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Amazon’s Incoming CEO Jassy Ushered in Cloud Computing Boom

  • Long considered Bezos’s understudy, he’s similary data-driven
  • His AWS division has reshaped how companies buy technology
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Watch: Melissa Burdick, co-founder and president at Pacvue and a 10-year Amazon.com Inc. veteran discusses CEO Jeff Bezos' decision to step down and his successor Andy Jassy, head of Amazon Web Services. (Source: Bloomberg)
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Incoming Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy cuts a low profile outside of the wonky world of cloud computing. But for much of the last decade he’s been arguably the most important person in the tech industry.

The unit he leads, Amazon Web Services, has reshaped how companies buy technology, by simplifying computing services into their component pieces and offering them essentially for rent over the internet. The business was initially dismissed by enterprise software giants like Oracle Inc. before that company and others quickly sought to emulate elements of AWS’s strategy.