Kontich, Belgium, November 2nd, 2018 – Cloudar, a Belgian based AWS Consulting Partner, today announced it has achieved Premier Consulting Partner status within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). This is the highest tier available and recognizes partners that have made significant investments in their AWS practice. Premier Partners have a proven experience in designing, deploying and migrating customer solutions on AWS, have a strong team of trained and certified technical professionals and drive a healthy revenue-generating consulting business on AWS.
Cloudar is the first AWS Premier Consulting Partner headquartered in Belgium.
Cloudar has been part of the APN network since 2014 and has had a 100% focus on AWS since day one. This focus on one specific cloud allows Cloudar to excel and to have the best possible relationship with AWS.
Tom De Blende, COO of Cloudar, commented on this achievement saying, “In a traditional hosting business, there usually is a gap between a customer and the engineers of the supplier. Within Cloudar, our Consultancy business strengthens our Managed Services business, and vice versa. Achieving AWS Premier Consulting Partner Status is a valuable recognition for all the hard work our consultants put in day after day.”
Innovation is in the DNA of Cloudar. Not only in the combination of different business models like reselling, consultancy, staffing ánd managed services but, as part of Cronos Groep, Cloudar is also involved in projects with different competence centers that are experts in their field. This results in a quick adoption of new services, from IoT to Serverless, AI to Big Data, Lex to Polly. This business model has proven to be successful thanks to a very customer-centric approach.
“Our AWS Premier Consulting Partners are the very best of all APN Consulting Partners globally and we are excited to welcome Cloudar to this exclusive group,” said Niko Mykkänen, General Manager, Alliances and Channels EMEA at AWS. “By investing in their AWS skills Cloudar has been able to prove they have a strong bench of trained and certified consultants that are equipped to help customers through their digital transformation and into the AWS cloud.”
Cloudar has proven worthy of the new Premier Partner status through many successful customer engagements.
Geert Vanvaerenbergh, CEO of Amista NV, SAP Rebels // Founder & CEO of Belgium’s national bobsleigh team “the Belgian Bullets” confirms this result-driven approach: “My motto in life is that we should be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Cloudar’s team is the personification of my motto. For one of our biggest customers, Alcopa, we migrated their entire applications suite including a very significant SAP workload which is in my experience not the easiest thing to accomplish. The AWS migration went flawless, was delivered as promised; on budget and on time. This is why I love working with Cloudar on our most crucial customer missions, when failure is not an option.”
Early 2018, Cloudar achieved the AWS DevOps Competency and the AWS Government Competency. The AWS DevOps Competency highlights APN Partners who have deep experience working with businesses to help them implement continuous integration and continuous delivery practices or helping them automate infrastructure provisioning and management with configuration management tools on AWS. The AWS Government Competency highlights partners that provide solutions to government customers to deliver mission-critical workloads and applications on AWS.
These recent achievements and close collaboration with AWS served as a stepping stone to obtaining the Premier Partner Partnership. Cloudar is currently actively working on qualifying for the Managed Service Provider Competency, which will be another great milestone.
Bart Van Hecke, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Cloudar commented: “We are very proud to be recognised by AWS as a Premier Consulting Partner. In the near future we will continue to invest in this relationship with AWS by obtaining more AWS competencies and Specialties. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the team-effort that resulted in this achievement. I take pride in the team’s expertise and professionalism and look forward to continue leading Cloudar into this exciting, ever-changing world of the AWS Cloud.”