I was looking back over my career recently and considering how long I have been focused on unified communications (voice over IP, collaboration, whatever you want to call it) in general and Cisco UC in specific. It was a really long time. We’re talking 16-17 years. It really got me thinking, and I’ve decided that I am going to work at branching out a bit more. With that in mind, I am starting a course of study to learn more about Amazon Web Services. You might ask, why AWS? There are a lot of reasons that I could cite, but really it comes down to this handful: I didn’t want my next study course to focus on Cisco. I still like a lot of Cisco technologies and my job will continue to focus on them. I need to have something that gets my thinking significantly away from the Cisco arena so that I don’t just easily slide back into being complacent with UC. AWS is really far and away the leader in cloud computing. They have a certification program, and I’ll be honest it’s a lot easier for me to study on something when there is a goal in mind….