On the day he became the first executive to resign from Amazon, Chief Executive Jeff Bezos was already facing another problem: Amazon’s growing dominance of the software industry.
The e-commerce giant’s cloud computing division has been gobbling up jobs, and its $500 billion acquisition of Whole Foods is expected to add thousands more jobs over the next decade.
While Amazon has been a key part of the growth of the internet and e-retail, its dominance in the software space is a big part of its success.
The company’s growth has been fueled in part by its growing role as an automation platform.
It is now one of the top five cloud computing companies, according to a survey conducted by research firm iResearch, and it is already the world’s most valuable software company.
Amazon is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate its entire product line, from warehouse and fulfillment to software development and distribution.
The rise of Amazon as a cloud computing platform, however, has sparked concerns about its ability to absorb and assimilate new talent, particularly with its growing presence in the technology industry.
While the company has been growing steadily over the past decade, the cloud is also becoming a major source of friction for many IT organizations, according.
Amazon’s rapid growth has led to a host of challenges in the cloud industry, said Scott Weidenbaum, the president of the consulting firm iQuantrix, who spoke to Next Big Futures.
The cloud’s role as a “platform for innovation” is changing rapidly, he said.
“The challenge is the amount of innovation that we’re getting,” Weidenboe said.
In the past, IT organizations were able to hire engineers who had a broad background in IT.
Now, that’s not always the case.
“They’re often looking for someone who’s in the trenches,” Weidbaum said.
Companies have increasingly focused on hiring people who have the best chance of succeeding at Amazon, and those hires are often people who are already skilled in Amazon’s tech.
Weidenbem said Amazon is creating new roles for people who aren’t already skilled at Amazon and are in positions that are outside of the IT company.
For example, people with the best technical skills are becoming more important in new roles, which is driving down salaries.
This has led many IT companies to try to hire more people who already have deep technical expertise.
Weidbaem said this has led some companies to shift away from traditional roles like CTO and CTO engineer roles, such as those held by Amazon’s former CTO, Jeff Bezos, to more flexible roles that are filled by people with less technical skills.
“I would say it’s a big shift,” Weidelbaum said, adding that there are other challenges, including how Amazon handles talent acquisition.
“Amazon is moving into a different area,” Weisbem added.
“In the past we were going to go to a traditional CTO.
We’re going to move to a CTO who’s more of a product architect and a product designer, and we’re going back to the old model where we’re hiring from the trenches.”
This shift in hiring and talent acquisition practices has led a number of IT organizations to hire away their traditional IT workforce, which makes the IT infrastructure more expensive and difficult to maintain, Weidenbaem added, and also creates a risk for IT organizations that are already struggling to stay competitive.
“As you’re hiring, you’re not thinking about what you’re going up against in the marketplace,” Weisenbaum said about Amazon’s cloud hiring practices.
“You’re not planning how you’re bringing people in from outside.”
Amazon is still in the middle of a transition to a new, more agile cloud computing architecture, which Weidenstein said is expected in 2019.
The new architecture is also expected to lead to increased efficiency and lower cost per gigabyte, and that may be particularly important for Amazon’s growth as a software company, which has been increasingly focused in the area of software development.
This means Amazon’s IT needs are expected to grow at a faster pace, Weisbaum said in an interview with Next Big.
The technology industry is going through a major change right now, Weisenbem explained.
“We are in a real transition.”
Weissteinbaum, who served as Amazon’s CTO from 2005 to 2007, said the cloud will be a part of that transition.
“This will be the biggest challenge in cloud computing for Amazon,” Weisebem continued.
“It’s going to be one of those things where Amazon has to evolve from being a platform to being a cloud company, because the software is moving to cloud.”
Weidenbach said Amazon’s focus on the cloud has been particularly evident in its cloud computing business.
Amazon has a massive cloud computing footprint in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and the company’s cloud has grown exponentially in size over the years.
In 2015, Amazon opened its first AWS-owned data center in Brazil. It