A leading private research university with campus locations worldwide wanted to provide the organization with better access to alumni data, so that individual departments could stay in touch and more readily communicate with their alumni.
The university’s alumni outreach team wanted expert advice and guidance on how to best use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to make their vision into a reality. Which services made the most sense to use? How could these services improve reliability? Could security be increased, while costs were decreased?
With so many unknowns, the university turned to Vertical Trail as a partner who could not only be trusted to offer an objective viewpoint, but who also possessed the technical acumen to develop a fully functioning platform of integrated technologies and services.
“Vertical Trail’s experience both in AWS and DevOps positioned us as a great partner in the establishment of a foundational architecture,” says Matt Sweetnam, VP of Solutions Consulting. “The university wanted a fully integrated DevOps environment in AWS to support the alumni outreach platform.”
As a technology partner, Vertical Trail was uniquely qualified to address this challenge by implementing:
To meet the client’s expected outcome of a fully integrated DevOps environment supporting their platform, Vertical Trail first facilitated workshops to gather the key business drivers behind – and technical details of – the university’s existing technology environment.
Comprehensive understanding of the university’s strategic goals was critical in defining a set of processes and technologies that would deliver on those objectives.
Vertical Trail’s Cloud and DevOps architects then validated and adjusted the university’s strategic architecture.
for Custom-Fit Solutions
In less than 12 weeks, Vertical Trail facilitated the construction of the new application development environments – and the operational processes that support them – employing a combination of technologies that included:
With the new environment in place, the university began to see immediate benefits, including:
Over time, the university will also see numerous long-term benefits, including:
This client’s experience demonstrates the power of blending the flexible, affordable, and accessible services of a leading cloud provider with the opportunities provided by recent DevOps breakthroughs. It is now possible now to do more with less – and do it better than ever before.