Amazon’s AWS Layoffs: 5 Things To Know About ‘Devastating’ Cuts
From the number of potential AWS employees being laid off to AWS being the major profit driver for Amazon, CRN breaks down five things to know from Amazon’s 9,000 layoff announcement today.
AWS Layoffs Could Be A Channel Opportunity
Several partners CRN spoke with were nervous that AWS innovation and AWS cloud market dominance could be impacted by hiring hundreds, potentially thousands of AWS employees in 2023.
“You never want to hear about mass layoffs at AWS. I’m OK with hearing about layoffs at Amazon, but not AWS—there’s obviously a big difference,” said the national solution provider. “I don’t think there’s a need to panic right now because we don’t know how many people are being laid off [at AWS]. Is it 500 or 5,000, I don’t know. … I hope it’s not on the channel team.”
One regional solution provider and AWS partner based in the Northeast said the layoffs at AWS could potentially open up the door to more channel opportunities at AWS.
“From a channel perspective, it is an opportunity for AWS partners to play a bigger role in how AWS goes to market and services customers,” said the top executive from the AWS partner. “AWS is always talking about ‘customer obsession.’ This is an opportunity for AWS to have even greater ‘partner obsession’ and leverage the channel as the growth engine going forward.”