November 28, 2012
SEATTLE, WA, Nov. 28 - 2nd Watch, Inc., a global system integrator, software and deployment firm focused on IT operations, today announced that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has named 2nd Watch as an AWS Premier Consulting Partner. The new AWS Premier Partner ranking recognizes top consulting partners within the AWS Partner Network (APN) for their commitment to expert cloud solutions and customer satisfaction, and is the highest level for consulting partners in the APN program. This new tier highlights top consulting partners which invest significantly in their AWS practice, providing exceptional customer service and support, helping a large number of significant customers migrate to AWS, and building a healthy, revenue-generating consulting business around AWS. 2nd Watch is among 14 other companies in the nation to earn the Premier Consulting Partner designation.
"The achievement of Premier Consulting Partner from Amazon Web Services represents a major milestone in our strategic plan. Our success can be attributed to forward-thinking leadership, a highly technical and operationally-focused staff, and numerous positive customer experiences," stated 2nd Watch co-founder and president Jeff Aden. "This recognition highlights our commitment to bringing AWS to companies, allowing them to become more agile and freeing up additional capital for strategic business expansion."
The APN is a global program that enables customers to easily find high quality partners that can help them get the most out of the AWS Cloud. As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, 2nd Watch enjoys valuable benefits including deeper technical engagement with AWS Solution Architects and unique access to AWS beta programs and the AWS Partner Advisory Council. 2nd Watch leverages the powerful tools provided by the AWS platform to help businesses make the most of their valuable IT resources, significantly reducing the cost of infrastructure investments, while increasing revenue.
About 2nd Watch
2nd Watch, Inc. specializes in integrating and extending your data center to AWS while leveraging your existing toolsets. The company's expertise is in its ability to provide the knowledge, experience and flexibility needed to launch your application on AWS. 2nd Watch specializes in Cloud adoption and has developed strategies and software solutions to enable IT cost savings and increased profits for its clients. 2nd Watch clients have experienced increased network uptime, performance and cost savings by leveraging cloud services and technologies through 2nd Watch software solutions. The experienced 2nd Watch team provides a full-service Cloud IT solution. 2nd Watch offers Strategy and Consulting, Cloud Migration, Managed Services and IT Outsourcing, and Custom Cloud-Based Software Development services to ensure the success of Cloud-based solutions for your business. The company's ITIL and Microsoft certified delivery staff have a proven track record of results including technical experience, best-in-class cloud infrastructure, and product innovation including Pilot Light, 2W Insight and 2W SharePoint.
Source: 2nd Watch
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