the value of feature velocity

We don't put a value on feature velocity. Not our own, but the public cloud's.

Maybe we should. Being on a public cloud like AWS exposes us to new capabilities faster than most internal IT departments can begin to provide. We may not need any given capability, or even want it. But here's the thing: you will never know what you could do with it if you're not exposed to it. 

There's some inherent value to that. To being exposed. 

And there's an opportunity cost to not being exposed. 

Are you putting a value on that?