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AWS rolls out new partner programs, IoT and finance competencies
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AWS rolls out new partner programs, IoT and finance competencies 

The announcement was made Tuesday at the cloud computing company’s AWS re:Invent 2016 conference here.

The three new AWS Partner Network (APN) programs are – the AWS Service Delivery Program, the APN Public Sector Partner Program, and the VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Program – that will support and differentiate APN partners who provide solutions and expertise for specific services, workloads, and industry verticals.

AWS also launched two new AWS Competencies that enable and promote partners who have demonstrated proven success in Financial Services and IoT.

AWS introduces three new partner programs providing tools, training, and benefits to support and distinguish partners in Service Delivery, Public Sector, and VMware Cloud on AWS

“There’s never been a better time to be an APN Partner,” said Dorothy Copeland, General Manager, Global Partner Programs, AWS. “Customers are turning to the AWS Cloud to address an increasingly broad set of needs across their organizations, which translates to business opportunities for the APN partners that help them achieve their goals.”

The AWS Marketplace has grown to more than 3,500 listings from 1,100 independent software vendors (ISVs) across 35 different categories, enabling customers to easily purchase and deploy even more software that is pre-configured for the AWS Cloud.

Here are some of the features of the new programs:

The AWS Service Delivery Program – Identifies APN Consulting and Technology Partners that have passed technical reviews, and have a validated track record of customer success with a specific AWS service. For example, a customer planning to use Amazon Redshift can look to partners that have earned Amazon Redshift Partner status to provide tested and validated expertise or solutions.

The AWS Services Delivery Program has over 150 APN Partner solutions and practices validated across 15 categories, including Amazon Alexa, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon Aurora, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EMR, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Machine Learning, Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL, Amazon Redshift, AWS CloudFront, AWS Config, AWS Database Migration Service, AWS GovCloud (US) workloads, AWS Lambda, and AWS WAF.

The AWS Public Sector Partner Program – Designed for APN Partners with solutions and experience to help deliver government, education, and nonprofit customer missions around the world leveraging the AWS Cloud. With more than 350 partners at launch, the program helps qualified APN partners to build and accelerate their AWS Public Sector business.

The VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Program: In October, VMware and AWS announced a strategic alliance to build and deliver a seamlessly integrated hybrid offering that will give customers the full software-defined data center (SDDC) experience from the leader in the private cloud, running on the world’s most popular, trusted, and robust public cloud. VMware Cloud on AWS will be delivered, sold, and supported by VMware as an on-demand, elastically scalable service that leverages AWS’s global footprint and breadth of services. Launching in 2017, the VMware Cloud on AWS Partner Program will focus on supporting customers as they deploy and operate VMware Cloud on AWS.

Here’s a bit more information on the new AWS Competencies:

The AWS IoT Competency – Showcases APN Consulting and Technology Partners that provide technology and implementation capabilities for a variety of IoT use cases, including intelligent factories, smart cities, energy, automotive, transportation, and healthcare. APN Partners with the AWS IoT Competency include Accenture, Amdocs, Aricent, Asavie, Bsquare Corporation, C3 IoT, Cloud Technology Partners, Eseye, Intel, Luxoft, MachineShop, Microchip Technology, Mobiquity, PTC, Solstice, SORACOM, Splunk, Sturdy Networks, Thinglogix, and Trek10.

The AWS Financial Services Competency – Recognizes APN Consulting and Technology partners that have demonstrated industry expertise and offer solutions for customers in banking and payments, capital markets, and insurance. APN Partners with the AWS Financial Services Competency include: 2nd Watch, Accenture, Avoka, Calypso, Capgemini, Cloud Technology Partners, Cloudreach, Cognizant, Corezoid, EIS Group, FICO, FIS-Prophet, Guidewire, IHS Markit, Infosys, Mambu, Moven, NICE Systems, REAN Cloud, Sopra Steria, and Wipro.

“AWS Competencies and other APN distinctions help customers know that an APN Partner can deliver the right expertise, solution, or technology for the job,” said Copeland.

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