TAKEAWAY 3: Powerful New Tools Improve Development
Specific AWS tools, such as the CDK and Blueprints, were being taken to the next level. This pushes Infrastructure-as-Code in more powerful directions. “This opens the doors wider for reusability and modularization in this realm,” says Mike Nolan, Principal Architect at SPR. While it isn’t a fully mature solution yet, SPR Client Solution Principal Chris O’Connell says it is much better than 12 months ago: “It makes a great case for where things will be 12 months from now,” says O’Connell.
But if there was a sleeper announcement at re:Invent, David Kinney thought it was regarding the new ability to automate provable AUTHORIZATION via Amazon Verified Permissions and its Cedar policy language. “AWS announcing a fully-managed solution with an easier policy language that has easy integration with the existing AWS API services (API Gateway and AppSync) could jump-start broader adoption of moving authorization logic out of source code and into declarative policy statements,” says Kinney, Client Solution Principal at SPR.
SPR is looking forward to implementing new features, improvements, and knowledge gained at re:Invent this year.