December 02, 2015
Amazon Web Services has devised a stringent third-party audit process that channel partners must pass to become a designated Managed Service Partner. Bill Saltys and Thiru Sadagopan spoke to Esther Stein from TechTarget about the process.
Bill Saltys likened going through an Amazon Web Services (AWS) audit to become a Managed Service Partner (MSP) to running a marathon. “It was a grueling interrogation,” said Saltys, Vice President of US Operations and Business Development at Apps Associates LLC, only partially in jest. The MSP achieved Premier Consulting Partner status at AWS in October.
“The AWS audit process starts well in advance of the actual visit from an auditor and Apps Associates' personnel gathered information based on a checklist they received ahead of time. This task involved providing documentation of continuous training, resources and project forecasting”, said Thiru Sadagopan, Vice President of Cloud Infrastructure Services at Apps Associates. “It's not just a technology-focused audit,” he noted.
The AWS Managed Service Program was started in March 2015 and offers partners benefits to migrate customer workloads and deliver AWS cloud services. What differentiates the program from other certifications is it requires an independent, third-party audit. Prerequisites are stringent: you must be an Advanced or Premier Consulting Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN), have billings of $25,000 per month in AWS revenue and have AWS certified staff and provide customer references. There are an estimated 25 partners that have achieved AWS MSP status.
This news release contains excerpts from an article that was first published on TechTarget. The original article is available here.
Apps Associates is a global provider of business and IT services and solutions that cover the entire IT life cycle from assessment and planning through implementation, application development, application and load testing, training, and ongoing management and support. Apps Associates is a Platinum Level member in Oracle Partner Network and is recognized as a Premium Consulting Partner in cloud services by Amazon Web Services.