Thank you for your question!
the “NEMsps (Service Partners)”’ are different from the “NEM Service Providers” which the NEM Foundation funding proposal describes, correct?
Just like with Clouds (Amazon, Google, Microsoft) and many other industries, they do not build projects themselves. They have a network of Service Partners to introduce projects to, because it is scalable, and very low on internal human resources, keeping costs to the absolute minimum. They didn’t grow to the size they are today just by being lucky! We want that for NEM!
A NEM Service Partner (NEMsp) is actually a competent entity that has been trained and certified to build on the NEM technology. Example: you approach us because you have a project to build, and would like to use NEM, but do not have the ability to do the actual development work, or want to keep your dev resources focused on developing your own product. We introduce you to a certified partner whom we have trained and tested - usually Systems Integrators - that can build it all for you from start to finish.
But you don’t have to rely on us for an introduction. You can contact any certified partner yourself and choose the NEMsp that suits you best. NEM Labs focuses on training, certification and quality assurance of capable partners to grow the NEM ecosystem.
Soon, there will be consulting partners and alike for projects which are not at the build stage yet. We have successfully completed the trial phase with 9 companies. These are a few of them so you can get an idea of what they look like, and what they can do:
By introducing projects to these partners, and gaining more partners, we are very scalable and can rapidly expand while remaining very light on human resources. Just 1 person has run the trial, of course, the technical material/training and other aspects have been a team effort - we help each other out on all things when needed.
Another example: LuxTag could also benefit from NEMsp. You could sell LuxTag solutions through the upcoming NEMsp Marketplace, utilising the whole NEMsp network as your salesforce. Additionally, LuxTag could become a consulting partner once we introduce that partner type.
What’s the essential difference, if any?
NEM Labs: NEMsp is a global service partner network like APN (AWS Partner Network) that can be used by anybody in the NEM ecosystem to get projects built.
NEM Foundation: NEM Foundation utilises service providers for RFP (Request for proposal). There is a good chance that some certified NEMsp will also enter bids for these RFP when there are projects to be built, consulting to be done and alike.