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Philippe Abdoulaye

Cloud Advisory | DevOps Architecture | Digital Transformation at Amaris Consulting

Raleigh, United States

Philippe Abdoulaye is a renowned digital transformation and information technology executive with strong track-record of transforming large technology organizations, building innovative digital solutions, and driving business impact. Strong background in leading transformations, mergers and acquisitions, channel digitization, and technology innovation.

An author of 8 books and more than 100 articles, founder of the e-learning platform The Digital IT Academy, a Rackspace Partner and member of Amazon Partner Network (APN), he helps IT organizations to transform their service management practices in domains such as Cloud Computing, IT as a Service (ITaaS), DevOps, AIOps, and IT Operating Models.

He's been:
1. Named among and rewarded as one of the top 20 cloud computing book sellers of all time by The Book Authority
2. Featured on Forbes, ZDNet, Inc, and foreign magazines like German ComputerWoche
3. Translated in French, Spanish, German, Chinese and cited in numerous digital transformation works

Forbes magazine has referred to him as a top prolific writer and speaker, He's the author of 7 books on Cloud Computing, IT as a Service (ITaaS), DevOps, and Platform Business Models. He gives keynote speeches and executive workshops around the globe on how to properly leverage cloud computing and DevOps technologies to generate business revenue.

Philippe currently authoring a book and online training on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for digital business challenges to be published by Wiley in 2021.

Available For: Consulting, Speaking
Travels From: Raleigh, NC
Speaking Topics: AWS Cloud & DevOps

Speaking Fee $3,500 (In-Person)

Philippe Abdoulaye Points
Academic 0
Author 202
Influencer 20
Speaker 30
Entrepreneur 0
Total 252

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Technology
Theatre: United States

Areas of Expertise

Agile 31.61
Business Strategy 30.04
Change Management
Cloud 45.14
Digital Disruption 33.06
Digital Transformation 32.97
Emerging Technology
Business Continuity 30.61
COVID19 32.89
AI 30.01
Innovation 30.26
Data Center 30.07
Ecosystems 30.07
DevOps 83.01
Project Management 38.06
Leadership 30.05
Cybersecurity 30.05

Industry Experience

Consumer Products
Financial Services & Banking
High Tech & Electronics
Professional Services


16 Article/Blogs
Cloud Experts Scarcity: The Secret Behind Amaris AWS Consultants
April 12, 2023
A critical issue with most #aws (or #cloudcomputing ) engagements, that's my observation, is the acquisition of the demanded expertise; it takes consultants, sometimes up to three months to be comfortable with the AWS platform.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Innovation

What The CIO's Crystal Ball Says About The 2023 IT Trends
December 23, 2022
Like every year at this period, I put myself in the shoes of CIOs to identify their concerns and ambitions to then predict the Top 3 IT trends of the year ahead. Where will 2023 take the IT industry? What will be the challenges, concerns and expectations? What will be the technologies and innovations to invest in? Why invest in them?

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Innovation

L'actualité Cloud chez Amaris Jobs, Articles, Services Cloud Innovants ...
Successful Cloud Migrations
September 20, 2022
méthodologie de migration cloud d'Amaris Consulting. Cet article donne une idée de l'environnement technologique innovant dans lequel baigne nos consultants cloud. Aujourd'hui je vous propose de rejoindre nos superbes équipes Cloud en vous partageant l'offre du mois !

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Tags: Cloud, DevOps

Lifting the Veil on Amaris Cloud Migration Framework: The AWS Extended EC2 Design Pattern
Successful Cloud Migrations
September 10, 2022
One of the problems with today’s enterprise cloud migration is the lack of reliable engineering approaches adapted to fast-paced business environments. Much more than we think, it prevents a productive dialogue between consultants and clients.

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Tags: Cloud

Cloud Transformation : The Keys to Avoid Failures and Succeed
June 03, 2022
I share this article because I agree with the point that, people issues are the main reasons why many cloud migration projects do not deliver the expected business benefits. Make no mistake about it, a cloud migration project can't be narrowed to a matter of moving applications to the cloud and technically transform them. Things aren't that simplistic. The purpose of moving to cloud is to transform IT in a way that the business acquires key competitive advantages. Read David's points.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Leadership

Découvrez les Services d'Audit Cloud d'Amaris
May 25, 2022
Amaris Cloud & DevOps Offer est une collection de 7 services de consulting cloud conçus pour doter nos clients des environnements technologiques robustes et sécurisés dont ils ont besoin pour développer et déployer les produits et services qui renforceront leur compétitivité.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Leadership, DevOps

How to Thrive in the Covid-19 Recession by Going Digital Using SCENARIO
November 14, 2020
With one million deaths, thirty-eight million infected, hundreds of millions lost jobs and small and mid-size businesses (SMEs), the pandemic has created one of the worst crises of confidence since the Great Depression.
Hit by an unprecedented gloomy mood, entrepreneurs are looking for recipes to survive the recession and grow.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Business Continuity, COVID19, Ecosystems

Survivre à la Récession liée au COVID-19 en mettant son Activité au Diapason du Numérique
October 23, 2020
Et si l'adoption du numérique était l'antidote pour éviter les faillites du contexte économique liée au Covid-19?

