Our software engineers visited the #AWSSummit in London last week. We asked them what they were most impressed with, and here’s what they had to say…

“One key takeaway: Robotics, Automation, Machine Learning, and AI are going to transform all kinds of businesses. For example, take a look at Ocado's warehouse for how groceries are now picked and packed: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/business-38897417/the-ocado-warehouse-run-by-robots ”

Gavin Heavyside CTO MyDrive

“At the 2017 AWS Summit, I was most impressed with…

... the size of the event. It was huge – more than 6,000 people were in attendance. It’s the biggest event of this type that I have been to!
... the number of features that Amazon is adding to their products each year, creating a complete ecosystem.
... the current problems that people are trying to solve and the technologies that they are using: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), voice interfaces, serverless architectures, data science querying millions of data rows... Fascinating!”

Arturo Herrero Senior Software Engineer MyDrive

“At the 2017 AWS Summit, I was most impressed with…

… the AWS Redshift Spectrum Performance for complex query against exabyte dataset (4 tables, 8 filters, 3 joins, 4 group by columns, 1 order by, 1 limit, 1 aggregation, 1 function and 2 casts): It was mentioned that it will take Hive with 1000 node clusters to run the query for 5 years and if you do it using the AWS Redshift Spectrum it will take you only 155 seconds!

… AI: The best way to predict the future is to look at the past and using insight from the past to predict what will be worth investing in for the future. One stat by Netflix: 75% of the movies and series watched on Netflix are driven by recommendations. Huge! This means that machine learning becomes extremely important and potentially, core for your business.

One benefit of being a lady Software Engineer at the event: there is a much shorter (or none at all) queue for the ladies toilet. We do need more women in tech! : )”

Aylya Ahmedova Software Engineer MyDrive

“At the 2017 AWS Summit, I was most impressed with…

... 'Cloud' being referred to as the new normal by Gavin Jackson, AWS UKIR Managing Director. Cloud is becoming ubiquitous; there is no going back. In addition to this, I got really excited by the Amazon Rekognition; AI being used to detect objects, scenes, and faces in images. You can also search and compare faces, recognise celebrities, and identify different types of content.”

Evangelos Giataganas Software Engineer MyDrive