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IoT, Financial Competencies Come to AWS Partners

Amazon Web Services (AWS) this week announced the launch of two new competencies in its AWS Partner Network (APN).

The new AWS IoT and the AWS Financial Services competencies are now live, the company announced during Tuesday's Global Partner Summit event in Las Vegas. The event signals the start of this year's AWS re:Invent conference.

"The AWS IoT Competency showcases industry-leading AWS Consulting and Technology Partners that provide proven technology and/or implementation capabilities for a variety of use cases including (though not limited to) intelligent factories, smart cities, energy, automotive, transportation, and healthcare," wrote Kate Miller, senior content manager for the APN, in a blog post.

Partners that qualify for the IoT Competency receive marketing and branding materials, an "AWS IoT Competency Partner" designation in the AWS Partner Solutions Finder directory (also launched Tuesday), "preferred access" to funding for market development, and possible inclusion in AWS' promotional materials and events.

There are four categories of partners within the IoT Competency:

  • Edge: According to Miller, these are partners "who provide hardware and software ingredients used to build IoT devices, or finished products used in IoT solutions or applications."

  • Gateway: "Partners who provide data aggregation hardware and/or software connecting edge devices to the cloud and providing on premise intelligence as well as connecting to enterprise information technology ('IT') systems."

  • Platform Providers: "ISVs who've developed a cloud-based platform to acquire, analyze...and act on IoT data."

  • Connectivity: "Partners who provide systems to manage wide-area connectivity for edge and gateway devices."

Also launched Tuesday, the Financial Services Competency is designed "to help customers identify and connect with industry-leading Consulting and Technology APN Partners with solutions for banking and payments, capital markets, and insurance," Miller said in a separate post.

Benefits of the Financial Services Competency are similar to those of the IoT Competency, and include branding and marketing materials, access to market development funding, and inclusion in AWS promotional materials. Partners that achieve the Financial Services Competency fall into three categories:

  • Risk Management: Partners that provide solutions that help "financial institutions identify, model, and assess risk, ensure monitoring [and] compliance with the industry regulations, or help in surveillance or fraud monitoring," according to Miller.

  • Core Systems: Partners that develop "transaction processing systems for banking/mortgage/payments, capital markets/brokerage/asset management, or the property [and] casualty insurance industry."

  • Data Management: Partners that develop "platforms providing market and reference data or data processing, pricing or financial analytics solutions."

To qualify for either the IoT Competency or the Financial Services Competency, partners must provide customer references and pass a third-party audit. Go here for more information on the IoT Competency, and here for the Financial Services Competency.

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