Avec près d'un million de morts, trente-huit millions de personnes infectées, des centaines de millions d'emplois et des petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) perdus, la pandémie a créé l'une des pires crises de confiance depuis la Grande Dépression.

Frappés par une humeur morose sans précédent, les entrepreneurs du monde entier recherchent désespérément des recettes pour survivre à la récession et continuer à prospérer.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, COVID19

Learning AWS The Easiest & Quickest Way: The Framework
September 12, 2020
A sensitive issue with most AWS engagements, that's my observation, is knowledge transfer between consulting teams and clients' staff; it takes clients sometimes up to three months to be comfortable operating their AWS platform.

AWS with its one hundred seventy five (175) services is certainly nice to implement but, fact of the matter is it's difficult to learn.

"One hundred seventy five (175) services, that's a lot!", "How do they work?" and "How can I learn them in a way that makes me qualified in a record time?" is what I hear all the time.

The reason for the long learning curve is, technology instructors don’t take into account learners' concerns, expectations, mindset and psychology.

Leading experts, researchers, teachers and speakers, confirm it, "effective learning goes hand in hand with effective learning strategies, methodologies and techniques."

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Tags: Cloud, Data Center

AWS DevOps Implementation: The XP and CodePipeline Integration Pattern
July 01, 2020
Fast, effective and efficient implementation of DevOps is the challenge of most businesses, CIOs and consultants. The question they anxiously keep asking me is, « is there a way to quickly and properly implement it? » My answer surprises them: « Use DevOps implementation patterns, they make the transformation process easy, fast, and effective. »

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Tags: Cloud, Innovation, DevOps

DevOps Implementation: The XP and AWS CodePipeline Integration Pattern
June 28, 2020
Fast, effective and efficient implementation of DevOps is the challenge of most businesses, CIOs and consultants. The question they anxiously keep asking me is, « is there a way to quickly and properly implement it? » My answer surprises them: « Use DevOps implementation patterns, they make the transformation process easy, fast, and effective.

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Tags: Innovation, Agile, COVID19

Transforming IT for the COVID-19 Disrupted Business Context
May 09, 2020
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is desperately disrupting industries, CIOs are starting to anticipate not only the impacts on IT but also the changes to carry out. How to reorganize IT staff? How to optimize a cloud architecture to make IT relevant? What tools to invest in? What infrastructure to invest in?

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Tags: Business Continuity, COVID19

Cloud Made Simple for Undecided Career Change Planners - Part 1
March 07, 2020
Despite its fundamental role in today’s business, many IT job seekers are reluctant to embrace a career in cloud computing. Sophisticated technical concepts and jargon make it confusing and complicated.

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Tags: Cloud

IT Career Change: How to Make Your Digital Move Swift and Successful
January 22, 2020
The digital business expansion in the global economy introduces changes that certain IT professionals aren’t prepared for; what I see is frustrated tech workers, paralyzed by the fear that they have to make that digital technology career change.

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Tags: AI, Cloud, Digital Disruption

How CIOs Can Reinvent The IT Organization with Cloud Computing
January 18, 2020
In recent years business lines have been increasingly going the shadow IT route to achieve their critical objectives, showing there’s a real disconnect with IT as to how to leverage cloud computing.

The problem lies with cloud vendors who ignore the issue of the business vision. They see low IT costs and accelerated application delivery as business growth drivers while businesses are more concerned with market responsiveness achieved through agile and collaborative environments that bring together the business and IT.
The business is right: organizational silos, hierarchical barriers, unclear business priorities and people issues like power struggles, resistance to change, defiance of policies and politics are all impediments that only make it more difficult to achieve flexibility, fast problem solving and decision making.

The solution is to implement IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) in the form of integrated platforms of people, processes, practices, governance structure and tools specifically built to bring the business and IT together.

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Tags: Agile, Cloud, Digital Transformation

Amazon Web Services: Practices That'll Make Your AWS Migration Successful
November 18, 2019
Cloud adoption is accelerating as the increased number of AWS migration initiatives shows. The question is, how many CIOs can pretend, they got what's known as the five benefits of high performing AWS cloud platforms? These benefits include operational excellence, performance efficiency, reliability, security, and cost optimization.

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Tags: Cloud

3 Books
Transforming Your Business with AWS: Getting the Most Out of Using AWS to Modernize and Innovate Your Digital Services
John Wiley & Sons
October 22, 2021
In Transforming Your Business with AWS: Getting the Most Out of Using AWS to Modernize and Innovate Your Digital Services, celebrated digital transformation expert Philippe Abdoulaye demonstrates how to use Amazon Web Services to modernize and fine-tune your digital services business. The author provides you with your own personal roadmap to building a team able to create world-class digital services.

Find out how moving to the cloud will empower your company to deliver services faster, better, and more efficiently and what concrete actions you can take to transform your digital services operation into a powerhouse. Learn revolutionary new strategies and hands-on techniques involving AWS application management tools, like Elastic Beanstalk, CodeDeploy, and CodePipeline, and how they affect crucial team members.

Explore critical roles in your digital transformation, like DevOps Continuous Delivery, Continuous Deployment, Continuous Integration, Automation, and DevSecOps. Finally, find out what sets merely average digital adopters apart from companies that embrace the groundbreaking new capabilities of digital cloud services.

