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AWS re:Invent Recap – Amazon Lures Developers With New Tools And APIs

AWS has gone back to its roots to strengthen the API and developer tools offerings of its cloud platform. At the recently concluded re:Invent event, the company emphasized on developer productivity through new APIs, integrated tools, and a new browser-based IDE.

Unlike the previous conferences where the focus was on enterprises, this year’s re:Invent was more about developers and less of enterprises. Though the keynotes put the spotlight on enterprise adoption, the new services and tools are squarely targeted at developers.

As expected, Amazon has added powerful AI-based services which are just an API call away. Amazon Rekognition, the computer vision service, got new capabilities in the form of video analysis which can detect and recognize faces in live streams. When combined with Amazon Kinesis Video Streams, a managed video ingestion and storage service, developers can analyze video feeds in real-time.

Amazon Translate, another AI service, uses deep learning to deliver accurate and natural sounding translations. It currently supports Arabic, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Amazon Comprehend is based on advanced Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques to identify text, key phrases, places, people, brands or events. It understands the sentiment about products or services and identifies the main topics from a library of documents. For speech to text conversion, developers can consume Amazon Transcribe, an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that can analyze audio files stored in Amazon S3 and return a text file of the transcribed speech with time stamps.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.