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7 Essentials for a Successful Cloud-First Transformation

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has helped thousands of organizations become cloud-first organizations. From those experiences and learnings comes the seven essential elements typical of cloud standard organizations.

Find out how to:

•  Establish a Center of Excellence to scale knowledge and best practices
•  Create a hybrid architecture to streamline application migrations
•  Reach a “Cloud-First” standard to answer the “why not” question
•  Get executive buy-in to achieve all objectives
•  Align IT Staff on goals and responsibilities
•  Get some quick wins to gather momentum
•  Engage partners to cover all the bases

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30-01-2019 - Amazon

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Lancement de Check Point Maestro, la toute première solution de sécurité réseau hyperscale, et de nouvelles passerelles ultra-évolutives

La plate-forme de sécurité révolutionnaire propose un degré d’évolutivité, de résilience et de contrôle sans précédent à toute entreprise. Les nouvelles Appliances de la série 6000 offrent une protection complète contre les cybermenaces de 5e génération et une extensibilité à la demande.

Zaventem, le 23 janvier 2019 — Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (code NASDAQ : CHKP), l'un des principaux fournisseurs de solutions de cybersécurité dans le monde, a lancé Check Point Maestro, la première solution de sécurité réseau véritablement hyperscale du marché. Check Point Maestro est une nouvelle architecture révolutionnaire qui permet aux entreprises de toute taille de bénéficier de la puissance des plates-formes de sécurité flexibles dans le Cloud, et d’étendre leurs passerelles de sécurité existantes de manière transparente pour atteindre des capacités hyperscale.

« Le paysage des menaces d'aujourd'hui évolue à un rythme rapide. Cela signifie que les entreprises doivent se tourner vers des plates-formes de cybersécurité agiles, capables d’évoluer très rapidement, » déclare Jon Oltsik, analyste senior chez Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). « Les solutions de Check Point continuent d'évoluer avec le paysage des menaces actuel, afin de répondre aux besoins des entreprises par des fonctionnalités permettant de lutter contre les attaques zero-day, et limiter la perturbation des activités quotidiennes. »

Avec Check Point Maestro, les entreprises peuvent facilement faire évoluer leurs passerelles de sécurité Check Point existantes à la demande, comme elles le feraient en ajoutant de nouveaux serveurs et des ressources de traitement dans les Clouds publics. Maestro permet à une seule passerelle d'étendre en quelques minutes ses capacités et ses performances a l’équivalent de 52 passerelles, ce qui apporte aux entreprises une flexibilité élastique et un débit considérable par seconde pour le pare-feu. Cette évolutivité presque illimitée permet aux entreprises de prendre en charge les débits de données élevés et la latence ultra faible des réseaux 5G, et sécuriser les environnements les plus étendus et les plus gourmands en ressources, définissant ainsi de nouvelles normes en matière de sécurité réseau hyperscale.

« Check Point Maestro étend les fonctionnalités de sécurité de la 5e génération de notre architecture Infinity aux environnements hyperscale. La plate-forme permet aux entreprises de protéger leurs environnements dynamiques et évolutifs sans limites, aujourd’hui et à l'avenir, » déclare Itai Greenberg, vice-président de la gestion des produits chez Check Point. « Le principe de Maestro est très simple : la plate-forme permet aux entreprises de mettre en œuvre leur sécurité à partir de leurs solutions existantes, quelle que soit leur taille, et d'adapter leur protection presque à l'infini en fonction de l'évolution de leurs besoins. »

Check Point Maestro offre de nouvelles fonctionnalités avancées :
Sécurité hyperscale : Les clients peuvent étendre leurs passerelles existantes de toute taille à la demande, pour prendre en charge plus de 50 fois leur débit d'origine, en quelques minutes. L’extension à un degré de sécurité hyperscale est transparent et protège les investissements existants des entreprises.
Résilience de très haut niveau : Maestro est la seule plate-forme de sécurité unifiée à proposer une résilience et une fiabilité de très haut niveau pour tous les déploiements d'entreprise, grâce à Check Point HyperSyncTM, permettant un clustering avancé et une redondance totale.
Suprématie opérationnelle : La plate-forme est gérée intuitivement par Maestro Security Orchestrator, qui regroupe le contrôle de toutes les passerelles d’une entreprise au sein d’un système de sécurité unifié, pour minimiser les coûts d’administration.