Perfect for IT business leaders, including CIOs, CTOs, CMOs, and DevOps administrators and engineers, Transforming Your Business with AWS is also ideal for solution architects seeking strategies for digital transformation. This book offers:

- A comprehensive overview of implementing a digital business transformation strategy
- A review of the digital service development lifecycle
- Critical roles that need to be filled in your digital transformation
- Practical discussions of AWS application management tools
- Action plans and best practices for executives leading their companies through a digital transformation

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Project Management

The Complete ITaaS Delivery Model
May 08, 2016
The complete ITaaS Delivery Model is the complete guide to implementing IT as a Service (ITaaS) as the foundation of the digital enterprise's IT organization.

Thought Leader Philippe Abdoulaye drives the reader step by step across a complete digital transformation journey focused on DevOps and ITaaS.

The book provides precious and actionable insights into issues as critical as digital transformation strategy development, cloud service catalog and cloud service requirement developments, IT infrastructure and application migration to AWS cloud, IT operating model transformation to lean and agile structure, and Deployment and adoption of organizational changes.

The book's digital transformation approach has been widely featured in several major online IT medias including Dell Power More in the article "ITaaS: The Future of the CIO" and Germany's ComputerWocher in "IT as a Service: Was CIOs dafür tun müssen."

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, DevOps

Cloud Computing: Advanced Business and IT Strategies
March 27, 2014
Cited as "One of the best Cloud Computing ebooks of all time" by BookAuthority and Amazon reviewers. Cloud Computing is the IT services delivery model of the near future. The problem is, there there are very few experts that have hands-on understanding of its competitive and organizational impacts.

The vast majority of books address the technical details of cloud, but few emphasize its implementation and deployment at the scale of the enterprise.
This book provides the models, concepts, and methodologies you need to be successful in your organization's transition to cloud.
Through his 23-year IT Transformation background, Philippe Abdoulaye brings a project-oriented approach to cloud transition, with several techniques needed to accelerate adoption of cloud services.

The book begins with a definition of the competitive perspective of cloud, provides insights into the cloud-oriented business model, and details through a complete business an agile approach to cloud transition addressing issues as critical IT operating model transformation, SaaS application architecture, and datacenter transformation.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation

2 Influencer Awards
Most Outstanding in Digital Transformation Advisory 2019
US Business News
December 23, 2019
Rewarded by US Business News magazine, Most Outstanding in Digital Transformation Advisory 2019

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Agile

Best-Selling Cloud Computing eBooks of All Time
Book Authority
January 04, 2018
Ranked by The Book Authority in the TOP 50 Cloud Computing eBooks.

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Tags: Agile, Cloud, Digital Transformation

3 Keynotes
The Complete ITaaS Delivery Model
BAIP YouTube Channel
May 08, 2019
Invited to give a keynote speech in Vilnius, Lithuania about my model The Complete ITaaS Delivery Model and provide insight into why and how it makes cloud migration easy, faster, and more importantly, a catalyst of business revenue.

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Tags: Agile, Cloud, Digital Transformation

Econocom DevOps Forum
July 04, 2018
In March 15, I gave four keynote speeches on DevOps in Toulouse, France. As the main speaker of Econocom Club MEP 2018, an annual think tank summit organized by the European business-to-business digital services provider, I shared the day with 15 firms in industries as prestigious as financial services, energy, aerospace, aviation, and telecommunications and heard all about their implementation projects.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Agile, DevOps

Reinventing the Business with IT Innovations for the Digital Age
Hamburg Aviation Conference
February 02, 2018
Invited at the Hamburg Aviation Conference (HAC) in Germany to share my though about Reinventing the Business with IT Innovations for the Digital Age.

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Tags: Agile, Cloud, Digital Transformation

3 Media Interviews
ITaaS: The Future of the CIO
Future of Work
January 13, 2020
Cited by the Future of Work (FOW) through my model The Complete ITaaS Delivery Model a major contributor of the CIO work.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Agile

Yes, DevOps is all about business growth, especially the digital variety
March 03, 2019
My thoughts about DevOps reported on ZDNet following a conversation with thought leader Joe McKendrick.
DevOps is now seen in one in four enterprises. It extends well beyond the bounds of the data center, as it opens up the path to disruption.

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Tags: Cloud, Agile, DevOps

IT as a Service: Was CIOs dafür tun müssen
Germany's ComputerWoche
October 19, 2015
Conversation with Germany's ComputerWocher about The Complete ITaaS Delivery Model I developed and promoted to make easy cloud migration and management

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption

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6 Article/Blogs
Implementing Enterprise Cloud Security: The Cybersecurity Fortress Design Pattern
January 31, 2023

The accelerated penetration of digital business and the adoption of cloud computing and related technologies including IoT, AI, big data, and DevOps go hand in hand with the ever-increasing cyber threats inflation. As paradoxical as this may sound, the adoption of these technologies and the IT transformations that go with it introduce new security vulnerabilities. The best answer is certainly not the isolated implementation of the latest tools as is too often the case, but the deployment of what is increasingly referred to as Enterprise Cloud Security. It makes business leaders both proactive and responsive to cyberattacks. In the following, I discuss the Cybersecurity Fortress Design Pattern that I developed to implement enterprise cloud security.

