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Recap of AWS re:Invent 2019 keynote & announcements

Part of the For Cloud Professionals podcast series

At AWS re:Invent 2019, AWS introduced new, exciting, and evolutionary products and services in the cloud space. There's lots of buzz around IoT, machine learning, and 5G, making companies smarter—and helping developers move more operations to the cloud.

AWS re:Invent 2019 delivers advances in edge computing, ML, and developer tools

Every year at AWS re:Invent, AWS introduces new products and services that are designed to help customers achieve their cloud computing goals and accelerate what's possible. In this episode of the podcast, David Linthicum and Deloitte's JB McGinnis offer listeners a quick debrief on AWS's latest announcements and the excitement surrounding them. Big news for 2019 is an increased focus on edge computing through AWS Outposts and the improved functionality that 5G brings, as well as greater opportunities for machine learning and analytics through Amazon Sagemaker.  Developers emerged as clear winners, as AWS announced new tools that put increased functionality and simplicity into their hands. McGinnis predicts that this new functionality, along with lower cloud costs, will lead to growing adoption of cloud in the sectors that have previously lagged.

We saw a greater focus on edge computing functionality through both Outposts and VMware. The launch of local zones and AWS wavelength really capitalizes on the functionality that 5G brings to the world. We saw other releases around Sagemaker—and machine learning in general—and the overall analytics that are being incorporated in Redshift. It’s a very exciting time to be in Las's an exciting time to be in the industry.

— JB McGinnis

JB McGinnis serves as the US managing director of Cloud for Deloitte Consulting. As the managing director of Cloud, JB leads efforts to grow and differentiate the Deloitte Cloud practice. He is responsible for cloud growth across all sectors of Deloitte Consulting as well as the leadership and development of the US based Cloud Executives program. JB participates in cloud product development within the firm and partners closely with public cloud providers to drive superior solutions for Deloitte clients. Prior to joining Deloitte, JB was a Principal for a leading “born in the cloud” organization that was a Premier partner to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. During his time, he helped enterprises at all stages of the cloud journey adopt public cloud from a technical, cultural and process perspective. JB holds a BS from James Madison University.

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