To kickstart our cloud effort we had an AWS solutions architect and evangelist come to our offices for an immersion training session which lasted a day and a half. Going into these sessions I was hoping that we would come out with a good understanding of how we would architect our application. What I came away with was a better understanding of the breadth and depth of the services AWS has to offer but not a plan for how to piece them into an application. I felt like I had been given a tour of a gourmet kitchen, shown how to use a knife, turn on the stove, and sample a couple spices and then told to go make a meal.
I think our whole team came away with the understanding that there is a lot to learn and that we will certainly need some guidance in putting together a sound application architecture.