What is Enterprise Cloud Security

Enterprise Cloud Security refers to how well people, policies, procedures, processes and security tools are deployed throughout the organization in a way that effectively protects the company's IT including cloud and on-premise operations, critical systems and data from internet attacks. Despite the fact that cloud security and in general cybersecurity has become a key business issue, an impressive number of companies that have adopted cloud computing have experienced cloud-related security incidents, about 80% of them, according to many well-informed reports.

The most common cloud security incidents according to CloudTech's Duncan MacRae in a study that involved a panel of major cloud adopters include:

  1. Security incidents during runtime (34%)
  2. Unauthorized access (33%)
  3. Misconfigurations (32%)
  4. Major vulnerabilities that have not been remediated (24%)
  5. Failed audit (19%)

I totally agree with the findings, they are the same as I have been observing for 13 years. My conviction is that the root cause of these cloud security issues is the fact that systemic and holistic approaches to managing cybersecurity are ignored in favor of piecemeal processes. It is why I developed the Cybersecurity Fortress Design Pattern.

The AWS Cybersecurity Fortress Design Pattern by Philippe Abdoulaye

The cybersecurity fortress design pattern seeks to help businesses to rapidly implement robust cyber fortresses. It builds on the NIST Cyber Security Framework (CSF) to provide the methodological, operational, and organizational framework needed to effectively manage cybersecurity risks and proactively prevent or respond to cyberattacks.

Principles behind the Cybersecurity Fortress Design Pattern

The cybersecurity fortress pattern is based on five principles that determine the mindset as well as the organizational, operational, and technological pillars needed to design and implement cybersecurity fortresses. They include:

  • Principle 1 - Elevate cybersecurity to the same level of importance as other business management areas, place it in the agenda of all corporate governance bodies.
  • Principle 2 - Make risk management the cornerstone of your cybersecurity capability and practices.
  • Principle 3 - Involve all your staff in the company's cybersecurity program, give everyone an active cybersecurity role.
  • Principle 4 - Adopt a holistic and systemic approach, consider human, organizational and operational aspects but also, as a whole, the cloud and on-premise components of the company's IT.
  • Principle 5 - Make technological watch and innovation the drivers of your cybersecurity risk management and the hub of your operational security (OpSec) practices.

The design of enterprise cloud security fortresses should follow these five principles.

The Cybersecurity Fortress Design Pattern Building Blocks

The above figure gives an overview of the enterprise cloud architecture and how cybersecurity fits into the company's IT. It highlights five cybersecurity building blocks derived from the NIST Cyber Security Framework (CSF) five core functions including Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover. Each encapsulates specific cybersecurity processes, activities, staff, skills, methodologies, and tools.

Let's discuss them further!

Identify - In connection with principles 1, 2, and 3, the challenge here is to deploy a system of people, processes, and tools that allows the company to have a 360 degree view of its enterprise architecture and IT infrastructure so that it is able to proactively spot and evaluate cyber risks and determine preventive actions. The bottom line is to get current and future threats, both internal and external, clearly identified and documented. Key activities in this building block include governance, asset management, and risk management.

Protect - Relating to principles 4 and 5, the core purpose in this building block is to perform preventive cybersecurity controls in well-determined human, organizational, operational, and technological circumstances. The focus is on identity management and access controls and what's expected is to get remote access controlled. Key activities include identity management and access control, awareness and training, data security, information security protection processes and procedures, maintenance. Popular Preventive Solutions (procedures, policies, controls and tools) supporting this building block's activities include Authentication & Authorization, Firewalls, Malware Protections, VPN, MFA, SSO, and Cryptography.

Detect - Relating to principle 4 as well, this building block stresses security continuous monitoring through performance of detective cybersecurity controls in well-determined human, organizational, operational, and technological contexts. The objective is to get vulnerabilities scans continuously performed. Key activities include security continuous monitoring and anomalies and events continuous based on detection processes. Common Detective Solutions (procedures, policies, controls and tools) supporting the Detect building block include Events and Anomalies Monitoring, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Security Information and Event Management Systems (SIEMs), User and Entity Behavior Analytics Systems (UEBAs), Threat Hunting Systems, and Antivirus Software.

Respond - Addressing principles 4 and 5, the focal point in this building block is to perform reactive cybersecurity controls following analysis and understanding cyber attack contexts. The goal is to make sure forensics are performed. Key activities include analysis, response planning, communications, mitigations, and improvements. Usual Reactive Solutions (procedures, policies, controls and tools) include Incident Response Plan (IRP), Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), and IDS Logs Analysis Tools.

Recover - In connection with principles 4 and 5, this building block is concerned with recovering from cyberattacks. The bottom line is to get recovery plans executed as needed. Key activities include recovery planning, communications, and improvements. Familiar Recovery Solutions (procedures, policies, controls and tools) include Recovery Plans, Disaster Recovery, and Backup & Recovery.

Deploying Enterprise Cloud Security

Those familiar with it has probably guessed that deploying enterprise cloud security is about implementing the NIST CSF recommendations.