Les nouvelles passerelles de sécurité 6500 et 6800 offrent une évolutivité exceptionnelle
Les nouvelles Appliances de sécurité 6500 et 6800 établissent de nouvelles normes de protection contre les menaces les plus avancées de 5e génération ciblant les réseaux des entreprises de taille moyenne et des grandes entreprises, tout en offrant une extensibilité sans précédent. Combinant la suite primée Check Point Threat Prevention avec SandBlast Zero-Day Protection à un matériel spécialement conçu, les passerelles 6500 et 6800 sont en mesure d'inspecter le trafic réseau SSL chiffré sans compromettre les performances ni la disponibilité.

Les passerelles offrent des performances inégalées. La passerelle 6500 fournit un débit brut de 20 Gbps pour le pare-feu et un débit de 3,4 Gbps pour la prévention des menaces. La passerelle 6800 fournit un débit brut de 42 Gbps pour le pare-feu et un débit de 9 Gbps pour la prévention des menaces. Elles prennent en charge les connectivités 40 GbE et proposent des options de stockage SSD et SSD double dans un châssis 1U.

« Les nouvelles passerelles de la série 6000 réinventent l'Appliance de sécurité de milieu de gamme, en offrant une protection inégalée contre les menaces les plus avancées et une évolutivité quasi infinie, » ajoute Itai Greenberg. « Elles consolident la prévention, l’émulation et l’extraction des menaces dans une seule et même plate-forme hautes performances qui répond aux besoins actuels et futurs des clients. »

Check Point Maestro et les nouvelles passerelles de sécurité de la série 6000 ont été présentées durant CPX 360 à Bangkok, le sommet annuel de Check Point sur la cybersécurité, et son salon pour les clients et les partenaires. CPX 360 a pour objectif de répondre aux défis les plus urgents en matière de cybersécurité et d'aider les clients de toute taille à développer des stratégies pour conserver une longueur d'avance sur les nouvelles cybermenaces et les cybermenaces émergentes, et les pirates sophistiqués.

Maestro sera disponible à partir du 1er février 2019. Les nouvelles passerelles de sécurité de la série 6000 sont immédiatement disponibles.

28-01-2019 - Checkpoint

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The Q4 2018 BDO Cyber Threats Insights Report discusses recent cyber security activities.

The public sector, including both government agencies and government contractors, has historically been a prime target for cyberattacks. Over the last few years, we have seen an escalation in the number and severity of attacks, threats and malicious actors targeting the sector. To understand the risk and underlying issues affecting the public sector, we must understand that it is not homogeneous. The sector is by definition governed and budgeted by a single overarching civic body (the federal government), which encompasses all public services and enterprises.

But despite this, each entity within the sector has different objectives, agendas, political restraints and a multitude of other factors that set it apart from other entities within the sector. For example, establishing a clear segmentation between the private and public sectors can be challenging because of numerous overlaps between the two. This is further complicated by the growing trend towards privatization. For this reason, the public sector contains civil governmental agencies, including state and local municipalities, and some critical infrastructure and services. Moreover, while much commentary focuses on the U.S. government public sector, many of the issues presented are applicable to governmental organizations around the world.

The Q4 2018 BDO Cyber Threats Insights Report discusses recent cyber security activities including:

  • Global Public Sector challenges
  • Public Sector notable attacks and events in 2018
  • National cybersecurity strategic plans: country-specific spotlights

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28-01-2019 - BDO Digital

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Top Takeaways from the AWS Public Sector Breakfast at re:Invent

At re:Invent 2018, the AWS Public Sector Breakfast focused on tech for good. Read below for the key takeaways:

1. GOVERNMENT

Second GovCloud Region in the United States Is Live: The AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region, our second GovCloud infrastructure region in the United States is now live with the recent launch of the AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region. The AWS GovCloud Regions meet the stringent requirements of the public sector and highly regulated industries, including being operated on US soil by US citizens, and is accessible only to vetted US entities and root account holders who must confirm they are US persons. AWS customers can now enjoy the second AWS GovCloud Region in the eastern part of the United States for reduced latency, added redundancy, data durability, resiliency, greater disaster recovery capability, and the ability to scale across multiple regions. This year also brought in the most GovCloud launches since its inception. 

