Scaling Intuit with Alex Balazs

Alex Balazs is the Intuit Chief Architect and has been working at the company for almost twenty years.

Intuit’s products include QuickBooks, TurboTax, and Mint. These applications are used to file taxes, manage business invoices, conduct personal accounting, and other critical aspects of a user’s financial life. Because the applications are managing money for users, there is not much room for error.

When Intuit was started, the company made desktop software. In his time at Intuit, Alex played a key role in rearchitecting the monolithic desktop applications to be resilient, reliable web applications. Intuit originally managed this software on their own servers. Since then, Intuit has migrated to the cloud using AWS.

Alex joins the show to discuss his experience scaling Intuit, his strategy for cloud migration, and his evaluation criteria for questions of build versus buy.

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