He is in charge of Amazon’s largest money-making organization.Now he faces a series of new challenges

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Selipsky is no stranger to AWS.He first joined the Amazon cloud computing department In 2005, its services were not even made public. But in 2016, after 11 years with the company, he left. In the five years since he left the data visualization company Tableau, the business and industry have undergone tremendous changes, bringing Selipsky A series of new challenges.

During that time, AWS’s annual revenue almost quadrupled, and the pandemic caused a surge in demand for cloud computing and cloud-based services.but The competitive landscape has also intensified.Although AWS pioneered cloud technology and is a long-term industry leader, competitors such as Microsoft (Microsoft Financial Services) Sky blue and Google (Google Google) The cloud has already stolen some market share.
In 2019, Microsoft won a contract for the modernization of the Pentagon’s IT infrastructure with a 10-year deal worth up to 10 billion U.S. dollars. This was a major blow to AWS, which previously had a deal with the department. After Amazon protested that former President Donald Trump unfairly influenced the transaction, the contract was eventually cancelled, but it showed that AWS may no longer be the obvious choice for such major projects.
Now, both companies are expected to bid for the Department of Defense’s new Joint Operations Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract with companies such as Google Cloud and Oracle to replace the 2019 deal.

But in the first interview after taking over as CEO of AWS, Selipsky sounded confident of his company’s prospects. The new AWS chief said he believes that his company still has an advantage over Microsoft in accomplishing government work.

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“We are indeed the first company in the cloud field to have large, important government contracts in every area of ​​government, and it’s a few years earlier than any competitor,” he told CNN in an exclusive interview last week Business, the interview took place in the new AWS Skill Center. At the company headquarters. “We learned a lot about how to implement cloud implementations and work closely with federal government customers,” he said.

He added: “I think you will find that, especially considering our leadership position, our competitors spend much more time talking and worrying about AWS than we do for them-we choose to focus on our customers .”

(Although this type of contract is beneficial to the company, some employees have previously objected to the company’s work for certain government agencies (including immigration and customs enforcement)-this dynamic may only increase Celipsky’s position in this position. Challenge.)

Selipski said that Amazon never thought it would become the only winner in the cloud computing field. And the industry must have become large enough to accommodate more than one major player-according to Gartner’s April estimate, public cloud spending this year is expected to exceed $300 billion.

“In any fast-growing, interesting market segment, there will be competition,” he said. “We have always thought that there will not be many winners, but there will be a few winners and the competition will be fierce. This is what we see. But we are still important leaders.”

We “very encourage” employees to speak freely

soon After Selipsky took over AWS, the business faced different internal challenges. A group of employees distributed a petition accusing an AWS business unit of discriminating against and harassing women and minorities, and the company has since hired an outside company to investigate. Recently, Apple, Google, and video game company Activision Blizzard have also seen similar employee activism.
Although some companies seem to be annoyed by employee organization (AWS parent company Amazon has been criticized for what some people believe is anti-union behavior), Selipsky said he believes that employees’ comments may ultimately benefit the company.
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“I really like the fact that people are fully committed to their work and yelling out – we really encourage this,” he said. “I found that if you have a very good process to listen truly and sincerely and show people that you are taking the time to listen, even if they disagree with you at the end of the day, we can all lock the weapon and move forward together.”

He continued: “I welcome many of the topics being discussed today, and these topics may have been less discussed in the workplace 5, 10, 20 years ago.”

Another growing concern for the cloud industry is that the data centers it relies on are energy-intensive. Most calculations still rely on fossil fuels, but Selipski said that AWS is working hard to change this situation to meet Amazon’s greater commitment to achieve zero net carbon throughout the company by 2040. Amazon’s climate commitment is that employees announced in 2019 before the planned strike believed that the company was not doing anything about climate change.

“Amazon intends to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2025…We have completed about two-thirds of the work, so we are making significant progress,” he said. “Considering our scale and scale and the data centers we operate, we really have to drive them with renewable energy to achieve this goal. [2040] Target. We are making a lot of innovations ourselves, and we are cooperating with many companies, many governments, and many non-profit organizations to achieve these goals. ”

Selipsky will have the opportunity to speak to customers for the first time at the AWS annual cloud conference Re:Invent in Las Vegas later this month. He said that customers should look forward to some announcements in “our oldest and most basic services, such as computing, database, and storage,” as well as “exciting announcements about higher-level services and industry-specific solutions.”

“We must continue to understand [customers’] Constantly changing needs, changing very fast, we will develop with them,” he said.

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