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Teresa Carlson on AWS’ Cloud Implementation Standards Dev’t, Global Training Accessibility Efforts

Teresa Carlson VP Amazon Web Services
Teresa Carlson, VP, Amazon Web Services

Teresa Carlson, vice president of worldwide public sector and industries at Amazon Web Services and a 2020 Wash100 awardee, said industry and government cloud adoption challenges similarly encompass issues in data and operational standards.

Carlson said in an interview with Computer Weekly published Monday that AWS collaborates with policymakers and highly regulated industries to establish standards for cloud implementation while identifying potential areas of innovation for the emerging technology.

She noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a lot of customer innovation driven by data and cloud technologies and that she does not see this trend slowing down over the next year.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have also played a crucial role amid the pandemic as organizations move toward sharing data from common operational models, according to Carlson.

Speaking on AWS's workforce and training initiatives, Carlson said the company launched the re/Start effort to refine the cloud computing skills of professionals in an effort to train 29M people around the world for free in 2025.

“What we're trying to do now is just have a variety of [programs], not limit ourselves and make sure that we're reaching out in every way and very much focused on diversity and equality, with tons of programming and accessibility,“ she said.

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