, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Serverless, mixed up with a little DevOps, and all with an Enterprise flavour. This agenda is designed to keep you mostly in an area of hotels minimizing walking to about 20 minutes, but with a number of the suggested sessions being subject to change, I can’t guarantee you won’t have to adjust. There are some sneaky ones in there that were too good to resist, so you might be on the shuttle at some point in time.
Before we get into the agenda, another note—re:Invent is also about meeting people, making friends in this vast and fast growing world of technologists, and learning from their experiences. Attend the lunches. Sit at a table next to people you don’t know and chat. Everybody is pretty much on the same journey as you, and will have something to share that you didn’t know.
You can also check out this short video I put together, where I discuss tips & tricks for getting the most out of your re:Invent week.
- SRV215 - Beyond DevOps: Accelerating Organizational Agility with Serverless
It’s simple enough to repeat the value of a serverless architecture, but it’s a whole other world to grasp the extent to which serverless offers a competitive edge to your business.
- ENT206 - Building a Business Case for Your Cloud Journey
Making the move to the cloud and advancing your cloud infrastructure requires complete organizational buy-in that you may not always have. Let the experts help you make the case you need to facilitate your transition.
- IOT303 - Industrial Internet of Things: Connecting Existing Machines to Tomorrow's Internet of Things
This session emphasizes the idea that there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. There are a lot of existing industrial machines that are important and productive but not IoT ready. Learn how to unlock the opportunities IoT provides on these machines without recreating the machine itself.
- ENT220 - Leadership Session: The Future of Enterprise IT
IT has always been a strategic part of business success, but it continues to have increasing impact. Learn what it takes to develop an IT mindset that lets your organization be innovative and agile.
- ALX302 - Make Money with Alexa Skills
This session isn’t necessarily business critical, but can be a fun way to see what’s possible with Alexa, while serving as a great resource for ideas.
- ENT314 - The Future of Enterprise Applications is Serverless
Serverless may seem overwhelming, but it is the future. Learn how large organizations have implemented serverless and how it can benefit you in the long run.
- SEC312 - The Perimeter is Dead. Long Live the Perimeters
Security in the public cloud may sound like a nightmare, but it's actually been redefining cloud defenses and perimeters. Learn how some of AWS’ own services handle these new perimeters in their operations.
- SRV305 - Inside AWS: Technology Choices for Modern Applications
The paradox of a choice is a real and overwhelming experience, especially when it comes to choosing your AWS services. Get some insights from developers at AWS to help make the decision easier.
- IOT302 - Alexa and AWS IoT
This advanced session dives deep into how you can develop Alexa as an IoT platform. Though it may not be directly connected to your business, Alexa is the benchmark for all things IoT and can be a great starting point of IoT innovation.
- IOT202 - The Anatomy of a Successful IoT Project
Starting an IoT project means encountering a large number of challenges. Thankfully a number of people have been there before. Learn valuable solutions to common IoT project problems and kickstart your own project.
- DEV210 - Moving to DevOps the Amazon Way
DevOps provides tremendous value to enterprise organizations. Discover some tips and tricks Amazon can offer from their experiences.
- ANT336 - The Last Mile: New Ways to Get Data to Your End Users
Even if you have a data system in place, a lot of times the process of getting and handling data is still manual. Learn how automation and tooling can help eliminate some of the manual day-to-day of data transfer and requests.
- SEC319 - Meeting Enterprise Security Requirements with AWS Native Security Services
In the world of big hacks and security failures, keeping your business and customer information secure and private is top-of-mind. Learn how GE is able to keep their cloud applications secure.
- SEC323 - Automating Cloud Compliance in Real Time
Governance can be a major headache for businesses moving to the cloud. Thankfully there’s a number of automated tools available to make governance automated and available in real-time. Discover how to implement them in your organization.
- ENT322 - How to use Cost Explorer and Budgets to Manage your AWS Costs
Cost is not an exciting or sexy topic, but its an imperative part of success on the AWS ecosystem. Wrap your time at re:Invent by keeping cost in mind as you make your AWS plans.
A couple other things to consider:
- All sessions are recorded, so if you miss one, don’t be too hard on yourself.
- If there is a session you absolutely want to see, October 11 is THE day the reservations go live. Make sure you’re on it.
- The keynotes are great if you’ve not been to one before. There are many viewing areas so you don’t need to go to the big hall to see it live. It is fun to watch it with other people though, as everyone geeks out on the new services and announcements.
- Make sure you have reservations wherever you go. Everything is packed!
- If it is your first time, pay attention to the guides. They have some very good tips.