Speed Time to ATO with ATO on AWS: We announced the Authority to Operate (ATO) on AWS program, which provides resources to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who aspire to achieve compliance. To speed time to authorization, we launched ATO on AWS. ATO on AWS includes training, tools, templates, and pre-built artifacts. Additionally, customers are able to access direct engagement and guidance from AWS compliance specialists and support from expert AWS consulting and technology partners who are a part of our Security Automation and Orchestration (SAO) initiative. 

FBI Analyzes Data in the Cloud to Deliver on its Mission: The FBI is using AWS to gather and analyze intelligence for mission workloads for their project, Sandcastle. When dealing with massive amounts of data, speed is critical. Analysts need to be able to parse, package, and derive conclusions as quickly as possible. The AWS Cloud helps the FBI search across multiple databases simultaneously, analyze this data, and provide information in a useable format that allows agents to act and deliver on their missions at a pace previously not possible.

NASA Landed on Mars: NASA JPL landed a new rover (InSight) on Mars and the landing was live-streamed on Monday at re:Invent. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago.  This exciting project will provide NASA with a whole new understanding of Earth’s nearest neighbor.

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UK Home Office Achieves 40% Cost Saving Using the AWS Cloud: The UK Home Office uses the AWS Cloud to enable internal stakeholders to deliver services at a faster pace. Jackie Keane, Director of Immigration Technology, discussed how their use of cloud services has streamlined their operations and, ultimately, provided better services to those involved in immigration activities. From reduced cycle times to more frequent releases to saving taxpayer money, Home Office is delivering on a new level and reducing costs by 40%. The organization has experienced a culture shift and now the old and new are working in harmony, resulting in high-performing teams. Other business units throughout Home Office are beginning to adopt and re-use AWS best practices to optimize within their own departments.

Open Data is Key to Understanding Earth and the Galaxy Beyond: At AWS, we launched the AWS Registry of Open Data(RODA) to serve as a home  base for datasets available through AWS resources. These datasets provide insights into a wide range of fields and topics from life sciences and machine learning to the environment and cyber security. In October, we announced the availability of 19 new datasets to the registry. Sharing datasets is just the first step in making data truly open to all. We’ve partnered with the Group on Earth Observations to make data both open and accessible to developing countries around the world. Over the next three years, AWS will issue up to $60,000 in AWS Promotional Credits to as many as 25 potential customers around the world.

2. EDUCATION

Expanded AWS Educate Offerings: We are also deepening our efforts to foster a passion for cloud among students ages 14 and up. Listening to our users, we have updated the AWS Educate user interface for a more engaging experience. For students ages 14-17, we now offer three badges for students to pursue: Cloud Explorer, Cloud Inventor, and Cloud Builder. Both our Cloud Explorer and Cloud Inventor badges have been revamped with a more game-based experience. And the new Cloud Builder badge gives students hands-on experience building a website and chatbot. Additionally, there are supplemental teacher materials available mapped to the core computer science principles, so both student and teacher feel empowered to explore, invent, and build. We also launched a new Deep Lens badge to teach Educate students how to leverage this powerful deep learning tool. And perhaps most importantly – all AWS Educate pathways will soon be available in seven new languages, including Simplified and Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Connecting Students with Jobs: AWS Educate is releasing significant enhancements to its job board and career-management tools for members to create a pipeline of cloud-ready students for companies that use AWS. The program, available at no cost to students and educators around the world, is also launching the AWS Educate Interview Accelerator in the U.S., putting qualified students in the fast lane to job opportunities. Watch for its launch in additional countries in the future. 

Expanding Cloud Associates Degrees: This summer, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and AWS launched the world’s first Cloud Associate Degree supported by AWS curriculum. NOVA will be an anchor for a state-wide program that will expand to include four-year degrees at other Virginia schools. Today, we are taking the first step to replicating this model in Florida and Ohio. Next year, Miami Dade College (Florida) and Columbus State Community College (OH) will launch their own Cloud Associate Degree. We’ll continue to work to expand this model worldwide.