Implementing the organizational, operational and technological framework in which technical experts will express their ingenuity to protect the company's assets is the first thing you must have in mind. It is the purpose of the 4 stages of the Cybersecurity Fortress Pattern:

Auditing the As-Is Cybersecurity Environment

The goal in this step is to identify and understand the gaps between the as-is environment and the enterprise cloud security architecture from the cybersecurity fortress pattern's perspectives. Key activities include (1) putting together the as-is enterprise architecture including people, processes, methodologies and tools; (2) benchmarking the as-is enterprise architecture against the cybersecurity fortress architecture elements; (3) identifying the gaps along with the related vulnerabilities; and (4) making cybersecurity improvement recommendations.

Aligning the As-Is Environment to the Enterprise Cloud Security Framework

The stake in this step is to fill the gaps identified in the audit to design the to-be enterprise cloud security platform and align it, as much as possible, to the agreed upon cybersecurity fortress pattern's recommendations. Primary activities include (1) identifying / designing cybersecurity solutions likely to fill the identified gaps; (2) reconfiguring the as-is cybersecurity architecture into the to-be cybersecurity architecture from the people, processes, procedures, policies, and tools perspective; and (3) develop the cybersecurity fortress deployment plan.

Implementing the Enterprise Cloud Security Recommendations

In this step the goal is to deploy your cybersecurity people, processes, procedures, policies, and tools throughout your organization. The principal activities include (1) communicating about the changes ahead, (2) training to the to-be cybersecurity responsibility assignment (RACI) matrix, processes, procedures, policies, and tools across the organization; and (4) running a cybersecurity pilot project.

The Key Takeaways

The ever-increasing number of cyberattacks, +38% in 2022 compared to 2021, leaves no room for improvisation; CIOs would be wrong to persist in blind cybersecurity implementations that stress blind deployments of tools. Furthermore, their incredible plurality and accelerated frequency make it suicidal to cling to this one-eyed view of cybersecurity. Enterprise architecture approaches are required as they provide the tools (cartography of applications, systems, and processes, enterprise architecture governance, etc) that help to make the implementation of cyber fortresses easier and faster.

Additional benefits of the fortress design pattern include:

  • The proposition of architectural blueprints that allow to rapidly and easily pinpoint the key assets to protect and where to deploy the adequate cybersecurity solutions.
  • It offers an organizational and methodological framework that favors the integration of all contributions to the company's cybersecurity strategy, more importantly, it is conducive to cybersecurity experts ingenuity.
  • It provides experts with a library of hundreds of enterprise cloud security recommendations and best practices derived from the NIST 800-53 and many other resources.

Stay tuned, I will soon launch the initiative, The AWS Cybersecurity Fortress Project. In the same spirit as my book "Transforming Your Business with AWS," this international community of experts that we will build together will share Enterprise Cloud Security best practices with a view to deliver a formal and complete AWS Cybersecurity Fortress Models.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Cloud, Cybersecurity

Cloud Migration : Why Opposing Thinkers and Doers is a Major Failure Factor
April 29, 2022

Many #cloud migrations fail because they're led by doers, not thinkers; conductors are needed.
I wrote this post to share the unspoken reasons why today's cloud migration projects fail to deliver the expected business benefits.

Contrary to the widespread opinion, I won't blame solutions architects and cloud engineers but the erroneous practice that's been stressing technology implementation at the expense of broader perspectives.
Let's be serious, do you think that, what boards of directors expect from the money invested in #cloudcomputing initiatives, is the hurrah of a successful app migration team? The answer is, "No!" What's expected is, transformed business ready to tackle #digital challenges, what's expected is substantial ROIs measured in dollars.

Let's be clear about it, technology alone doesn't make profitable business; people skilled to cloud operational models, agile operational models supporting key IT processes, practices, and tools, well-architected landing zone and application aligned to cloud-native standards are the success ingredients.

Adapting the business for the digital competition is the goal of any cloud migration initiative.

Migrating IT to the cloud is like building the Brooklyn Bridge, the analogy isn't exaggerated; there are goals, stakes, tons of challenges, multiple methodologies, tools and competencies to orchestrate.

That's why opposing, "thinkers vs doers" is a total nonsense. Suggesting that doers (solutions architect and cloud engineers) is all that's needed is like suggesting that, workers alone, without plans, with their sole bolts, screws, and screwdrivers built the Brooklyn Bridge.

Building the Brooklyn Bridge, a master piece of 139 years old, took Visionaries :
- Owning the big picture (vision)
- Developing building plan and scenarios (roadmap)
- Organizing building effort (timelines, team, tasks, and RACI)
- Directing rigorously (project management) building activities
- Informing the population (pilot project, operational model deployment, training)

As you can see, opposing, "thinkers vs doers" does not make sense.

Thinkers are essential, they're the conductors that put together the conditions for success and smartly juggle with them across the cloud adoption journey to make the cloud migration project a successful business initiatives.

I'm an experienced cloud transformation director, cloud migration director, enterprise architecture director, call it whatever you want, but transforming IT with the cloud is what I'm good at, what I love doing, it's what I've been doing at Amaris Consulting
I'm proud official #aws hero, ranked in the global Top 10 cloud thought leaders and influencers, my AWS migration handbook, "Transforming Your Business with AWS" is ranked #1 in the IT books to read in 2022.

