Ascend - AWS Alexa Flash Briefing

Alexa Flash Briefing about AWS

"Ascend" is an Alexa briefing for users of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Platform. The briefing provides insights, best practices, and information on AWS services and announcements.

Subscribing on your Alexa device:

You can search for "Ascend" in your Alexa App or find the briefing in the Alexa Skill store. Currently, Ascend is available for US and CA Alexa devices.
Latest Episode
EC2, RDS, and EBS - The big three

The Big three - EC2, RDS, and EBS. In many cases these three services will contribute the most to your overall AWS spend. You must continuously optimize these services in order to manage your AWS bill.

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Episode 1

The first episode of "Ascend". A quick intro about what we'll feature on the show and your first tip focused on best practices for Identity and Access Management (IAM).

Episode List
AWS Friday wrap up - April 26, 2019

It’s Friday! Here’s your weekly AWS announcement review - enjoy.


Selecting the Right tool for the job - How to select EC2 instances

Without metric data to help you make an informed decision selecting the right EC2 instance can be challenging. In this update, I’ll provide insight on how we approach this particular situation.


Build and then iterate

With over 160 services building on the AWS platform can sometimes be intimidating. The solution? Start simple and rapidly iterate on your initial solution. Don’t try to boil the ocean.


Finding talent is hard - look internally first

Finding the right talent has also been difficult. It’s even harder when you’re looking for AWS skills. My tip? Look internally first, and train your existing team members.


Always be Learning - the key to success on AWS

What’s the most important thing you can do when it comes to be successful on the AWS platform? Easy - never stop learning about the platform and services. Build and learn - it really is that simple.


Move Fast - but with a plan

One of the biggest benefits of the AWS platform is that it allows you to reduce the time it takes to get your products and services to market. While that is fantastic, it’s also important to make sure you properly plan.


The importance of Least Privilege in AWS

Least Privilege - it’s essential and for some reason - sometimes - it’s overlooked when new organizations start leveraging the AWS platform for their solutions.


Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode (or briefing) or Ascend. The intention with Ascend is to provide multiple flash briefings per week on topics related to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform.

Updates will be related to AWS announcements, tip & tricks, and best practices for solutions on AWS.

I hope you enjoy it.