Voice Technology on Campus: The student experience at universities continues to be transformed through voice technologies. There are now almost 50 schools that have leveraged Alexa for Education, including Saint Louis University, which provided an Alexa to every incoming freshman this fall. We continue to roll out new skills (nearly 50 so far) for Alexa for Education. To make adoption even easier, we are now thrilled to provide a bundle containing an Alexa Device, Alexa for Business, and services.

Quickly and Easily Build Intelligent Robotics Applications: We announced the availability of AWS RoboMaker, a new service that makes it easy for developers to develop, test, and deploy robotics applications, as well as build intelligent robotics functions using cloud services. AWS RoboMaker extends the most widely used open source robotics software framework, Robot Operating System (ROS), with connectivity to AWS services including machine learning, monitoring, and analytics services to enable a robot to stream data, navigate, communicate, comprehend, and learn. AWS RoboMaker provides an AWS Cloud9-based robotics integrated development environment for application development, robotics simulation to accelerate application testing, and fleet management for remote application deployment, update, and management. This is exciting for universities, where a lot of robotics research is happening. We are already piloting AWS RoboMaker with 12 universities.

Introducing the Smart City Cloud Innovation Center at ASU: Arizona State University (ASU) announced the ASU Smart City Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) powered by AWS, an initiative that focuses on building smarter communities in the Phoenix metropolitan area by using the AWS Cloud to solve pressing community and regional challenges. The ASU campus-based center will address regional challenges using the AWS Cloud, with a specific focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning. The new center is designed as part of a long-term collaboration between ASU and AWS to improve digital experiences for smart city designers, expand technology alternatives while minimizing costs, spur economic and workforce development, and facilitate sharing public sector solutions within the region. The introduction of the CIC is yet another indication of ASU’s commitment to bringing cutting-edge technology and innovation to those on campus and in the greater Phoenix community. In August 2017, ASU placed 1,600 Amazon Echo Dots in its Tooker House engineering residential facility, giving students access to a custom ASU-developed skill for Amazon Alexa. For the Fall 2018 semester, ASU collaborated with AWS Educate to launch its Innovation Scholar Challenge, which included a series of cloud skill-building workshops and on-campus hackathons. 

Building a Stronger Industry with We Power Tech: Underlying all of our efforts is a commitment to building a diverse and inclusive tech workforce. The centerpiece of our diversity efforts, We Power Tech, continues to engage underrepresented communities around the world. On November 7, we held the We Power Tech “Day in the Cloud” training for women in Bahrain. Forty-seven women from across the country attended a full day of AWS Tech Essentials taught by the AWS training team. And today we welcomed 30 young women from around the world to re:Invent. Trend Micro has sponsored these women to attend re:Invent as part of the company’s “Close the Gap” program. This is just one of the many important efforts happening among AWS partners. 

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3. NONPROFIT

Tech Does Good on Giving Tuesday: Giving Tuesday is a worldwide celebration dedicated to supporting nonprofits around the world. In 2017, people like you donated more than $247 million to your favorite organizations. We’re humbled that many of the donor platforms that make Giving Tuesday possible run on AWS, both to achieve their missions and to scale for fundraising events like this. More than that, we’re excited to participate! 

Investing for Good with ICMEC: By moving to the AWS Cloud, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children(ICMEC) reduced the costs of maintenance and pushed its IT teams to be more creative to further their mission. ICMEC’s mission is to eradicate child abduction, sexual abuse, and exploitation. ICMEC created the GMCNgine, a centralized platform that uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, and Amazon Rekognition to scour the internet for photos of children to compare against images from ongoing cases of missing children from across the globe. The results provide law enforcement and NGOs with leads on the possible whereabouts of missing children. 

Fostering Nonprofit Expertise with AWS Imagine Grants: We also continue to work closely with nonprofits to build their technical capabilities. This August, we launched the Imagine Grant program –our first-ever monetary grant program for nonprofits. Applicants wrote an Amazon six-pager to explain how an Imagine Grant could help their organizations leverage technology to better achieve their mission. Congrats to the winners – Re-plate, Path, CommunityConnect Labs, Ushahidi, tarjimly, and Urban Institute.

