At some point, every company will face the need to adapt and modernize their existing applications. Some may struggle with security issues or meeting compliance requirements. Others may need to resolve challenges with reliability and performance. Or perhaps a company has to scale rapidly to respond to market demand.
While each use case requires a different approach, application modernization services can provide the expertise to overcome those business challenges and build a path for future innovation.
Here’s a look at four unique company experiences with app modernization, and how adopting modern cloud solutions had a positive impact on each business.
Scaling SaaS-based Solutions
If you’ve tried to buy a house in the past decade, you know it’s a fast-moving process. You’re looking at a home at the same time as several other people, and effective communication with your realtor or real estate agent is a must.
About Time Tours, a Pacific Northwest startup, seeks to redefine the way the real estate industry plans, organizes, and coordinates those home tours. The company saw ways they could streamline scheduling and communication while effectively capturing feedback from homebuyers and agents. With home prices at an all-time high, the company realized it was about time to get to market as quickly as possible to capitalize on strong demand.
Though they had solid market expertise, About Time Tours only had a general idea for their business and a basic app concept. They turned to us for guidance in developing a SaaS-based solution that could scale to a production-ready launch. After analyzing customer pain points to enhance the user experience, we defined a Multiple Virtual Storage (MVS) using the AWS SaaS Enablement Framework, which evaluates both security compliance and cost models.
The app was also built 100% on serverless, which can handle increases in web traffic. Now, as About Time Tours scales, they know they’ll meet their business objectives and deliver a high-quality customer experience—and with their new pay-as-you-go model, the business is set for sustainability and growth.
Refactoring for increased security and reliability
After spending nine months gathering user feedback, Warm Welcome, a SaaS based startup delivering highly personalized email video messages to support customer onboarding and retention, knew the features it wanted. It had developed a concise pricing model and fleshed out its go-to-market strategy. However, the Proof Of Concept (POC) phase introduced a few challenges, particularly around reliability and security. For the solution to be production-ready, the company needed to address those challenges.
AWS Well-Architected allows cloud architects to build secure, high-performing, and efficient infrastructure for their applications and workloads. For companies in the startup phase, like Warm Welcome, strong knowledge of the Well-Architected Framework can be a major differentiator when implementing customer feedback.
We worked with Warm Welcome to conduct a Well-Architected Framework Review and better refactor the company’s POC. The end result was two-fold. First, we set up a continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline with parallel environments to increase agility and lower risks. Second, we built a more secure environment that can easily scale using EC2, Elastic Beanstalk, and Auto Scaling groups.
By becoming more comfortable with the Well-Architected Framework, Warm Welcome can better implement feedback and provide a boost for companies onboarding and retaining new hires—now in more secure and reliable environments.
Streamlining DevOps for rapid code deployment
Verdant Web Technologies provides management software solutions for facility administrators and staff to track, access, and update critical Environmental Health & Safety compliance and sampling information. As their company and product both matured, Verdant was running into an issue many companies experience: inefficiencies in product changes and upgrades.
The company had six different code bases unique to each client and was pushing them out manually across more than 10 web servers, with its SQL scripts running on multiple databases. That process quickly led to overwhelm within Verdant, which was limiting itself from writing new features.
Tightening up these inefficiencies was an important step. Using a build server and rapid deployment tools, we automated the development process and streamlined DevOps. Further, migrating to the AWS Cloud created a faster, more reliable solution, that also provided additional security and lower costs, both in hardware and customer acquisitions.
Once on AWS, Verdant could implement additional solutions to improve their customer experience. For example, Elastic Beanstalk supports continuous development and innovation by managing multiple application environments for the company’s development/testing/release cycle. And because of this new streamlined DevOps, Verdant can iterate more quickly, keeping customers at their happiest.
Automatically scale your production environment
MAK Grills manufactures precision BBQ and smokers and offers owners full operational control of their grills through remote devices. No more standing by the grill during a gathering at your home — you can get into a back-and-forth discussion about the latest show you’ve binge watched or how crummy (or great) the nearest pro sports team is while still ensuring delicious meals for everyone.
The initial launch of the app ran successfully, but thanks to an outsourced firmware provider, the app began experiencing performance issues as MAK Grills grew and started serving more customers.
These types of growing pains are common for companies on legacy systems, so the first step was to stabilize the production environment. We analyzed MAK Grills’ Microsoft server to identify what was causing the performance issues. From there, we refactored the architecture based on new performance requirements using Amazon RDS for SQL Server, Jenkins build server, and Amazon Auto Scaling groups.
Additionally, we moved logs from their IIS server to Amazon CloudWatch Logs, which enables MAK to review logs for issues quickly and effectively at no extra cost.
With these changes in place, MAK Grills can now more easily handle its expanding customer base. The production environment is built for streamlining operations, so the company can focus on delivering tasty results for customers.
App modernization looks different for every company. Find out how we can help you design and develop new solutions using today’s most advanced cloud services.