Working with an AWS Premier Tier Services Partner: What’s in it for You?

Learn how AWS Premier Partners provide specialized skills to build future-ready architectures, securing vital data and apps while optimizing costs.

March 14, 2024
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Last Updated June 10, 2024
Why Work With AWS Premier Partner

Working with an AWS Premier Tier Services Partner: What’s in it for You?

AWS has become the preferred choice for businesses looking to tap into the power and flexibility of the cloud. The AWS Partner Network (APN) connects organizations with certified AWS experts to help them successfully adopt and optimize their use of AWS services.

Among the various tiers within the APN, the AWS Premier Tier Partners represent the elite level of partners in the AWS ecosystem. Becoming a premier partner requires meeting stringent requirements around customer satisfaction, staff AWS certifications, revenue, and business practices. It is a thorough vetting process that ensures premier partners have the capabilities needed to help companies fully realize the benefits of AWS.

As an AWS Premier Tier Services Partner, Simform has consistently maintained high standards, as reflected in our 9.6+ customer satisfaction score(CSAT) on AWS. Having deep expertise in DevOps, we help clients implement CI/CD pipelines and automate deployments on AWS. We are also proficient across a wide range of AWS cloud services, architecting optimized cloud environments tailored to each customer’s needs.

Simform, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, helps businesses architect, migrate, manage and optimize their workloads on AWS. Contact us today to adopt an innovative, secure, and scalable AWS cloud.

Read on to learn more about how a premier partner like us can help you navigate all aspects of cloud computing, from identifying the right AWS services for your business to implementing robust security measures and optimizing cloud performance.

How does the partnership with AWS contribute to our goals?

Our long-standing values of putting customers first, being open to bold ideas, and encouraging innovative thinking strongly resonate with AWS’s principles. With such closely aligned philosophies, our strategic partnership with AWS empowers us to cater to diverse customer needs and deliver exceptional experiences. Here’s what it means to us –

  1. Technical advancement: The partnership emphasizes our dedication to providing outstanding customer experiences by utilizing AWS’s renowned cloud services to enhance the quality of our solutions and support.
  2. Enhanced customer experience: AWS partnership helps us deliver personalized, reliable, and seamless experiences to our valued customers.
  3. Innovation and growth: Collaborating with AWS lets us create an innovative environment with a vast array of data-driven tools and resources, facilitating rapid scaling and growth.
  4. Operational excellence: Our partnership ensures that we achieve operational efficiency through their flexible, resilient, and secure cloud infrastructure, making us more agile and responsive to market demands.

What do you get working with an AWS Premier Partner?

Becoming an AWS Premier Partner further establishes us as a leader in digital product engineering services. We’ve achieved this milestone by proving our deep technical expertise through multiple AWS partner validations and showcasing repeated success in delivering results for a vast customer base at scale.

Teaming up with a premier partner can provide you with the following advantages if you wish to leverage the AWS platform’s full potential.

1. Access to advanced AWS technical expertise

Our AWS Premier Partner status is built on a strong foundation of certifications, competencies, and Service Delivery Partners (SDPs).

We possess deep expertise across 6 key AWS competencies: Advertising and Marketing Technology Services, DevOps Consulting, SaaS Consulting, Migration Consulting, Resilience Services, and Supply Chain Services. This allows us to provide authoritative guidance on complex AWS implementations, from architecting cloud-native SaaS apps to executing large-scale cloud migrations.

Also, with over 200 AWS certifications and 16 AWS Service Validations, we are a trusted partner for businesses requiring comprehensive expertise in AWS solutions. With those certifications spanning a vast range of AWS services and disciplines, you can have robust, scalable and optimized cloud solutions tailored to your business needs.

Simform AWS Diverse Certifications

As an AWS Premier Tier Services Partner, we can provide our clients with priority access to AWS support resources. This elevated support offering gives our customers a direct line of communication to AWS technical support engineers who can quickly diagnose and resolve issues.

We also have designated Technical Account Managers from AWS who oversee support operations and provide guidance on best practices. Additionally, premier partners get access to proactive guidance and architecture reviews from AWS solutions architects to ensure clients’ infrastructure and applications are optimized for performance and security on the AWS cloud. With our partnership status, we can ensure our customers receive the highest level of support from AWS to maintain continuity and maximize the value of their cloud investments.

Enabling scalability for a retail marketing platform

Our client, a leading retail marketing analytics platform, needed to modernize their architecture to support rapid growth. Their on-prem infrastructure strained under increasing workloads. As more retailers used the platform to gather customer insights, performance degraded during traffic spikes. Our client wanted to embrace the cloud to build a stable, auto-scaling environment that could cost-effectively power their business into the future.

Simform helped the client architect a serverless solution on AWS leveraging Lambda, DynamoDB, S3, and other services. By going serverless, the client could instantly scale resources on demand without provisioning capacity. We implemented best practices for its performance and security, including a CI/CD pipeline for rapid and reliable delivery.

The AWS serverless architecture resulted in a 60% reduction in IT infrastructure costs, engineering efficiencies, seamless scalability, resilience, and faster time-to-market for new features.

2. Long-lasting efforts and relationships

Becoming an AWS Premier Partner demands continued efforts over an extended period. Our firm’s perseverance reflects our commitment to the long-term success of our customers. We are dedicated to forming strong relationships with clients built on trust, understanding, and the mutual goal of achieving exceptional results.

Our case studies showcase our dedication to customer partnerships that withstand the test of time. For instance, when a popular eCommerce sports brand needed assistance in migrating their website backend from Bigcommerce to Shopify Plus, we created a comprehensive strategy in partnership with AWS. This long-standing collaboration resulted in superior performance, agility, and scalability for our client.

