How Do Medium-Sized Companies Adapt Amazon Web Services With Success?

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How do companies successfully adapt Amazon Web Services? Which AWS customer did it how? How can Nordcloud help medium-sized companies in particular to be successful in the cloud? On October 26th, this and other questions from Nordcloud were answered together with AWS as part of a specialist lecture on “SMEs in the clouds – If cloud, then right”. The participants in the workshop on the premises of the IT system house LEITWERK in Appenweier are made up of IT managers from regional companies and employees of the host.

Together with Christopher Ziegler (Industry 4.0 Lead from AWS Germany), our Thomas Baus showed the participants of the workshop, in addition to a general introduction to Amazon Web Services, some ways to success in the cloud. The focus was on the following topics, among others:

A holistic view of cloud projects  is the key to success, because cloud is not a purely technological topic. It’s not just about replacing virtual servers with cloud-based instances. A cloud – in particular AWS Cloud – offers much more than just infrastructure and requires much more than a purely technical migration. The successful and sustainable use of cloud services is an end-2-end transformation and should therefore not be driven as a pure IT project.

Bi-modal IT organization  as a concept for dividing corporate IT into modern and traditional subject areas to enable fast and efficient adaptation of new paradigms such as that of cloud services. Our customer Husqvarna was mentioned as an example. There, together with AWS and Nordcloud, a digital IT service unit has been established as a backend for all cloud-based innovation topics such as IoT and analytics.

Successful case studies  from the local market were also considered. In the course of this, some of the typical concerns of medium-sized companies (security, costs, employees …) were taken up and eliminated – in the truest sense of the word – by intelligent approaches. In this context, the great case study by IDC on AWS use of Deutsche Bahn was also referenced. You can find them  here .

Licensing – a key issue in cloud migrations

In addition to AWS and us, there was also a LEITWERK speaker on “Licensing in the Cloud”. The possible advantages and challenges with regard to their licensing when moving workloads to the cloud were discussed. Subsequently, the topics of finger food and cold drinks were further deepened in a relaxed atmosphere and concrete use cases were discussed.

At AWS and Nordcloud, we deliberately want to make small and medium-sized companies in the German-speaking world sustainable through our services around Amazon Web Services. The innovative strength and agility of the numerous hidden champions is very great, for example, in the area of ​​manufacturing companies.

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