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Recap: at AWS re:Invent 2018

Marianna Noll

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Last updated on February 2nd, 2023 at 2:42pm

So, after a few days to decompress from the massive event that was AWS re:Invent 2018, we're back to share some takeaways and highlights from our booth on the expo floor.

You Can ReWatch (or Watch for the First Time)

First, if you missed the event (or just want a refresher), here's Re:Watch, a great resource from @ryan_sb to help you sort and search sessions from re:Invent 2018.

Governance@Scale Draws a Crowd

a full house of attendees for governance at scale

Both offerings of the AWS Governance@Scale session were packed. You can check out a Governance@Scale session, which was recorded earlier this year at the AWS Public Sector Summit and features a case study from our customer at NASA.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Governance

visitors to the cloudtamer booth

Apart from the noise of the expo floor causing several folks to hear 'government' when we said 'governance', there was some confusion around the topic of governance. I heard: Isn't that just security or compliance? Do you mean data governance? Just what is governance?

I think it helped to explain it in basic terms: people, budget, and security. When we talked to booth visitors about these 'pillars of governance' you could see these were common issues of real concern. Especially as cloud accounts and cloud users grow, organizations face challenges:

  • Determining the state of all cloud users and their access rights across the enterprise - and properly deprovisioning these users when needed.
  • Ensuring adherence to IT budgets in a pay-as-you-go cloud model.
  • Remaining confident that the organization's cloud presence is compliant with relevant legal or regulatory policies.

Governance comes down to people, budget, and security. Visitors to our booth were looking for help with these basics of governance within AWS and other public cloud providers.

Doing Good and Having Fun

a bunch of stuffed tiger giveaways at booth

Who doesn't love a raffle?! While we raffled an uber-Amazon gift card (just in time for the holidays!), we also included an Adopt a Tiger donation kit from the World Wildlife Fund. The kit includes a stuffed tiger (on a larger scale than our in-booth offering), and our lucky winner said he has children, so the tiger will find a happy home. More importantly, the prize puts dollars toward helping a threatened species. (Holiday gift anyone?)

How Do You Work With/Compare To ....

Finally, given the large number of AWS services - and the new services announced during the event - many visitors to our booth had questions regarding how is similar to/different from native AWS offerings. In upcoming blog posts, we'll talk about offerings like AWS Organizations, AWS Landing Zones, and others and share some similarities and differences.

About the Author

Marianna Noll

Marianna is the Senior Director of Marketing at Kion.

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