Next week, the AWS Summit will be hitting the Big Apple. On August 10 and 11, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with managed service providers like Datapipe, AWS employees, and a host of other companies, all while enjoying sessions and talks from a number of leaders in the industry.
There’s still time to register for the event, however if you can’t make it to New York, AWS will be live streaming speaking sessions at the same link. If you are planning to attend, it’s well worth taking the time in advance to narrow down your area(s) of focus. To assist, I’ve put together a guide for making the most out of your AWS Summit experience.
Sessions to Attend
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels delivers the AWS Summit keynote speech at each event, which is always great listening. He’s responsible for driving the company’s technology vision, and it’s a safe bet that he’ll unveil some new innovative products and services. I highly recommend attending his speech.
To get yourself up to date on the latest AWS innovations before the Summit you may want to check their site here. You’ll find that AWS has announced 26 new features in the past week alone. Undoubtedly at the Summit, we will be hearing more about the latest updates to Amazon databases such as Aurora, Redshift and their database migration and schema conversion services but also to their latest major cloud storage service – Elastic File Service (EFS) – which went GA on June 28.
AWS is also offering a series of hands-on training via their Technical Bootcamps. These are workshops delivered by experienced AWS Instructors and Solution Architects. They range from creating applications for the Internet of Things on AWS to securing cloud workloads with DevOps automation.
There are some other session highlights, as well. A few we suggest are below:
- Security: Protecting your cloud infrastructure is critical to your client’s trust and the integrity of your business. Security-focused sessions will help you learn what services AWS provides to protect your cloud-based applications as well as show you how to use those services to implement cloud-based security best practices.
- Services: The AWS Summit offers sessions that let you get an overview of an area new to your business, or dive deep on a particular technology, learning tips & tricks from subject-matter experts. You will also hear about the latest services offered by AWS, as well as innovations to existing services.
- Big Data and Analytics: AWS provides a broad platform of managed services to help you build, secure, and seamlessly scale end-to-end Big Data applications quickly and with ease. Big Data & Analytics sessions will provide a general overview to help you get started with big data on AWS, as well as more advanced best practices, common use cases, and architectural design patterns to collect, store, process, and analyze Big Data.
Download the AWS App
With all the hustle and bustle of the Summit, it can be easy to lose track of appointments or sessions that you have on your checklist. The AWS Summit mobile app is a very simple way to stay on top of everything and navigate the event easily. You can use it to access the event schedule and plan your day, stay current with any event updates, and connect with speakers, exhibitors and attendees.
It’s that final functionality that’s very helpful for setting up meetings and follow-ups. You may only be able to chat with someone for a few minutes, but knowing you can easily connect with them later on – even if you happened to leave your business cards in the hotel room or back in the office – is reassuring.
Booths to Visit
It’s a good plan of attack to map out which booths you want to visit before you arrive. It can get hectic down on the floor, which is why having a bit of a strategy will help keep you calm amidst the chaos. Datapipe is at Booth #444, and we’d love to meet you and share how we’ve been able to help our clients successfully migrate workloads onto AWS.
I also encourage simply walking around the floor and chatting with folks in attendance. Some of the best connections I’ve made were at AWS Summits, but you’ll never know if you don’t get out and explore the area. If nothing else, you’ll learn something new that you can use in your career.
The AWS Summit in New York is free. Be sure to register to hear great client stories, attend breakout sessions on the hottest topics, including new services, architectures, performance, and operations. And if you are in attendance, come stop by Booth #444 and say hello!