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Introducing the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program

The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps cloud architects build secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure for their applications. It provides a consistent approach for Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers and AWS Partner Network (APN) Partners to evaluate architectures and implement designs that will scale over time.

At AWS re:Invent 2018, we announced the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program that enables APN Partners to establish good architectural habits, eliminate risk, and assist customers in building and responding faster to changes that affect their designs, applications, and workloads.

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Team Up with an AWS Well-Architected Partner

Interested in working with one of our APN Partners who are designated AWS Well-Architected experts? AWS Well-Architected Partners can provide deep AWS knowledge and hands-on experience architecting, building, migrating, and optimizing architectures that follow the AWS Well-Architected Framework.

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Program Benefits for APN Partners

AWS Well-Architected Program Partners will gain the expertise needed to build high-quality solutions, implement best practices, check the state of workloads, and make improvements when and where AWS customers need assistance.

  • Learn AWS Best Practices: APN Partners integrating Well-Architected best practices into their businesses can leverage it to teach, measure, and improve how they design and optimize workloads.
  • Improve Customer Experience: APN Partners leveraging Well-Architected are able to build trust across sales, delivery, and operations, leading to better AWS customer outcomes and relationships.
  • More Opportunities: APN Partners in the Well-Architected Partner Program have re-engaged with existing customers to drive significant new customer acquisition. More than 70 percent of APN Partner-led reviews ended in additional workload improvements after the AWS Well-Architected review.
  • Reduce Customer Attrition: Implementing Well-Architected across your workloads running on AWS can help to improve customer satisfaction by optimizing on the 5 pillars of Well-Architected.

Program Requirements for APN Partners

APN Consulting Partners can qualify for the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program by having a strong overall AWS practice, dedicating AWS Certified Solutions Architects (Professional level) to help demonstrate technical readiness, and integrating AWS Well-Architected best practices.


APN Partners in the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program must meet program requirements:

  • Executive Sponsor: APN Partners must commit to having an executive sponsor who is responsible for integrating Well-Architected into the business. This includes integration into pre-sales, delivery (advisory, architects, developers, operations), and managed services.
  • Minimum Reviews Per Region: APN Partners must commit to completing four (4) reviews per quarter in each region where they are conducting Well-Architected reviews.
  • Minimum of Well-Architected Leads: In order to deliver and lead AWS Well-Architected reviews and workload improvements for customers, a minimum of two (2) leads must be AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional and have completed the AWS Well-Architected Partner Bootcamp training. Leads are required to deliver a minimum of two (2) reviews per quarter per region.


Additionally, all APN Partners that are interested in the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program must complete a series of training before conducting AWS Well-Architected reviews.

  • AWS Well-Architected Overview: This webinar educates APN Partners about the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program. If you’re interested in participating in the program after this overview, the next step is to schedule an executive sponsor call with your Partner Development Manager (PDM).
  • Executive Sponsorship Call: This call is to discuss the initiative, goals, and objectives of the executive sponsor, and to answer any questions related to the program at the business level.
  • Sales and Operations Onboarding: This training is for APN Partners that have executive buy-in and are interested in integrating the AWS Well-Architected Framework into their business.
  • Technical Bootcamp: Individuals at the AWS Certified Solutions Architects – Professional level will be trained on how to conduct AWS Well-Architected reviews for a customer. This all-day workshop dives into how to engage with customers, how to leverage AWS Well-Architected best practices, and how to evaluate customers’ workloads.

Conducting AWS Well-Architected Reviews

After the technical bootcamp training, APN Partners will be provided AWS Well-Architected Partner Program materials, giving you everything you need to fully integrate AWS Well-Architected practices into your business.

APN Partners will then be ready to conduct these reviews for AWS customers, and start performing workload improvements for customers based on findings from the AWS Well-Architected reviews.

Once APN Partners have conducted and reported on a minimum of four (4) reviews per quarter, you will officially be in and will remain in the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program. APN Partners in good standing will benefit from Marketing Development Funding (MDF), and go-to-market (GTM) support from AWS.

Launch Partners

Congratulations to our Launch Partners in the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program:

Join the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program

AWS Well-Architected_inlineIf you’d like to join the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program, visit the program overview page to learn more about the requirements, and reach out to your PDM to get the conversation started.