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AWS CEO Jassy On Cloud Adoption, 5G, Diversity And The Perfect Channel Partner

‘Those that were already using the cloud had a big advantage,’ AWS CEO Andy Jassy said. ‘It allowed them to save a significant amount of money from having to try and figure out how to add capital and capacity in their physical on-premises locations. They were able to innovate in a much faster clip.’

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Organizations that already had moved to the cloud prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had an edge when it came to making changes to accommodate workers and customers during the crisis, according to Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy.

The need to shift to remote working initially was not obvious to many companies still operating on premises, and business leaders were forced to make rapid decisions about technology changes that they hadn't yet confronted or thought they had a lot of time to consider, Jassy said yesterday during IT solution provider Presidio’s C-Suite Perspective Webinar Series.

“Those that were already using the cloud had a big advantage,” Jassy said. “It allowed them to save a significant amount of money from having to try and figure out how to add capital and capacity in their physical on-premises locations. They were able to innovate in a much faster clip and change what they were doing and change the elasticity to have the capacity up or down, depending on what was happening in their business, in a very different way than you could have on premises.”

And organizations with agile cultures, with teams comfortable making fast decisions, have had a better time of it, according to Jassy.

“Even though a lot of companies have tried to figure out however they can save money…the pandemic has really pushed people toward the cloud,” Jassy said. “Whenever you have something discontinuous that happens in a market -- we saw this back in 2008 as well -- you tend to really reevaluate: Is this the time to make this change that I knew I should be making before and I knew I'd need to make? It's been tough for most companies to have to manage the technology piece and the surge in labor requirements and capacity requirements that COVID has brought, so we've seen just a pretty significant shift in companies that have been thinking about the cloud for a while really starting to make serious inroads and changing.”

Here's a look at what else Jassy had to say about the potential impact of video conferencing on AWS hiring and meetings of the future, AWS’ work with telecommunications companies and 5G, the importance of diversity in the technology industry, and what AWS customers are looking for in channel partners.

 
 
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