I don’t see why so many people struggle with frugality. In its simplest form, it means to not throw unlimited money at a situation that can be solved at least as well with less money. In the end this makes for a better product but requires more skill from the person/s handling the situation.
This is especially true of the infrastructure at amazon where we stopped buying black box, proprietary hardware and instead buy cheaper commodity hardware that we build specialized software for and is a better fit for our needs.
What’s wrong with recycled hardware? You realize that you have all of AWS to use for free right? You could go provision an x1e.32xlarge as you cloud desktop that has 3.9TB of memory, 128 cores, 3.8TB SSD, and a 25G nic. What other companies are offering those to their engineers for a desktop?
So how are you being treated like shit due to frugality?
I’m not an employee, but currently interviewing with AWS. Coming from a startup background into a senior-ish role (L7) the LPs are a huge selling point. Whether or not everyone practices them, I would plan to use them to guide and justify my own actions. I do agree frugality is most bothersome and confusing. But is Re:Invent frugal? Obviously expensive but it’s likely great ROI. Just like infrastructure.
I’d wager that reinvent is very frugal. There’s not a lot of money spent on advertising AWS products outside of reinvent. We also charge $1800 to attend and last year there was 30k people. That’s $54MM in revenue from attendance at the event itself. There’s going to be more revenue from the booths and I’m sure there’s other revenue (plus the people who pay for AWS services after the event). I’d be really surprised if that wasn’t enough to pay for the costs of running the event.
I’m actually curious about how expensive reinvent really is for amazon. I would imagine that Vegas comps amazon quite a bit here. I mean hell, amazon is bringing in 30k highly paid workers who are not only paying for hotel rooms for a week but people who are likely going to spend a lot on gambling.
Not to mention that this is about the slowest time possible in Vegas... late November and weekdays.
When you leave Amazon, you miss the leadership principles. They are a touchstone, a common vocabulary that teams can work with, it gets into the culture and into you, and you may not even realize it and take it for granted. Then you leave...
In AWS we Lived and Died by the Blade of these Various Principles. In Alexa they are a wall poster joke. AWS makes billions of dollars and Alexa spends billions of dollars. In my view, they’re woethwhile.