Latest Thinking / April 10, 2019
The Importance of being Well-Architected – A breakfast Briefing
Friday May 3rd saw the latest edition in our Breakfast Briefing series take place in the wonderful Westin Hotel. Due to an unprecedented amount of interest, the event was over-subscribed and we had a full house on the morning. Thanks to all who came, and for those who couldn’t attend this time, we’re already working on our next one!
After a delicious breakfast, everyone took their seat and our CEO Richard Nunan went through the agenda for the morning. A mix of AWS thought leaders, customer success stories and AWS Solution Architects to give attendees a multi-faceted view on ‘The Importance of being Well-Architected’.
First speaker up was Dan White – AWS Partner Solution Architect Manager who discussed how the AWS Well-Architected framework was born and the importance of Well-Architected throughout the life-cycle of a workload. Dan talked about the pillars, design principles and best practices underpinning Well-Architected and how customers can utilise partners for Well-Architected reviews. He encouraged the audience to interact by sharing and discussing the challenges which Well-Architected can help to resolve.
Next to take to the stage was our lovely customer Paul Lynch from Showtime Analytics. Paul gave some background on his business and dived deep into the detail of their journey moving from Alibaba Cloud to AWS and why they chose AWS over Azure due to the competitive advantages the AWS platform would provide and multiple ways of architecting. He then talked about how they engaged DNM in the shape of a Well-Architected review, and how DNM helped improve Security, Reliability and Cost Efficiency. He also talked about how the review process is now continual, as they recognise architectures should be fluid and not static.
After an informative customer success story from Paul, Our very own CTO Nigel Creighton took control of the mic! Nigel talked through a number of case studies DNM have around Well-Architected Reviews driving remediation of known and unknown issues within customer architectures, and how this strengthens relationships with their customers. He discussed the importance of the Well-Architected Framework and how DNM have ingrained it in to every layer of their engagement methodology. He talked about how the review process is collaborative and they aim to first understand the customers business and their business requirements, before understanding what decisions lead to current architecture and how they expect the architecture to evolve.
To wrap up the presentations Ben Wheeler AWS Partner Solution Architect and Richard from DNM rounded things off with a recap, an overview of the Well-Architected Partner Program and a call to action.
Since this even was over-subscribed, we are already busy planning our next one.
In the meantime, if you’d like to chat to us about a Well-Architected Review, or indeed anything AWS related, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get one of our cloud gurus on the case.