Helping to End Future Famines with Machine Learning: The United Nations, World Bank, and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with support from Amazon Web Services and other technology companies, recently launched the Famine Action Mechanism (FAM). The FAM is the first global mechanism dedicated to preventing future famines. In the past, responses to these devastating events have often come too late, once many lives have already been lost. To create a model that takes into account the multidimensional causes of famine, AWS is using a diverse dataset processed by the World Bank team together with UN partners that includes features from satellite imagery, conflict data, weather forecasts, local food prices, and agricultural production and is able to train multiple machine learning models. The models have so far been able to identify significant and distinctive patterns across geographical regions and countries. 

Expansion of the AWS Public Sector Partner Program: We continue to expand the AWS Public Sector Partner Program. The APN grew nearly 40% in 2018 and more than 800 APN Partners are now part of the program serving government, education, or nonprofit customers around the world.

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14-01-2019 - Amazon

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Veeam Hyper‑Availability for HPE

Veeam® and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have teamed up to offer unique capabilities by integrating features directly with HPE's primary and secondary storage platforms. The resulting hyper-convergence of Veeam solutions with HPE 3PAR and HPE Nimble Storage, coupled with HPE data protection platforms HPE StoreOnce and HPE StoreEver provides a complete Availability solution for your enterprise. 

With this collaboration, customers can take more frequent storage snapshots and utilize industry-leading recovery capabilities to minimize devastating data loss and costly downtime.

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04-01-2019 - Veeam

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Securitas : « Nous nous mettons à la place de nos clients »

Securitas doit principalement sa renommée à son service de gardiennage statique. Mais le leader du marché de la sécurité ne se cantonne pas à la seule sécurité physique. L’entreprise est également active sur le marché numérique, déclare Wim Bisschops, directeur des solutions ICT : « Les données sont les actifs les plus importants des entreprises et doivent être accessibles de manière sûre à tout moment et n’importe où. Nous aidons nos clients dans le cadre de leur transformation numérique. » Dans ce contexte, l’entreprise a conclu un contrat-cadre, à long terme, pour les organisations publiques avec VITO, l’Institution flamande pour la recherche technologique.

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20-12-2018 - Securitas

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Oblivion Cloud Control Migrates ZuidZorg's Healthcare Applications

ZuidZorg is a Dutch healthcare company that provides home-centered healthcare services for seniors across the Netherlands.

Helping a Healthcare Organization Overcome Performance Challenges

For more than five years, Oblivion Cloud Control has helped enterprises across Europe move critical business applications to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. Because of its success working with AWS, Oblivion Cloud Control has become a Premier Consulting Partner and a Public Sector Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN). “We chose to partner with AWS because of its mature ecosystem and speed of innovation as well as the reliability of its services,” says Jeroen Jacobs, project manager and cloud consultant for Oblivion Cloud Control. “By partnering with AWS, we can confidently help our customers adopt cloud technology and do business more cost-effectively.”

Application Issues Impact Patient Care

Increasingly, the company’s public sector customers, including healthcare organizations, are seeking more flexibility to meet employee demands. For example, ZuidZorg needed to give nurses and other workers more flexible and better-performing tools. “Our application infrastructure was based in two data centers that had aging hardware,” says Dionysis Linardatos, IT manager at ZuidZorg. “As a result, we had performance problems with both software and hardware. Applications weren’t reliable and that created problems for nurses. For instance, when nurses took online video training, the video was very slow to load. Nurses also had challenges quickly opening the healthcare applications they depend on every day, which meant they could not spend as much time with patients.”

ZuidZorg developed a plan to move its collocated servers to AWS, implement a universal cloud identity management tool, replace laptops, eliminate its desktop virtualization software, and migrate to a cloud application suite. To implement its plan, ZuidZorg turned to Oblivion Cloud Control. “ZuidZorg had the vision to become completely cloud-based,” says Jacobs. “We knew we could help.”

Migrating Critical Applications to AWS in Under Three Minutes

After consulting closely with ZuidZorg on a cloud migration plan, Oblivion Cloud Control began to implement an AWS foundation and, following this implementation, the process of moving the customer’s key applications to AWS. Using AWS Server Migration Service(AWS SMS), Oblivion Cloud Control moved dozens of ZuidZorg applications—including healthcare business applications, employee databases, and a business intelligence system—to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS).

