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Attend Technical Sessions at the Global Partner Summit on Nov. 29th

APN Partners, are you joining us at the AWS Global Partner Summit at re:Invent? If you’ve not yet registered to attend the Summit, it’s not too late! Log into the re:Invent portal, and click on “Purchase Registration Items” to add Global Partner Summit to your registration. Adding the Global Partner Summit is free of charge.

This year during the Summit, we’re offering a number of technical sessions specifically tailored towards topics of interest for APN Partners. We want to highlight some sessions that you can still register to attend. Check them out, and then we recommend you log into the portal and sign up for the sessions you’d like to attend.

AWS Global Partner Summit – Technical Sessions


Title: Tips for Building Successful Solutions with AWS Marketplace and AWS Quick Start

Session ID:  GPSISV1

What You’ll Learn: 

Build it once, deploy it often. AWS Marketplace combined with AWS Quick Start can accelerate revenue, drive adoption, and enable your technical teams to focus on the customer instead of the basic infrastructure. In this session, we first dive deep into how to evaluate if your product is ready for AWS Marketplace, and what it takes to make it successful. We cover security, usage models, documentation, installation, configuration, and more. We answer questions concerning the structure of your AMI, e.g. if it contains the code required to launch your product, if its AMI minimally privileged, whether you need to use CloudFormation, how do you get paid, and how to meter usage. We then show how to use AWS Quick Start to onboard new customers. You can ensure that customer deployments reflect best practices by using your AWS Marketplace solution to build and publish world-class cloud reference architectures.


Title:  Tips for Passing APN Technical Validations

Session ID:  GPSISV2

What You’ll Learn:

Becoming an Advanced Technology Partner or being included in an AWS Competency program are key achievements for AWS partners and distinguish them from their competitors in the market. Inclusion in these programs demonstrates a partner’s expertise across industry segments and technical domains, plus delivery of a solid product to their customers. The technical bar for becoming an APN Advanced Partner or inclusion in an AWS Competency is high; partners must demonstrate both competency-relevant success and alignment with all four pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. Join AWS Partner Solutions Architects as they outline what to expect from the process; describe how to best prepare for the conversation; and offer tips, tricks, and hints on how to get the most from the technical assessment process.


Title: Dollars and Sense: Technical Tips for Continual Cost Optimization

Session ID: GPSISV3

What You’ll Learn:

In this session, we explore techniques, tools, and partner solutions that provide a framework for monitoring, analyzing, and automating cost savings. We look at several case studies and real world examples where our customers have realized significant savings. Some of the specific topics covered are: migration cost management; cost-effective hybrid architectures; saving money with microservices; serverless computing with AWS Lambda, and Amazon EC2; using fungible components to drive down costs over time; cost vs. performance vs. value; AWS purchasing strategies (On-Demand, Reserved Instances, and the Spot Market), tools and services from both AWS (AWS Trusted Advisor, Amazon CloudWatch, etc.) and our partner solutions that can help with cost optimization. Finally, we roll all of these into an automated process for continuous optimization.


Title: Hybrid Architecture Design: Connecting Your On-Premises Workloads to the Cloud

Session ID:  GPSISV4

What You’ll Learn:

You’re trying to minimize your time to deploy applications, reduce capital expenditure, and take advantage of the economies of scale made possible by using Amazon Web Services; however, you have existing on-premises applications that are not quite ready for complete migration. Hybrid architecture design can help! In this session, we discuss the fundamentals that any architect needs to consider when building a hybrid design from the ground up. Attendees get exposure to Amazon VPC, VPNs, Amazon Direct Connect, on-premises routing and connectivity, application discovery and definition, and how to tie all of these components together into a successful hybrid architecture.


Title:  Managing and Supporting the Windows Platform on AWS

Session ID:  GPSSI401

What You’ll Learn:

Windows workloads are often the backbone of the data center and AWS Consulting Partners are responsible for the design, deployment, maintenance, and operation of these infrastructures. Deploying and operating a common set of management tooling is challenging and becomes even harder as you try to onboard new customers at scale. In this session, we discuss patterns for deploying a common shared infrastructure to host your management and backend assets. We dive deep on various components of the windows toolkit like core VPC, Active Directory, management tools, and finally a development pipeline. You walk away knowing how to design and deliver a common toolset so that you scale out instantly to any new customer workload.


Title:  Technical Tips for Helping SAP Customers Succeed on AWS

Session ID:  GPSSI402

What You’ll Learn:

In this session, AWS partners, both with and without SAP focused practices, learn how to develop and design services and solutions to help SAP customers migrate to and run on the AWS Cloud. We discuss the different types of services required by SAP customers and how to identify and qualify SAP on AWS opportunities. Based on actual SAP customer projects, we discuss what patterns work, where the potential pitfalls are, and how to ensure a successful SAP on AWS customer project.


