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New AWS Foundational Technical Review Lens Helps Partners Unlock Benefits to Differentiate and Co-Sell with AWS

By Lauren Small, Well-Architected ISV Program Manager at AWS
By Ram Dileepan, Sr. Solutions Architect, SaaS at AWS

The AWS Foundational Technical Review (FTR), formerly known as the Technical Baseline Review, enables AWS Partners to identify and remediate risks in products or solutions.

The FTR is led by an AWS Partner Solutions Architect (PSA) who reviews AWS Partner products and solutions against a specific set of requirements based on the Security, Reliability, and Operational Excellence pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework.

After successful completion of the Foundational Technical Review, independent software vendors (ISVs) can unlock benefits of the new ISV Partner Path to differentiate, market, and co-sell with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

We are excited to launch the Foundational Technical Review Lens in the AWS Well-Architected Tool to help AWS Partners with hosted or managed workloads prepare for an FTR.

With the FTR Lens, AWS Partners can review a workload against each FTR requirement and select the best practices they are following. Once complete, AWS Partners receive an improvement plan on how to mitigate risks.

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About the Foundational Technical Review Lens

The FTR Lens is free to use in all regions where the AWS Well-Architected Tool is available, as described in the AWS Region Table. It can be applied to existing workloads, or used for new workloads you define in the tool.

The AWS Well-Architected Tool helps you review the state of your workloads against the five pillars of Well-Architected. Available at no additional cost in the AWS Management Console, it provides customers with recommendations for how to build secure, performant, resilient, sustainable, and cost-efficient infrastructures in the cloud. This can help you prioritize improvements throughout the development lifecycle.

The FTR Lens adds questions to the Well-Architected Tool that are specific to the requirements of the Foundational Technical Review, enabling AWS Partners to better prepare for an FTR. Each question has a list of best practices, and each best practice has a list of improvement plans to help guide AWS Partners in implementing them.

The FTR Lens also points to various resources that can provide even more guidance on how to implement the improvement plans and best practices.

Here are a few of the questions the FTR Lens adds to the AWS Well-Architected Tool:

  • OPS 1. How does your organization ensure that contractually obligated compliance standards are met and maintained?
  • SEC 8. How do you protect sensitive data at rest?
  • REL 1. How do you plan for disaster recovery?

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Getting Started with the FTR Lens

Conducting an AWS Well-Architected Review with the FTR Lens enables you to identify and remediate risks in your workloads.

You can prepare for the Foundational Technical Review with the FTR Lens using two different mechanisms:

  • Self-Service Review: This is a self-assessment mechanism for you to understand improvements that are required to complete the FTR. Your team’s technical and business leads can conduct this type of review using the AWS Well-Architected Tool with the FTR Lens in the AWS console.
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  • AWS Consulting Partner-Led Review: Team with an authorized AWS Well-Architected Consulting Partner to perform Well-Architected Reviews. Authorized partners have expertise in performing workload reviews and making improvements based on high-risk issues (HRIs) discovered during the review.
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    Working with an AWS Well-Architected Partner to conduct a review and remediate 25 percent of discovered HRIs may qualify you for AWS Promotional Credits. Here’s where you can find authorized AWS Well-Architected Consulting Partners.

Once you have completed an assessment using the FTR Lens, and you feel prepared for your one-on-one engagement with an AWS Partner Solutions Architect, you can request a Foundational Technical Review.

Once you have made this request, you may be eligible to receive AWS Promotional Credits through the AWS Well-Architected ISV Funding Program. See eligibility requirements on the AWS Well-Architected ISV Funding Request Form.

Next Steps

Learn more about the AWS Well-Architected Tool by visiting the User Guide and Product Page.

Find current AWS Partners that can conduct a review by visiting the AWS Well-Architected Partner Program.

You can also join our AWS PartnerCast webinar on Jan. 21, 2021 at 8:00 AM PST to learn more about the FTR Lens. Dive deep on how to use the FTR Lens in preparation for a Foundational Technical Review, and common risks to identify and resolve prior to requesting an FTR. Register here >>