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the data. This move provided the business with self-service analysis tools that helps it create and execute more person- alized promotions and campaigns. Promoting Agility Looking back over the early stages of its cloud journey, BJ’s can point to several benefits it has been able to achieve: 1. Speed. The retailer now has processes in place to build new capabilities and deploy them into produc- tion in a short period of time. 2. Increased ability to attract talent. Being a highly progressive AWS and Azure technology organization, BJ’s is finding it easier to attract and retain technical talent. 3. Greater overall efficiency. The shift to leveraging private, hybrid and public cloud allows the company to operate on a higher plane in several areas: • More effective use of resources: BJ’s optimizes its resources and hibernates non-production workloads. • Unlimited scalability: BJ’s now has the ability to scale up and down based on events and business needs, critical for a retailer with presence in the cloud. • Improved business continuity and disaster recovery: Using multi-availability and regional strategies, adopting a cloud-based backup and recovery strat- egy and building a BCP and a DR plan from inception has strengthened BJ’s ability to meet business SLAs. Conclusion A cloud journey does not happen overnight, nor does it end abruptly. Two years after it began, BJ’s is making strong progress on several fronts. The warehouse club operator has created new processes to work in the cloud, as the focus continues to be delighting its members. The result? BJ’s is leveraging cloud technologies to provide members with an even better shopping experience. SPRING 2019 | THE DOPPLER | 9