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The first thing you see when you step through the double doors of Avid’s Burlington, MA headquarters is a row of glass pillars, each radiating a soft, golden glow. On top of each pillar sits an award - in total, two Oscars, a Grammy and 14 Emmys. Avid is the world’s leading provider of professional audio and video production technology. Their prod- ucts are used to create award-winning films like The Martian, Spectre and Mission: Impossible, and they are in the middle of an ambitious, multi-year IT mod- ernization initiative. We sat down with Avid CIO Jonathan Thomas (JT) at this year’s AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas to discuss their cloud migration project. “We needed to be more agile, accel- erate adding value to the business and move more quickly. We couldn’t do that with the model and vendor we had in place.” Jonathan Thomas CIO, Avid As with nearly every enterprise cloud initiative, Avid’s primary objectives were innovation and agility. AWS would enable JT’s developers to build the next gener- ation of Avid software more quickly, and in the highly competitive and rapidly changing media industry, speed is everything. JT turned to Cloud Technology Partners, a Premier AWS Consulting Partner, to provide the expertise and resources necessary to streamline Avid’s cloud adoption. A Better Approach to Cloud “As more and more companies turn to AWS to expand their cloud capabilities, it was clear we needed to develop a structured program that would safely accelerate enterprise cloud initiatives,” explains Bruce Coughlin, SVP Cloud Technology Partners. The Cloud Adoption Program (CAP) takes companies WINTER 2016 | THE DOPPLER | 7