Oblivion Cloud Control also used its own Cloud Foundation service, which quickly enables the setup of secure, scalable, multi-account AWS environments. “Relying on our Cloud Foundation, including AWS Well-Architected Framework best practices, we quickly created a structure with separate logging, backup, audit, and production accounts for different ZuidZorg business units,” says Jacobs. Additionally, Oblivion Cloud Control took advantage of its AWS APN partnership status to integrate solutions from AWS APN partners Okta and Trend Micro. Specifically, Oblivion Cloud Control used Okta for Cloud Identity Management to give ZuidZorg secure access to applications and to arrange access to AWS. The company also took advantage of Trend Micro Deep Security for its antivirus capabilities. Oblivion Cloud Control relies on AWS Lambda to automatically integrate the ZuidZorg HR application with Okta for Cloud Identity Management. The overall migration from the ZuidZorg data centers to AWS took less than three months, which was faster than ZuidZorg expected.

Enabling Easy Application Access

In the migration’s final phase, Oblivion Cloud Control helped ZuidZorg become fully web-enabled by implementing the Amazon AppStream 2.0 managed application streaming service and Amazon WorkSpaces, a secure cloud desktop service. Through these two solutions, ZuidZorg can easily provision Windows client-based applications to mobile employees. As a result, nurses and other workers can quickly access training videos and critical healthcare applications.

Improving the Patient Experience through Better Performance

With its new cloud solution, ZuidZorg is empowering its employees to spend more time with patients. “Our entire application environment is much more robust and performs better now that it is based in the AWS Cloud instead of in a data center,” Linardatos states. “Everything is more reliable, which means nurses are not frustrated by application performance problems. Because they can access healthcare applications faster on AWS, our nurses will spend more of their time at a patient’s bedside delivering better care.”

Cutting Operational Costs by 50 Percent

ZuidZorg simplified its overall environment by migrating to AWS, changing laptops, eliminating virtualization software, and moving to a new collaboration suite. With these changes, ZuidZorg is saving money. “We are saving more than 50 percent on operational costs because we have eliminated complexity,” says Linardatos. “The aim of this project was to become a fully web-based healthcare organization, and we have achieved that with the help of Oblivion Cloud Control and AWS.”

As it continues to assist customers in their cloud migration journeys, Oblivion Cloud Control plans to take advantage of new AWS services as they become available. “Knowledge is one of the biggest benefits we get from our AWS APN partnership,” says Jacobs. “We are constantly learning more about new technologies and new AWS services, and this will help us accelerate our business.”

19-12-2018 - Amazon

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AWS Partner Story: VDAB & Radix.ai

About VDAB

VDAB, a public employment service (PES), helps residents of Flanders (a region in Belgium) find jobs or take vocational training.

Using Machine Learning to Connect Job Seekers with Jobs

The Radix.ai team connected with VDAB through their Innovation Lab, an internal team focused on innovative technologies and ideas. The team uses proof-of-concept (POC) projects to validate which innovations support the overall strategy of VDAB.

“The Innovation Lab team approached us with two questions,” explains Davio Larnout, cofounder and business lead at Radix.ai. “First, they asked how they could use machine learning to create value from their data. Then they wondered how to translate that in a way that would impact the strategic goals of the PES. We realized the data contained in their CVs and job postings would make a great starting point to help them achieve their mission of connecting people with jobs.” 

“A core function of VDAB is matching job seekers to vacancies. We’re always looking for better ways to make matches for our users,” says Michael De Blauwe, project manager at the VDAB Innovation Lab.

“VDAB’s original job-matching tool is rules-based, which requires one-to-one matches for a successful search,” says Larnout. That means if a posting states a requirement, such as a driver’s license or specific software experience, then a match occurs only if the job seeker’s CV contains the words and phrases used in the job description. Rules-based models find it difficult to process natural language, whereas a deep learning solution captures nuance and accounts for relationships between certain phrases or user preferences. "The hosting service for the BNA website was becoming increasingly problematic," says Huda Ahmed Mohsen, chief of IT for MIA. Problems with the site's availability, performance, and security were becoming more frequent even as BNA was working to implement a much-needed redesign of both the website and its back-end publishing workflows.

How a Deep Learning Model Learns How the Job Market Evolves

Radix.ai applied machine learning to VDAB data to provide better-targeted matches for its users. Deep learning, a subset of machine learning, enables machines to mimic human behavior. “Deep learning requires a lot of computing power,” says Larnout. “We use Amazon Web Services to provide that power in the most flexible way.” Radix.ai, an AWS Partner Network (APN) Standard Consulting Partner, relies on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) to generate compute capacity in the cloud whenever its clients need it. The company uses Amazon CloudWatch to gain a unified view of its AWS resources and services.