There's a lot we can share about your cloud initiative.
Email me :

Stay tuned, next week, I'll share, "The Value of Cloud Migration PMO and Cloud Center of Excellence

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, DevOps

Why AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) 3.0 Will Revolutionize Cloud Transformation Practices?
February 18, 2022

In 2022, the #aws Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) 3.0 will prove to be the tool that CIOs have been desperately waiting for to successfully transform their #enterprisearchitecture to the cloud and help their business lines to succeed in the growing digital economy.

The fact is, too many businesses are still struggling to enjoy the promised benefits of #cloudcomputing . The many reasons include transformation perspectives that restrictively stress IT at the expense of the business, lack or inefficient cloud vision and strategy, undefined or dysfunctional cloud adoption journey, and many other factors that prevent to properly design this central piece of the digital company's value chain: The Enterprise Cloud Ecosystem.

In addition to clearly setting the business goal, helping the business transform to meet the digital economy disruptive challenges, the AWS CAF 3.0 provides three powerful elements:
- Macroscopic cloud transformation journey (Envision, Align, Launch, Scale) that could serve as the baseline for developing flexible and powerful cloud adoption strategies.
- Four areas of focus ( #technology , Process, Organization, Product) acting as enablers of the expected business value.
- Six foundational capabilities (Business, People, Governance, Platform, Security, Operations) whose combinations are likely to provide unexpected competitive advantages needed to make any digital business prosperous.

Over the next few weeks I'll be going into more details about AWS CAF 3.0 and how we combine it with the Hybrid & Multi-Cloud Enterprise Cloud Design Pattern to help businesses achieve accelerated digital transformation successes.

I urge CIOs and technology leaders, whether they use AWS or not, to take a look at the AWS CAF 3.0. Great Job Jeff Barr, AWS CAF 3.0 will revolutionize in the short term cloud transformation practices. That's my conviction.

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Tags: Cloud, DevOps, Digital Transformation

180 Days Immersed in The AWS Universe: How J&S Food Went Digital
November 11, 2021

New Day, CNN's morning TV show, was discussing the digital platform economy and the case of a company that weirdly caught my attention; since the beginning of the week, a curious gut feeling was urging me to investigate digital transformation scenarios similar to that of this company. I could not understand why.

Christine Romans, the TV show host, was telling the story of J&S Food Inc., a leading firm in the global food industry. The company was losing market shares and money; the platform economy's expansion in the food sector brought in new competitors including Amazon Fresh, Fresh Direct, Instacart, and Growcer. Their new food shopping experience—online food shopping, virtual supermarkets, smart shopping carts—disrupted the industry and by extension, made many aspects of the company irrelevant particularly, its business model and more importantly its IT.

"J&S Food? that name sounds like a mystery," I whispered. I stood and opened the curtain; Capital Boulevard in downtown Raleigh was under the rain. "Perfect weather for staying home and dig on AWS cybersecurity," I whispered again when my smartphone suddenly rang. It read, "J&S Food, Hoboken, NJ." Confused by the strange coincidence, I picked up the call.

In a French accent that I recognized immediately, Jean-Pierre introduced himself as the J&S Food's CIO. After the greeting and civilities, he went straight to the point, "I know your work on AWS, I love it. I've attended your conference in Hamburg, I've even read your latest book Transforming Your Business with AWS: Getting the Most Out of Using AWS to Modernize and Innovate Your Digital Services. (John Wiley & Sons). A master piece. I need your help."

Delighted by these morning compliments, but above all, troubled by the gut feeling that J&S Food would get in touch, I stuttered, "How... How... can I help you?" Enthusiastic, Jean-Pierre replied, "To survive, J&S Food must go digital. We want you to team up with our Enterprise Architect to help us achieve it."

Two hours later, the Webex meeting between Jean-Pierre, Wei, and me took place. The next day we kicked off J&S Food's digital transformation project.

I was leading AWS engagements for almost 14 years, and was known for easing complex AWS migrations using agile methodologies. My record included datacenter migrations to cloud, digital transformations, and the development of highly innovative digital products based on Machine Learning (ML) and Internet of Things (IoT). On the other hand, Wei, the Singapore-born enterprise architect, had a different profile; for nearly 21 years, he advised CIOs on how to leverage IT to boost business profits. SAP's Kaan Turnali's quote, "Digital transformation isn't a technology makeover, it's a business revolution," summarized Wei's digital transformation doctrine.

The big question was, how we would go about it? Wei and I agreed on the team and on using scrum as the framework to support the digital transformation effort. I tended to use Jira Scrum as a lightweight framework for managing projects with aggressive deadlines and complex requirements by augmenting its delivery lifecycle's steps with varied tools and methodologies as deemed as necessary. These augmented steps made the transformation effort iterative and incremental, they included:

  • Product Vision, I proposed to use the Digital Business Model Development framework in this step to define the target digital business model architecture including J&S Food's AWS cloud platform architecture.
  • Product Roadmap and Release Plan, as suggested, this step would be dedicated to developing a transformation roadmap describing how these architectures would be implemented.
  • Product Release Backlog Definition, would be used to break down the digital business model and AWS cloud architectures into a prioritized list of architectural building blocks, functions, and features estimated in terms of complexity.
  • Sprint Planning would be used to help the team's members to organize the product backlog's items (building blocks, functions, features) into 4-week sprints. Understand sprints as timeboxed-subprojects supporting each, the incremental implementation of the expected building blocks, functions, and features.
  • Sprint Backlog would focus on how to accomplish the next sprint in terms of concerned building blocks, functions, and features, estimated hours of work as well as roles and responsibilities.
  • Sprints Execution would be dedicated to completing deliverables like configuring J&S Food's AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to implement the AWS cloud, iteratively rearchitecting and migrating the applications implementing the expected business functions, and optimizing IT operations for the AWS cloud.
  • Sprints Review, as we agreed, would be dedicated to performing User Acceptance Tests (UAT) and running the pilot project involving sales, marketing, developers, and IT operations.

