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Introducing AWS Navigate: A Blueprint for APN Partners to Build a Specialized Practice on AWS

AWS Partner NetworkBased on high demand from our AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners, we introduced the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Navigate Program to help APN Partners become successful in their business differentiation journey on 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 Contact Center, Microsoft Workloads, End User Computing, and Financial Services, we are excited to announce new tracks for Blockchain and Machine Learning on AWS.

NEW! AWS Blockchain Navigate Track

Just like other infrastructure, a blockchain built on AWS can be integrated with many AWS services to add value to a blockchain solution. The new AWS Blockchain Navigate enables APN Partners to build expertise around Blockchain on AWS. Technical and Business contacts can take trainings to learn about core AWS services that will help APN Partners build a blockchain solution on AWS.

When two (2) business and (2) technical professionals from your organization complete the AWS Blockchain Navigate trainings, you will unlock exclusive blockchain materials that give you the tools to build a specialized solution or practice on AWS.

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NEW! AWS Machine Learning Navigate Track

The new AWS Machine Learning Navigate enables APN Partners to build expertise around Machine Learning on AWS. Whether you are a data scientist, developer, or business professional, you will learn how to identify machine learning opportunities and leverage Machine Learning on AWS.

When five (5) business and five (5) technical professionals from your organization complete the Navigate training, you will unlock exclusive Machine Learning on AWS materials that give you the tools you need to build a machine learning practice on AWS.

Learn more about the AWS Machine Learning Navigate >>

Business Professionals: AWS Machine Learning Navigate

This course enables business professionals at APN Consulting Partner organizations to engage with customers in positioning AWS for machine learning workloads. We’ll teach you how to identify a machine learning opportunity, explain AWS services offered in the machine learning field, and articulate the benefits of running machine learning workloads on AWS.

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Technical Professionals: AWS Machine Learning Navigate

This course teaches technical professionals how to use Amazon SageMaker to build, train, and deploy machine learning models at scale. You will also learn how to use other AWS products for computer vision, natural language processing, and machine learning inference for connected devices.

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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 top APN Partners from the tens of thousands in the AWS Partner Network.

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 for their applications.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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.

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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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