Nov 24 2023

AWS re:Invent 2023: What to Expect from This Year’s Event

Amazon Web Services is all-in on generative AI and the promise it offers as cloud computing continues its transformation journey.

Events throughout 2023 have made it clear that generative AI is dominating the discussions of IT leaders around the country. It was a major focus at Microsoft Ignite, Cisco Live and the Snowflake Summit, and AWS re:Invent now joins the conversation.  

For anyone tuned into technology discussions, the emergence of AI as a focal point comes as no surprise. Though its ubiquity came quickly, research confirms why it’s being inserted in conversations around nearly every aspect of technology: A recent Forrester report predicts AI will have a major impact on the American workforce in the next several years. “Forrester predicts that from 2022 to 2030, agencies will replace 7.5 percent of jobs with automation. Yet the impacts will be uneven: As creative problem-solving roles thrive, process-oriented roles will diminish due to the influence of automation, ML and generative AI.”

This year’s AWS re:Invent kicks off with a keynote from Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky, who will highlight AI and ML in his overview of the innovations AWS is providing its customers to help them “achieve their goals faster, mine untapped potential and create a better future.” The hybrid event — held in Las Vegas from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 — features an online component and in-person events. Attendees will have access to keynote speakers and leadership sessions aimed at highlighting the latest innovative enhancements and cloud-based offerings from AWS. 

Here’s what attendees can expect from this event.

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AWS re:Invent Will Focus on Leveraging Enterprise Data

The amount of data being generated by organizations across every industry has never been greater, and it is expected to increase. According to Statista, the volume of global data creation will reach 180 zettabytes by 2025. And the executives at AWS are well aware of the opportunities and challenges this data surge is likely to create.

In addition to Selipsky’s opening keynote, Dr. Swami Sivasubramanian will present a keynote that will shine a light on the interplay between data and both artificial and human intelligence. That session will also include contributions from AWS customers “with real-world examples of how they’ve used their data to support their generative AI use cases and create new experiences for their customers.”

With such vast amounts of data, new challenges will likely arise around storage and security. Werner Vogels, vice president and CTO of Amazon, will present a session on how AI can be used to design architectures that optimize costs and increase resilience. Other talks will zero in on the ways in which secure storage can act as the backbone for a data-driven business.

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How to Optimize Costs in the Cloud

As cloud computing has matured, many organizations have begun to re-examine their spending in the cloud. Costs for cloud storage and computing can be more complex and layered, which is where FinOps comes into play.

David Wharton, chief architect for the AWS cloud platform at CDW, will present a lightning talk at the event titled, “FinOps on AWS: Accelerated Outcomes to Maximize ROI.” The session will focus on how to drive transparency, optimize workloads and promote cost awareness for your stakeholders.

Other CDW experts will be onsite participating in podcasts recorded during the event. Come hear the cloud-focused conversations in person at the Blue Wire Studio at the Wynn. Following is the schedule for these discussions:

  • Sunday 3:00 - 3:30 pm - Cloud Transformation: Making Amazing Happen Together
  • Monday 4:30 - 5:15 pm - From Crawling to Running with FinOps
  • Monday 5:15 - 6:00 pm - Your Place in the AI Revolution
  • Wednesday 5:00 - 5:30 pm - Accelerate AWS Adoption with Logical Data Management
  • Wednesday 5:30 - 6:00 pm – Fine-Tuning Your Cloud Model for Business Outcomes
  • Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Cloud Technologies That Pack a Punch

For in-person event attendees, CDW will also be hosting a booth and some after-hours opportunities to meet subject matter experts and learn more about AI, FinOps and all things cloud. For more information, click here.

Keep this page bookmarked for articles from the event, and follow along on X (formerly Twitter) at @BizTechMagazine and the official conference twitter feed, @AWSreInvent.

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