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Reaching Cloud Velocity, a path to your serverless edge

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“Reaching Cloud Velocity : A leader’s guide to success in AWS Cloud” by Jonathan Allen and Thomas Blood captures guidance, advice and hard won wisdom in a really concise and digestible way that all leaders on a cloud journey should embrace. 

The action steps at the end of each chapter are well worth reviewing to see how you can apply them to your own environment.

‘Reaching cloud velocity’ is your guidebook to cloud success

Reaching cloud velocity book

Although AWS centric, ‘Reaching cloud velocity’ is very applicable to any of the major cloud providers

I found myself nodding along and smiling as I read through the book. The guidance and advice closely reflects my own thoughts on enterprise transformation. There is a focus on truly differentiating capabilities, setting great strategy with Wardley mapping, enabling and upskilling your people, migration approaches and setting the right environment for team and organisational success. It also looks at being guided by the well architected framework, adopting a serverless first mindset and approach (with containers and serverless as friends, not rivals) and ultimately focusing on delivering business value.


There is strong Serverless content throughout the book on the history, principles, capabilities, benefits and real world success stories of Serverless.  They also have eloquently called out that containers and serverless are “friends, not rivals” and can work in tandem to build modern applications.  Although I would encourage a Serverless-first mindset and approach with containers as a fall-back in a spectrum of options. 

I love and wholeheartedly agree with their definition of serverless:

While serverless if very often championed as a way to reduce costs and scale massively and on demand, there is one extraordinarily compelling reason above all others to adopt a serverless first approach. Simply using serverless if the best way to achieve maximum development velocity over time and remove vast amounts of undifferentiated heavy lifting”.

“Reaching Cloud Velocity: A Leader’s Guide to Success in the AWS Cloud”

Helping your organisation to realise its serverless edge.

‘Reaching cloud velocity’ sits alongside Wardley Mapping, Accelerate and Team Topologies as go to reference material that all leaders should be leveraging as they evolve their organisations for the cloud era.

This book will help you and your organisation onto the path to realise your serverless edge.

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