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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 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, and Migration, we are excited to announce a new track for Serverless on AWS.

NEW! AWS Serverless Track

The new AWS Serverless Navigate enables APN Partners to gain a deeper understanding of the AWS Serverless platform, including AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, AWS Step Functions, and Amazon Cognito. Educational content for Serverless covers topics such as how the services work together, best practices, how to identify potential workloads, and how to correctly position Serverless during technical and selling motions with your customers.

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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 Serverless capabilities on AWS.

Business Professionals: AWS Serverless Track

The AWS Serverless Navigate business track introduces you to how AWS defines Serverless computing, the services that are included, how computing has evolved, common use cases, key customer examples, and suggested best practices for developing Serverless capabilities within your application development consulting practice.

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Technical Professionals: AWS Serverless Track

The AWS Serverless Navigate technical track introduces you to the concept of Serverless, the benefits, and common Serverless architectures. You’ll have the opportunity to take a deeper look at AWS Lambda, including programming model(s) used to offer Lambda functions, how to provide functions to access other AWS resources, how to leverage Serverless to build business applications and identify event sources and candidate workloads.

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AWS Migration Navigate Track

The AWS Migration Navigate enables APN Partners to build expertise around migration capabilities on AWS. These foundational trainings helps organizations leverage the AWS Cloud for compute, storage, and databases so you can migrate existing workloads, increase productivity, and reduce costs for customers.

Learn more about the AWS Migration 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 migration capabilities on AWS.

Business Professionals: AWS Migration Navigate

The AWS Migration Navigate business track is an introductory-level, non-technical course designed for AWS sales field and business professionals at APN Consulting Partner organizations, specifically those who engage with customers to migrate their enterprise IT workloads to AWS at scale. This course focuses on how to identify and qualify enterprise workloads for cloud migration, assess migration readiness, and build a compelling business case for cloud migration. It’s based on the structured migration methodology developed and used by AWS teams for large-scale migrations.

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Technical Professionals: AWS Migration Navigate

In the AWS Migration Navigate technical track, a series of introductory modules establishes a foundation that will set your organization up for success in building out migration capabilities on AWS. These trainings provide context as you move through Navigate and consume more advanced training and resources. Ultimately, Navigate will enable your organization to help customers migrate to AWS easier, faster, cheaper, and with less risk.

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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.

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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