3. Maximized savings

AWS provides several funding options to a Premier Tier Services Partner so that we can deliver AWS solutions to our customers more efficiently. The effective utilization of these benefits ultimately helps our clients build cost-effective solutions with our help. Here’s how:

  • Training discounts and credits: By offering discounted training to our technical teams, AWS ensures that we are well-versed in the workings of AWS and its various solutions. This, in turn, reduces the time and resources spent on training and upskilling, ultimately minimizing the costs associated with hiring additional staff or striking up collaborations with multiple partners.
  • AWS promotional credits for certifications: When we, the partners, pass AWS Certification exams, we earn promotional credits, which can be used to offset part of the AWS infrastructure costs. By leveraging these credits, we can potentially offer more competitive pricing for our services, benefiting our customers with lower costs and access to certified professionals.
  • APN Innovation Sandbox Credits: AWS Partners can use these credits to develop and test new solutions in the sandbox environment at a reduced cost. This allows us to create innovative solutions without bearing the full cost of AWS usage, eventually resulting in more cost-effective services for our customers and a faster time to market.
  • Marketing Development Funds (MDF): These funds help premier partners offset our marketing costs in promoting our AWS solutions. When we dedicate more resources towards marketing without the financial burden, you will ultimately benefit from a wider choice of services at competitive rates.
  • Migration Acceleration Program (MAP): With financial assistance via cash or AWS promotional credits, we can accelerate our customers’ migration or modernization workloads on AWS. This reduced migration time may result in lower costs for you, as well as easing resource constraints during the migration or modernization process.

Cloud-powered automotive marketplace transformation

One of our clients, an online car marketplace, wanted to revolutionize its platform by offering customers access to a national network of certified dealers, quality vehicles, and financing options. Their outdated on-premise infrastructure was causing problems like limited growth, inefficiencies, and data problems, which affected operations, sales, and decision-making.

We recommended and then set up a cloud-based infrastructure using AWS services. This change led to 25% cost savings, an impressive 99.99% uptime, and a 50% reduction in latency (faster response time). Key AWS components, like Lambda, Aurora, CloudWatch, and others, helped make the platform’s operations smoother and allow for better decision-making based on data.

So, we always make it a point to identify smart financial choices for our customers. And our premier partnership status enables us to grant our clients access to exclusive discounts, promotions, and AWS initiatives.

How did we achieve Premier Partnership status?

We cherish the journey that has brought us here today, and it continues still…

So, it all started when we, having established our name in custom software development and mobile and web app development, decided to pivot to a complete software engineering focus, incorporating Cloud and DevOps as distinct verticals. As cliché as it may sound, this shift truly signaled a new era for our company.

It is not an exaggeration to say that, in a relatively short period, we worked on numerous cloud projects, ranging from infrastructure migration to deploying serverless applications. The next step naturally had to be partnering with AWS. How could we not when we ourselves are great admirers of its extensive global network, scalability, and robust infrastructure!

Now as we are well into 2024, cloud projects comprise over 90% of our entire professional portfolio.

2022 brought us AWS Advanced Consulting Partner status

AWS requires companies to invest dedicated efforts and rigorous training in the AWS ecosystem before becoming a partner, a requirement that aligns perfectly with our commitment to delivering the best AWS solutions. In early 2022, we achieved AWS Advanced Consulting Partner status. Back then, we had 25+ AWS-certified members and were participating in 3 partner programs.

While we were proud of reaching this advanced status, it didn’t quench our thirst for excellence. After achieving this milestone so rapidly, we set our sights on the highest partnership tier. We firmly believed that becoming an ‘AWS Premier Consulting Partner’ was within reach if we remained focused and committed to working relentlessly toward it. And that’s precisely what we did.

Expanding AWS competencies

Simform’s leadership knew that getting new competencies was important for us to advance further in AWS’ partnership tiers. One by one, we started achieving key AWS competencies: Advertising and Marketing Technology Services Competency, DevOps Consulting, SaaS Consulting, Migration Consulting, Resilience Services, and Supply Chain Services. We aren’t done yet; we are still equally relentless in pursuing new competencies.

Our expanded cloud capabilities have enabled us to tackle increasingly complex cloud projects – with great success! Having delivered positive outcomes for clients, we’re able to share several public case studies detailing the value we’ve provided.

Over 200 AWS certifications and 16 AWS service validations

Our commitment to continuous improvement has resulted in having a team of experts with over 200 AWS certifications, as mentioned earlier. (Can’t help flexing our tech muscles now and then!)

Simform has also earned 16 AWS service validations for AWS Lambda, AWS WAF, API Gateway, Amazon DynamoDB, AWS Glue, and other key services, making us capable of delivering high-quality solutions to our clients.

Again, why should you care about our Premier Partner status?

Well, it’s not just a fancy title – it makes a world of difference to our clients! With so many competencies, certifications, and areas of expertise added to our portfolio, we’re now proficient in more areas than ever before.
After an exhaustive Executive Business Review — showcasing deep technical expertise in AWS services like DevOps, SaaS, and migration — having delivered more than 100 successful AWS Customer Launches,

We are now an AWS Premier Consulting Partner!

AWS proudly acknowledges our expertise in managing diverse and complex projects. And you bet we’re super happy, motivated, and more capable than ever!

Navigate the cloud – With confidence, with Simform!

AWS’s exceptional infrastructure and impressive services establish the perfect foundation for you to develop secure, robust applications and workloads. As an AWS Premier Partner, Simform stands ready to architect, migrate, manage, and optimize your most ambitious cloud initiatives. Contact us today to unlock the possibilities and set your organization up for long-term achievement.

Hiren is CTO at Simform with an extensive experience in helping enterprises and startups streamline their business performance through data-driven innovation.

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