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A Q&A with Steve Morland, CTO at Leighton and AWS Community Builder

Portrait of Steve Morland
July 11, 2024
5 min read

We are excited to announce that our own Steve Morland, CTO of Leighton, has achieved AWS Community Builder status in recognition of his expertise and contributions to the AWS community, making him one of only four AWS Community Builders in Newcastle upon Tyne.  

So, what better way to mark the occasion than with an interview with the man himself? Read on as Steve shares his journey into technology, passion for AWS, and his thoughts on the future of cloud computing...

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your background and what got you interested in AWS?

I started as a designer before moving into digital roles and dabbling more on the development side. Having worked as a digital lead for over 5 years, I joined Leighton where I focused more on solutions architecture and technical leadership. Over the last 10 years at Leighton, I’ve progressed from Technical Lead, Solutions Architect and Head of Development to Chief Technology Officer (CTO). It was throughout this time where my interest in AWS really began as I was involved in building applications for enterprise customers using AWS and cloud-native technology.  

Q: How long have you been working with AWS technologies?

I've been working with AWS technologies for 10 years now and developing my skills through AWS certifications and accreditations.

Q: What are some of your favourite AWS services or features?

I really like AWS Step Functions. It helps you break down complex processes into a series of smaller, easier-to-manage steps and makes the code easier to manage, which is crucial for efficient development.  

Q: What made you decide to apply for the AWS Community Builder program?

A peer from the local North East AWS community suggested it to me, and I was eager because of my passion for AWS and serverless technologies. I saw it as a great opportunity to connect with the community and contribute more significantly.

Q: What specific areas of technology are you most passionate about sharing with the AWS community?

I’m particularly passionate about cloud-native and serverless technologies. These areas are at the forefront of innovation and offer so many possibilities for development and optimisation. A lot of the content I produce is around application modernisation using AWS serverless technologies.

Q: What are some of the benefits you're hoping to gain from being a part of the program?

I'm looking forward to connecting with the community and learning more from both peers and AWS product owners. It's a great opportunity to stay on top of what’s going on in the world of cloud technology.

Q: Do you have any upcoming events or projects you're working on to contribute to the AWS community?

Yes, we recently launched EventNet, a tool for resting EventBridge events and I am currently working on an update for it. I'm also involved in a new proof of concept project with AWS BedRock and AI, which I'm very excited about.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out with AWS and wants to get involved in the community?

Start building. Start making stuff. It's the easiest and most effective way to learn and improve your skills.

Q: What are some of the biggest trends you see in the future of cloud computing?

There is a significant job ahead in terms of modernisation. Many applications in the cloud are not yet leveraging a cloud-first approach optimally. Embracing this can lead to substantial improvements in scalability, cost-optimisation, and operational efficiency. So, I think we’ll see more and more enterprises embracing application modernisation on their digital transformation journeys.  

Q: How can businesses leverage the AWS cloud to gain a competitive advantage?

By focusing on scalability, cost-optimisation, and reducing operational costs. AWS provides powerful tools to help businesses enhance their infrastructure and operations effectively.

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Portrait of Steve Morland
July 11, 2024
5 min read
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A Q&A with Steve Morland, CTO at Leighton and AWS Community Builder

We are excited to announce that our own Steve Morland, CTO of Leighton, has achieved AWS Community Builder status in recognition of his expertise and contributions to the AWS community, making him one of only four AWS Community Builders in Newcastle upon Tyne.  

So, what better way to mark the occasion than with an interview with the man himself? Read on as Steve shares his journey into technology, passion for AWS, and his thoughts on the future of cloud computing...

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your background and what got you interested in AWS?

I started as a designer before moving into digital roles and dabbling more on the development side. Having worked as a digital lead for over 5 years, I joined Leighton where I focused more on solutions architecture and technical leadership. Over the last 10 years at Leighton, I’ve progressed from Technical Lead, Solutions Architect and Head of Development to Chief Technology Officer (CTO). It was throughout this time where my interest in AWS really began as I was involved in building applications for enterprise customers using AWS and cloud-native technology.  

Q: How long have you been working with AWS technologies?

I've been working with AWS technologies for 10 years now and developing my skills through AWS certifications and accreditations.

Q: What are some of your favourite AWS services or features?

I really like AWS Step Functions. It helps you break down complex processes into a series of smaller, easier-to-manage steps and makes the code easier to manage, which is crucial for efficient development.  

Q: What made you decide to apply for the AWS Community Builder program?

A peer from the local North East AWS community suggested it to me, and I was eager because of my passion for AWS and serverless technologies. I saw it as a great opportunity to connect with the community and contribute more significantly.

Q: What specific areas of technology are you most passionate about sharing with the AWS community?

I’m particularly passionate about cloud-native and serverless technologies. These areas are at the forefront of innovation and offer so many possibilities for development and optimisation. A lot of the content I produce is around application modernisation using AWS serverless technologies.

Q: What are some of the benefits you're hoping to gain from being a part of the program?

I'm looking forward to connecting with the community and learning more from both peers and AWS product owners. It's a great opportunity to stay on top of what’s going on in the world of cloud technology.

Q: Do you have any upcoming events or projects you're working on to contribute to the AWS community?

Yes, we recently launched EventNet, a tool for resting EventBridge events and I am currently working on an update for it. I'm also involved in a new proof of concept project with AWS BedRock and AI, which I'm very excited about.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out with AWS and wants to get involved in the community?

Start building. Start making stuff. It's the easiest and most effective way to learn and improve your skills.

Q: What are some of the biggest trends you see in the future of cloud computing?

There is a significant job ahead in terms of modernisation. Many applications in the cloud are not yet leveraging a cloud-first approach optimally. Embracing this can lead to substantial improvements in scalability, cost-optimisation, and operational efficiency. So, I think we’ll see more and more enterprises embracing application modernisation on their digital transformation journeys.  

Q: How can businesses leverage the AWS cloud to gain a competitive advantage?

By focusing on scalability, cost-optimisation, and reducing operational costs. AWS provides powerful tools to help businesses enhance their infrastructure and operations effectively.

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