Today I took part in a breakfast briefing event at The Mercer in Threadneedle Street in the centre of London. It’s the first of hopefully a series of events focusing on the financial services sector.
The two presenters are shown in this “rogue’s gallery” photo.
First up (pictured on the left) was AWS Technology Evangelist Dr Matt Wood (one of the contributors to the excellent AWS blog) who gave his usual high octane-style overview of Amazon Web Services, the history, what they offer, example customers, etc.
I then followed up with a presentation discussing where we are seeing traction in the market, going through some example customer deployments that we’ve delivered and support in the UK banking, telco and utility sectors, and wrapped up with some considerations to ensure confidence in the outcome of an AWS deployment.
My Prezi presentation is available here…
Despite today’s public sector strike (which we thought might dent attendance due to childcare issues etc) we had a packed house with standing room only, which was an experience I need to get used to.
I had some great conversations with the audience afterwards – and the wide divergence in the level of the maturity and understanding was a real eye-opener to me. When you work in the cloud arena all the time, it’s easy to assume that the market understanding is a lot more mature than it actually is…
So, overall a great event, delighted to be involved – and looking forward to the next one!