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AWS CEO Adam Selipsky Tells Partners At re:Invent: ‘Be Experts, Be Trained, Be Certified’

‘When we have partners with real experts who show up at our customer sites, we hear all about it. And it‘s just incredibly important for maintaining that trust,’ said AWS CEO Adam Selipsky at AWS’ re:Invent conference.

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In his first appearance at Amazon Web Services’ cloud computing-focused re:Invent conference with the title of AWS CEO, Adam Selipsky made several appearances throughout the event to make product announcements and tell attendees that cloud adoption is still in its earliest days even 15 years after AWS formed.

The event—held in person in Las Vegas and online due to the global pandemic—gave Selipsky the chance to participate in a question-and-answer session with outgoing AWS Channel Chief Doug Yeum during AWS’ Global Partner Summit, deliver a keynote address during the main event and host a question-and-answer session with members of the press to discuss a new solution made in collaboration with bank Goldman Sachs, the GS Financial Cloud for Data.

“I’d say the easiest prediction to make is that 10 years from now, the partner ecosystem and investment in the ecosystem is still going to be an incredibly central part of the AWS strategy,” Selipsky said during his talk with Yeum, who is set to leave AWS to work for the retail division of parent company

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He continued: “We’re all just getting going, and I can’t imagine customers being happy with anything except deep, tight partnerships across technology providers, ISVs, systems integrators, consultants, resellers, distributors and VARs. We’re going to continue to invest in all those areas.”

Selipsky—who joined Seattle-based AWS in 2005, left in 2016 for Tableau and returned to AWS this year—used his appearances to unveil new AWS products including FleetWise, IoT TwinMaker and Private 5G.

He also promised attendees that the cloud will continue to disrupt every industry, with more industry-focused solutions expected from AWS.

“Despite what feels like massive adoption, we’re actually just getting started,” Selipsky said during his keynote. “Analysts estimate that perhaps 5 [percent] to 15 percent of IT spending has moved to the cloud. There are so many workloads that are going to move in the coming years.”

Here are some of Selipsky’s boldest statements from his various appearances this week.

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