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An Interview with Lee Atchison

by | May 6, 2022 | Interviews,

Lee Atchison

Lee Atchison

Author, Thought Leader, Owner at Atchison Technology LLC

Key Topics:Cloud Computing, Application Modernization, Modern Applications, Modern Technology Organizations
Location:Pacific North West, US

Lee Atchison is a recognized thought leader in cloud computing and application modernization. With more than three decades of experience in product development, architecting, scaling, and modernization, Lee has worked at Amazon, Amazon Web Services (AWS), New Relic, and other modern application organizations.

He is widely quoted in many publications and has been a featured speaker across the globe. Lee’s most recent book is Architecting for Scale (O’Reilly Media). You can check out his books, courses, articles, and speaking sessions at, and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Lee has recently featured in Onalytica's Who's Who in Cloud report.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

I’ve been in software engineering since 1987, and have over 30+ years of experience working at several startups, along with larger companies such as Hewlett Packard,, and New Relic.

What sub-topics are you most passionate about?

Application complexity, application scaling, high availability, security, product architecture/architects, organization structure for app success.

Who influences you within these topics?

AWS strategies and direction. Technology leaders I work with, such as Ken Gavranovic and Lloyd Taylor. Writings of other thought leaders (wide spectrum).

What do you think the future holds in this space?

What brands are leading the way in this space?

  • Amazon/AWS.
  • Google.
  • Many mid-tier SaaS companies.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

I work with brands to write thought leadership articles, write topical books, participate in podcasts and webinars, and speak internally to teams or at shows. I also work with engineering departments and leadership teams to review technical plans and architectural decisions and assist those who need help growing in those areas.

What are your passions outside of work?

I love to hike and explore the Pacific Northwest. I fly R/C gliders. I build model railroads and hobby-level electronics.

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

LinkedIn or via the contact form on my website.


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