AWS launches fresh partner competencies

Amazon Web Services launches range of new competencies covering DevOps, cloud migration, and IoT

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced three new competencies for partners at its annual re:Invent conference is Las Vegas this week.
The announcement was made in a keynote to several thousand partners ahead of the official event. The new competencies are in DevOps, Cloud Migration, and Internet of Things (IoT).
The APN Migration Competency will help customers migrate applications and data centres to AWS. As the name suggests, Migration Competency partners will be able to offer technologies for server migration, data migration and synchronization.
The IoT Competency is Amazon’s first official don of the hat to the device-to-device ecosystem and will enable partners to provide platforms, analytics, connectivity, infrastructure and developer tools, using AWS as the backbone.
The new competencies will be launched in the coming months. Partners who qualify for APN Competencies are eligible are able to take advantage of Amazon’s significant marketing collateral and have access to various technical benefits, such as preferred access to AWS private betas and AWS roadmap briefings.
“Customers are accelerating their journey to AWS as they transform their businesses, and they require a broad range of solutions and partner expertise,” said Dorothy Copeland, Head of Global Partner Programs, AWS.

“We are excited to see the growth of innovative partner solutions that leverage AWS and are expanding our investments in the APN across training, solutions development, and go-to-market programs. In the past year, we’ve seen that, on average, AWS Premier, Competency, and Managed Service Provider partners have grown their AWS revenue more than a hundred percent faster than the rest of the ecosystem. Our new DevOps, Cloud Migration, and IoT Competencies will offer even more opportunities for partners to deepen their AWS capabilities and grow their businesses.”
Terry Wise, vice president of alliances and channels, also announced the expansion of its security-training programme. There will be two components of the programme - security fundamentals and security operations.
Wise said that for the first time more than 50% of AWS partners were based outside the US. While the world’s largest cloud provider remains tight lipped about the exact number of partners it has, Wise said that the figure was now in the ‘tens of thousands’.

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