Tim Dacome-Bird, Regional Sales Manager, New Zealand kick-started the AWS Summit Auckland 2016 welcoming the 2000 registered people.
AWS cloud services platform has now one thousand partners in Australia and New Zealand and saw its local Australia and New Zealand team double in size.
Glenn Gore, Head of Technology, AWS APAC says that cloud remove constrains and lowers the cost of failure, enabling unbound creativity through technology. His keynote put emphasis on the Internet of Things and how the lower cost of entry sparks creativity – demonstrated when an Amazon Echo device interacted with the audience and controlled lights on the stage.
He also mentioned that AWS saw a 64% growth YoY, with more than one million active customers over 190 countries. The platform alone has now ten times the compute capacity in use of the next 14 other cloud providers combined.
This capacity was used to drive innovation across different industries with innovative applications. Examples include Bristol Myers-Squibb managed to achieve a 98% reduction in clinical trials time while QANTAS reduced flight planning from 4 months to 4 hours, enabling them to fly the A380 aeroplane in one of the longest route today – Sydney to Houston.
Robert Raines, Architect, New Zealand Defence Force said “Being agile and responsive requires thinking and delivering on alternatives whilst reducing costs addressing scalability and flexibility within a controlled environment.” The New Zealand Defence Force runs an ERP solution hosted in the AWS Sydney region.
New Zealand-based Xero says the move to AWS was motivated by aggressive goals involving platform agility, reliability, performance, security and cost. Their previous platform was quickly reaching its capacity and the company was ready to launch a worldwide offensive, which could quickly overload it.
Benefits of moving to AWS so far include reduced time to provision servers from weeks to 20 minutes, meaning less time to release new services, reduced from months to weeks. Also mentioned is consistency and predictability, thanks to automated builds, simpler troubleshooting and easier change management.
During the process the Xero team found out that automation pipeline is key and application architecture had to change to achieve best outcomes. The team also realised that Windows and SQL server are demanding platforms in terms of planning and maintenance but most importantly there must be a focus in visibility.
The hard work paid off and Xero plans to complete the migration of its more than 700,000 subscribers to the platform and accelerate the design and build of cloud-native apps.
Another local company using AWS to benefit of elastic compute capacity is Vend, which provides its cloud-based point-of-sale software as a service to more than 18,000 retail stores around the world.
Vend’s Michael Koziarski, Vice President Architecture, gave an overview of the service’s original architecture and constraints that came with colocation solutions, including compute and storage hard limits. After a four month project the company completed the move to the AWS environment, extracting benefits from flexible CPU and database configurations, resulting in a 30% – 40% savings to operate the platform when comparing to their previous implementation.
Melissa Macfarlane, Chief Digital Officer, Westpac New Zealand says financial services is one of the industries most likely to be disrupted by startups and new market entrants. Their research showed that 73% of clients would rather use other platform for payments and financial transactions.
The bank is working towards a culture of purposeful innovation, one that works towards helping solve customers’ pain points. The move to the cloud allowed a change in how features are evaluated and how quickly teams can transform the experience of interacting with the bank.
The conclusion? Do not discard migration to the cloud as your developers being “busy-birds”.
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