Amazon Joins Bandwagon for Internet of Things

In a bid to play in the connected world, Amazon has joined the bandwagon of Internet of Things (IoT). Amazon WebServices (AWS) is offering to certify its APN Partners as AWS IoT Competency Partners. By Staff Writer

The opportunity for APN Partners in the IoT space is enormous.

IDC predicts that the worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow from $692.6 billion in 2015 to $1.46 trillion in 2020 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.1%. The installed base of IoT endpoints will grow from 12.1 billion in 2015 to more than 30 billion in 2020.[1]

“We see more and more customers around the globe looking to build innovative IoT applications on AWS. And our goal is to help you connect with customers whose business goals you can help meet,” AWS said in a statement.

The AWS Competency Program is all about helping customers find the right APN Partners to engage to meet their specific business needs. Today, I’m excited to tell you about one of two new AWS Competencies we launched at the AWS Global Partner Summit at re:Invent, the AWS IoT Competency.

To become an AWS IoT Competency Partner, you must meet a number of requirements, such as providing use case-specific public customer references, and you must successfully complete a third-party audit of your IoT solution or practice.

“We’ve set a high bar to become an IoT Competency Partner, as we want to ensure that we are helping customers easily identify and connect with AWS IoT Partners who have proven the maturity of their IoT solution/practice on AWS.”

To learn more about the requirements to apply, click here.

Technology Partners

Edge:  Partners who provide hardware and software ingredients used to build IoT devices, or finished products used in IoT solutions or applications.  Examples include: Sensors, Microprocessors and Microcontrollers, Operating Systems, Secure Communication Modules, Evaluation and Demo kits.

  • Intel
  • Microchip Technology

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.  Examples include hardware gateways, software components to translate protocols, and platforms running on-premises to support local decision making.

  • MachineShop

Platform Providers: ISVs who’ve developed a cloud-based platform to acquire, analyze, act and act on IoT data. Examples include device management systems, visualization tools, predictive maintenance applications, data analytics, and machine learning software.

  • Bsquare Corporation
  • C3 IoT
  • Splunk
  • PTC
  • Thinglogix

Connectivity: Partners who provide systems to manage wide-area connectivity for edge and gateway devices.  Examples include device and subscription management platforms, billing and rating systems, device provisioning systems, and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

  • Amdocs, Inc.
  • Asavie
  • Eseye
  • SORACOM

The new AWS IoT Consulting Competency Partners include Accenture, Aricent, Cloud Technology Partners, Luxoft, Mobiquity, Inc.,  Solstice, Sturdy and Trek10.

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