UPDATED 09:00 EDT / DECEMBER 04 2019

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AWS teams up with consultant Slalom to help businesses migrate to its cloud

Amazon Web Services Inc. wants to help educate businesses on how to go about migrating to its public cloud infrastructure, and it’s tapping the expertise of technology consultancy firm Slalom LLC to aid it in that endeavor.

The plan, announced today, is to launch three “joint AWS | Slalom Launch Centers” in Atlanta, Chicago and Seattle, where information technology professionals will be able to attend and learn all about how to migrate to AWS, become “cloud-native” and derive the benefits of doing so.

Amazon says this kind of education is necessary because it expects a wave of traditional enterprises to migrate to the cloud in the coming years. But the journey to becoming cloud-native is an extensive one that involves lots of work transforming business processes, operating models and workforces. Moreover, it requires modernizing dozens of critical business applications – tasks that many enterprises lack the resources to pull off by themselves.

The Launch Centers will be staffed by experts from the AWS Professional Services team, and also Slalom’s business transformation, software engineering and analytics professionals. Each organization will be offered a “customized approach” that involves defining business strategies and building a roadmap towards their cloud migration, and then seeing it through. Customers will also be guided through any organizational management changes needed, and also receive training on how to manage their cloud infrastructure, Amazon said.

“The AWS/Slalom Launch Centers will help enterprises around the world to transition their organizations, processes, applications, and infrastructure quickly, using best practices and a unique, immersive experience,” AWS Vice President of Professional Services Todd Weatherby said in a statement.

Amazon said several of its biggest customers have already benefited from having early access to its launch centers, including LG Electronics Inc. and Avis Budget Group.

Assuming all goes well, Amazon said, it plans to open up more launch centers around the world within the next three years.

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