The public cloud provider is adding two new incentives — and one is a type it has not offered before.
Amazon Web Services is unveiling its first channel program changes since 2018.
On Oct. 1, AWS Partner Network members may take advantage of two new incentives — one a rebate, one a discount.
The Partner Growth Rebate – the first rebate AWS has ever offered – rewards partners for getting existing customers to adopt more AWS services and infrastructure. Partners may earn rebates each quarter; rebates come in the form of AWS promotional credits. AWS will award them when an existing account meets or exceeds year-over-year growth targets. The goal, Teresa Uthurralt, director of AWS partner programs, told Channel Futures, is “to help existing customers accelerate their cloud journeys.”
AWS does not make percentage or pricing details public. But, Uthurralt said, the vendor formulated the new approach because “partners had shared that rebates were an important mechanism to invest in their businesses.”
The second new initiative is called the Partner Originated Discount. This targets new customers. What’s significant is that Amazon Web Services is including early-stage customers (the definition of which it does not reveal outside of APN) in that scope. These end users are just starting to use AWS and partners “can help these customers move faster,” Doug Yeum, head of worldwide channels and alliances at AWS, told Channel Futures. And when they do, they will reap more discounts. Partners submit, validate and launch Partner Originated Discounts through the APN Customer Engagements program.
Overall, Yeum said, customers have told AWS they want to adopt more cloud computing through partners. At the same time, partners have expressed their desires for more incentives. These channel program changes meet both needs.
“If we have our partners who are engaged, we think our customers can basically get more value,” Yeum said.
‘It Was a Good Time’
Amazon Web Services partners know the company doesn’t initiate channel program changes often. In fact, the last time came in 2018, when the cloud provider switched from the AWS Channel Reseller Program to the current AWS Solution Provider Program. Prior to that, the most noteworthy adjustments occurred six years earlier. AWS aims to deliver stability and predictability to its partners, Yeum said. Therefore, leaders are “very careful” about rolling out frequent alterations.
“It’s been over three years since we announced the last round of changes and we felt it was a good time for us to think about what additional things we can do to help our partners,” Yeum said.
The channel program changes have been in the works for a while. They “bubbled over the last 12-18 months,” Yeum said.
The rebate and discount are applicable to APN members including VARs, system integrators, managed service providers, distributors and public sector experts.
“We’re making changes to ensure that our partners are getting additional value and additional support,” Yeum said. “We want to help them continue to transform their capabilities and help their customers accelerate their journey on the cloud.”
Stephen Boyle, senior vice president of strategic partnerships at SHI International, agreed. The $11 billion IT services provider is continuing to move away from …