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Case Study: Amazon Web Services for Smith

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CHALLENGES

One of world’s leading semi-conductor brokerage and distribution companies, Smith & Associates experienced numerous challenges when it attempted to respond to the market faster and establish a customer-vendor e-market. Smith needed more agility from its IT infrastructure to optimize its operations and stay ahead of its competitors:

  • Establish an e-Commerce platform to enable its customers to send requirementsand receive quotes in a self-service and automated manner.
  • Automate the end-to-end fulfillment process to reduce time from order to delivery
  • Expand its Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) capabilities toreduce guess work by global sales team and propose new leads and upsell/cross-product sales opportunities
  • Enable its data science team to experiment and research on new models intrusted and secure environment –isolating work from the global user base.
  • Reduce the capital investment in IT infrastructure, direct focus on innovation andbusiness solutions

SOLUTION

  • Implemented an eCommerce platform by leveraging AWS services encompassingEC2, Lambda and RDS services, as well as Elastic Search and MONGO DB (forunstructured data)
  • Completed a new data warehouse with Redshift for sales and finance informationthat allows users to drill down to transaction level detail and resolve data integrityissues
  • Delivered AI/ML forecast models using Sagemakerand DynamoDB.
  • Ingested 35 years worth of historical data and the corresponding economic andindustry data and rendered a comprehensive analytics dashboard that showstrends and hot leads in real time
  • Utilized AWS’ DevOps services to streamline app development process andaccelerate project timeline, enhancing the quality of the delivered solutions

BENEFITS

  • Guaranteed Up-Time and 24×7 dedicated infrastructure support for global business
  • Improved Analytics capabilities enabling business to move at the speed of the market
  • Self-Service capabilities empowering customers and vendors and reducing order fulfilling time
  • Enhanced Agility enabling data scientists to deliver game changing forecast models faster

Case Study: Amazon Web Services for CISION

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CHALLENGES

One of world’s largest public relations and media software/services firm, Cisionprovides product and services to global Fortune 500 companies. One of its most core offerings is to provide insight to its clientele based on the analysis of terabytes of media and textual content. However Cision’score content platform was built upon an outdated technology and its big data software MapR was many versions behind. Cisionwas in a critical need of upgrading its hosting infrastructure and the underlying big data analytics software:

  • Cision’scontent platform was built on obsolete hardware that was hosted on anon-premises data center, which required daily maintenance and care-feeding by alarge team of system specialists
  • Cision’sMapR software was 2 major versions and 10 minor versions behind thecurrently supported version and had been out of support for several years. Thisimposed significant risk to Cision’score business that relies on MapR for advancedanalytics and data processing
  • Cisionwas extremely short-handed to support even the existing platform, letalone be able to innovate new solutions for the business.

SOLUTION

  • Migrated the content platform and applications from an on-prem data center toAWS
  • Upgraded the MapR software to a supported version and deployed it on a multi-node AWS cluster, ensuring the performance of the platform meet business’expectation
  • Utilized Cloudformationtemplates for architecture-as-code deployments,meeting client’s requirements for maintainability and self-documentingarchitecture
  • Configured Cloudwatchand detailed monitoring to manage cost and justify spendsize
  • Setup Cloudtrailto provide audit logging consistent with industry standards
  • Adopted a proven Cloud migration methodology which enabled the project to becompleted on-time and on-budget

BENEFITS

  • Guaranteed Up-Time and 24×7 dedicated infrastructure support for global business
  • Increased Agility in deploying new solutions to support the business in real time
  • Reduced Support Resources empowering IT team to focus on innovation
  • Enhanced Robustness on a most updated hardware and software infrastructure

Cloud Readiness Assessment

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What is stopping you from moving to the cloud? Do you fear your data will not be secure? Do you think you will lose control to a third party or be locked in with a vendor? Are you worried about performance and uptime for your critical applications? These are some of the common concerns that most companies grapple with when deciding if they are ready for the cloud. PREDICTif has created an assessment that will address these concerns.

Cloud computing offers a value proposition that is different from thatof traditional enterprise IT environments. By providing a way to exploit virtualization and aggregate computing resources, cloud can offer economies of scale that would otherwise be unavailable. With minimal upfront investment, cloud computing enables global reach of services and information through an elastic utility computing environment that supports on-demand scalability. Cloud computing can also offer pre-built solutions and services, backed by the skills necessary to run and maintain them, potentially lowering risk and removing the need for the organization to retain a group of scarce highly paid staff.

Cloud computing also presents added challenges to an organization’s processes and controls. PREDICTif blends technical expertise with business alignment experience for maximum effectiveness. We go beyond routine assessments by diving deep into your IT operations for a comprehensive view of your assets. We help you answer mostcritical questions surrounding cloud adoption tomake sensible, forward-looking decisions before you embark on this journey into the cloud.

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Assessment

Following an agreed upon agenda and utilizing a validatedquestionnaire, PREDICTif’s Cloud Readiness Assessment is a 2-4 weekengagement that consists of three steps: Discover, Analyze and Recommend. The engagement will be led by our Cloud subject matter experts who will perform an objective, vendor neutral SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis and assess your company’s overall readiness for transitioning to cloud-based services.

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Benefits

  • Understand how well your business is positioned for cloud adoption and where potential benefits reside
  • Identify and validate cloud use cases that will be beneficial for your business’ future
  • Provide IT executives empirical data to support cloud strategy investments
  • Mitigate risk by knowing what controls and processes support or impede your cloud computing goals
  • Establish a maturity baseline across business, process, and service controls to measure progress over time
  • Define high-priority organizational and/or operational gaps to cloud adoption
  • Provide an independent assessment based on best practice and experience
  • Identify security vulnerabilities and recommend mitigations

Why PREDICTif?

Leveraging industry best practices and proven methodologies, PREDICTif draws on its extensive experience and expertise in infrastructure and managed services to develop a comprehensive cloud strategy. Our assessment offers a rapid, flexible and logical approach across people, process and technology to help our customers understand and plan for the adoption of cloud services. Using our comprehensive IP from years of infrastructure, managed services and software implementation experience, we can provide your organization factual insights on your readiness for the cloud. Please reach out to schedule your assessment with one of PREDICTif’s industry leading cloud subject matter experts by visiting www.predictifsolutions.com.

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