This educational and learning article about AWS Digital Transformation tells the unprecedented story of how an Enterprise Architect and an AWS Digital Transformation Strategist teamed up to help a global firm to restore its competitiveness.

“ Tackle Your Business Model Transformation Issue First Or Prepare To Completely Fail

Wei was one of the few enterprise architects claiming that making the business model transformation the starting point of the digital transformation project is creating the conditions for success. "Business first, technology next," was his mantra. He was right, the chief goal is to adjust the way the company does business to the requirements of the digital competitive environment, and certainly not the ill-considered deployment of technologies that the company doesn't necessarily need. Experience shows that most companies engaged in digital transformation with in mind the belief that, alone technology deployment mechanically boosts benefits, fail to generate the expected revenues.

As he walked to the paperboard at the back of the meeting room, he recalled the strategic planning process complexity, "the challenge is to establish a roadmap that not only brings out the organizational, operational, and technological changes to implement, but that also tells how and when to implement these changes."

Under the watchful eye of the meeting participants, he drew a diagram which depicted a two-step digital business transformation planning process including redesigning the business model which was about designing the business solution that would help the company to meet its digital challenges and planning the business transformation which was about developing the company's digital transformation roadmap.

Using a collaborative approach involving the marketing and sales representatives, based on three questionnaires—industry analysis, business impacts analysis, digital strategy map—Wei identified the changes in the food industry, spotted their impacts on J&S Food's business model, facilitated J&S Food's digital strategy development, and then derived the transformation solutions needed to adapt the company to the new competitive environment.

The decisions made as part of the digital transformation solutions included:

  • The migration of the IT infrastructure to a cost-effective AWS cloud platform.
  • The implementation of an online food shopping platform purposed to extend the business worldwide.
  • And, the development of a smart shopping bag that automatically detects the food items put in it, and charges the credit card attached to the customer's subscription.

The intent of the smart shopping bag was to offer a superior food shopping experience by allowing customers to skip the checkout line in J&S Food's physical stores. They would save a precious time.

The roadmap that resulted from the discussions included three phases: Implementation, Experiment, and Deployment. They reflected J&S Food's digital transformation journey.

In a louder voice, as if to ask more attention, Wei explained, "As the roadmap translates it, the bottom line of our digital transformation strategy is to implement four digital business performance enablers including technology, operational model, organizational model, and people." As participants fell silent, he clarified, "About technology, our IT infrastructure including the ecommerce applications will migrate to AWS cloud to not only cut IT expenses but also to accelerate IT operations. It's good for our time-to-market and for our responsiveness to industry changes. With regard to the operational and organizational models, we'll deploy a Cloud Operating Model for AWS, Scrum Agile, and probably an Ecommerce Operating Model. And as for people, concerned IT and business staff will be either hired or trained to AWS, Agile, and digital business platform."

Waving his hands, as if willing to convince, Wei continued, "These digital business performance enablers will be implemented through three phases involving 8 sprints of 50 architecture, migration, software, and platform deployment activities. These phases include: Implementation concerned with their implementation, Experiment dedicated to their experimentation through a pilot a project, and Deployment focused on deploying enterprise-wide the final releases of the AWS cloud, applications, digital food platform, the smart shopping bag along with the operational and organizational models."

The magic with Wei's Digital Business Model Development framework, as astonished Jean-Pierre admitted it was that, "The combined application of the three questionnaires (industry analysis, impact analysis, and digital strategy map) made it possible to identify the food industry disruptors and pinpoint the impacted business aspects likely to be adjusted to the platform business requirements and digitized with technology."

“ Derive Your AWS Platform Architecture from Your Business Architecture Then Optimize it Using The AWS Well-Architecture Framework (WAF) Best Practices

Three days later, according to the roadmap instructions, it was my turn to contribute to J&S Food's digital transformation; I had to develop the AWS platform's architecture that would support the company's digital business. It's important to note that, by developing the J&S Food's digital business architecture, Wei did an important part of the job. He provided the logical (or functional) architecture that would serve as the baseline for developing the AWS cloud architecture.

The meeting room was set up so that everyone could easily see the one-page PowerPoint presentation that I prepared and hear me; participants were arranged in a semicircle in front of me. They included enthusiastic Jean-Pierre and Wei, brilliant IT operations director Laetitia, plus some 20-25 thrilled developers, IT and database (DB) admins. They attended the workshop as part of my commitment to transfer AWS knowledge.

After the greeting, I warned, "Designing a cloud architecture must be supported by business motives, that is how Wei's digital business architecture is fundamental." He smiled, hiding rather badly his pride.

