BBD has recently joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN), achieving APN Standard Consulting Partner status.
This status is awarded to professional services firms that assist clients design, architect, build, migrate and manage their workloads and applications on AWS. To achieve this rating we had to undertake certified training and meet requirements that demonstrate AWS expertise, capabilities and engagement across the AWS ecosystem.
Dieter Rosch, BBD’s cloud champion, explains, “BBD is very excited to have achieved APN Standard Consulting Partner status, as AWS is one of the leading global cloud computing platforms. This certification proves our competency in the field and shows we have the skills to deliver cloud based platforms – providing our clients with a scalable, reliable and low-cost set of remote computing services.”
The impact of cloud computing on how companies are interacting with their customers is clearly evident, with more than 90% of South African companies currently either implementing or planning the initial phase of their cloud strategy.
“One of the key benefits of AWS cloud infrastructure is the ability to deploy new applications instantly, scale up as the workload grows or scale done as demand diminishes. Clients of AWS only pay for they want, a nice benefit considering South Africa’s tough economic climate.”
Given how rapidly technology is evolving and disrupting industries, partnering with an organisation with the right skills to deploy customer solutions on AWS will be a quick win to put an organisation ahead of the competitors. APN Consulting Partners are given access to a range of resources and training to support clients in deploying, running and managing applications in the AWS Cloud.
Rosch says BBD has certified people as AWS Certified Associates and AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professionals. “There are currently very few Solutions Architect Professionals in South Africa, so we are very pleased to have this capability inhouse. An AWS accreditation validates advanced technical skills and experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform.”
Gartner ratified AWS in their 2017 Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS – positioning AWS as the most mature, enterprise-ready provider. They also highlighted how AWS has the deepest governance capabilities for large resource groups and user bases.
“Leveraging the flexibility and low cost of the AWS cloud offering has put BBD well on the path to strengthening our skills and experience on the platform. Our AWS partner status assures clients that we have the required skills and support to deliver business critical solutions that are reliable, secure and cost effective.”
As one of only a handful of South African companies with AWS Standard Consulting Partner status, we are looking forward to doing more work with local organisations to enable them to take advantage of all the AWS benefits.