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  • Nithin Janardhanan

How AWS Well-Architected Review and Tool Can Help Onboard a New Architect



Are you a new architect or team member joining a project that uses AWS infrastructure? Do you want to quickly get up to speed on existing practices and shortcomings, identify issues and blockers, and understand who is in charge of what? Look no further than the AWS Well-Architected Review and Tool.

As a seasoned cloud architect, I recently had the opportunity to work with a customer who was in the process of transitioning from an on-premises infrastructure to AWS. My experience with this customer reinforced my belief that the AWS Well-Architected Review and Tool are essential resources for any architect joining a new project.

Here's how they can help:


Provides Knowledge into Existing Practices and Shortcomings

One of the first things you want to do when joining a new project is to understand the existing practices and identify areas that need improvement. The AWS Well-Architected Review is a great way to do this. It provides a comprehensive framework for evaluating the architecture of your AWS environment against best practices and industry standards. By going through the review, you can quickly identify areas that need improvement and come up with a plan to address them.


Helps in Collaboration

Collaboration is key to any successful project. The AWS Well-Architected Review can help facilitate collaboration between team members by providing a common language and understanding of the AWS environment. By going through the review together, team members can gain a shared understanding of the architecture and identify areas that need improvement. This can lead to more effective collaboration and faster problem-solving.


Helps Identify the Person in Charge

In a complex AWS environment, it can be difficult to identify who is in charge of what. The AWS Well-Architected Review can help with this by providing a clear framework for assigning responsibilities. By going through the review, you can identify who is responsible for each area of the architecture and make sure that everyone is on the same page.


Identifies Issues and Blockers of Existing System

Identifying issues and blockers is crucial to any project's success. The AWS Well-Architected Review can help you quickly identify areas of the architecture that are causing issues or blocking progress. By doing so, you can focus your efforts on addressing these areas and moving the project forward.


Gives Clarity on Architecture

Finally, the AWS Well-Architected Review can give you a clear understanding of the architecture of the AWS environment. By going through the review, you can gain a deep understanding of how the different components of the architecture fit together and how they interact. This can help you make more informed decisions about the architecture and make sure that it meets the needs of the project.


Summary

My recent experience with the customer I mentioned earlier highlighted the importance of using the AWS Well-Architected Review and Tool. By going through the review, we were able to identify areas of the architecture that needed improvement and come up with a plan to address them. We also gained a shared understanding of the AWS environment, which led to more effective collaboration and problem-solving.

In conclusion, if you are joining a new project that uses AWS infrastructure, the AWS Well-Architected Review and Tool are essential resources that you should not overlook. They can help you quickly get up to speed on existing practices and shortcomings, identify issues and blockers, and gain a clear understanding of the architecture. They are a must-have for any critical project.

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