Amazon Web Services invited me for a two day AWS APN Ambassador Global Summit in Seattle. Two days of workshops, presentations and interactions with the principal architects, networking with other ambassadors and sightseeing around Seattle. This post contains a summary of day 1.
Disclaimer: all the content discussed in the workshops and presentation are under NDA, so I can't go into any detail. However, I'm allowed to describe the topics and the speakers, and any content that is publicly available.
We arrived at the Kumo office, registered, got a badge and were guided to the meeting room that would be the small center of our universe for two days. Breakfast was provided, and introductions were made.
Vikram Garlapati, the Head of Americas Partner Solution Architects (PSA) kicked off the day by introducing the organizers, the program highlights and some additional information.
Hosted by Jeff Duffy, Senior NoSQL Specialist Solution Architect, and Joseph Idziorek, Principle Product Manager, this session went deep into the concepts behind DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) and the architectures they've used to achieve a scalable, reliable and easy-to-use MongoDB-as-a-service.
The presentation was well prepared and got me to understand the service and its concepts a lot better.
Any presentation by Jeff Barr is great to attend. In this session, Jeff explained how he got to where he is now, the concepts and tools he uses to write his awesome blog posts, and how he applies the Amazon Leadership Principles to his work.
This was an extremely valuable session, with lots of insights I can and will apply to my own work.
This session, hosted by Darci Kleindl, North America Partner Business Leader, was about the opportunities North American partners have to work with AWS.
Doug Yeum is the new (about 30 days in) Head of Worldwide Channels and Alliances. This was an opportunity for us to meet and connect with him. He was very receptive of our feedback and comments on the current partner status.
Hosted by Scott Ward, Principal Solutions Architect - Security Hub, this workshop allowed us to get hands-on experience with Security Hub.
I think Security Hub is a very powerful product that gives great insight into any vulnerabilities in you AWS accounts. I will definitively check it out further and see what the added value for Sentia could (and should) be.
This session, presented by Zoe Hillenmeyer, Senior Business Development Manager - AI, went deep into Amazon Forecast. Forecast allows you to load historical data into the service, optionally enhanced with related data like holidays. Using this data, Forecast automatically trains its model and provides the end user with an API that allows you to retrieve forecasts.
Mark Zontak, Senior Manager, Software Development and Shubha Rao, Senior Product Manager explained what Cloud Map and App Mesh are, what the best practices and benefits are.
This was a very interactive session with Rahul Pathak, GM - Big Data, Data Lakes, Blockchain. He explained where AWS Analytics (think Redshift, EMR, Glue, Athena, ElasticSearch, and Kinesis Data Analytics) will be moving towards in the next year. Of course this is very strictly under NDA, so there isn't much more I can say about it.
After a long day of workshops and presentations, Amazon took us out on a boat cruise down Lake Washington. Great drinks, great bites, great views and great people all around.