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Introducing AWS SaaS Factory to Help ISVs Accelerate SaaS Adoption

By Tod Golding, Partner Solutions Architect at AWS
By Kathryn Gaffney, Partner Program Manager at AWS

SaaS Factory_embedWe are excited to introduce AWS SaaS Factory, a program to help accelerate and guide the adoption of a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

AWS SaaS Factory offers a comprehensive set of business and technical best practices, as well as engagement opportunities that empower and support independent software vendors (ISVs) building SaaS offerings on AWS.

The program includes reference architectures, blog posts, AWS Quick Starts, learning modules, bootcamps, and interactive activities such as webinars and workshops that provide prescriptive guidance on building and operating SaaS solutions on AWS. These resources also highlight offerings from AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners that address many of the common functional and operational elements of SaaS environments.

Check out the AWS SaaS Factory program offerings for ISVs >>

How Can AWS SaaS Factory Help ISVs?

AWS SaaS Factory focuses on helping customers and APN Partners at all stages of the SaaS on AWS journey, including the adoption of a SaaS delivery model, migration, and optimization.

The appeal of a SaaS delivery model has many ISVs actively making the transition to multi-tenant architecture. The agility of SaaS enables ISVs to release new features at a more rapid pace, allowing them to respond to competitive market pressures. A SaaS delivery model also provides ISVs with a more efficient approach to addressing frictionless onboarding of new customers while still optimizing the cost of their overall infrastructure footprint.

As more organizations migrate to a SaaS delivery model, AWS SaaS Factory offers prescriptive guidance, enablement content, and reference materials to empower ISVs in their SaaS on AWS journey. The program addresses the needs of APN Partners building greenfield SaaS products, moving existing solutions to AWS, or targeting new market segments. It also drills down on the needs of APN Partners that are refactoring existing single-tenant solutions.

The AWS SaaS Factory team provides optimization guidance to existing SaaS providers that are looking to refine the architecture, cost, or operational efficiency of their products.

Am I a Good Fit for AWS SaaS Factory?

The move to a SaaS model often requires organizations to rethink many of the fundamental aspects of how they build, deploy, and operate their products. Pricing models, marketing strategies, sales compensation structure, and operations are among the areas impacted when organizations adopt a SaaS delivery model. Essentially, AWS SaaS Factory aims to empower customers and APN Partners that are looking for guidance with technical, business, or operational aspects of their current or future SaaS solutions.

We address these topics through a combination of workshops and web-based content that covers a full spectrum of SaaS technical and business best practices. The goal is to provide strategies and patterns that help ISVs who are at different points in their journey to a SaaS model. This includes the creation new SaaS offerings, migration from a single-tenant product, or optimization of an existing SaaS solution.

APN Partners may be eligible for additional opportunities through AWS SaaS Factory, and have access to a broader set of content and collateral through APN Partner Central.

How Do I Engage with AWS SaaS Factory?

We encourage any APN Partner on their SaaS on AWS journey to engage with AWS SaaS Factory. No application is necessary. We have a number of resources available, including APN Blog posts, whitepapers, and AWS Quick Starts that target common SaaS topics such as tenant isolation, data partitioning, management and monitoring, identity, migration strategies, webinars, and more. Check out all the AWS SaaS Factory program offerings.

Check out our latest AWS SaaS Factory blog posts:

We are also excited to share the first of three learning modules from our AWS SaaS Factory Architecture Track e-learning curriculum. We’ll be launching more modules within this track, as well as business-focused learning modules in the months to come.

Check out these e-learning modules (login required):

Register for the upcoming AWS SaaS Factory webinar series:

Register for the AWS SaaS Factory webinar series, which offers a deeper dive on a different SaaS topic each month. If you are unable to attend webinars in real-time, be sure to refer back to the registration page as recordings will be posted there and made available to APN Partners.

Register for the webinar series >>

Sign up for the SaaS on AWS email list:

Sign up for the SaaS on AWS email list so you can stay up-to-date as new resources are published and new events are announced.

Are There AWS SaaS Factory Events to Attend?

In addition to the self-service content we have made available, AWS SaaS Factory is actively engaging with ISVs through a series of events, including “Architecting SaaS Solutions on AWS,” which was held in March at the AWS Pop-Up Loft in San Francisco. Representatives from more than 25 companies attended the event, many of which were APN Partners.

The AWS SaaS Factory team is looking forward to conducting more events for ISVs building their SaaS offerings on AWS in the coming months.

Our next AWS SaaS Factory event is an interactive SaaS on AWS bootcamp to be held July 23 at the AWS Pop-Up Loft in San Francisco.

Register for the SaaS on AWS bootcamp >>

Where Can I Learn More About AWS SaaS Factory?

APN Partners are encouraged to reach out to their account representative to inquire about additional engagement models, and to work with the AWS SaaS Factory team.

Additional technical and business best practices can be accessed via the AWS SaaS Factory website >>

If you are an APN Partner and interested in learning more about these events or others, please reach out to your APN representative. ISVs that are not APN Partners are encouraged to subscribe to the SaaS on AWS email list to receive updates about upcoming events, content launches, and program offerings.