As I displayed the one-page presentation, I said, "The process isn't that easy; it's an effort where the building blocks, functions, and features of the business architecture are iteratively and incrementally mapped to the AWS services likely to enable them. The resulting technical platform is then fine-tuned based on the architectural best practices of the AWS Well-Architected Framework (WAF) five pillars: operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, and cost optimization."

Participants were listening quite carefully, some were taking notes while others were capturing the displayed AWS architecture development framework with their smartphone.

The story told by the one-page presentation was that, developing AWS solution architectures takes two fundamental elements: the business architecture as the input and the AWS Cloud Architecture Framework (CAF) as the generator of the desired AWS solution architecture.

As illustrated, the digital business architecture as designed by Wei, recommended two platforms including the smart shopping bag system and the digital food platform as well as the use of microservices and containers to make easy and speedy the application development process. Speaking directly to the technical team, I clarified, "From the AWS solution architecture perspective, the business architecture is the formulation of cloud architectural expectations and requirements not only in terms of compute, storage, and network virtual capabilities but also in terms of security, reliability, performance efficiency, operational excellence, and cost optimization expectations."

Anticipating the technical team’s questions, I hastened to propose, "Let’s see how the AWS architecture engineering framework will make this highly complex process simple." The audience fell silent.

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Accelerated DevOps Implementation: The XP and AWS CodePipeline Integration Pattern.
June 28, 2020
The solution I offer to speed up DevOps implementation is, a design pattern: The XP and AWS CodePipeline Integration Pattern. Avoiding the usual word salad surrounding DevOps, it builds on the belief that, « Implementing DevOps, is about setting up a work environment for software delivery structured around agile practices and CICD pipelines. » The intent is to guide, reduce the complexity and facilitate the implementation. The picture illustrates the XP and AWS CodePipeline Integration Pattern. Two building blocks make it up: • The XP-based work organization (in blue) • The CodePipeline-based CICD pipelines (in orange) The XP-based work organization addresses the Software Delivery Operational Model; it combines XP principles, values, rules, roles, practices, and activities needed to responsively deliver high numbers of high-quality software releases. The XP-based work organization facet provides implementation material including: • Software delivery charter which structures the software delivery activity and the XP principles, rules, and values. • RACI Matrix which clarifies assignments including customer, coach, developers, tracker, tester, and the doomsayer. • Software delivery lifecycle which clarifies delivery phases and the roles involved, activities to carry out, and related CodePipeline tools. • A comprehensive XP deployment training kit. The actionable nature of the above material cuts in half the usual agile deployment time, effort, and cost. The CodePipeline-based CICD pipeline aspect provides a variety of material that facilitate the implementation of the related AWS infrastructure, they include: • A documented process for creating pipelines using the AWS CodePipeline console. • A set of CloudFormation templates for creating CICD pipelines. • A training kit for deploying and managing pipelines based on CodePipeline. The following features cut by 60% the usual pipeline implementation time, effort, and cost: • CodePipeline is a fully managed continuous delivery. • Coordination of release phases, resource provisioning, configuration, and deployment are fully managed and automated. • XP Iteration, Productionizing, and Maintenance phases are automated by CodePipeline. • CodePipeline integrates with third-party services like GitHub, JUnit, Maven and Selenium to implement XP iterations phase. Using Cloud Design Patterns like the XP and AWS CodePipeline Integration will help you get rid of the hassles of agile practices and CICD deployments.

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Tags: Agile, Cloud, COVID19

How to Transform IT for the COVID-19 Business Context
May 12, 2020
Succeeding in the COVID-19 era takes more than deploying cloud computing; making sure your staff, processes, practices and tools meet the requirements of the context is necessary. However, to quickly and properly transform your IT, a transformation framework is needed; it provides the big picture that helps to pinpoint the performance drivers to improve. The Complete ITaaS Delivery Model is an example of framework, it highlights five essential principles: - The goal is to responsively deliver applications as well as digital products and services in line with market opportunities and guarantee superior customer experience. - Organize the application management effort around a delivery pipeline that focuses on business priorities, speedy delivery, and superior customer experience. - Stress work from home and proper tools to ensure social distancing and remove fear so as to keep high the IT staff productivity. - Take advantage of cloud computing to cut costs, avoid resources shortage, speed up IT operations, and make IT agile and responsive. - Use infrastructure as code to automate IT operations, speed up applications deployment, and make IT agile. Here are three recommendations that'll take your IT to the next level: - Connecting the business and IT to make sure priorities are delivered and revenue streams secured: deploy and train your business and IT staff to Scrum Agile Product Roadmap, Release Plan, and Product Backlog as the means to plan business needs. - Speeding up apps delivery flow and responsively tackling market opportunities: implement a delivery pipeline thought to put together relevant business and IT staff and provide proven apps delivery processes, practices, and tools. - Applying proven cloud architecture design patterns and automate apps deployment: in addition to investing in analytics, machine learning, and IoT, approach your cloud implementation as a virtual datacenter based on proven architecture design patterns and infrastructure as code templates and tools. Keep in mind that expecting value from the sole IT tools won't help to stay in business; rather, embrace a vision that considers the human, process, tool and infrastructure factors as a whole.

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- AWS migration journey including roadmap, project plan, and project timeline
- Delivery pipeline architecture including RACI matrix, agile PM tools, Elastic Beanstalk & CodeDeploy
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