There was a sense of urgency with the VDAB project, which was internally named JobNet. Radix.ai and the Innovation Lab team shared a prototype of the service with VDAB’s director. She was impressed with the results and asked that the technology be put in production within six months.

“Deploying our technology required access to on-demand computing power and flexibility to spin up different machines and services. These abilities allow regular experimentation and learning by the algorithm. The most convenient way to ensure that was through the AWS Cloud,” says Larnout.

To train Radix.ai’s deep learning model, VDAB regularly uploads new vacancies and CVs to the engine via Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), which acts as a bridge with clients, where they can drop data. VDAB automatically loads content in an Amazon S3 bucket and Radix.ai picks it up to process it further using Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS). With each new data set, the engine learns how the job market evolves, noting changes in job demand and how trends shift over time.

The solution also learns how jobs are spoken of and what the changing interplay of words means. For example, the job of a data scientist is relatively new. Related to that role are the jobs of machine learning engineer, data analyst, and even AI architect. “The system we created learns the meaning of those words, those new titles, from the data alone. No one has to manually feed in that information,” says Larnout.

Radix.ai Helps VDAB Meet Belgians' Unique Needs

Radix.ai’s deep learning model continues to improve matching quality that surpasses the rules-based model. Rather than relying on one-to-one matching, search results are now more targeted. Based on word relationships and the interests and behavior of the users, job matches align more closely to the aptitudes, talents, and preferences of the job seekers.

“The data from our systems reveals these relationships, creating a matching solution that is completely data-driven, which is one of the goals of the Innovation Lab,” says Eric Klewais, analytics manager for VDAB Innovation Lab.

Another benefit of Radix.ai’s deep learning model is its ability to operate in multiple languages. Inhabitants of Flanders primarily speak Dutch, but Belgium is a multilingual country that counts Dutch, French, and German as official languages. In addition, many residents and their employers speak English. This makes the technology appealing to other European public employment services that serve multilingual job seekers and employers.

The success of the JobNet launch has prompted more use cases that VDAB and Radix.ai want to explore. For example, an employer may receive notice from an employee that she plans to leave her job. This employee performed well in her job and the employer would like to replace her with someone with similar skills and abilities. The deep learning model could send similar matches to the employer, revealing job seekers that would make a good match for the open position.

“This model learns how people view jobs and better defines who matches specific job listings. We have open vacancies that have been difficult to fill for a variety of reasons. This deep learning tool helps us bridge that gap,” says De Blauwe.

VDAB has hosted PES leaders from multiple countries to share its success and allowed Radix.ai to demonstrate the project. Understanding the value of partnership, Radix.ai joined the AWS Public Sector Partner Program and is exploring the use of Amazon SageMaker as a tool to build, train, and deploy machine learning models at scale. Supported by the computing power of the AWS Cloud, the reach of the APN, and the success of JobNet, Radix.ai believes other European public employment services can benefit from this tool, just as VDAB has.

19-12-2018 - Amazon

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re:Invent 2018 Keynote: Andy Jassy

Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, delivers his AWS re:Invent 2018 keynote, featuring the latest AWS news and announcements.

Top Takeaways from the AWS Public Sector Breakfast at re:Invent

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Welcome to AWS Innovate – re:Invent Recap Edition 2018. This online conference is designed for executives, IT professionals, and anyone looking to leverage the AWS Cloud to build and transform their businesses.

Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, you will learn something new at AWS Innovate. This free online conference is designed to inspire and educate you about AWS services and help you develop the skills to design, deploy, and operate infrastructure and applications.

Each November, AWS hosts re:Invent, our global cloud computing conference featuring Keynotes, Product and Service Announcements, a Partner Expo Hall, Breakout Sessions, Chalk Talks, Workshops, Builders Sessions, Training and Certification, and Hackathons that cover AWS core topics and embrace the emerging technologies we are developing.

This special Innovate edition brings you a recap of the event, breakout sessions, launches, AWS insights, live Q&A access to AWS experts, and more.

19-12-2018 - Amazon

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