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teamYesterday was the Auckland leg of Amazon Web Services AWS Summit series. Amazon have an amazing knack for using the word Awesome to describe all things AWS related and in this instance I think Awesome is the appropriate adjective.

We were there to launch MagnumBI – Business Intelligence made Simple. In short the OptimalBI team has drawn on our years of experience in Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Advanced Analytics deploying a fast, cost effective Cloud BI platform. Our managed service is hosted on AWS and it is also Awesome! Check it out.

Back to the AWS Summit. In New Zealand technology event terms this one was amazing. With over 1100 registered attendees plus walk ups on the day, the beautiful Viaduct Events Centre was chocker. With free (as in $0) entry coupled with the current market leader in Cloud services bringing a range of speakers to our shores meant the vibe was incredibly positive, loved being part of this event.

photo1Sponsorship wise the event was well supported too with a range of companies offering great prize draws and the usual give-aways technology specialists love to collect. At our stand we were handing out brand aligned moustache tattoos – massively popular especially with parents who wanted to take them home for their children.

Kathryn and I found ourselves busy on the stand all day with fantastic support from the rest of our team – Geoff, Ben, Dan, Steven and Barry who raced out of the sessions and labs to join us and converse with the masses as they broke for morning tea, lunch and drinks.

My key take away from this event was the positivity of the AWS team themselves most of whom came and thanked us for our support and encouraging our endeavours introducing us to potential customers and collaboration partners alike. Really was like a breath of fresh air after many years of other vendor centric conferences – again Awesome seems to be appropriate.

Others will write wonderful blogs on what they learned from the event this is just my – we went, we enjoyed, it was awesome summary along with a few photos! Enjoy Vic.

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