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Donny Nyamweya
... just my thoughts!
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Putting the customer first at +Trader Joe's
I was impressed yesterday when I asked the cashier at the store about a price. When he sensed that I was unsure if I should pay $4.99 for hand-lotion, he flagged-down his supervisor, removed the item from my tally, and marked it as complementary (so that I can decide without thinking about the cost). Empowered employees make business-smart decisions, and they are always on the ground where brands are built or destroyed.

That was the cheapest brand-building exercise any company can do. $5 for a strong conversion will have many returns.
#branding

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Just started reading this as a continuation of the material in another book.

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I have scheduled to take all three new AWS speciality certifications in the last 10 days of January.

I have my work cut out for me and here is the strategy that I used for the previous 5 and currently implementing for these three:

- Review information on AWS website to understand the structure
- Find and use an external source that has a prescriptive study structure (cloud guru, cloud academy, linux academy, etc)
- Review white-papers, FAQs, etc
- Watch youtube videos that cover the topics in the AWS structure (above) so have a deep understanding
- Sleep well at least 3-0 days before the exam
- Drive no fluids within 6 hours of the 3-hour session (I do not want to ruin in since most testing centers will not allow you to leave the room and return)
- *Surround myself with some friendly competition to keep the fire burning
#AWS #certification #security #networking #big-data

NB:
I work at AWS, but these opinions are purely my own

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This was more than 20 years before the time he was speaking of became visible to the outside. We clearly see how these ideas and thoughts guided the successful transition that took place in S. Africa.

Very sober and idealistic objective (response to the interviewer), but it is the longterm and responsible target for a society to thrive.

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There are many ways to save money on infrastructure using AWS. Optimization and responsive architecture is one powerful way. Easily, anyone running one-demand instances is leaving a 30-50% discount on the table.

Beyond the inertia of making decisions about Reserved Instances (now easier with Regional and Convertible RIs), one can architect to save money. Spot instances are easier to use and even make sense for more brittle scheduled. With Spot Block, you can essentially architect to make your instances stateless and them bid for time blocks and save a minimum of 30%

I can see an approach in which an autoscaling group expands to use spot instances with fixed leases. This can work with the fallback of RI instances that stay on all the time to ensure that you always have minimal infrastructure in place.
#devops #ROI #AWS #cloud


NB:
I work at AWS, but these opinions are purely my own and based entirely on public information.


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This was more than 20 years before the time he was speaking of became visible to the outside. We clearly see how these ideas and thoughts guided the successful transition that took place in S. Africa.

Very sober and idealistic objective (response to the interviewer), but it is the longterm and responsible target for a society to thrive.

I have re-registered for a whole bunch of AWS Certification exams in a bid to be in the initial group of people with speciality certifications. The only inconvenience is that I will take the security exam before I take my second and main 3-day training on that topic - so I will have to prepare the old hard way (youtube, documentation, whitepapers, online training resources, etc).
#devops #career #cloud

This is a cornerstone in my aggressive "adapt or die" policy for 2017. I want to make it the year of risk, failure, and growth!

#devops #customer-obsessed
I must commend AWS Training & Certification for their very customer obsessed move this afternoon.
60 of us were about to take various certification exams today (Friday) when the network had issues (Hotel power outage). After the 15 minutes it took to find a solution, someone from AWS took ownership of the problem, refunded everyone's cost for that class, in addition to a voucher for an addition exam!

It probably cost AWS some $30K, but the gesture won hearts on spot. I heard people's amazement at how much value AWS places on customer satisfaction.

I am proud to be part of the culture of customer obsession!!!

#omnifocus #productivity #gtd
After months (probably years) of trying to make it work with other tools, I finally realized that my life was becoming unmanageable without a tried and true GTD application and system. The inability to defer and hide future tasks in the likes of Google Keep (wonderful app, still maturing), I decided to move to iOS and Omnifocus a week ago. iOS has improved quite a big (single login for Google apps), have some quirks (for an Android user), but overall, I am already moving away from overwhelm into a peaceful experience (albeit with more projects and tasks).

I can see myself getting to 'mind like water' in a few weeks if I keep going like this. It is ironic that falling off the GTD bandwagon for a few (years in my case) has taught me just how good my life was when I had control and a plan. In that time, I have become master of my calendar (thanks Google, and discipline), but the task management part became a nightmare.


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