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How to Choose an AWS Consulting Partner for your Business

The AWS Partner Network (APN) is a global community of 100K+ AWS partners from 150+ countries. Consulting partners help AWS customers to design, architect, build, migrate, and manage workloads and applications on AWS. These companies bring advanced AWS knowledge, expertise, and experience that enable enterprises to leverage AWS products and services and accelerate their journey to the cloud.

So if your company is looking leverage the power of the AWS cloud to architect or modernize cloud applications, you should consider connecting with an AWS Consulting Partner. Let’s explore the benefits that an AWS Consulting Partner can bring to your enterprise and its cloud environment

What is an AWS Consulting Partner?

AWS partners – including Consulting Partners – help drive the business outcomes of 90% of Fortune 100 companies. AWS Consulting Partners are professional services firms such as system integrators, strategic consultancies, managed service providers (MSPs), and value-added resellers.

Consulting companies in the APN have a strong workforce of AWS trained and certified experts. Their specialists have extensive experience building and deploying scalable and customized enterprise solutions that are either built on or integrated with the AWS cloud. They leverage their expertise and know-how to provide well-architected AWS-based solutions for companies in a diverse set of industries. Along with AWS, these partners solve technical challenges, provide innovative solutions, and deliver value to enterprises and their users.

Benefits of Working with an AWS Consulting Partner

Amazon Web Services is the world’s most comprehensive public cloud platform. It is supported by an extensive global cloud infrastructure consisting of dozens of Regions and multiple Availability Zones (AZ) connected by low latency, high throughput, and highly redundant networking.

AWS offers 200+ cloud services and hundreds of features within each service. Depending on your enterprise requirements, you can access AWS’ infrastructure technologies in the compute, storage, and database categories, plus world-class products in the networking, content delivery, security, and analytics domains, as well as emerging technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

An experienced AWS Consulting Partner will help you identify which service you need and then take full advantage of that offering. They will also guide you so you can get the best cost and performance outcomes from your AWS project.

Proximity is another advantage of working with a Consulting Partner. You get a single point of contact to assist you with the selection, deployment, optimization, and maintenance of AWS cloud services. You can easily connect with the company via the APN and they will stay with you during the project and even after. They understand your business and cloud goals and can accordingly identify and resolve any issues you may face with AWS now or in future.

The right partner will also manage the platform and associated cloud services on your behalf. You can focus on running your business and developing software while the partner takes care of day-to-day management and ongoing maintenance. They will even help you optimize costs and determine new opportunities to make the most of your AWS investment.

Best Practices to Select a Competent AWS Consulting Partner

The AWS Partner Network consists of thousands of Consulting Partners from across the globe. But this doesn’t mean that any strategic consultancy, system integrator, or MSP can join the APN. AWS has a rigorous process to assess potential partners and determine their suitability to join the APN.

Potential partners must register with the network and choose a path that best aligns with their offerings. The entire certification process is fairly challenging and requires a significant amount of knowledge and experience. So, when you select a Consulting Partner from the APN, you can be confident that the company has received AWS’ stamp of approval.

Nonetheless, you should do your research before settling on one partner. When searching for and assessing the various Consulting Partners available in your country and for your industry, look for a company that has an outstanding reputation and provides an in-house staff of specialists.

These specialists must have a solid understanding of cloud computing in general and the AWS cloud in particular. They should have comprehensive knowledge of AWS products and services and how they can benefit your organization. Ideally, they should also have a large customer base and some of these customers should be willing to provide a good review about the partner.

Before finalizing your selection, also make sure to:

  • Define your cloud objectives, priorities, resources, and experience
  • Verify the partner employees’ qualifications and certifications
  • Confirm that they can communicate in the language of your company
  • Verify which time zone they are located in (the same time zone as your firm would be ideal)
  • Assess their familiarity with your company and its mission

After selecting a partner, get them to sign a contract as well as an engagement letter. The letter should describe the work they will do for your firm and the deliverables they will produce. It should also specify relevant dates that they must adhere to in order to successfully complete the project. Make sure they also prepare a detailed Statement of Work (SOW) that describes the activities they will carry out. 

Choose the Right AWS Consulting Partner. Choose Axcess

Migrating to the AWS cloud is one of the best decisions your organization will ever make. However, migration is just the beginning of your cloud journey. To make the most of the AWS and its power, you need to optimize it continually. You must grab modernization opportunities and understand how you can improve efficiencies, cut costs, boost resilience, and accelerate innovation with AWS. Here’s where a skilled and experienced AWS Consulting Partner comes into play.

Axcess.io. is an AWS Consulting Partner with clients in multiple geographies and industries. As an active part of the APN, we provide business and technical support to help companies succeed with the AWS cloud. We specialize in cloud transformation, DevOps automation, managed services, and cloud-native application development. Please contact us if you need support designing, architecting, migrating, or managing your enterprise workloads and applications on AWS.