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AWS Navigate is an APN Partner’s Path to Specialization on AWS

AWS Navigate_featuredBased on high demand from our AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners, we developed the AWS Navigate Program to help APN Partners become successful in their business differentiation journey on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The AWS Navigate Program provides a prescriptive path for APN Partners to build a specialized practice on AWS, and our Navigate tracks offer APN Partners the guidance to become AWS experts and deploy innovative solutions on behalf of AWS Customers.

In addition to AWS Navigate tracks for Blockchain, Contact Center, End User Computing, Financial Services, Machine Learning, Microsoft Workloads, Migration, Serverless, and AWS Database Services, we are excited to announce three new tracks: DevOps, Internet of Things (IoT), and High Performance Computing (HPC).

Getting Started

Based on the interests of your organization, select the AWS Navigate tracks that you’d like to deepen your knowledge. Have two (2) individuals go through the technical track and two (2) individuals go through the business track to unlock advanced content and trainings to build a strong practice or solution based on the area selected.

AWS DevOps Track

The new AWS DevOps Navigate track enables APN Partners to build a DevOps practice on AWS. Through this track, APN Partners will learn why DevOps is an important part of the cloud journey and is the best way to innovate faster while improving quality and security.

Learn more about the AWS DevOps Navigate >> 

To get started, have two (2) business professionals and two (2) technical professionals take the trainings below. Your organization will unlock enablement materials to help you build expertise around DevOps capabilities on AWS.

Business Professionals: AWS DevOps Track

The AWS DevOps business track explains why DevOps is an important part of the cloud journey and how AWS supports DevOps in a variety of ways. DevOps is the commonly accepted best practice for modern software development and ongoing maintenance and operations.

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Technical Professionals: AWS DevOps Track

The AWS DevOps technical track introduces you to the foundational AWS services that are core to DevOps on AWS. Topics include: container concepts, native tools and workflows, and ecosystem integration.

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AWS Internet of Things (IoT) Track

The AWS IoT Navigate track enables APN Partners to learn how to build a practice around IoT services on AWS. Through this track, APN Partners will learn about the core AWS IoT services and how to build an IoT practice on AWS.

Learn more about the AWS IoT Navigate >> 

To get started, have two (2) business professionals and two (2) technical professionals take the trainings below. Your organization will unlock enablement materials to help you build expertise around IoT capabilities on AWS.

Business Professionals: AWS IoT Track

The AWS IoT business track introduces you to IoT on AWS. This includes an overview of the core AWS IoT services, common IoT use cases, and key customer examples.

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Technical Professionals: AWS IoT Track

The AWS IoT technical track introduces you to AWS IoT services on AWS and how to build an AWS IoT Practice.

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AWS High Performance Computing (HPC) Track

The AWS High Performance Computing (HPC) Navigate track enables APN Partners to learn how to specialize in high-performance computing on AWS. APN Partners will learn about the core AWS services relevant to HPC and how to develop optimal AWS consumption for specific workloads.

Learn more about the AWS HPC Navigate >>

To get started, have two (2) business professionals and two (2) technical professionals take the trainings below. Your organization will unlock enablement materials to help you build expertise around HPC capabilities on AWS.

Business Professionals: AWS HPC Track

The AWS HPC business track focuses on establishing knowledge to effectively engage with customers in positioning AWS for HPC workloads. APN Partners will learn how to identify suitable HPC opportunities, explain the services offered by AWS for HPC users and articulate the benefits of running HPC applications and workloads on AWS.

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Technical Professionals: AWS HPC Track

The AWS HPC technical track introduces you to high-performance computing on AWS. The course highlights the use of core AWS services that are relevant to HPC and how to develop optimal AWS consumption for specific workloads.

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Other AWS Navigate Tracks

We also have AWS Navigate tracks for Contact Center, Microsoft Workloads, End User Computing, and Financial Services, with more tracks coming later this year!

About AWS Navigate

AWS Navigate provides APN Partners with the knowledge and tools to become specialists in a solution, industry, workload, or service area on AWS.

Each AWS Navigate track includes foundational and specialized e-learnings, advanced tools and resources, clear calls to action for both business and technical tracks, and “Apply Your Knowledge” checkpoints to help APN Partners measure their progress.

After you have leveraged all of AWS Navigate’s tools and built a strong practice on AWS, you can set your business apart through the AWS Competency, AWS Managed Service Provider (MSP), or AWS Service Delivery Programs. Each of these designations help AWS customers identify and choose the top APN Partners.

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How it Works

AWS Navigate is available to APN Partners as a self-service tool. The program consists of five phases, each containing at least one “Apply Your Knowledge” checkpoint that validates an APN Partner’s progression through AWS Navigate and enables AWS best practices.

Specialized e-learning helps APN Partners achieve intermediate-level knowledge of the solution, workload, industry, or service area they are specializing in. Business and technical tracks include ongoing enablement through whitepapers, blog posts, webinars, advanced training, templates, and, in some cases, AWS Solution Architect-led boot camps.

By the end of Phase 5, organizations will be ready to apply for the AWS Competency, AWS MSP, or AWS Service Delivery Programs.

The five phases of AWS Navigate:

  • Phase 1 focuses on foundational e-learning, including specialized training. Alliance leads will nominate, at a minimum, two (2) business and technical individuals to complete the training.
  • Phase 2 focuses on advanced training and resources recommended by AWS subject matter experts in a specialization area, as well as best practices for creating microsites and building customer references. This phase helps APN Partners reach advanced-level knowledge and showcase their specialization via solutions offerings.
  • Phase 3 provides a deep dive on the AWS Well-Architected Framework and prepares APN Partners for the baseline review for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), assessment review for Systems Integrators (SIs), and AWS technical validation of their solutions. The Well-Architected Framework has been developed to help cloud architects build the most secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure possible.
  • Phase 4 measures each APN Partner’s experience and knowledge in their specialty area based on the AWS Well-Architected Framework through a review by an AWS Solution Architect or AWS Practice Lead.
  • Phase 5 helps APN Partners meet the final requirements to achieve APN Program status in our AWS Competency, AWS MSP, and AWS Service Delivery Programs. The deliverables in this phase include customer references, microsites, and Advanced Tier achievement.

Join the AWS Partner Network (APN)

The APN is the global partner program for AWS and is focused on helping APN Partners build successful AWS-based businesses and solutions. As an APN Partner, you will receive business, technical, sales, and marketing resources to help you grow your business and better support your customers.

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Why Work with an APN Partner?

APN Partners are focused on your success, helping customers take full advantage of the business benefits AWS has to offer. With their deep expertise on AWS, APN Partners are uniquely positioned to help your company at any stage of your Cloud Adoption Journey, and to help you achieve your business objectives.

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