Buy-in from top execs is key to cloud transitions, AWS executive says

As the head of Amazon Web Services, Andy Jassy has seen a lot of big organizations start using the public cloud. The biggest indicator of success for a cloud transition is simple, he says: Has the business’ senior staff bought into it?

In his view, organizations will usually stick with their status quo on-premises data centers unless leaders are ready to promote the use of public cloud services. 

“And it sounds a little bit simple, but the reality is that there’s so much inertia all over these organizations in continuing to do things the same way they’ve been done for the last number of years, for a variety of different reasons,” Jassy said at the AWS Summit in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. 

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