Title:  Get Technically Inspired by Container-Powered Migrations

Session ID:  GPSSI403

What You’ll Learn:

This session is a technical journey through application migration and refactoring using containerized technologies. Flux 7 recently worked with Rent-a-Center to perform a Hybris migration from their datacenter to AWS, and you can hear how they used Amazon ECS, the new Application Load Balancer, and Auto Scaling to meet the customer’s business objectives.


Title:  The Secret to SaaS (Hint: It’s Identity)

Session ID:  GPSSI404

What You’ll Learn:

Identity is a fundamental element of any SaaS environment. It must be woven into the fabric of your SaaS architecture and design, enabling you to authorize and scope access to your multi-tenant services, infrastructure, and data effectively. In this session, we pair with AWS partner Okta to examine how tenant identity is introduced into SaaS applications without undermining flexibility or developer productivity. The goal here is to highlight strategies that encapsulate tenant awareness and leverage the scale, security, and innovation enabled by AWS and its ecosystem of identity solutions. We dig into all the moving parts of the SaaS identity equation, showcasing the best practices and common considerations that will shape your approach to SaaS identity management.

Read all of our SaaS-related APN Blog posts here


Title: Blockchain on AWS: Disrupting the Norm

Session ID: GPST301

What You’ll Learn:

Recent interest in leveraging distributed ledgers across multiple industries has elevated blockchain from mere theory and into the spotlight of real world use. Learn why some APN Partners have a vested interest in it, and how blockchain can be used with AWS. In this session, we explore the AWS services needed for a successful deployment and dive deep into a Partner’s blockchain journey on AWS.


Title: IoT: Build, Test, and Securely Scale

Session ID: GPST302

What You’ll Learn:

With the rapid adoption of IoT services on AWS, how do partners and organizations effectively build, test, scale, and secure these highly transaction-data laden systems? This session is a deep dive on the API, SDK, device gateway, rules engine, and device shadows. Consulting and Technology Partner customers share their experiences as we highlight lessons learned and best practices to increase audience efficacy.


Title: AWS Partners and Data Privacy

Session ID: GPST303

What You’ll Learn:

In this session, we share best practices and easily-leveraged solutions for enacting autonomous systems in the face of subversion. From gag orders to warrantless searches and seizures, learn about specific tactics to protect and exercise data privacy, both for partners and customers.


Title: Extending Hadoop and Spark to the Cloud

Session ID: GPST304

What You’ll Learn:

In this session, learn how to easily and seamlessly transition or extend Hadoop and Spark into the cloud without disruption. Learn how customers are taking advantage of AWS services without major architectural changes or downtime by using AWS Big Data Technology Partner solutions. In this session, we focus on patterns for data migration from Hadoop clusters to Amazon S3 and automated deployment of partner solutions for big data workloads.


Title: Amazon Aurora Deep Dive

Session ID: GPST401

What You’ll Learn:

Amazon Aurora is a MySQL-compatible relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. Amazon Aurora is disruptive technology in the database space, bringing a new architectural model and distributed systems techniques to provide far higher performance, availability, and durability than was previously available using conventional monolithic database techniques. In this session, we dive deep into some of the key innovations behind Amazon Aurora, discuss best practices and migration from other databases to Amazon Aurora, and share early customer experiences from the field.


Title: Advanced Techniques for Managing Sensitive Data in the Cloud

Session ID: GPST403

What You’ll Learn:

In this session, we discuss compliance programs at AWS, as well as key AWS security best practices for technology and consulting partners. Regardless of whether you have customers with stringent compliance requirements, security should be a top priority when thinking about your customer service model. AWS provides native security tools at all layers with such services AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS), which we dive deep into during this session. We provide a framework for using IAM roles and customer-managed encryption keys to securely interact with your customer’s data and also showcase working example code that can be implemented across all compliance frameworks, as well as across applications that do not have specific compliance requirements.

This session will introduce the concept of ‘DevSecOps’ and demonstrate how to build a serverless self-defending environment using KMS, Lambda, and CloudWatch Events. We will also discuss multi-region key management strategies for protecting customer data at scale.


Title: Building Complex Serverless Applications

Session ID: GPST404

What You’ll Learn:

Provisioning, scaling, and managing physical or virtual servers—and the applications that run on them—has long been a core activity for developers and system administrators. The expanding array of managed AWS Cloud services, including AWS Lambda, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon API Gateway and more, increasingly allows organizations to focus on delivering business value without worrying about managing the underlying infrastructure or paying for idle servers and other fixed costs of cloud services. In this session, we discuss the design, development, and operation of these next-generation solutions on AWS. Whether you’re developing end-user web applications or back-end data processing systems, join us in this session to learn more about building your applications without servers.

This session will cover complex serverless design patterns like Microservices and use cases like event stream processing. We will also share tips and tricks for Lambda, API Gateway, and strategies for securing your serverless applications.